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Mt. Elbrus: Gorum and Team Travel to Cheget

An early start, a few van rides, and a quick flight have landed us in Cheget, at the foot of the Caucasus Mountains. It ends up being a pretty full travel day getting here, but we had enough time to walk around town, sample some local beverages, and gawk at our high elevation surroundings. The pace here is much slower than in Moscow. Tomorrow we’ll hop on a chairlift in town and do some walking around at altitude...should be pretty nice. RMI Guide JM Gorum

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Hope you have a great climb and beautiful weather!  Can’t wait to see the pictures.  Love you Tyler!

Posted by: donna shearburn on 7/9/2019 at 3:33 pm

Mt. Elbrus: Gorum and Team Arrive in Moscow

Most of the Mt. Elbrus South Side team has arrived with most of their equipment, which is pretty good by Russian standards. We all got settled into our hotel rooms, did some quick introductions, and then went out to dinner next to the Moscow River. I always forget that outside dining in Russia comes with blanket service. We all wrapped up, enjoyed our meals, and then returned to our hotel and promptly went to sleep. Tomorrow we'll spend the day exploring Moscow. We'll let you know what we discover! RMI Guide JM Gorum
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How many mountains have you climbed this year Gorum? And, number of countries involved? Nevermind, this is a one way communique. Good luck team with equipment that did arrive! I’d love to see locals. How are average Moscovites fairing? Enjoy!

Posted by: Susan Moore on 7/7/2019 at 8:11 am

Gorum & Team Summit Mt. Rainier!

With rain in the lower elevations, we were ecstatic to hear that our Mt. Rainier summit climb team was above the weather system. RMI Guide JM Gorum is the leader of this crew. He radioed in that the rope teams were currently cresting the crater rim. Congratulations to today's summit team!
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Way to go Daddy! Take your time on the way down as I’m still playing Minecraft! ...just kidding.  Love you and can’t wait to see you soon,


Posted by: Patrick Evermann on 7/2/2019 at 10:12 am

Congratulations to all.  Can’t wait to hear all about the adventure.  ccc

Posted by: Carol Collins on 7/2/2019 at 9:05 am

Mt. Rainier: Kautz Seminar Makes Summit Attempt

The Kautz Seminar June 23 - 28 made their summit attempt today, they climbed the crux of the route and reached 14,000' between Point Success and the true summit before weather turned them around. RMI Guide Tyler Jones reported a thick cloud cap with snow and cold temperatures. The team will descend to camp and continue their training on the mountain for the next few days.
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Mt. Rainier: RMI Teams on Top!

The Mt. Rainier Summit Climb teams were walking into the crater rim just before 7:00 a.m. The weather is fairly warm with a cloud deck at 6,400'. They will spend some time on top as they cross the crater rim to Columbia Crest before starting their descent.
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Congrats, Alex & Hamilton! Cant wait to see more pics and hear all about it

Posted by: Russ on 6/23/2019 at 5:11 pm

alex and hamilton, i am so very proud of you, and cannot wait to hear about it; love, dad

Posted by: Steve Wrenn on 6/23/2019 at 10:10 am

Denali Expedition: Gorum & Team Back at 11,200’

Monday, June 10, 2019 - 8:05 PM PT We broke down camp quickly this morning. As quickly as anything happens at 17,000 ft. We’re in our tents at 11,000 feet now. It’s a long, hot day getting down here with all of our gear, but we’re one step closer to the airstrip. We’ll take a quick nap here, wake up around midnight, and then walk the rest of the way in the morning, hopefully landing us in position for a flight out around 8am. RMI Guide JM Gorum
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Our utmost appreciation and gratitude to JM, JT and Dustin for successfully and safely guiding the team up and down Denali!  The blog posts and pictures were awesome!  Thank you from the Adams family and all Brit’s supporters!

Posted by: Jennifer Adams on 6/13/2019 at 7:39 pm

Denali Expedition: Gorum & Team Summit!

UPDATE: Sunday, June 9, 2019 - 8:27 PM PT The team is all safely back at high camp. Everyone did an excellent job on the way down. - JM Sunday, June 9, 2019 - 5:24 PM PT This is John Michael Gorum, calling from the summit of Denali believe it or not, at long last and multiple attempts, we made it! Beautiful day, climbing in light layers and light gloves. [We are] taking photos and some snacks on top and about to head back down. I will send an email update when we get back to camp. All right, you'll hear from us later. RMI Guide JM Gorum

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Congrats to you for a long, challenging and incredibly successful climb!

