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Entries By casey grom


Ecuador Volcanoes: Grom & Team Prepare for Next Objective - Chimborazo

Hello Everyone,
All is well here in Ecuador especially after a wonderful night of rest. The team did a fantastic job on Cayambe yesterday and really deserved it. We spent last night in the oldest Hacienda in Ecuador called Guachala, which dates back to the 16th century, and isn’t too far from the mountain.
After a relaxing morning at the Hacienda we loaded up our gear and headed south for five hours to reach our next climbing objective, Chimborazo. We are spending the night in another newer hacienda, not far from Chimborazo, built about 20 years ago by a German mountain guide that’s full of climbing memorabilia. Our plan is to have another good night’s rest here, then hike up to a high camp tomorrow afternoon to help shorten our climb. If all goes according to plan we’ll be settled in camp by 5pm and hopefully get a little more rest before starting our climb around 11-12pm.
Everyone enjoyed the drive and the beautiful views we had today. We are all excited for tomorrow.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

Hi guys

Made it back stateside and have slept most of the day.

Also had issues w/connection or would have posted sooner

Great news u r going for the summit

I know u will all do great and am sorry can’t join u

I am with you in spirit

Kick some Chimborazo butt!!

Posted by: Danny on 12/16/2015 at 4:05 pm


Ecuador Volcanoes: Grom & Team Summit Cayambe!

100% on top!!!
The Ecuador team reached the Cayambe summit in stormy weather. Although the weather was not stellar, they were all happy to have made it.
RMI Guide Casey Grom sent this summit photo and will check in once the team is safely off the mountain.

On The Map

That’s awesome, congratulations to the team!

Posted by: John Arnold on 12/15/2015 at 7:30 am

Well Done!*

Posted by: Ron Birch on 12/15/2015 at 12:30 am


Ecuador Volcaloes: Grom and Crew Ready for Summit Attempt

Hello everyone.
All is well here in Ecuador.
The team got a decent night of sleep here on Cayambe at 15’000ft last night despite someone car alarm going off all night. We got up at 6am and had a nice breakfast before hiking up to the start of the glacier where we reviewed the climbing techniques that we’ll need for tomorrow. After a few hours of training we then made our way back to the hut for a nice lunch.
Currently the team is taking naps or resting outside in the always warming ecuadorian sun. Our plan is to have an early dinner tonight and try to get a little more shut-eye before our alpine start. We’ll most likely get up at 11pm, have a quick breakfast and coffee, then start climbing around midnight to make use of the cooler temps. If all goes according to plan we hope to summit around 7am give or take a few.
As per usual, I’m going to have a mountain trivia challenge where one lucky winner will receive a summit phone call from my Satellite phone. So everyone back home keep your phones nearby, you might be receiving a call from a strange number.
Wish us luck!

RMI Guide Casey Grom and the Cayambe crew


Ecuador Volcanoes: Grom & Team Settle into Cayambe Climber’s Hut

Hey, everybody. This is Casey Grom calling in from Cayambe and Chimborazo climb corn here in Ecuador. We’re doing great down here today. We had a nice relaxing morning at Casa de Sol. We then headed into the center of Otavalo, close to where we are staying. Otavalo is one of the largest open air markets in all of South America. The team spent a little over an hour practicing their bartering skills and doing a lot of sightseeing all the local artisan goods they have for sale. After we felt like we had enough shopping done, we got in our van and we went out to lunch just a few miles down the road. Then we headed up a long and winding road that leads up the mountain where we hit Cayambe. There’s two huts up here. There’s a big one and a smaller one. Thankfully for us our outfitter was able to secure the smaller hut, which is nice. It sleeps about ten. The big hut is full tonight and sleeps about 40 to 50 people, so we are pretty thankful that we got the smaller hut. We just finished our dinner, and we’re settling in for the night at the base of Cayambe. Everybody’s doing well. We will give a check in sometime tomorrow afternoon and let you know the game plan for the summit. See you tomorrow.

RMI Guide Casey Grom


RMI Guide Casey Grom checks in from Cayambe.

