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Everest Base Camp Trek: Grom & Team Visit Monastery

Hello again everyone back home

It was another great day here in the Khumbu Valley, with the team waking up to bright beautiful 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 Thame that is home to wonderful group of female 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 where in the monastery reading their Tibetan prayers and happily invited us in to listen. It was very special and we all felt lucky to have been able to share the moment with them. After the prayer session 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. We also found a barber shop of all things and a few of us decided to get a fresh shave and hair wash if you can believe that!
If that wasn’t enough, we ran into one of RMI’s great guides Sean Collon here in Namche. He’s currently in medical school and has been in Nepal for a few months doing some volunteer work with the local community.
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

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Glad to see the trek is experiencing favorable conditions! Great to see my fitness trainer Angel and her husband Dave are on track to check off an item on their bucket list! Onward and upward!

Posted by: Michael Miller on 3/21/2018 at 7:30 pm

Very exciting!  Have the time of your life! Climb every mountain..starting with Everest.

Posted by: Desiree Christensen on 3/21/2018 at 7:54 am

Everest Base Camp Trek: Grom & Team Reach Namche Bazaar

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 around 8:30 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 Zokes (cross between a Yak and a cow) carrying loads headed up valley and to basecamp as we made our way down, but mostly up, this rocky 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, but I did notice no one stopped in the middle to take photos. Overall it was a really enjoyable day as we climbed up to just over 11,200’ where Namche sits. It was sunny and beautiful all day and we even managed to spot mighty Everest off in the distance.

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Everest Base Camp Trek: Grom & Team Fly to Lukla and Begin Trek

Hello from the Khumbu Valley!

We started our day here pretty early, meeting in the hotel lobby at 5am. After checking out of the hotel we had 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 4 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 Monastery’s here in the 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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WOWZA!! Looks amazing! Have you helped your uncle Yak?

Posted by: Maiers on 3/18/2018 at 10:31 pm

Looking good! One step at a time!
Any cool rocks? Love Emma

Posted by: Cheryl Tomlinson on 3/18/2018 at 6:19 pm

Everest Base Camp Trek: Grom & Team Arrive in Kathmandu


The team 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 went on a brief tour of Kathmandu where we visited the beautiful Monkey Temple, and the famous Boudhanath Stupa.
It’s quite the culture shock visiting this busy city packed with nearly four 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 and crew

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Keeping you in our thoughts. Good to see you arrived safely. Live in the moment.
Bill and Nancy

Posted by: Nancy Hicks on 3/17/2018 at 7:49 pm

Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team Continue Their Safari at 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, probably several hundred at the least. It wouldn’t seem like we could get tired of seeing elephants, but there were so many that eventually we had to keep driving so we could see other animals.
There were lots of giraffes, impalas, monkeys, ostriches, and many others.
One of the highlights was seeing a male Cheetah up close, only about 20 feet away. He was just relaxing under a big tree overlooking a small pond and hardly seemed to notice us.
We are spending our last night here in Africa at Tarangire Balloon 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 tomorrow. Then it will be back to our main lodge near Arusha for a brief stop before catching our evening flights home.
Thanks for following.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

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Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team Explore the Ngorongoro Crater

Jambo everyone,

Today we visited Ngorongoro Crater. The crater is roughly 100 square miles and is home for the 30,000 to 40,000 animals that have taken up residence.
We hit the road early with hopes of catching a few more animals 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 many lions, but did get pretty close to one big male.
One of the highlights was seeing not one, but five Black Rhino which have become very rare do to poaching.
We wrapped up the day with a visit to a Maasai village not far from the crater 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 under the stars and the full moon that hopefully everyone back home gets to see too.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

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Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team’s First Day on Safari

Today was our first day of safari and we headed west to visit the beautiful Lake Manyara, which is a brief stopping ground for the many migratory animals and full of beautiful birds. Everyone enjoyed the day cruising around in our safari vehicles with cold beverages in hand while seeing the animals.
We managed to see a few wildebeest, zebras, Cape buffalo, giraffe, baboons, impalas and many hippos, plus one huge male elephant very close. It was a pretty nice introduction to the incredible wildlife that Africa has and the team is looking forward to seeing more tomorrow.

We wrapped up the evening relaxing at our new accommodations, The Plantation Lodge.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and the Safari crew

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What an exciting first day on safari portion of Kilimanjaro expedition. Great pictures of you 6, even with giant bull elephant so close. Without my first hand knowledge I wouldn’t guess you’d just gotten down from climbing highest point in Africa.

Posted by: Daniel Thompson on 1/31/2018 at 7:27 am

Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team Bid Farewell to their Mountain Staff

100% on Top!

Yesterday we had a beautiful long day climbing to the summit of Kilimanjaro.