We could not be any more happy for you and the other climbers.


Tom and Becky

Posted by: Tom and Becky on 6/11/2019 at 8:29 am

Congratulations to all the team quite an achievement ;;well done beautiful photos beautiful clear skies ;my French man is right behind you guys they did a gear climb to camp 5 return to camp 4 .monday 10 th June ;so maybey a summit attempt in the next few days ; his satellite connection is not great so i have been following you guys ;;nice job;;;

Posted by: tracy mccall on 6/11/2019 at 1:51 am

Denali Expedition: Gorum & Remaining Team Move Back to High Camp

Saturday, June 8, 2019 - 7:39 PM PT Guess who’s back? We are. We’re back at High Camp. A place I never really thought I would find myself twice over the course of one Denali trip. The Precision Strike Summit Team (PSST) made quick work of the move back up here. We are a well oiled machine by now. Other teams yell various commands when passing anchors on the fixed lines: “stop!” “go!” “climbing!” “what?” “did you say go?” “huh?!” We climb in silence now, like panthers, sure of each others actions without having to verbalize them. We made it to 17,000' Camp and moved right back in to our old tent platforms, so that made things efficient. We’re currently all chilling out in the tents, rehydrating, and waiting for dinner. The views are great, but we’ve already spent four days looking at them, so nobody is terribly preoccupied at this point. Here’s hoping tomorrow is another calm, clear day. RMI Guide JM Gorum

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Okay, that’s hilarious. Lol! Go PSST! LOL! If possible, get it done and get your tushes back down. Step safe. What am I saying?. Your panthers. No problems

Posted by: Susan Moore on 6/8/2019 at 8:58 pm

Denali Expedition: Gorum and Team Create a Game Plan

At high camp, I had a dream about eating cheesy hash browns and eggs. This morning, that dream became a reality. We ate breakfast burritos, lunch burritos, and dinner burritos. We lived a life of luxury that was not possible at 17,000 feet. We also came up with a plan for the coming days.Tomorrow, half the group will walk out towards base camp and a flight towards Talkeetna. The rest of us will stay here at 14 just in case we have a summit window within the next few days. The forecast is calling for light winds this weekend, which has us hopeful. Regardless of what happens, we will certainly be eating more burritos. RMI Guide JM Gorum and Team
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Love to muh sunshine:)

Posted by: Jennifer Adams on 6/8/2019 at 10:01 pm

Food sounds tasty! I’m glad I won’t be in the tent with anyone who loaded on the beans. Lol!  Glad some of you are able to stay and try. Here’s to great weather. Nice photo of excellent ice cutting shelter. Go, go, go! But, step safe

Posted by: Susan Moore on 6/8/2019 at 5:10 pm

Denali Expedition: Gorum and Team Move Back to 14,000’

Thursday, June 6, 2019 11:56 PM PT We woke up this morning and looked uphill at the summit again. We watched as winds increased up high. We watched a few teams leave camp and turn around before Denali pass. We looked at our dwindling food. We looked at our rapidly filling poop cans. When we added it all up, we decided that it was time to leave high camp. Four nights at 17,000 feet can seem like an icy eternity, but the team actually managed it quite well. There was nothing in the forecast that made us want to stay any longer, so we left. We’re back at 14 camp now, which seems like a beach resort in comparison. Some folks have decided they have had their fill, and some want to sit it out for a few more days, potentially trying again. Tomorrow we will flesh out our options and make a plan. For now, we are excited for the best nights sleep we’ve had in a while. We’re excited to eat something other than freeze dried food. We’re excited to be able to wear fewer than three jackets to bed. RMI Guide JM Gorum & Team
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Wise choice given the conditions you described. For those who want to try again, I hope you make it. Stay warm, and step safe. What a beautiful photo!

Posted by: Susan Moore on 6/7/2019 at 9:24 pm

Whatever choice you make, you’ve accomplished so much Brittni (and everyone else!). Diligently checking the blog daily; sunny Colorado is rooting for you!

Posted by: Kate Holmes on 6/7/2019 at 7:13 pm

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