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Entries By casey grom

Mt. Rainier: May 25th Team Turns Due to High Winds

The Four Day Climb led by RMI Guides Casey Grom and Dominic Cifelli reached 12,300' on Mt. Rainier early this morning. The team reached the mid-point of Disappointment Cleaver, but the strong winds of 40 - 50 mph forced the team make the decision to descend safely back to Camp Muir. They will return to Rainier Basecamp in Ashford later this afternoon. 

Congratulations Team! 

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That photo looks like something out of a movie—pretty otherworldly.

Posted by: Some guy from Puyallup on 5/25/2024 at 10:06 pm

Mt. Rainier: Four Day Teams Turned back at 12,000ft

The Four Day Climb May 17 - 20 led by RMI Guides Casey Grom and Tatum Whatford reached 12,000ft today before route conditions required that they turn around. The team enjoyed a beautiful sunrise with a cloud deck below. They returned safely to Camp Muir, packed up their gear and continued their descent to Paradise.  The team will conclude their adventure this afternoon at Rainier BaseCamp.

PC: Tatum Whatford

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We’re scheduled for a 5 day in mid-june… In looking through the blog I don’t see any successful summits this season… is there a summary we can see that provides some insight into how things are going in order to judge our chances (weather permitting) of success ?

Posted by: Doug Thompson on 5/24/2024 at 10:43 am

What on the cleaver prompted the decision to turn around?

Posted by: Thomas Coleman on 5/21/2024 at 12:32 am

Mt. Rainier: Four Day Team Watches Northern Lights from 11,200’

The Four Day Climb led by RMI Guides Casey Grom and Sam Hoffman climbed to Ingraham Flats at 11,200' on Mt. Rainier. The team had the most amazing views of the Northern Lights, and Sunrise. They spent the morning practicing their mountaineering skills at the flats before descending back to Camp Muir.

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That is gorgeous!

Posted by: Some guy from Puyallup on 5/12/2024 at 1:16 pm

Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team Head to Tarangire National Park

Hello everyone,

Today we headed to Tarangire National Park known for its abundant elephants, and it didn’t disappoint. Not sure how many we saw, but it was quite a few, and we got pretty close to boot.  There were lots of giraffes, impalas, monkeys, ostriches, and many, many birds. We did manage to see a leopard, unfortunately it wasn’t that close and seemed to just be napping in the afternoon heat.

We are spending our last night here in Africa at Nykani Tented Camp, which has beautiful tented rooms with screen windows to allow the sounds of the African bush in. Everyone is doing great and hoping to see a few more big cats on our way out of the park tomorrow morning. Then it will be back to our main lodge near Arusha for a brief stop before catching our flights home.

Thanks for following,

RMI Guides Casey Grom, Jess Wedel and crew!

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Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team Visit Ngorongoro Crater

Day 2 on Safari had us visiting the world famous Ngorongoro Crater. The crater is what remains of a once massive volcano that erupted. In the two million years since then, hundreds of animals have taken up residence and have created one of the best safari options in Africa.

We hit the road early with hopes of catching a few more animals before the heat sent them in search for shade. Not long after descending down into the crater we came upon several lions with three cute cubs. We continued driving around trying not to stop at all the zebra, wildebeest, and Cape buffalo that were nearly in the way.

There were many sightings today of hyenas, jackles, ostrich, and countless other birds. One of the highlights was seeing seven Black Rhino which have become very rare.

We have just finished another wonderful meal here at the Plantation Lodge and are looking forward to what tomorrow may bring as we head to Tarangire National Park.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and the Safari crew

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Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team Enjoy First Day on Safari

Our first day on safari brought us to Lake Manyara. A small national park that boarders Lake Manyara known for its tree climbing lions. The team spent about four hours driving around the park and saw a fair amount of wildlife. Zebra, Cape buffalo, hundreds of baboons, Vervet monkeys, Blue monkeys and lots of exotic birds. Everyone had a great day and enjoyed just relaxing while taking in the views. 
We then headed to our home for the next two days at an amazing lodge called The Plantation Lodge.

The team just finished a wonderful meal and are off to bed as we are headed out early hoping to see some big cats!

