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Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climb Teams Unable to Summit

The Four Day Summit Climb Teams led by RMI Guides Casey Grom and Caleb Ladue were forced to turn around today above the top of Disappointment Cleaver due to route conditions.  The teams will descend from Camp Muir and return to Paradise this morning.

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Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climbs Team Reach Summit

The Four Day Summit Climb August 14 - 17, 2017 led by RMI Guides Casey Grom & JM Gorum reached the summit of Mt. Rainier around 6:30 am today. The teams enjoyed a bit of time on the crater before starting their descent.  They will return to Camp Muir for a short stop before continuing down to Paradise.  We look forward to seeing them at Rainier BaseCamp later today.

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb team!

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What a great team and awesome accomplishment! Congrats!

Posted by: Nancy on 8/17/2017 at 6:35 pm

All craters great and small . . . you did it!!  Congratulations Katie and team!

Posted by: Sheila Forsyth on 8/17/2017 at 12:21 pm

Mt. Rainier: Four Day Climb Reaches the Summit

RMI Guides Casey Grom and JM Gorum led their teams to the Mt. Rainier summit this morning.  It was clear on top with some smoky air, due to the British Columbia wildfires, on the lower flanks of the mountain.  The team is making great progress on their descent back to Camp Muir.

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Posted by: LaDawna C on 8/10/2017 at 1:27 pm

Wow!  Am anxious to hear lots more details when you get back
Mama P

Posted by: Betsy Mosser on 8/10/2017 at 11:47 am

Mt. Elbrus: Grom & Team Sightseeing in St. Petersburg

Our last day in St. Petersburg!
The team had a great final day here in Russia. We visited the very famous Hermitage Museum, where we saw paintings and sculptures by many well-known artists including Rembrandt, Michelangelo and even Da Vinci, to name a few. It’s one of Russia’s great treasures and houses several million pieces of art collected over the last few hundred years. It consists of five buildings, each with three floors, and has hundreds of rooms. We did our best to take in the highlights in a little over two hours.
We took a quick lunch before stopping by the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, that’s decorated almost entirely with mosaics and then wrapped up the day with a wonderful evening boat cruise to see this amazing city by water.
It’s been a wonderful adventure here in Russia, but it’s time to say our goodbyes and return to family and loved ones.

Thanks for following,
RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

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Well done!

Posted by: Brinkley Pound on 8/1/2017 at 12:20 pm

Mt. Elbrus: Grom & Team Arrive in St. Petersburg

Plane, trains and Automobiles!
We traveled nearly all day and have finally arrived in one of the most beautiful cities of Europe, St. Petersburg
Things went relatively smooth despite 2 van rides and 2 flights. We got checked into the hotel here and then ran out for a quick dinner followed by a short but scenic stroll to the top of St. Issac’s Cathedral for a nice view of the city.
While enjoying the view, there happened to be a small fireworks display that was a welcome surprise.
Everyone is doing well and looking forward to seeing this city tomorrow.

RMI Guide Casey Grom

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Mt. Elbrus: Grom & Team Taking it Easy in Cheget

Hello all,

Thankfully everyone easily survived our celebration dinner and made it home at a decent hour. Today was a rest day for us in Cheget and most of us took it easy. We mostly relaxed, packed up gear, and did a little exploring around the valley. We also went out to a nearby restaurant that has a trout pond where we watched locals fish and enjoyed a nice lunch.
Tomorrow is our travel day from the mountain to St. Petersburg, so we are off to bed as we have a very early departure.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

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Mt. Elbrus: Grom & Team Return to the Baksan Valley

Hello again everyone!
The team has finally made it off of the mountain and we are safely back in Cheget. We sadly had our last meal from Dasha this morning before saying our goodbyes and hitching a ride downhill. She and her amazing mountain food will certainly be missed.
Hot showers were had by all, and its safe to say we are smelling good again.
We mostly relaxed the rest of the day and are just heading out to our celebration dinner where our wonderful local guides will no doubt “introduce” us to a little Russian vodka.

That’s all for today.
на здоровье!

RMI Guide Casey Grom

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David, and team - what a fantastic accomplishment!  Keep climbing safely.

