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Mt. Elbrus: Justman & Team 100% Summit Success!

Posted by: JJ Justman | July 17, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Southside
Elevation: 18,510'

I don’t mean to brag, and I don’t mean to boast. I do like Russian peanut butter and jam on my breakfast toast! But what else I do like is 100%!  Every single climber on the summit of Europe’s highest mountain, Mount Elbrus. Hey everyone, this is JJ Justman. We are doing the final little stretch here to get to the tippy top of Mount Elbrus. Team, what do you say? [Team hollers!] These guys are doing great, strong as can be. We just had a beautiful day coming up to the summit. We just have a few more steps to go but it’s a done deal. We are going to hang out on top and take some photos. We will touch base with you when we get back down. Am I excited? Heck yeah I’m excited! These guys are really strong and they did a great job today. We’ll touch base when we get down. This is JJ and the entire summit team on the summit of Mount Elbrus! Bye bye.

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Sunrise on Mount Elbrus summit day. Photo: Casey Grom View of Mount Elbrus' summit. Photo: RMI Collection


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Mt. Elbrus: Justman & Team Ready for Summit Bid

Posted by: JJ Justman | July 17, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Southside
Elevation: 15,000'

Team Russia is ready! This morning we spent a good part of the day reviewing various mountaineering skills such as ice axe arrest, cramponing and rope travel. Everyone is doing really well and we are all getting excited for our summit day.

Tomorrow is looking good so we are getting ready for an early departure from camp. Stay tuned and with a little luck our next dispatch will be from the highest mountain in Europe!

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Container huts at Garabashi, Mt. Elbrus. Photo: Casey Grom

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Mt. Elbrus: Justman & Team Move to Garabashi Hut

Posted by: JJ Justman | July 15, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Southside
Elevation: 12,000'

Here we are! Today Team Russia left town for the ski village of Azau where we jumped on a couple of trams and rode them up to Garabashi Hut at 12,000 feet.

Masha is our Sous Chef at Garabashi Hut and she made a great lunch for us before we strapped on our mountaineering boots and went uphill for a little stroll RMI style! Nice and easy! The team is doing great! We made it to 13,200 feet but we didn’t enjoy the sights. It was a rather cloudy and windy day on ol’Elbrus but our spirits are high back at camp.

Stay tuned for more exciting action!

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Garabashi Hut on the lower slopes of Mt. Elbrus. Photo: Casey Grom

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Mt. Elbrus: Justman & Team Acclimate on Peak Cheget

Posted by: JJ Justman | July 14, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Southside
Elevation: 11,000'

Hello! Today our team had a great day acclimatizing on Peak Cheget. We had gorgeous views of Mt. Elbrus the whole way up and we are excited to head on up to the mountain tomorrow. Here is a video of our day. Enjoy!

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Mt. Elbrus: Justman and Team Arrive in Cheget

Posted by: JJ Justman | July 13, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Southside

Hello RMI Blog followers,

This is Team Russia coming at you live from the little town of Cheget. And as usual it was a fun adventure just to get here. The team was up early to head to the airport in Moscow where we hopped on our jet that flew us to Mineralnye Vody, known for its abundant mineral springs. But we are not on a spa retreat! We’re climbing!

We jumped on our private transfer bus that shuttled us to this quaint little ski town. And upon arrival I was greeted with hugs and smiles from all my friends here that have assisted us over all these years. It’s a long day of travel so the team just kicked back and took in the mountain views that we’ve been desperately waiting for. Finally!! We are in the mountains and the incredible mountain, Mt. Elbrus is a hop, skip and a jump away!

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Mountains near Cheget. Photo:JJ Justman

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Mt. Elbrus: Justman & Team Tour Moscow

Posted by: JJ Justman | July 12, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Southside

There are many exciting aspects to this adventure in Russia. And today certainly was one of them. Our team enjoyed a beautiful day exploring the rich history and culture of Moscow. Svetlana was our city tour guide and she whisked us around town explaining so many things it is hard to remember. I do though remember how cool the Kremlin is as well as Red Square. We visited Cathedral after Cathedral where the artistry will take your breath away. It was enough that when it was over I had to pass out and take a siesta! Now, our team is refreshed and we are looking forward to another great evening in town. However, it will be back to business soon as we plan on departing tomorrow for the mountain.

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The July 10th Elbrus team pictured in front of the Kremlin, Moscow. Photo: JJ Justman St. Basil's Cathedral near Red Square, Moscow. Photo: JJ Justman

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Mt. Elbrus: Justman & Team Meet in Moscow

Posted by: JJ Justman | July 11, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Southside

Hello from Russia! Most of the team is here and we will be meeting the rest in a couple of days. I am excited as ever to visit this great place once again!
In the Moscow streets I saw the typical herds of tour buses visiting this beautiful city. I saw brides and grooms holding hands placing their lock of committed love on the bridge of trees. I made dinner reservations at my favorite restaurant where neither of us could understand each other and we all smiled and laughed.
This is one of my favorite adventures! We are tourists. And we are welcome with open arms to the wonderful people of this country. We just finished dinner and yes those that know me, I had beef carpaccio and pasta with truffles finished with a double espresso. Yes, the life of a mountain guide!
Tomorrow we will enjoy a beautiful city tour where we continue to learn the deep history and culture of Russia. I like to rely on heavy images and videos. After all, who wants to read my incoherent ramblings. A picture speaks a thousand words. So stay tuned and enjoy our adventure!

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The July 10, 2015, Elbrus team having dinner in Moscow. Photo: JJ Justman

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Mt. Elbrus: Grom & Team Tour St. Petersburg

Posted by: Casey Grom | August 05, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Southside

Our final night in St. Petersburg!

