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Mt. Elbrus: Grom & Team Enjoy an Acclimating Hike to 13,500’

It was a beautiful day here on Elbrus.
We had a normal start to our day with breakfast in the hotel and then loaded up all our climbing gear and drove to the base of the ski lift where we rode not one, not two, but three gondolas to reach our new home for the next few days and happens to sit at just over 12,000ft. It’s rather comfortable up here, as our outfitter has taken a few shipping containers and converted them into simple bunk rooms that sit atop some makeshift skis so they can be moved. Creative to say the least!
Once we got settled into our new home we headed uphill on another acclimatizing hike and reached about 13,500ft before returning to camp where our wonderful cook Dasha had a nice hot lunch waiting for us. 
We spent the remaining of the afternoon relaxing, walking around and just enjoying the views of the Caucasus Mountain Range.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

Mt. Elbrus: Grom & Team Acclimate on Peak Cheget

Hello again everyone!

It was a beautiful day here in Russia. We had a nice relaxing start to the day with a traditional Russian breakfast of porridge, eggs and bread. Afterwards we made our way to the local ski lifts to help give us a jump start on our hike. I didn’t hear a single complaint about riding up 1,500’ on a chair lift before we started our two-hour hike to the top of Peak Cheget. Yes, it is also the name of the town in which we are staying. The hike went well with mostly clear skies and we even caught a few glimpses of Elbrus between the clouds.

After our hike we made it back to town relatively quickly thanks to the ski lifts, where we had a hot lunch waiting for us. After lunch, we dropped off our gear and made a quick stop to pick up a few extra items and even managed to try on a few local hats.

We wrapped up the evening with another nice, home cooked meal here provided by our ever so gracious local outfitter.

Things are good here.
RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

On The Map

52 Peaks! I’m with you in spirit! Stay safe & enjoy!

Posted by: Todd on 7/26/2016 at 10:53 pm

Mt. Elbrus: Grom & Team Travel to Cheget

An early rise gave way to a groggy ride to the airport this morning that was fortunately on the quicker side because the majority of Moscow had yet to wake.  After navigating Aeroflot’s slightly confusing baggage system our team was relieved to settle into an airport restaurant and enjoy a decent breakfast and more importantly a decent cup (or two) of coffee. A slight delay, a quick flight to Mineralnye Vody, and a longer bus ride to Cheget completed our traveling for the day.  On our drive we watched the rolling hills of farmland become more pronounced, eventually turning into mountains, and finally turning quite impressive with huge relief as we drove up a craggy canyon. Cheget is a little outpost of sorts but our hotel is pretty cool, complete with beautiful views of glaciers above from the forest below and even a medieval motif to the dining room. A bit weary from travel, we’re all excited to get out and stretch our legs on our first acclimatization hike tomorrow.

We’ll let you know how it goes.

Over and out,

RMI Guide Billy Nugent

On The Map

Mt. Elbrus: Grom & Team Assemble in Moscow

Hello everyone.
All is well here in Moscow. Most of the team arrived yesterday evening after some very long flights. As most of us are still adjusting to the massive time change we keep things simple with a little round of introductions and stepped out for a short walk and a nice dinner.
Today we meet with our local tour guide and had an outstanding tour of the nearby Red Square, Kremlin as well as visiting several churches including the iconic St. Basil’s.
We took a short break and then headed out once again for dinner and a nice walk.
Everyone is doing great and looking forward to heading to the mountains tomorrow.
That’s all for now.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

Mt. Rainier: Paradise Seminar Completes Their Week on the Mountain

The Mt. Rainier Expedition Skills Seminar has spent the last six days training along the Paradise Glacier and moved to Camp Muir yesterday.  The team, led by RMI Guide Billy Nugent, went to bed hoping for a break in the precipitation.  The guides checked the weather through the early morning hours with no such luck of weather cooperation.  Although a summit did not come to fruition, the team walked up to Ingraham Flats and will descend from the mountain later this afternoon.

Mt. Rainier: June 30th Summit!

The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guides Billy Nugent and Paul Rachele reached the summit of Mt. Rainier early this morning.  Billy reported beautiful skies above the marine layer that has been hanging around the lower elevations. The teams have started their descent and will be back here at Rainier Basecamp this afternoon.

Congratulations to today’s teams!

