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Entries By casey grom

Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team At Karanga Camp

Hello from Kilimanjaro:
Today the team did a fantastic job climbing the intimidating looking Barranco Wall. It was the technical hurdle of this expedition and everyone did great and I believe thoroughly enjoyed the challenge. Of course the porters made it look easy as they climbed the wall with their loads carefully balanced on their heads.
Once above the wall we took a well-deserved break to enjoy the views of the valleys below, but unfortunately the upper mountain was obscured by clouds. Nonetheless, the team climbed slow and steady as we made our way up and down a few ridges before finally arriving in camp for the remainder of the day.
Everyone is still enjoying the climb and are looking forward to heading to our high camp tomorrow where we will start our summit bid from.

That’s all for now.
RMI Guide Casey Grom and the Kilimanjaro crew

On The Map

Good luck Catherine.  The summit awaits you!  All is well in Maine.

Posted by: Linda Morrison on 1/14/2017 at 6:37 am

Good luck, Elaine.  Belfry and Bartholomew send their best wishes for your night-time summit bid as well

Posted by: Steve on 1/13/2017 at 10:50 pm

Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team Traverse to Barranco Valley

Hello once again everyone
We had another great day here in Africa with wonderful views of Kilimanjaro most of that day.
We left Shira camp and slowly climbed uphill before we started our traverse over to Barranco Valley passing through endless volcanic boulders that dot this desert like landscape and just below the remaining glaciers that cling to Kilimanjaro’s slopes.
As we approached camp we were all amazed to the giant groundsels and famous Senecio trees that look like something out of a Dr. Suess book.

Everyone is doing very well and are looking forward to tomorrow’s climb up the Barranco wall witch sits just above camp.

That’s all for now.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and the Kilimanjaro crew!

On The Map

Best wishes for your summit bid, Elaine!  (Casey: If she needs encouragement, get her to sing her hiking song).

Go Cougs!

Posted by: Steve on 1/13/2017 at 6:10 am

Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team Cross the Shira Plateau

Hey, everybody this is Casey Grom checking in again from the Kilimanjaro climb. Wanted to let you know that we had another wonderful day here in Africa. We got up at about 7:00 and had a nice big breakfast of eggs and bacon and porridge and some toast. At 7:30, we washed that down with plenty of coffee and then tried to hit the trail right at 8:00. The camp we were in, the Mweka Camp, was a little bit crowded because it’s sort of a small spot, but we kind of got out ahead of a bunch of the teams. We slowly made our way up one of the ridges that leads up on top of what’s called the Shira Plateau. We gained about 2,500 feet and we took just a little over five hours to get up here. The team did incredible today and once again our our wonderful mountain staff and porters broke camp after we left and then passed us on the trail and then arrived at camp and had it all set up by the time we arrived up here. We just finished dinner and the clouds have just kind of blown off. Now we’ve got a beautiful view of the upper mountain as the sun has gone down. Everybody’s outside taking a look at all the beautiful stars that we can see right now. So that’s all for now. Everybody’s going to head to bed as it’s starting to chill down a little bit up here, and we’ll touch base again tomorrow. Thanks.

RMI Guide Casey Grom

RMI Guide Casey Grom checks in from Shira Camp.

On The Map

Catherine Deb and Kaki— So glad to get the updates via the blog!  You’ve got this!  Get in some more photos!

Posted by: Linda Morrison on 1/12/2017 at 3:42 am

Jeff and Sean, hope you are having a great time. Is anything sore yet?

Posted by: Maureen McCroskey on 1/11/2017 at 7:06 pm

Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team Start on the Trail

Jambo everybody! This is Casey Grom checking in from the Kilimanjaro climb. Just wanted to let you know that all is going really well. Today we left behind the comforts of a nice lodge and hopped in our vehicles and made about a two-hour drive up to the base of Kilimanjaro. Once we arrived at the gate, we had to unload all of our gear and then start off uphill. That all went pretty smoothly. After we started walking, we climbed for about six hours to a high point about 10,000’. On the way we were passing through dense and beautiful forests that surround the base of Kilimanjaro. Everyone did fantastic, spirits are high and we are excited to be here. We finally found the camp and just wrapped up dinner. The team is looking forward to a well-earned night of rest. We’ll check in tomorrow. We are hoping that we will have cellphone service up here so we can maybe get a few pictures out to you guys.

