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Entries By casey grom


Mt. Elbrus: Grom & Team Travel to the Mountain

Zdravstvuyte (hello) from Russia,

Things are good here in Russia. We left Moscow this morning and have traveled via plane and bus to the beautiful Caucus mountains. 
Our flight took us to southern Russia near the Black Sea, or if you remember Sochi from the Olympics, it not too far from there. We flew into Mineralnye Vody. This part of the country is predominately rural and is responsible for much of the agriculture that the larger cities depends on. We were meet by our trustworthy guide Yuri, whom I’ve climbed with many times. Then hopped in our van for the 3hr drive up the Baksan Valley to the base of Mt. Elbrus.

The small town we are in is called Cheget, and it doubles as a ski town in winter and converts to climbing in the summer. We didn’t do a ton of exploring this afternoon due to the rain and the adjustment of the time that we are all still feeling.
However, tomorrow we will do our first acclimatizing hike and do a little exploring.

All is well here and the team is excited to stretch our legs a bit!

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

On The Map


Mt. Elbrus: Grom and Team Arrive in Moscow

Hello Everyone, 

All is well here in Moscow. Most of the team arrived yesterday evening after some very long flights. As most of us are still adjusting to the massive time change we keep things simple with a little round of introductions and stepped out for a short walk and a nice dinner. Today we meet with our local tour guide and had an outstanding tour of the nearby Red Square, Kremlin as well as visiting several churches including the iconic St. Basil’s. We took a short break and then headed out once again for dinner and a nice walk. Everyone is doing great and looking forward to heading to the mountains tomorrow.

That’s all for now.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and Crew

Thinking of you all day with love, Thad, on your birthday. Love this blog. Am grateful for the weather and impressed with Casey Grom;s credentials.  May you and Samantha have a lifetime of beautiful memories of this adventure. Warmest love to all, JoMama, aka Grandma Jo

Posted by: Jo Yeik on 7/12/2016 at 1:55 pm

So glad you had good weather so far
Great pics
Your in our thoughts and prayers
Love from south carolina

Posted by: Tracey Golden on 7/12/2016 at 10:29 am


Mt. Rainier: Grom & Team Summit Mt. Rainier

RMI Guide Casey Grom and the Four Day Summit Climb July 1-4, 2016 reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  The cloud deck was at 8,800’ and the windy conditions from last night had subsided enough for the team to make their attempt.  They reported breezy conditions on the summit and everyone was doing well.  They started their descent from the crater rim at 7:30 am PT.

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb team and Happy Independence Day!

Congratulations to Vivian Roach (and your team!)!!!! Your posse is so proud of you!!!!

Posted by: Karen on 7/5/2016 at 4:33 am

Congrats to Paul Baker!!!!  Love and Support You Always!!!!

Love, Jane

Posted by: Jane Decker on 7/5/2016 at 3:49 am


Mt. Rainier: June 30th Summit on the Kautz Route

The Expedition Skills Seminar - Kautz led by RMI Guide Casey Grom reached the summit of Mt. Rainier via the Kautz route early this morning.  Casey reported that the Kautz route is in great shape and it was a beautiful day of climbing for the team.  They will spend another night on the mountain training before returning to Ashford.

Congratulations to today’s team!

Congratulations to Michael and Anna for reaching the summit!  :)  And to the whole rest of the team too.

Posted by: Lynn on 6/30/2016 at 9:29 am


Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climb 100% to Summit

RMI Guide Casey Grom and the entire Four Day Summit Climb team reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning. On the summit, the team experienced a Mt. Rainier cloud cap with snow, low visibility and 25 m.p.h. winds. The team began their descent around 7:15 a.m. PDT. We look forward to seeing them at Rainier BaseCamp this afternoon.

Way to climb!

Congrats, Ray! Way to go on your climb

Posted by: Paula and courtney on 6/22/2016 at 5:50 pm

Hi Mom and Dad,  I can’t believe you climbed all the way up Mt Rainier.  I love you Mom and Dad and can’t wait till you get back. 

JoJo Perham ( for Corinne and Armin)

Posted by: JoJo on 6/22/2016 at 8:26 am


Mt. Rainier: Winter Conditions Turn Team on Summit Attempt

Due to high winds and snow the Mt.Rainier Summit Climb was unable to summit this morning.  The team, led by RMI Guide Casey Grom, traveled to the Gap (10,600’) on the Disappointment Cleaver Route.  Their planned departure from Camp Muir is 10:00 a.m.


