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Mt. Rainier: June 12th Summit!

Posted by: Casey Grom, Mike Soucy, JM Gorum, Blake Votilla, Lance Colley, Stoney Molina | June 12, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guides Casey Grom and Mike Soucy reached the Summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  The Team reported strong winds, clouds and deteriorating weather.  They have started their descent and are en route back to Camp Muir.

Congratulations to Today’s Team!


Mt. Rainier: June 7th Summit!

Posted by: Casey Grom | June 07, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

RMI Guide Casey Grom called from the Mount Rainier summit at 7:15 a.m.  His team was on top in warm temperatures at no winds.  They began their descent just after the radio call.

Congratulations to the summit climb team!

Mount Rainier summit crater from Columbia Crest, highest point in Washington. Photo: RMI Collection

Mt. Rainier: June 1st Summit!

Posted by: Casey Grom, Ben Liken | June 01, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb Teams led by RMI Guides Casey Grom and Ben Liken reached the top of Mt. Rainier today.  Casey reported a touch and go summit as the team had climbed into a cloud cap and a bit of poor weather with some new snow and a bit of wind.  The Team is en route to Camp Muir and we expect them to be celebrating back at Rainier Basecamp later this afternoon!

Congratulations Team!

An RMI Team on the Upper Mountain. Photo: Casey Grom
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Mt. Rainier: Expeditions Skills Seminar - Muir Reaches Summit

Posted by: Walter Hailes, Casey Grom | May 21, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

At 8:30 am the Expedition Skills Seminar – Muir led by RMI Guides Casey Grom and Walter Hailes crested the summit crater of Mt. Rainier. The team will spend about an hour on the summit enjoying light winds and mild temperatures before beginning their descent to Camp Muir. The team will spend one more night at Camp Muir before returning to Ashford on Friday. We look forward to hearing of their training and climbing adventures.

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Mt. Rainier: May 16th Summit

Posted by: Casey Grom, Chase Nelson, Andrew Kiefer, Stoney Molina | May 16, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

RMI Guide Casey Grom and the entire Four Day Summit Climb team stood on the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning! Casey reported chilly temperatures but light wind and lots of sunshine on the summit. The team is beginning their descent back to Camp Muir where they will refuel and pack up before continuing on to Paradise. We look forward to greeting the team in Ashford this afternoon.

Congratulations to today’s climbers!

An RMI team ascending the upper slopes of Mt. Rainier. Photo: Brent Okita

Everest Base Camp Trek: Grom & Team Finish Their Safe Journey

Posted by: Casey Grom | April 10, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek

We are back safe and sound in Kathmandu.

Everyone is enjoying the comforts here at the Yak & Yeti Hotel, a long hot shower, good food, and the warm temperatures.

It’s been one amazing adventure with a great team and it will be sad to say goodbye, but we are all looking forward to getting back home to our loved ones.

Thanks for following.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

Grom & Team celebrate at Baskin Robbins in Kathmandu, Nepal. Photo: Casey Grom

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Everest Base Camp Trek & Island Peak Climb: Grom & Team Return to Lukla

Posted by: Casey Grom | April 08, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 9,350'

Hello again

It was a nice warm day here on our final hike to Lukla. We started early to beat the traffic and made good time, yet taking time to enjoy this peaceful and majestic place.
There were still dozens of loads headed for Base Camp as always, because much of the needed supplies arrive via plane or from a few days away by mules. We even saw someone carrying a kitchen sink! Which I’m sure is for one of the new tea houses being built that line the trail to Base Camp.
With a little luck we hope to be back in Kathmandu tomorrow morning.
Keep your fingers crossed for us.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

Climbers walking through the streets of Lukla.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Everest Base Camp Trek: Island Peak Team Descends to Namche Bazaar

Posted by: Casey Grom | April 07, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 11,300'

Hello again everyone.

All is still well here in the Khumbu as the remaining team members made our way back into Namche. It was a super busy day on the trail with climbers, Trekkers, yaks, and porters all bound uphill to Everest Base Camp. We slowly made our way through the trail traffic and enjoyed one last good view of Everest.
Along the way we ran into several old friends from my past trips and stopped to wish everyone good luck and finished the day off with a nice reunion with one of RMI’s finest Billy Nugent. Godspeed my friend!

Tomorrow we’ll be moving out early on our final leg of the journey back to Lukla. So please keep you fingers crossed we have good weather and can make our flight back to Kathmandu the following morning.

RMI Casey Grom and crew

Looking over Namche Bazaar.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Everest BC Trek & Island Peak Climb: Casey Grom Calls in After Island Peak Summit

Posted by: Casey Grom | April 05, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 15,514'

Hey everybody. This is Casey Grom checking in from the Everest Base Camp Trek and Island Peak Climb. Wanted to let you know we are all down, safe and sound. Two of us were able to reach the summit yesterday. Tried to give a call last night, but could not get reception in this little valley that we are in. As well as there is still no cell service or wifi up here. Apparently they have been having technical difficulties down valley. But everyone’s doing great after our climb, which was a cold one, we descended back down to Chukung and spent the night in a tea house and everyone is feeling fantastic this morning. Beautiful day again here in the Khumbu. Our plan is to hike down to Pangboche today. All of the trekkers should be catching their flights today from Kathmandu and headed home. We certainly miss those guys and I’m sure you guys back home do too. They should be there very soon. The team is great here and looking forward to getting down to some thicker air and before too long, Kathmandu. So that’s all for now. We’ll check in again hopefully with some pictures when we get into some service or wifi. Thanks you guys. Good bye.

RMI Guide Casey Grom

Island Peak from Pheriche, Nepal. Photo: RMI Collection Island Peak's Headwall, Nepal. Photo: Casey Grom


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Everest Basecamp Trek & Island Peak Climb: Team Parts Ways with Shared Memories

Posted by: Casey Grom | April 02, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 18,200'

Hey Everybody, This is Casey Grom checking in from the Everest Base Camp Trek and Island Peak Climb. Just wanted let you know that everything’s going great here in the Kumbu. After having an incredible day at Base Camp, the team descended yesterday through a little bit of snow all the way down to Pheriche. It’s about 12 miles and it took our group a little over 7 hours, so quite a long day on our feet, but everyone did great! Everyone certainly enjoyed the drop in altitude and the thicker air. It was only 14,000 feet, but everyone could feel the difference. Everyone is doing great and last night we ran into two of RMI’s finest Jeff “JJ” Justman and of course Dave Hahn who are leading our Mt. Everest climb this season. It was great to see those guys and touch base and wish luck to those guys and the climbing crew that is with them.

After getting a good night’s rest, the team got out this morning and had relatively early breakfast. The trekking group headed back to Namche. The Island Peak team and myself headed up the adjacent valley and are relaxing here at Chukung. It was bit of a sad day saying goodbye to our friends that we spent so many great days with, but I am sure those guys are doing great now down in Namche enjoying the warm air, cell service and WiFi. Unfortunately for us, we won’t have cell service or WiFI here in Chukung as there has been some issue with the receivers. Anyways, we’re headed up the valley a little further and expect to be at Island Peak Base Camp tomorrow. We’ll try to check in via satellite phone we can get reception up there.

Thanks a lot. We’ll talk soon.

RMI Guide Casey Grom

The View of Island Peak from Pheriche. RMI Photo Collection The Everest Base Camp Trek & Island Peak Teams in the dining tent at Everest Base Camp.  Photo: Casey Grom


Casey Grom Checking in from Chukung.

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