Today we started at 7:00 feeling good and refreshed after a much needed nights sleep, we had breakfast, then enjoyed some goodbye songs and dance from our amazing African crew of porters, cooks, and local guides numbering 51. 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, cleaner, and smelling fresh after an exciting seven-day journey up and down Kilimanjaro.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and the Kilimanjaro crew

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Congrats to all! What a fantastic accomplishment!

Posted by: Lisa DeBoer on 1/30/2018 at 6:20 am

Kilimanjaro: Grom and Team Reach Summit

Hello everybody, Casey Grom checking in. Just wanted to let everyone know that those of you who didn’t receive a phone call from the summit of Kilimanjaro, we had 100% success today!

Like I said last night, we left pretty early to beat some of the traffic, but unfortunately I think many of those people have the same idea as well. It was a busy day on the trail for us which wasn’t too much of an inconvenience, but it definitely made things a little more challenging with breaks and trying to keep a nice steady pace. But the team did fantastic and as they know that goal number 1 is to take care of yourself, and they did a fantastic job today of taking care of themselves. A little after about 7 hours of climbing, we were able to reach the summit of Kilimanjaro along with most of those other people that started the night with us. So there was I’m guessing close to 100 people on the summit, some before us, and a handful after us. Up there all the same time, it was a little bit of a struggle to try to get people in to get their photos at the actual sign. It’s pretty painless on Kilimanjaro, but we managed to get quite a few.

Unfortunately still no cell service, so I haven’t been able to get any pictures out. And that’s going to happen tomorrow for sure, as we have descended all the way back to the Mweka Camp tonight. We’re at about 10,000’. Tomorrow we get to the park gate…our hotel and freshly showered, at about 3-4 in the afternoon.

Anyway, all is well; team’s doing great. Everyone’s very tired after a very long day, but again 100% success and looking forward to sharing some of those pictures with you guys alright.

RMI Guide Casey Grom checks in after the team reaches the summit of Kilimanjaro.

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Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team Arrive at High Camp, Prepare for Summit Attempt

Hello everybody, this is Casey Grom checking in again from Kilimanjaro. We woke up to beautiful clear skies again today, which was very, very nice after a bit of rain and snow showers that we got last night. And, to be honest, that has kind of been the trend the last few nights. We’ve been able to get in to camp generally before any little clouds roll in and we’ve been getting some sprinkles and there were some snow in the evening, but we have been waking up to clear skies thankfully every morning. Today we left Karanga Camp which is about 13,200 feet or so and we hiked up to our High Camp, which is called Barafu and sits up at about 15,000 feet. Everybody did fantastic and again, we had super nice weather getting up here shortly after arriving at camp. same thing as the last couple nights, we had clouds roll in and start spitting a little moisture on this, but thankfully our gracious crew already had camp set up and lunch waiting on us so we able to pull in and stay dry and then fill our bellies full of good food up here. We took a little nap and then had dinner and then we also discussed the upcoming game plan for tonight’s climb.  Finally we’re here and ready to do it. So everybody’s all packed up squared away. They know what they got going on and what they’re going to be wearing and bring with them tomorrow. The plan is going to be for us to wake up at 11 p.m.. It’s a little busy up here so we’re going to try to get out ahead of some some of the groups. So we’re going to get up at 11. We’re going to try and hit the trail about midnight or so after a small light breakfast with some porridge, and some maybe some fresh fruit and some toast and obviously plenty of coffee. Then we’ll hopefully be walking uphill at midnight. If all goes well we should be at the summit somewhere between 6 and 8 hours. I’m guessing we’ll be around 7 or so will be ideal and like the last trip. We can all get to get up there to bring the satellite phone and everyone’s going to give a call to their loved ones back home, so if your following the blog and this makes it to the blog before we get to the summit, keep your phone handy again. We should be near this summit somewhere between 7 and 8 o’clock Tanzanian time. So if your phone rings, and you get a funny number, it’s probably a satellite phone and someone is calling from the summit to say they miss you and wish that they had you there with them. Anyway, that’s all for now time to get some sleep, and we’ll check in hopefully from the summit and certainly when we make our way back down. Have a good night.

RMI Guide Casey Grom

RMI Guide Casey Grom checks in from High Camp on Kilimanjaro.

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Congratulations to the team for the successful summit. A special congratulations to my amazing duo, my husband Stan and son Conrad. I’m beyond proud of you two both for your accomplishment and for your special bond. Good job guys. Keep going!  Waiting anxiously for your stories and photos.



Posted by: Elena Golovac on 1/28/2018 at 4:30 am

I want to give a big shout-out to my amazing father Randy DeBoer! While most guys retire and take up golf, my pop casually decided to take up mountain climbing and hasn’t looked back since. He always has been and continues to be an inspiration to his family and friends. We love you dad! Can’t wait to hear all about your amazing trip.

Ty, CC and Margot

Posted by: Ty, CC and Margot on 1/27/2018 at 5:22 pm

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