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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

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.


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

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Mt. Elbrus: Grom & Team Prepare for Summit Attempt


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

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