On The Map

Sending all my best to Danny, and fearless leader Casey Grom and team.  I took a quick peak at the weather and looks like there may be some heavy snow in your area, especially Monday night.  Hope all is well and you will be able to stay on schedule.  Everyone looks they have been enjoying themselves in the pictures.  Stay strong for yourselves and each other!  -Virginia

Posted by: Virginia N. on 12/13/2015 at 3:12 pm


Ecuador Volcanoes: Grom & Team Enjoy Stunning Views from Fuya Fuya

Hello again everyone!

Today the team left behind the hustle and bustle of Quito and moved just north of the Equator to the comfortable and quite rural countryside. Once outside the city limits the landscape quickly turned into rolling hills with farms pitched on steep slopes and dozens of small eucalyptus forest.

Our plan was to visit a smaller mountain called Fuya Fuya where we stretched our legs on a nice steep and short acclimatization hike. Thankfully the weather was nice, which allowed us to see some amazing views of the beautiful surrounding landscape. 

We are just on the outskirts of a town call Otavalo, which is known for its massive market and we are currently relaxing at a wonderful hacienda called “La Casa Sol.” The team is doing great and looking forward to nice quiet night here.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

The landscape looks incredible & the team looks happy & enjoying the adventure!

Posted by: John Arnold on 12/12/2015 at 6:48 am

Looking good everyone* Have Fun!

Posted by: Ron Birch on 12/12/2015 at 1:29 am


Ecuador Volcanoes: Grom and Team Take Acclimatization Hike

Hello again everyone
Today we had a very nice hike to help with our acclimatization on a nearby peak called Pichincha. It is one of the many local peaks that is situated above Quito and is used by many climbers to help adjust to the higher altitude here in Ecuador. We made use of the gondolas to help us gain access to around 13,000 ft then hiked the additional 2,500 ft to the summit. It took our team roughly 3 hours to gain the top after a little scrambling up the final bit to reach our high point thus far. It was a personal high point for a few of us, and the entire team did a fantastic job. After spending a bit of time on the summit and getting are photos we descended all the back to our hotel for a brief nap before dinner.
Everyone is in good spirits and looking forward to tomorrow.

RMI Guide Casey Grom

On The Map


Ecuador Volcanoes: Grom & Team Explore Quito

Hola from Ecuador!

After some very long flights and a little bit of sleep the team is doing well. We started our day with a team meeting where we did our usual round of introductions and discussed the game plan for our upcoming adventure.

After the meeting we headed out on the town to explore this beautiful historical city with our tour guide Foulsto. We first headed north to visit the Equator from which Ecuador gets its name, then headed to the older part of town where we visited several old cathedrals, and the colonial town square. Next we headed up to a small hill called La Panacia that over looks this beautiful city before returning to the hotel for a little break.

We wrapped up the day with a quick gear check to make sure everyone has all the gear needed for our climbs. Then it was off to dinner at a nice restaurant where we enjoyed getting to know each other better.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

Danny and Team:
Be Calm and Climb On!

Posted by: Rob on 12/10/2015 at 8:36 pm

Go Danny and Team!  Wishing you all safety and success.

Posted by: Virginia on 12/10/2015 at 8:22 am


Cayambe Express: Grom & Team Summit!

We made it!
It was a tough day on Cayambe today to say the least. We managed to hit the trail shortly after midnight as planned. Unfortunately the wind had picked up through the night and made the hour climb to the start of the glacier a chilly one. The team did a great job of keeping themselves protected from the wind as we climbed higher up the mountain. About two hours into the climb the weather slowly turned from clear skies with nice views of the towns below, into a think cloud obscuring nearly everything. Luckily for us the route was still visible and we continued upward. It wasn’t long before we were fully enveloped in this wet cloud and had to put on nearly all of our clothing to stay dry. Sadly the weather didn’t change for the remainder of the climb, but everyone remained positive and we eventually made it to the summit. There were no beautiful views as we had hoped, and we only stayed at the summit for a few minutes before descending back down the mountain.
All in all it was a great adventure and we are now all smiling after hot showers and a warm meal. We are currently relaxing at the oldest Hacienda in Ecuador, Guachala.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and the Cayambe crew