Posted by: Jay McCampbell on 8/7/2017 at 7:42 am

Mt. Elbrus: Grom & Team Summit!

We did it!  100% on top!!!  The entire team stood on the highest point in Europe.
We were pretty lucky with the weather, as it was near perfect, so the decision to climb early and avoid the forecasted weather paid off. We started at 3:30am with a snowcat ride up to 15,000’ then hit the trail in a decent breeze that thankfully mellowed out a few hours later. It was a beautiful and welcomed sunrise as the sun helped warm us up.
The team did a fantastic job of taking care of themselves and climbed strong. We summited in clear skies with a wonderful view of the entire Caucasus Mountain Range, which is something I haven’t had often here on Elbrus.
After descending a short ways back to the saddle between the two summits that Elbrus has, a few of us decided to climb the second summit while the rest of the team descended safely back to camp. I’ve been pretty lucky the last few climbs and have pulled off the double summit a few times. It was a bonus for sure.
After everyone returned to camp, we had a quick lunch and are currently relaxing with smiles on our faces.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and a happy crew

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What an accomplishment!  Congrats!!!

Posted by: Brinkley Pound on 7/28/2017 at 11:17 am

Mt. Elbrus: Grom & Team Acclimatize on the Mountain

Hello again from 12,000’ in Russia!
Things are good here and the team is excited for tonight! Today we had our last acclimatization hike before tonight’s climb. Normally we take an extra rest day before climbing, but the forecast doesn’t look too good the next few days so we are making our bid tonight. We started early today to maximize our rest today and have been relaxing since noon.
Our cook Dasha has done an amazing job of keeping our bellies full with plenty of good home cooked Russian food.
This evening we had a thorough discussion about tonight’s upcoming climb and everyone is packed and ready.  Hopefully the weather continues to hold and we’ll be up shortly after 2am and after a quick breakfast hop on the snowcat to give us a bump a little further up the mountain. This will shorten our climb a little and increase our chance of reaching the highest point in Europe.

We had a trivia challenge today and one lucky winner will get to make a satellite phone call from the summit. So everyone following along, keep your phones handy, you just might receive a call.
I’m expecting us to reach the summit somewhere around 10-11am here, same time zone as Moscow.

Keep your fingers crossed for us!
RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

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Way to go! Very much of a team effort. Can’t wait to hear all of the details. Safe travels on the return.

Posted by: Jim Pound on 7/28/2017 at 2:25 pm

So happy for you all. Sorry to miss Seth’s call but will treasure the voice mail!!!!  Absorb the moment!

Posted by: Brinkley Pound on 7/28/2017 at 6:29 am

Mt. Elbrus: Grom & Team Settle in to Mountain Hut

We woke to clear skies and beautiful weather today. We had breakfast in the hotel and then loaded up all our climbing gear and drove to the base of the ski resort where we rode not one, but two gondolas, a single chair lift and then a short snowcat ride to reach our new home on Mt. Elbrus for the next few days.  It’s rather comfortable up here, as our outfitter has taken a few shipping containers and converted them into simple bunk rooms some for sleeping and some set up as dinning rooms.
Once we got settled into our new home we headed uphill on another acclimatizing hike and reached just over 14,000’ before returning to camp where our wonderful cook Dasha had a nice hot lunch waiting for us. 
We spent the remaining of the afternoon doing a little training for our climb. The weather forecast has been a little up and down, so are just staying prepared.  Everyone is doing great and enjoying the views of the Caucasus mountain range which are pretty amazing since we are camped out at just over 12,000’.
Dasha has once again had filled our bellies full of delicious Russian food and so the team is off to bed now.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

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We miss you but love following your latest adventure!  Love and Prayers Jill, Rachel, David, Caleb, Kiki, Cora, Emily, Shane, Eli, Silas, Samuel, Shena, Jeff, Anthony and Chloe

Posted by: Jill Crumley on 7/27/2017 at 3:41 am

Awesome pictures! Looks like a great time. Have fun as you both get closer to the summit.


Posted by: Wayne Kelly Sr. on 7/26/2017 at 1:02 pm

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