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Entries By casey grom


Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team Ascend to the Shira Plateau

Hello again everyone-

The team had a really nice day here on Kilimanjaro today, waking to clear skies and a beautiful view of Kilimanjaro looming in the distance. We had a light cloudy layer which helped keep us cool while on the trail, which was nice as the sun can be quite intense here near the equator.

We started the day waking at 6:30 to start packing up before moving into our dinning tent for a nice breakfast with porridge, fried eggs, toast, avocado and even some fresh fruit, and most importantly plenty of hot coffee.

We hit the trail shortly after 8am and slowly made our way up the rocky trail with occasional views of Kilimanjaro above. The trail climbed up a blunted ridge and eventually out of the trees and allowed for some truly spectacular views of the valley below. The team hiked for a little more than four hours before reaching our next camp that sits on the Shira plateau, which is an ancient lava flow.

Everyone is doing very well and we are currently relaxing in camp.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

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Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team Begin Climb

Hello again everyone,

Today the we had an early start leaving behind our beautiful lodge and have headed to the mountain towards the start of the climb. We left around 8am and drove along the rural country side and small villages for two hours before reaching the park entrance.

Most of the area surrounding Kilimanjaro has been cultivated and primarily used for coffee and banana production, plus a variety of other agriculture needs. There are still a few areas that have been untouched and resemble more of a savannah that Tanzania is known for. Kilimanjaro’s base is mostly forested and resembles more of a jungle, this area is called the cloud forest.

Once we arrived at the park gate we had all of our gear weighed and divided into loads for our porters and other staff to carry before hitting the trail. Once everything was in order we started our climb slowly making our way up the winding trail that ascends continuously through the thick forest. Thankfully the overhead canopy provided a bit of relief from the hot sun overhead.

The team hiked for a little over 5 1/2 hours and reached our camp for the night that sits around 10,000'. After settling into camp and get situated the team was served a nice warm meal for dinner.

Everyone is doing well and looking forward to a good nights rest.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

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Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team Enjoy a Sightseeing Day in Tanzania

Hello all,

Today the team enjoyed a rare extra day here in Tanzania. Normally we are off to the mountain pretty quickly, but new international flight dates gave us all one additional day here on the front end of our trip. The team ventured out to do some light and distant sightseeing not too far from the lodge. A little city tour that could be called an urban safari, with a brief stop at the local museum/culture center and a small art studio/gallery.

We’re all packed up and ready to hit the road early tomorrow and start our climb up Kilimanjaro
Everyone is in good spirits and excited for a little exercise.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

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Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team Arrive in Arusha, Tanzania

Checking in with RMI's 1st Kilimanjaro Climb of 2022! Great to finally be back in Africa.

All is well here in Tanzania as the team arrived late last night after some very long flights. A few new procedures getting through customs but everything went pretty smoothly. It was a short and peaceful ride to our Lodge that is nestled in between Arusha and Moshi and not so far from the base of Kilimanjaro. The team had a quick dinner and headed for bed as the time change had us all feeling just a little off and pretty tired after all the traveling.

Today we had a leisurely morning with our group meeting after breakfast , where we did a round of introductions and then discussed the upcoming program for the days ahead. The team spent the remainder of the day getting our gear packed up, exploring the grounds of our peaceful Lodge and dodging the gaggle of monkeys patrolling the grounds.

We wrapped up the evening with a delicious meal and plenty of friendly conversations. Everyone is doing well and excited to be here. 

RMI Guide Casey Grom and the Kili crew!

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Mt. Rainier: Four Day Climb led by Casey Grom Reaches Summit

The Four Day Climb August 1 - 4, led by RMI Guide Casey Grom reached the summit of Mt. Rainier just before 6 am today.  The team reported a beautiful, sunny day with a light breeze.  The team began their descent from the crater rim just after 7 am.  Once back at Camp Muir they will continue down to Paradise and return to Rainier BaseCamp for a little celebration before concluding their adventure.

