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Entries By casey grom

Everest Base Camp Trek: Grom & Team Visit the Thamo Monastery

Hello again everyone back home.

It was another great day here in the Khumbu Valley, with the team waking up to bright beautifully clear skies, and mountains in every direction. We had a nice relaxing breakfast and decided to make the most of our scheduled rest day by hiking a little way to visit a Monastery in Thamo. It’s home to a kind group of female Buddhist Monks that are Tibetan refugees. They apparently escaped over the boarder which is only a few miles away and have made this home like the Sherpa community did some 500+ years ago. When we arrived the nuns were milling about and tending to their greenhouse that they use to grow their vegetables. We purchased a few prayer flags and prayer beads to help support them and then made our way back to Namche for lunch.
Then evening was spent exploring Namche and doing a little bargaining for a few gifts. 
Finally we wrapped up the evening with another great meal here at our tea house.

All is well and everyone is doing great.
RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

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Everest Base Camp Trek: Grom & Team Leave Phakding

Namaste everyone.

This morning we left our tea house in Phakding and headed up this stunning valley toward Namche Bazaar, which is the largest village in this famous valley. We hit the trail just after 8:00 along with quite a few other trekkers.  Everyone did really well on the hike, and no one seemed to mind pausing often for the endless mules and Zopkeos (cross between a Yak and a cow) carrying loads headed up valley and basecamp as we made our up the trail. It was reasonably busy on the route with trekkers and climbers, but the traffic seem to flow pretty smoothly.
The team crossed a number of high suspension bridges without a problem, even with a light snow falling.
Overall it was a really enjoyable day as we climbed up to just over 11,200’ where Namche sits.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and Base Camp crew

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Way to go Jayne and rob…watching you keeps us young !

Posted by: Ernie & Victoria on 3/19/2019 at 2:31 pm

Go Dad & Jayne! Y’all continue to inspire! Love you guys and look forward to seeing your pictures and hearing about this latest adventure.

Posted by: Keith Junell Statler on 3/18/2019 at 7:58 pm

Everest Base Camp Trek: Grom and Team Hit the Trail

Hello from the Khumbu Valley!

We started our day here pretty early, meeting in the hotel lobby at 5 a.m. After checking out of the hotel, it was a short ride to the domestic airport where we weighed all of our duffels and backpacks before getting tickets and slipping through a very laid back security check. Normally there’s a little bit of waiting before heading out to the plane, but today things moved along pretty quickly.
The flights to Lukla have a reputation of being a little intimidating and bumpy, but thankfully today’s flight was pretty smooth and uneventful. It’s about a 30 minute flight in a small 16-passenger Twin Otter with stunning views of the Himalayas. We landed on the small runway in Lukla that’s only about a quarter mile in length and has a slight uphill angle.
After we touched down, the plane was unloaded and our local Sherpa guides hired a few porters that will be carrying our duffels throughout the trek. We made a brief stop at a local tea house to have breakfast and get situated before hitting the trail.
We hiked for about four hours today with few stops to rest and to take in the beautiful scenery. We arrived at our camp for the night in a village called Phakding just in time for a well earned lunch. The team got settled, had naps, or explored a little before walking a short way to one of the many monasteries here in the Khumbu Valley. Luckily for us the monks were having a prayer session and allowed us to sit in while they chanted and blew their horns. It was very surreal and a wonderful way to start this adventure.

All is well!
RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

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Everest Base Camp Trek: Grom and Team Arrive in Kathmandu

The Everest Base Camp team finally has arrived after some very long and tiring flights. Everyone is doing well after a well deserved night of rest here at the peaceful and appropriately named Yak & Yeti Hotel. 

We started our day with a nice big buffet breakfast, then had a team meeting to discuss all the gear and review the details of the adventure that we are about to head out on.
After our meeting we headed out on a brief tour of Kathmandu were we visited the beautiful Monkey Temple, and the famous Boudhanath Stupa.
It’s quite the culture shock visiting this busy city packed with nearly 4 million people. The streets are packed with people, motorcycles, and cars that honk endlessly.

I’m sure everyone is looking forward to peace and quietness of the Khumbu where we head tomorrow.

RMI Guide Casey Grom

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Rob- thought I saw you in the restaurant picture with EBC crew. Have a great trip up the Khumbu. Sorry to miss you for Spain and Norway with Gabi. Namaste.

Posted by: Elsie Bemiss on 3/17/2019 at 8:52 pm

Congrats on making it to the destination, Eileen! You rock! :) Love you!

Posted by: AJ & Steph Mikloiche on 3/17/2019 at 12:17 pm

Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team’s Last Day on Safari

Hello everyone.

We spent yesterday touring Tarangire National Park which is home to many elephants, in fact, it has more per square kilometer than any place on Earth and it didn’t disappoint. There was one point when there was around 150 elephants within just a few hundred feet of us.

There were plenty of other animals as usual, and we got close to a few big giraffes, which was pretty cool.

We ended our day at a remote and off grid camp within the National Park and surrounded by wildlife. The camp has screened in rooms that allow the night sounds and smells of Africa in.

It’s been a memorable experience for everyone and great friendships forged. But finally it’s time to return home to our families.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and the Safari crew!

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Wow, what a great experience and memories made to last a life time!! Thanks again for sharing!