RMI Guide Casey Grom

On The Map

Yo yo Catherine! Have you found any chaga on Kili yet?! 

Posted by: Kate & Mary on 1/10/2017 at 7:42 pm

Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team Meet at the Arumeru Lodge

Hello Everyone:
This is Casey Grom checking in on RMI’s first 2017 Kilimanjaro Climb and Safari.
All is well here in Tanzania. Most of the team arrived late last night after some very long flights and thankfully so did all of our luggage.
It was a short and uneventful ride to our Lodge that is a little oasis tucked in between Arusha and Moshi and not so far from the base of Kilimanjaro.
The team had a quick but wonderful dinner and called it a night.
Check out our accommodations, the Arumeru Lodge!
Today we had a leisurely morning and had our first official meeting at 10am where we did a round of introductions and then discussed the program for the days ahead.
We spent the remainder of the day getting our gear packed up, exploring the grounds of our Lodge, which is incredibly peaceful and has monkeys and Dik Dik running around.
We wrapped up the evening with another delicious meal and plenty of friendly conversations. Everyone is in good spirits and excited about hitting the trail tomorrow.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and the Kilimanjaro Crew

Great adventure Jeff and Sean! Thank you Maureen for the updates, I will be sure to show Grandma Mac (mom) the photos when I get to the Beach Tomorrow. Truly enjoyable photos all the best Jeff and Sean! Cheers Todd

Posted by: Todd McCroskey on 1/13/2017 at 5:54 pm

Excited for you as we huddle in frigid NYC! Worried that we see no news yet of Tuesday the 10th. Hopefully you are sitting around camp at Machame Camp (9350). Hugs to you all!

Posted by: Sharon Hostler, Fran and Gerry Johnson on 1/10/2017 at 8:14 am

Mt. Rainier: Avalanche Assessment Keeps Teams from the Summit

The Mt. Rainier Summit Climbs, led by Casey Grom and Nick Hunt, watched the sunrise from Ingraham Flats this morning before heading back to Camp Muir.  The guides assessed unfavorable avalanche conditions, which kept them from the upper mountain.  Both teams are back at Rainier Basecamp, safe and sound.

Mt. Rainier: Teams Turn Due to Weather and Route Conditions

The Mt. Rainier Summit Climb teams turned due to avalanche conditions, deteriorating weather and winds.  A fair amount of new snow has occurred on the mountain with drifts up to one meter.  RMI Guides Casey Grom and Nick Hunt are currently descending from Camp Muir back to Paradise.

Better Weatherluck Next Time!

Posted by: Stan Mikol on 9/22/2016 at 1:47 am

We both would like to thank the entire RMI team for your help throughout the climb in the challenging conditions and we feel that we have learned more from those few days with you than any other experience. We also loved hearing about your various climbs.

We had a great time meeting the rest of the climbers and sharing stories. Best of luck in their next endeavors!

We hope to be back next summer with better conditions and even more prepared. It’s defnitely not to be underestimated.

Thanks again
Kelly & Kieran

Posted by: Kelly and Kieran on 9/20/2016 at 10:17 am

Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climb Teams Reach Summit!

RMI Guides Casey Grom and Steve Gately led their Four Day Summit Climb September 7 - 10, 2016 teams to the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning.  Steve reported clear skies with 20 mph winds and fairly cold temperatures.  The climbing route remains in great shape.  The teams enjoyed some time in the crater before starting their descent.  Both teams will return to Camp Muir for a short rest and to repack their gear before continuing down to Paradise.  We look forward to celebrating with them at Rainier BaseCamp this afternoon.

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb teams!

Awesome job dad!

Posted by: Big Buddy & Stinky Face Monkey Butt on 9/10/2016 at 5:27 pm

Very proud of the team!
Good job Alabama guys!

Posted by: David & Sherry on 9/10/2016 at 1:41 pm

Mt. Rainier: September 4th Teams Summit!

The Mt. Rainier Summit Climb teams reached the top at 8:00 a.m.  With clear skies, calm winds, and a bit on the chilly side, the team began their descent at 9:30.  High fives and cheers will commence at Rainier Basecamp this afternoon.

Congratulations to today’s teams!

Congrats team!!!  You did it! Looking forward to hearing from you once you make it down! You are all Rock Stars!!!

Nick and Lisa

Posted by: Nick and Lisa Fohl on 9/4/2016 at 7:11 pm

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

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