Mt. Rainier: June 8th, Summit!

The Five Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guide Mike Uchal and the Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guide Eric Frank Reached the summit of Mt. Rainier early this morning.  Eric radioed in from High Break while the teams were on their descent and reported the winds of about 40 - 45 mph on the mountain.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and Team also checked in from the Expedition Skills Seminar - Kautz, the team is camped on the Wilson Glacier having a great time training.

Congratulations to today’s teams!

Good job Michael
Hope to see you out in Port Port

Posted by: Stephanie Ferruzza on 6/9/2016 at 8:27 am

Zorionak!!! Amazing news, congrats to Rafa and to the whole team!!

Posted by: Stephanie on 6/8/2016 at 9:08 am


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

Today’s Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guides Casey Grom and Geoff Schellens reached the summit of Mt. Rainier around 7:30 am. Casey reported winds up to 30 mph and clear skies. The teams will spend some time on the summit before beginning their descent.

We look forward to seeing the teams in Ashford later today. Congratulations climbers!

Mike O’Hara so proud of you! What an accomplishment! I knew you could do it :)

Posted by: Zayna on 5/31/2016 at 6:36 pm

https://www.facebook.com/jake.olson.161/posts/1003681219747825
Pretty sure I caught your headlamps on the cathedral gap at about 1am

Posted by: Jake Olson on 5/30/2016 at 12:03 pm


Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climb Teams Enjoy Time on the Summit

The Four Day Summit Climb teams were approaching Mt. Rainier’s crater rim at 7:30 am.  RMI Guide Casey Grom reported clear skies, cold temperatures and very little wind on their summit climb today.  The cloud deck is around 9,500’ and its beautiful above.  The teams left the crater rim just before 9 am to return to Camp Muir.  They will continue down to Paradise later today.

Congratulations to today’s climbing teams!

Just wanted to follow-up on what Paul said above…Nick, Steve, & Eric - You guys were awesome. Thank you for an awesome experience. Same to you as well Casey, Paul, and Walt. I’ve included all six of you in a Dropbox account should you wish to see the pictures from this awesome adventure!

I also want to say thanks to an amazing team…both A and B. I know I didn’t get to know everyone, but I consider myself grateful to have been able to share this experience with all of you. Thanks to each of you for making this trip that much enjoyable. Please upload your photos to the Dropbox! (Let me know if you didn’t receive the invite…check your junk folders) Between all of us, there should be some pretty amazing pics.

Again thanks to each of you, guides and teammates alike! Much love and All the Best!! - Beau Jackson

Posted by: Beau Jackson on 5/23/2016 at 6:53 pm

A huge thanks again to Casey Grom, Paul Rachele, and Walter Hailes for safely guiding our group to the summit and back. Your level of professionalism, knowledge, enthusiasm, and concern for our safety completely blew me away. It was very obvious to me that each of you are extremely passionate about guiding. I learned so much over the past few days and very much appreciate the enormous effort that each of you contributed to make it a fun, educational, and thoroughly enjoyable four days. I look forward to climbing the next peak with you and RMI…... after I recover from this trip of course :-) Paul.

Posted by: Paul Moran on 5/23/2016 at 3:45 pm


Mt. Rainier: May 14th - Summit!

Our Four Day Summit Climb Teams led by RMI Guides Casey Grom and Kel Rossiter Reached the Summit of Mt. Rainier early this morning.  The team reported moderate winds of 20 – 30 MPH and a bit of light Snow.  The team was able to spend a brief amount of time on the Crater Rim before starting their descent.  The team is en route to Camp Muir and will be back at Ashford Basecamp this afternoon.

Today also marks the 200th Summit of Mt. Rainier for our lead Guide Casey Grom. Casey has been a guide with RMI Expeditions for over ten years, and has successfully reached the top of many peaks all over the world including Mt. Everest.  Congratulations to Casey on a very successful climbing career, we look forward to sharing many more summits with you!

Congratulations to the team and to the guide for his superior performance on such a grueling mountain.  Climbing it one time is a dream of mine. 

Posted by: Kevin Stone on 5/16/2016 at 11:44 am

Congrats! Just curious, were ladders required or put in place over crevasses?

Posted by: Amanda on 5/15/2016 at 12:21 pm

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