RMI Guides Casey Grom, Jess Wedel and the Safari crew  

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Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team Reach Summit - 100% to the top!

100% on top


Team is doing well. Tired but in great spirits. 


We’ve descended back to high camp where we’ll have lunch to refuel and then hit the trail and head to thicker air. 


Tonight we’ll spend our last night on the mountain before heading out of the park tomorrow. 


RMI Guides Casey Grom, Jess Wedel and the summit team!!!

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Ian & Erin, I’m so proud of you! Congratulations on reaching the top! Can’t wait k hear all about your adventures.

Posted by: Kim Clark on 1/29/2024 at 3:59 am

Yay Crigler’s!!!! What an amazing accomplishment and can’t wait to hear all the wonderful stories.

Safe travels home!!


Posted by: Francine on 1/28/2024 at 2:00 pm

Kilimanjaro: Grom and Team at Barafu Camp Ready to Go for the Top!

Saturday, January 27, 2024, 7:26 am PST

We've arrived at high camp! Summit push tonight!

It was a short and uneventful move from Karanga camp up to Barafu camp, which is our launching point for the summit. The team did great, and we arrived in just over 3hrs with amazing views most of the way.

We've had our summit talk where we discussed our plan and the teams strategy for tomorrow. Final packing is taking place as I write this and we'll have dinner shortly, then it's off to bed for a little sleep before the climb. Weather permitting, we'll be up at 10:30pm, have breakfast, and hopefully hit the trail around 11:30pm. As per usual, I'm expecting the ascent to take around7-8 hours with breaks to the "Roof of Africa".

Keep your fingers crossed for us, and there's a chance, if time allows some of you back home might receive a satellite phone call from the summit. So keep your phones handy. My best guess is we'll be on the summit around 7-7:30 in the morning, Tanzania time.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and the Kilimanjaro Crew

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Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team Ascend the Great Barranco Wall

Hello everyone 

Right out of camp we were faced with the only significant technical obstacle for this climb. This hurdle is the great Barranco Wall, which rises about 1,000 feet and looks as intimidating as it sounds. Thankfully, there is a narrow trail that weaves its way up the wall and all the way to the top. Most of it feels like steep hiking, but there are a few places that require the use of our hands to help us climb up.

The team made incredible time and we were rewarded with tea and cookies on top. We took an extra long break to take in the amazing views of the ice laden south face of Kilimanjaro above and green valleys below. 

The team continued our hike for a few more hours up and down before reaching our end point. 

All in all, it took only about four hours for us to get to our next camp called Karanga, named for the big and beautiful valley which it overlooks. 

We enjoyed a restful afternoon - taking naps and playing cards to the sound of rain on our tents, made more sweet by the fact that we were inside and staying dry.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

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Your gripping account of the Kilimanjaro ascent is inspiring. Thank you for sharing this remarkable adventure with us!

Posted by: Right Angle Developers on 4/23/2024 at 3:42 am

You are all amazing! Great work! My pals Ian and Erin look strong so far!

Posted by: Kim Clark on 1/26/2024 at 5:42 pm

Kilimanjaro: Grom and Team Reaches New Heights

Jambo Everyone

All is well here on Kilimanjaro!
Today we woke to beautifully clear skies with even better views of Kilimanjaro and clouds obscuring the valleys below. Our morning ritual has been waking around 6:30 and getting everything in our tents packed up before heading into our very spacious dinning tent for quite the feast.

We hit the trail once again around 8 am and hiked for an hour before taking our usual 15 minute break, then back on the trail for another hour. All total today we hiked for just over six hours before reaching camp which is set up and ready for us. 

Along the way we passed around the famous and beautiful Lava Tower reaching just over 15,000', setting new altitude records for some and we also chatted with a few other climbers who are on the same schedule with us. All in all it was a really nice day with clouds gathering in the afternoon to help keep the temperature comfortable for hiking. 

That’s all for now. 

RMI Guides Casey Grom, Jess Wedel and the Kili crew

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Hi Crigler Family!

Love seeing these updates (jealous) and can see your having an amazing adventure.

Keep up the great work!  Rooting for you all the way from Chatham, NJ.


Posted by: Francine Leff on 1/25/2024 at 1:04 pm

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