The team had a great last day here in Russia, with a visit to several beautiful churches full of mosaic’s. We then paid a visited the beautiful and very famous Hermitage Museum, were we saw paintings and sculptures by many well known artist including Picasso and Rembrandt, and countless treasures Russia has collected over the century’s. We took a small break and wrapped up the day with a wonder evening boat cruise to see this amazing city by water.

It’s been a amazing adventure here in Russia, but it’s time to say our goodbyes and return to family and loved ones.

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RMI Guide Casey Grom and the happy crew!

Casey Grom & Team In St. Petersburg Russia. Photo: Casey Grom RMI Team on Canal Tour. Photo: Casey Grom RMI Team in St. Petersburg, Russia. Photo: Casey Grom RMI Team on Canal Tour with St. Petersburg in the Background. Photo: Casey Grom

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

Posted by: Casey Grom | August 04, 2014
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Yesterday was a rest day for us in Cheget!  Most of us took it easy, relaxed, packed up gear, and did a little exploring around the Baksan Valley.  Rumor has it that a few trout were caught and cooked for lunch!

Today was our travel day from the mountain to St. Petersburg.  It was a pretty long day with the four-hour bus ride to the airport and then a three-hour flight.  It was a pretty uneventful day, but the team is doing very well.  Everyone is happy to be here in this beautiful city and looking forward to our city tour tomorrow.

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Casey Grom and team having lunch in Cheget, Russia. Photo: Casey Grom Elbrus team's drive from Cheget to Mineralnye Vody. Photo: Casey Grom Grom and team enjoying dinner amongst beautiful St. Petersburg views. Photo: Casey Grom

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Mt. Elbrus: Grom & Team Celebrate Their Summit Success in Cheget

Posted by: Casey Grom | August 02, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Southside

Success!  We did it!

We officially stood on top of the highest point in Europe. It was the nicest day I’ve ever had here on Elbrus- clear, calm, and great overall climbing conditions! Add on top of that our local guide Vladimir (hero) not only negotiated a snow cat ride of a life time, but he broke trail all day to help us achieve our goal. The team did a great job of climbing and taking care of themselves all day.

We enjoyed the summit and amazing views for about 20 minutes before descending back to camp, where we had a quick lunch and headed all the way back to Cheget for hot showers and beer! We have just wrapped up the evening with dinner and are headed out to explore the Cheget nightlife. 

RMI Guide Casey Grom and a happy crew!

Casey Grom's team on their Mt. Elbrus summit day. Photo: Casey Grom The Elbrus summit team enjoying a beautiful day on their descent. Photo: Casey Grom In Cheget, Casey Grom and team celebrating their Elbrus summit. Photo: Casey Grom

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  • Climbers on a acclimatization hike to Pastuhkova Rocks at 15,100 ft on Mt. Elbrus, Russia. Photo: RMI Collection
  • The Baksan Valley from Mt. Elbrus, Russia. Photo: RMI Collection
  • Looking through the clouds at the mountains above Cheget, Russia. Photo: RMI Collection
  • Moscows Red Square.  Photo: Linden Mallory
  • St. Basils Cathedral, Moscow, Russia. Photo: RMI Collection
  • Cruising through the canals of St. Petersburg, Russia. Photo: Linden Mallory
  • The lights of St. Petersburg, Russia.  Photo: RMI Collection
  • Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, St. Petersburg Russia.  Photo: Jeff Martin
  • The Roof Tops of St. Petersburg, Russia.  Photo: Linden Mallory
  • RMI Guide JJ Justman and his Elbrus team on the shuttle to St. Petersburg, Russia. Photo: JJ Justman
  • July 17th, 2015 - RMI team ascending Mt. Elbrus, Russia. Photo: JJ Justman
  • The RMI team in the shadows from the sun on Mt. Elbrus, Russia. Photo: JJ Justman
  • Team members on the Mt. Elbrus summit bid. Photo: JJ Justman
  • Sunrise on Mount Elbrus summit day. Photo: Casey Grom
  • View of Mount Elbrus' summit. Photo: RMI Collection
  • Container huts at Garabashi, Mt. Elbrus. Photo: Casey Grom
  • Garabashi Hut on the lower slopes of Mt. Elbrus. Photo: Casey Grom
  • Mountains near Cheget. Photo:JJ Justman
  • The July 10th Elbrus team pictured in front of the Kremlin, Moscow. Photo: JJ Justman
  • St. Basil's Cathedral near Red Square, Moscow. Photo: JJ Justman
  • The July 10, 2015, Elbrus team having dinner in Moscow. Photo: JJ Justman
  • Casey Grom & Team In St. Petersburg Russia. Photo: Casey Grom
  • RMI Team on Canal Tour. Photo: Casey Grom
  • RMI Team in St. Petersburg, Russia. Photo: Casey Grom
  • RMI Team on Canal Tour with St. Petersburg in the Background. Photo: Casey Grom
  • Casey Grom and team having lunch in Cheget, Russia. Photo: Casey Grom
  • Elbrus team's drive from Cheget to Mineralnye Vody. Photo: Casey Grom
  • Grom and team enjoying dinner amongst beautiful St. Petersburg views. Photo: Casey Grom
  • Casey Grom's team on their Mt. Elbrus summit day. Photo: Casey Grom
  • The Elbrus summit team enjoying a beautiful day on their descent. Photo: Casey Grom
  • In Cheget, Casey Grom and team celebrating their Elbrus summit. Photo: Casey Grom
  • August 1, 2014 - Casey Grom and team on the Mt. Elbrus summit! Photo: Casey Grom
  • The RMI Mt. Elbrus July 25th Team practicing ice axe arrest on Mt. Elbrus, Russia.  Photo: Casey Grom