Congratulations to all the climbers!

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Congratulations to all.  What an amazing achievement & experience!

Posted by: Anne on 8/7/2021 at 4:31 am

Wow,....Bravo!!! Great achievement team members!!
CONGRATULATIONS

Posted by: Jyoti kulkarni on 8/4/2021 at 10:23 am


Mt. Rainier: Grom, Wilkinson & Teams Reach Summit!

Congratulations to the Four Day Climb July 22 - 25 on reaching the summit of Mt. Rainier today!  Clear skies accompanied these teams led by RMI Guides Casey Grom and Devin Wilkinson, to the summit early this morning.  After enjoying some time on top they begain their descent from the crater rim aroun 6:15 am.  These climbers will continue their descent to Paradise today and conclude their adventure with a celebration at Rainier BaseCamp.

Nice work team!

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We fairly flew up the mountain, thanks to expert leadership by our guides.  We topped out on the rim of the summit crater in darkness, crossed it in first light, and arrived at the Columbia Crest into the new day.  Was the sensation delight, madness, glee, relief, or some combination, to watch our great ball of fire emerge out of the noblest peak in the ring of fire?  Rainier’s perfect trapezoid shadow formed in the morning haze to the west, just north of a nearly perfect lunar orb, while summiteers snapped selfies. Casey had brought a new register book, which we had the honor to be among the first to sign (the full one he brought down to return to the NPS rangers).  At “Register Rock” we huddled to inscribe our names, though really it was the mountain inscribing itself on us!

Posted by: Lisa Fernandez on 7/26/2021 at 9:37 pm

Congratulations! I cannot wait to hear about the awesome effort and adventure.

Posted by: Joy Moretti on 7/25/2021 at 8:46 am


Mt. Rainier: Route Work and 250th Summit for RMI Guide Casey Grom

A big thank you to our stellar RMI Guides for their hard work yesterday maintaining and improving the route.  The climb marks the 250th time RMI Guide Casey Grom has reached the summit of Mt. Rainier. Congratulations Casey we are priviledged to work with such an accomplished and great guide.  We hope your 250th summit was a memorable one!

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Congrats Casey, keep chipping away at the ice and 300 will be here before you know it!

Posted by: Kurt Weisel on 8/5/2021 at 8:37 am

Casey!  Wow, what a feat…congrats!  Anyone lucky enough to have been up with you is lucky enough!  Deborah & Kaki

Posted by: Deborah Rutter on 7/23/2021 at 5:12 am


Mt. Rainier: July 17th Team Reaches Summit!

The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guide Casey Grom reached the summit of Mt. Rainier around 6:45 a.m. today. The team was able to spend some time on the summit enjoying the views before beginning their descent back to Camp Muir. The team will pack up and refuel before continuing their descent. We look forward to seeing them in Ashford later this afternoon. 

Way to climb, team!

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Mt. Rainier: Grom, Halliday & Four Day Teams Reach Summit

RMI Guides Casey Grom & Alex Halliday led their Four Day Climb Teams July 10 - 13, 2021 to the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  The teams reached the crater rim at 5:10 am.  Skies were clear and winds were calm as the teams enjoyed some time on the summit.   They began their descent from the crater rim at 6:30 am.  Once back at Camp Muir they will repack and continue the remaining 4,500' to Paradise. 

Congratulations to today's climbers!

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Way to goooooo!!!!!

Posted by: MaryBeth & DZ on 7/13/2021 at 1:39 pm


Mt. Rainier: July 7th Team on Top!

The Four Day Climb Teams led by RMI Guides Casey Grom and Taylor Bickford reached the summit of Mt. Rainier. The team climbed into a cloud cap with wind, blowing snow, and poor visibility, so they did not get to spend too much time on top. They are on the descent and will be back at Camp Muir soon.

Congratulations to today’s teams!

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Well done! Congrats to Nicholas de Steiguer!

Posted by: Allen deSteiguer on 7/7/2021 at 12:51 pm

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