Congratulations Paul and Susan. So amazed by you two!

Posted by: Julianne Echols on 6/30/2016 at 1:26 pm

Congratulations on summiting!! From the picture it looks absolutely beautiful up there. Safe travels.


Posted by: Barbie Matthews on 6/30/2016 at 12:27 pm

Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climb Teams on Top!

After several days of bad weather and high avalanche danger keeping the teams from reaching the summit, today’s Four Day Summit Climb Team was able to stand on the summit of Mt. Rainier. RMI Guides Billy Nugent and Leon Davis and their teams were able to take some photos and enjoy the views before beginning their descent from the descent from the crater rim just before 9 am PT.  The teams will return to Camp Muir and then continue down to Paradise.

Congratulations to today’s climbers!

I had the privilege of being part of the GSU team who summited. This was a life-changing experience for many of us, and that is in large part due to the outstanding leadership and professionalism of the RMI guides - Billy, Leon, Jesse, Megan and everyone - thank you all, and hopefully see you again soon!

Posted by: John Horgan on 6/29/2016 at 11:51 am

Go Blue!  So proud of the Ga State team!  Safe travels home!

Posted by: Julie on 6/25/2016 at 2:56 pm

Mt. Rainier: The Winter Seminar Trains at Camp Muir in Between Winter Storms

The first Expedition Skill Seminar - Winter gathered in Ashford on Sunday for a day of technical training and gear checks.  With large packs and a daunting weather forecast the team headed for Paradise as soon as the park gate opened.  The team camped above Paradise for their first night out with better than expected weather.  After breakfast the following morning the team broke camp and made the ascent to Camp Muir. They have spent the remaining days training at 10,000’.  Unfortunately the weather forecast did become accurate and the team experienced a full winter storm on Mt. Rainier which prevented them from climbing higher than Camp Muir.

The seminar wraps up tomorrow. We look forward to seeing them at Rainier BaseCamp tomorrow afternoon.

I’m sure the storm was pretty wild because the wind was whipping in Royal City and the pass was getting pretty heavy snow!  So the other day I went flying around the mountain to see how much snow she got.  She was getting getting wind whipped pretty had and has a pretty good pack.  Let me know if you want to see pictures!

Posted by: Paul Davies on 3/18/2016 at 7:33 am

Ecuador Seminar: Nugent & Team Travel Back to Quito for a Celebration and Flights Home

Yesterday was a big day for all of us up on Chimborazo and thankfully the near perfect weather allowed us to stand on top! All in all our summit day took 13 some hours round trip including a deceptively difficult two-hour walk across the summit plateau from the Veintimilla summit to the barely higher Whymper summit. Riddled with deep trenches and fantastic snow mushrooms, what should have taken no more than an hour was a brutal two hour jaunt back and forth. We were fortunate enough to enjoy perfectly calm winds and clear skies on top, which made it not so bad. We even got to peep some views of Cotopaxi smoking in the distance before gearing up for our descent. We were greeted warmly back at the Estrella de Chimborazo where we ate a celebratory dinner and promptly crashed in their cozy beds. Right now we are on the bus headed back for Quito where we hope to have one last celebratory dinner as a team before at least half of us head for the airport to catch a red-eye flight home. All in all it was a quite an adventure and I’d like to thank the team for rolling with the punches the whole trip and hanging in there til the end. And I’d also like to thank the other guides, Chase, David, and Diego along with Victor, our driver, for all the help along the way.

Until next time…

RMI Guide Billy Nugent

Ecuador Seminar: Nugent & Team Summit Chimborazo!

Hey it’s Billy checking in. We are all back safe and sound at our camp on Chimborazo. We’re about to actually hike on down to the bus. We had a safe and successful climb to the summit today. Just about perfect weather most of the day. That’s all I have to report. Long, long day- everyone is super tired but definitely big smiles on our faces. As we were just talking about this, it totally rethinks our whole trip down here. That’s all I have for now. Signing off and we’ll check in again tomorrow evening at the end of the trip.

RMI Guide Billy Nugent

RMI Guide Billy Nugent checks in post Chimborazo summit.

Congratulations to the team on successfully summiting!!!  Go…..Jason!!!  How exciting!!!

Posted by: Esther & Dean Chapman on 2/13/2016 at 4:57 pm

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