On The Map

Way to stick with tough conditions! Prayers for safe travels!
Jen and Dave Porter

Posted by: Jen Porter on 12/6/2015 at 7:57 am

Congrats you guys.  Way to go!  Can you say hot tub:-)

Posted by: Jim Sheedy on 12/5/2015 at 9:59 am


Cayambe Express: Grom & Team Prepare for Summit Attempt

Hello everyone.
All is well here in Ecuador.
The team got a decent night of sleep here on Cayambe at 15,000’. We got up at 6 am and had a nice breakfast before hiking up to the start of the glacier. We took our time on the hike and enjoyed the beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. It was pretty windy this morning so we kept things brief on our review of glacier travel, then made our way back to the hut for a nice lunch.
Currently the team is taking naps or resting outside in the always warming Ecuadorian sun. Our plan is to have an early dinner tonight and try to get a little more shut-eye before our alpine start. We’ll most likely get up at 11pm, have a quick breakfast and coffee, then start climbing around midnight to make use of the cooler temps. If all goes according to plan we hope to summit around 7 am give or take a few.
As per usual, I’m going to have a mountain trivia challenge where one lucky winner will receive a summit phone call from the Satellite phone. So everyone back home keep your phones nearby, you might be receiving a call from a strange number.
Wish us luck!

RMI Guide Casey Grom and the Cayambe crew

On The Map

Mark and Shawn,

Hey guys hope your climb was awesome!!! Can’t wait to see some photos and hear a few stories.

All my best,

Jimmy

Posted by: Jimmy Sheedy on 12/4/2015 at 8:37 am

Tom - I’ll use your call as my wake-up alarm…be safe!!

Posted by: Diane on 12/3/2015 at 9:39 pm


Cayambe Express: Grom & Team Settle into Cayambe’s Refugio

Hey, everybody, this is Casey Grom checking in from Ecuador. Today we had a nice leisurely morning. Woke up at the wonderful Casa del Sol, had a nice breakfast with scrambled eggs and some home-baked bread and some fresh marmalade they made for us. We got packed up and left our wonderful hacienda and headed into the center of Otavalo. Otavalo is a northern city in Ecuador that is famous for being one of the largest outdoor markets in all of South America. We spent a good hour walking around sightseeing and doing a little bartering to purchase a few trinkets. Everyone had a nice day. The weather was pretty nice all day. We had to wear plenty of sunscreen because it’s obviously a lot of UV exposure here on the equator. After we spent some time at Otavalo, we headed over to the town of Cayambe, which is at the base of the mountain that we are here to climb, and had a nice lunch. After we wrapped up lunch, we got back into our bus and we slowly made our way up the flanks of Cayambe. We get out of the city and get onto these cobblestone roads and slowly zigzag our way up grassy hillsides and vegetation that is up here near the base of Cayambe. We made it up to about 14,000 feet where we got out and loaded our stuff into a four-wheel drive vehicle and sent our gear up to the hut. Then we continued on foot, to help with our acclimatization, we hiked the last remaining thousand feet, which took about an hour, up to the refugio or the hut that is at the base of the mountain. We just finished a wonderful meal of trout and potatoes and some soup. Everyone’s doing great, We are heading to bed here pretty soon. Game plan is to get up and do a little training tomorrow, so thanks for following. We’ll check in again sometime tomorrow afternoon.

RMI Guide Casey Grom


RMI Guide Casey Grom calls in from Cayambe Climber's Hut.

On The Map

Cool blog and some awesome pics already!  Good luck to all on your climb.

Mark and Shawn, shoooooooooo muck dooooooo eeeet!!!  Rock ‘em, Sock ‘em!!  How how!!

Posted by: Bo on 12/4/2015 at 12:13 pm

Hey Mark,
Love this website, as we sit by the fire watching Netflix…..not much of an adventure for us!  So take lots of notes and bring back your stories.  Be safe, enjoy each moment.
Xxx ooo
Doug and Ann

Posted by: Doug and Ann on 12/3/2015 at 5:57 pm

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