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Entries By casey grom


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

The Four Day Summit Climb August 24 - 27, 2016 led by RMI Guides Casey Grom, Jess Matthews and Blake Votilla reached the crater rim of Mt. Rainier just before 7 am this morning.  They reported nice climbing and sunshine with winds and chilly temperatures. 

Way to go!

Way to go, Joe!

Posted by: Rick on 8/27/2016 at 8:52 am

OMG!!  On top of the World, Stephen!  Congratulations to you AND the team!

Posted by: Diane Roberts on 8/27/2016 at 7:24 am


Mt. Rainier: August 22nd Update

The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guide Casey Grom and Robby Young  turned at 13,800’ due to high winds and route conditions.  The team has has started their descent and are en route back to Camp Muir.

Congratulations to today’s team!

What an effort to reach top! Casey, Robby and all others are true heroes to attempt summit under very incremental weather. Hats off!!

Posted by: Ujjal B on 8/24/2016 at 4:24 pm


Mt. Elbrus: Grom & Team Spend Their Last Day in St. Petersburg

Well we had a really nice last day in Russia yesterday. We began the day meeting with our tour guide, Galina, and headed out on a quick tour of St. Petersburg. We stopped off at St. Nicholas Church, stopped by the grand St. Isaac’s Cathedral and made our way to the famous Heritage Museum. Not having a ton of time to see the thousands of exhibits so we did and express trip to see the highlights, which included a few paintings and sculptures by Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, and other great artist. It was pretty amazing to see so much art in one place and everyone enjoyed the brief visit.
We took a short break before meeting back up with our tour guide for a evening canal tour via boat of this historical city, which was a great way to wrap up a wonderful trip.
That’s all for this trip! The team heads home tomorrow. Thanks for following us.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew


Mt. Elbrus: Grom & Team Arrive in Saint Petersburg

Saint Petersburg!!!

We traveled all day and have finally arrived in one of the most beautiful cities of Europe. Things went relatively smooth considering we had two van rides and two flights. We checked into the hotel here and then ran out for a quick dinner.

Everyone is very excited to explore and see this city tomorrow.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and team

Hey Team-1!

How is St.Petersburg treating you? Enjoy your last day in Russia and remember that you have a place to stay in Moscow, if you ever decide to visit again. It was a great pleasure to climb with you.

Cheers,
Galina

Posted by: Galina on 8/2/2016 at 7:45 am


Mt. Elbrus: Grom & Team Spend a Fun Day in Cheget

After lucking out with weather our team spent the contingency weather day hanging out in Cheget. Rumors from the mountain were that most teams were turned around before the summit this morning due to bad weather finally coming in. The drizzle hardly dampened our spirits after our perfect conditions yesterday and we spent the day walking around town, luncheoning, ATV renting, nearly getting run over by a horse on the loose, drinking coffee, telling lies, and eventually drinking beer. Right now we’re all hanging in the hotel lobby before heading out to a celebratory dinner with the entire team including our Russian staff. Hopefully we’ll survive the vodka associated with a traditional Russian celebration well enough to make tomorrow’s early departure for the airport bearable.

All for now!

RMI Guide Billy Nugent


Mt. Elbrus: Grom & Team Summit!

We did it! We stood on the summit of Mt. Elbrus, Europe’s highest peak.

I have to admit we were pretty lucky with the weather, as it was near perfect. The team did a fantastic job of taking care of themselves and climbed strong. We summited around 7:30 in clear skies with a wonderful view of the entire Caucus mountain range.
But it didn’t end there, after descending a short ways off of the summit we were at the saddle between the 2 summits that Elbrus has and a few of us decided to climb both summits while the rest of the team descended safely back to camp. It only added an additional hour and a half, so not too bad, especially since we had such amazing weather.
After everyone returned to camp, we had a quick lunch and then packed up to head down valley to our hotel at the base of the mountain.

RMI Guides Casey Grom & Billy Nugent

On The Map


Mt. Elbrus: Grom & Team Prepare for Summit Attempt

Pree-vēt!

Things are good here at Garabashi Hut and the team is excited for tonight! We did a little prep for tomorrow by reviewing a few climb techniques and then rested the remainder of the day. Our cook, Dasha, has done a great job of filling our bellies with plenty of good ol’ home cooked Russian food.

Everything is set and if the weather continues to hold we’ll be up at 2:00 a.m. After a quick breakfast, we’ll hop on the snowcat to give us a bump a little further up the mountain. It will shorten our climb a little and increase our chance of reaching the highest point in Europe.

That’s all for now. Keep your fingers crossed for us!

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

On The Map


Mt. Elbrus: Grom & Team Enjoy Another Beautiful Day

Hello again everyone.
The weather continues to be beautiful here on Mt. Elbrus for us. We started the day with a nice breakfast and then set out on our last acclimatizing hike just before 9:00. The team did a great job as we made our way up to a little over 15,300’, setting a new record for some and it took us only about three hours. We stopped along the way to take a few breaks and enjoy the view as well as chat with the other climbers that are from all over the world.
After reaching our high point we made our way back to camp just in time for another enjoyable lunch.
Since then it’s been nap time for some or just relaxing in our little huts as there was a small snow squall that blew through this afternoon.
Everyone is doing well and in good spirits.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew


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

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