Posted by: Judy Koppinger on 2/1/2019 at 4:30 pm

Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team Visit Ngorongoro Crater and Maasai Village

Jambo everyone,

Today we visited the famous Ngorongoro Crater. The crater is roughly 100 square miles and is known for its abundance of animals that call the crater home.
We hit the road early with hopes of catching a few of the big cats before the heat of the day.
There were many sightings today of hyenas, jackles, ostrich, and countless other birds. We didn’t manage to see too many Lions, but did get to see 3 Leopards while driving in and out of the crater, which was certainly a highlight.
We saw several Black Rhinos which have become very rare do to poaching, however, they were only viewable through binoculars.
We wrapped up the day with a visit to a Maasai village not far from the craters rim. The Maasai people are a semi-nomadic tribe that exist almost entirely off of their cattle. The team spent time asking questions and enjoyed being shown around their small and simple village.

We have just finished another wonderful meal here at the Plantation Lodge

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

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Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team Start Their Safari at Lake Manyara

Today was our first day of safari and we visited the beautiful Lake Manyara. The lake is a brief stopping ground for many migratory animals and home to more than 300 different birds. The birds were nearly of every shape and color you could imagine.
Everyone enjoyed the day cruising around in our safari vehicles with cold beverages in hand while seeing the animals.
We manage to see a few wildebeest, zebras, Cape buffalo, lots of baboons, a few impalas, several elephants and even managed to get pretty close to a few lions. It was a nice introduction to the incredible diversity of wildlife that Africa has and the team is looking forward to seeing more tomorrow.

We wrapped up the evening with a wonderful meal at our new lodge, The Plantation Lodge. and even celebrated one of our teammates birthday with a cake and plenty of singing.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and the Safari crew

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What a Birthday Celebration. One we are sure you won’t forget!
A little easier cruising in a Safari vehicle then trekking the mountain?

Enjoy this leg of your incredible Honeymoon.

Love Meema and Dad xoxo

Posted by: Debbie & Sheldon on 1/29/2019 at 5:28 pm

Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team Back at Lodge Post Climb

Yesterday we had a wonderful albeit long day climbing to the summit of Kilimanjaro.
The team woke at 11pm to thankfully clear skies after a very cloudy evening that had us wondering what lay ahead.
We had a quick midnight breakfast of porridge, tea and coffee before hitting the trail at midnight.
The weather turned out to be pretty nice with just a little bit of wind, but it was a little chillier than previous climbs. The climb took about 6 1/2 hours to reach the top, and thankfully the sun had risen shortly before reaching the top to help warm us and boost morale after climbing through the chilly night. Once there, we hugged each other, enjoyed the view and took plenty of pictures while we waited in line to get our photos of the sign that adorns the summit.
It was a true test of endurance for most of the crew, and I’m really proud of everyone. We descended back to high camp, had a quick lunch, repacked and continued further down the mountain to our final camp on the mountain, where we had dinner and then headed to bed for some well deserved sleep.
Today we woke at 6:30 feeling good, had breakfast, then enjoyed a goodbye song and dance from our gracious crew of porters, cooks, and local guides numbering 48. We finished the little celebration by handing out their well deserved tips and then hit the trail one last time.
It took a little over three hours to reach the park gate where the team had lunch then hopped aboard our awaiting bus for the ride back to the lodge.

Finally we are all safe and sound, and a little cleaner after an amazing seven-day journey up and down Kilimanjaro.
The team is currently relaxing and looking forward to Safari which starts tomorrow!

RMI Guide Casey Grom and a happy Kilimanjaro crew

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You guys are awesome!! Looks like a great time, I love the updates and photos!! Thank you

Posted by: Judy Koppinger on 1/30/2019 at 6:57 am

Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team Return to High Camp After Summit Climb

Saturday, January 27, 2019 - 11:04 PM PT
100% on top!!!!

The Roof of Africa!

All is well.
Sadly, the sat phone was too cold and died as soon as I turned it on. Bummer.

We are all safely back at High Camp after a cold climb of Kilimanjaro.
Short break here before we head down to our last camp.

Can’t wait to share pictures.

RMI Guide Casey Grom

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CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL.  Can’t wait to see pictures and give you hugs. Enjoy the rest of of the adventure.

Posted by: Barbara Sluboski on 1/27/2019 at 7:23 pm

Way to go, Joe! Congrats to all of you on the expedition. Safe travels coming back!

Posted by: Aaron Williams on 1/27/2019 at 6:26 pm

Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team Are Prepared for Their Summit Day

Jambo amigos!

Well we’ve finally arrived at our high camp, after a good night’s rest and a short hike up to 15,000ft. It was mostly sunny all day with great views of Kili and our climbing route for tomorrow. The team is doing great and feeling well at this new altitude which is a good sign for things ahead.

We’ve just wrapped up lunch and discussed in great detail the plan for tomorrow’s climb. Everyone knows what we’ll be wearing and what will be in the pack as well as the schedule. Our game plan will be to wake at 11pm and have a quick breakfast at 11:30, then hopefully hit the trail right at midnight.

I’m expecting the team to reach the summit in seven hours or so if things go according to plan, and if the weather is in our favor.

The team is planning on making satellite phone calls from the summit to loved ones back home. So if you have a loved one with us please keep your phones handy and if you receive a call from a strange number please answer.

Wish us luck!

RMI Guide Casey Grom and the summit bound Kili crew

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All the best on this last leg. Good weather and safe footing. From Ma, GG and Dawn

Posted by: Barbara Sluboski on 1/26/2019 at 8:22 pm

We are all sending good thoughts your way for tomorrow!

Posted by: Angi Merlone on 1/26/2019 at 2:58 pm

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