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Mt. Elbrus: Grom & Team Travel to St. Petersburg

Planes trains and automobiles, well almost anyway. We traveled all day and have finally arrived in one of the most beautiful cities of Europe—St. Petersburg, Russia. Things went relatively smooth except for the one bag that wasn’t able to join us here in St. Petersburg. Hopefully it’ll find its way to us tomorrow.
We got checked into the hotel here and then ran out for dinner at this little eccentric place that serves up the most delicious meals. The service was a little slow, but very much worth the wait. After dinner we took a quick stroll around and then made our way home.
Everyone is very excited to explore and see this city in the daylight.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

Mt. Elbrus: Justman & Team Enjoy Cheget

The July 15th Elbrus team has rolled into Cheget. It has been a long day of driving, flying and more driving. It is nice to be in the mountains. The team unpacked and quickly set out exploring the cool little ski village of Cheget. Think Aspen…California…Beautiful!!

RMI Guide JJ Justman

On The Map

Mt. Elbrus: Grom & Team Back in Cheget

Hello everyone:

Not much to report today, other than everybody slept very soundly last night after some much needed sleep. It was a pretty relaxing day here in Cheget and we ventured out to have lunch at a local restaurant that has a small trout pond, but we opted to leave the fishing up to the locals. After lunch the team wandered through this very small town and did a little shopping too.
We have just finished dinner and a little ceremony where we handed out certificates, congratulated everyone and said a big thanks to our local outfitter for all of their help.
Tomorrow it’s off to beautiful St. Petersburg!

RMI Guide Casey Grom

Mt. Elbrus: Justman & Team Meet in Moscow

The July 15th Russia team has officially begun with a great day touring the great city of Moscow. The team is great and we certainly are looking forward to heading to Cheget to get the climb underway tomorrow. However, today we had a relaxing day seeing some of the highlights of this great city. Check out the video below and we will check back in from the little ski town of Cheget soon.

RMI Guide JJ Justman

Mt. Elbrus: Grom & Team Summit Europe’s Highest Peak

We did it! We stood on the highest point of Europe.

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 reached the summit around 7:15 am 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 two 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 1.5 hrs, 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.
Everyone is high spirits and smelling great!

RMI Guide Casey Grom and a happy crew

On The Map

Great news! Congratulations to the whole team on reaching the summit. Many thanks to Casey Grom for a safe and successful climb…

Thad’s dad . . . Sam’s granddad

Posted by: Burton Golden on 7/16/2016 at 12:15 pm

Mt. Elbrus: Grom & Team Ready for Summit Attempt

Things are good here on Mt. Elbrus 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 home cooked Russian food.
Everything is set and if the weather continues to hold we’ll be up at 2am and after a quick breakfast 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 at reaching the highest point in Europe.
That’s all for now. Keep your fingers crossed for us!

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

On The Map

CONGRATS!! You made it! Got your message. Glad it was a nice day. Looking forward to some pictures from the summit! Hope you have a safe trip back to camp.

Posted by: Barb McAllister on 7/15/2016 at 9:32 pm

Good Luck on the summit today Michael. I am glad to hear you are climbing with an amazing group of people. Enjoy the day. I miss you at home.


Posted by: Jancy Darling on 7/15/2016 at 4:17 pm

Mt. Elbrus: Grom & Team Acclimating Hike Towards Pastukhova Rocks

Hello again everyone.
The weather continues to be beautiful here on Mt. Elbrus for us. We started the day with a nice breakfast and then set out on our last acclimatizing hike just before 9:00 a.m. The team did a great job as we made our way up to about 15,000’, and it took us only about three hours. We stopped along the way to take a few breaks and enjoy the view.
After reaching our high point we made our way back to camp just in time for another enjoyable lunch.
Since then it’s been nap time for most of us as we continue to adjust the time change and seek refuge from the sun.
Everyone is doing well and in good spirits.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

On The Map

Mt. Elbrus: Grom & Team Move into the Garabashi Hut

It was a beautiful day here on Elbrus, not a cloud in the sky!
We had a normal start to our day with breakfast in the hotel and then loaded up all our climbing gear and drove to the base of the ski lift where we rode not one, not two, but three gondolas to reach our new home for the next few days and happens to sit at just over 12,000ft. It’s rather comfortable up here, as our outfitter has taken a few shipping containers and converted them into simple bunk rooms that sit atop some makeshift skis so they can be moved. Creative to say the least!
Once we got settled into our new home we headed uphill on another acclimatizing hike and reached about 13,500ft before returning to camp where our wonderful cook Dasha had a nice hot lunch waiting for us. 
We spent the remaining of the afternoon relaxing, walking around and just enjoying the amazing view of the Caucasus mountain range.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

Glad you survived all three ski lifts Michael:) haha. Hope everyone has a great climb today and the weather continues to hold up for the Summit. We are sweating back here in the US, enjoy the snow!

Be safe.


Posted by: Jancy Darling on 7/13/2016 at 8:02 pm

Hi Thad. Hi Sam. Blazing heat every afternoon here now with triple digit heat indices, so to paraphrase WC Fields, all things considered I’d rather be in the Baksan Valley. Lovely scenery! I’ve seen pictures before of brightly painted shipping containers used as dwellings, but hadn’t seen the interiors. Looks cozy, though they might do with a skylight. You guys look pretty happy…

Posted by: Burton Golden on 7/13/2016 at 4:09 pm

Mt. Elbrus: Grom & Team Explore Cheget

Hello again everyone -

It was a beautiful day here in Russia. We had a nice relaxing start to the day with a traditional Russian breakfast of porridge, eggs and bread. Then made our way to the local ski lifts to help give us a jump start on our hike. I didn’t hear a single complaint about riding up 1,500’ before we started our two hour hike to the top of a local peak called Cheget, which is also the name of the town we are staying in. The hike went well with mostly clear skies and we even caught a few glimpses of Mt. Elbrus between the clouds.
After our hike we made it back to town relatively quickly thanks to the ski lifts, where we had a hot lunch waiting on us. After lunch we dropped off our gear and made a quick stop to pick up a few extra items and even managed to try on a few local hats.
We wrapped up the evening with another nice home cooked meal here provided by our local outfitter and to top it off we celebrated one team members birthday!

Things are good here.
RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

On The Map

Happy birthday, T!  We’re rooting for you and S out here in sunny SoCal! Lotsa love, E, B, & D!

Posted by: Elspeth on 7/12/2016 at 3:58 pm

Mt. Elbrus: Justman & Team Finish Trip in St. Petersburg

Well… This is it. The final blog for the July 1 - 13, 2016 is sadly here. However, as is the case, we had an amazing day in Saint Petersburg! Our local city tour guide Elena, was amazing as we strolled around the entire city. I have been here 13 times now and today was simply put, the coolest tour I have had in St Petes. I am sad as I sit here writing this blog during our last dinner. Our entire team has been absolutely amazing. It is not every climb where complete strangers come together and have such an amazing adventure.

Thank you for following along. The team sends giant hugs and kisses back home to friends and family! Thanks for your support.

RMI Guide JJ Justman

Safe travels home to everyone on the team. Can’t wait to see your pictures Ryan!!

Posted by: Shirley Tharp on 7/12/2016 at 4:46 pm

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