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Mt. Elbrus: Grom and Team Explore Moscow

Hello everyone and welcome to RMI’s July 25th Mt. Elbrus trip!

After some very long flights the team safely arrived yesterday, we briefly touched base about today’s plan before folks retired to catch up on some much needed sleep.

Today we had our official team meeting over breakfast at our hotel. It was hard to concentrate while enjoying plenty of fresh bread, cheeses, meats, juice and other delightful things. Once our bellies were full we stumbled out the door to explore the Kremlin and Red Square which is only a short distance away. A few folks visited Lenin’s tomb and a few of us wandered around the area enjoying the site.

We met our tour guide around 10:30 am and spent much of the day with her visiting St. Basil’s Cathedral, the Kremlin, and the Cathedral of Christ the Savior. Our tour guide even took us on a brief tour of the amazing Moscow subway - it has a 194 different stops and most are elaborately decorated and incredibly clean! We did visit the famous Red Square but for unknown reasons it was closed and blocked off today.

Afterwards we took a short break where most of us took cat naps to help adjust to the almost 12 hour time change and then headed back out for a quick dinner before calling it a night.

Everyone is doing great!
RMI Guide Casey Grom and Team

Gregory enjoy the climb. We wish all a safe adventure. God bless Mami.

Posted by: Josie on 7/28/2014 at 5:31 pm

I hope you all have fun!  Kym and Liz, be nice to Casey and have a great and safe trip.  He’s a super guide and a lot of fun.

There were rumors on Twitter last week that the Russian government had decided to close Red Square.


Posted by: Eric Y. on 7/28/2014 at 8:53 am

Mt. Elbrus: JJ and Team Enjoy Last Day in Cheget

It was a great last day in Cheget. The team went trout fishing and relaxed in the rain! Thank goodness we went for the summit of Mt. Elbrus yesterday.

We are continuing to celebrate a safe and successful adventure with great food and good company.

RMI Guide JJ Justman

On The Map

Mt. Elbrus: Justman and Team Reach Summit!

Our team made the summit of Mt. Elbrus! It was an interesting weather day. It wasn’t bad but it wasn’t good. The wind and the cold challenged everyone including myself.

Our team did a fantastic job motivating each other and looking after one another. I was really proud to climb with all of them and they all deserve a huge congratulations!

We are now safely down back in the ski town of Cheget. A well deserved rest after a good Russian meal is in store!

RMI Guide JJ Justman

On The Map

Yeah!!! Well done everyone! Good job Cindee~ can’t wait to hear all about it when you get home!! Xoxo, Maija

Posted by: Maija Markula on 7/28/2014 at 9:23 am

Congratulations!! Cindee, you are amazing. Well done for the entire team!! Great adventure and climb for everyone! Be safe and enjoy the rest if your trip.

Posted by: Karen N. on 7/27/2014 at 9:47 am

Mt. Elbrus: Teams Waits on the Mountain for Better Weather

It is a soggy day on Mount Elbrus. The weather has turned and not for the better. It’s raining pretty constant at the moment. What was to be a training day has turned into a hunker down day.

Don’t get me wrong, I could make it sound like its epic and the team is hanging onto the walls of our huts. However, it’s still not too bad. But with the potential of a small break in the weather for tomorrow, there is no need to get sopping wet.

The team is reading, watching tv and dreaming of their dance moves on the summit of Elbrus…hopefully tomorrow! So keep your fingers crossed for us…

RMI Guides JJ Justman

On The Map

Enjoy your lazy day and I hope the weather is awesome tomorrow for your summit!!  It’s a little warmer in San Jose (CA) today ... a balmy 100+ degrees!

Posted by: Rebecca on 7/25/2014 at 5:04 pm

Hope you guys have great weather tomorrow. Good luck to everyone can’t wait to hear all about it!

Posted by: Mona on 7/25/2014 at 1:48 pm

Mt. Elbrus:  JJ and Team Enjoy Time on the Mountain

Hello from Mt. Elbrus! Our team awoke from a good nights sleep to a beautiful, clear sunny day. After a great Russian breakfast with great American Starbucks coffee we threw our spikes on and went for a walk.

The higher you get the slower things become. As our team approached 15,000 feet many of us began to feel the air getting just a bit thinner. However, we accomplished the goal and the high altitude was a great welcome for us to become stronger for summit day.

Everyone did a great job and even though towards the end it got a little tougher, everyone is having fun and in good spirits. However, no one is still laughing at any of my jokes!

RMI Guide JJ Justman

On The Map

Hi Lil one.  Do you have vodka?  When in Rome…

Posted by: Stacy on 7/25/2014 at 10:34 am

Hey sis…...proud of you keep up the good work. Just and FYI I will be one of the 50 closest friend of Kristina that will be at the all night kegger
.......don’t tell Kristina because she does not know…....shhhh!! Talk to you soon. Call when you can. I will inform dad of your progress.


Posted by: Sandy on 7/24/2014 at 7:12 pm

Mt. Elbrus: Justman & Team Acclimate on the Mountain

Hello -
We are checking in live from the huts on Mt. Elbrus at a grand altitude of 12,001 feet. We have settled into our cozy home with gear and clothing splayed out all over!

The team took a hike up to 13,104 feet today and we returned for a great lunch made by our Executive Chef Masha. I’m not lying when I say we had caviar…we did.

We are slowly adjusting to the new altitude. After doing this adventure year after year after year I firmly believe the reason why our teams do so well is our relaxed itinerary. Everyone is doing great and we are soaking in the beautiful mountain views.

RMI Guide JJ Justman

On The Map

I am glad you are having a great time Damian! Mmm, caviar.. I am so jealous! Good luck and have fun!

Posted by: Leona Partridge on 7/23/2014 at 9:28 pm

It looks like an amazing day was had by all. Have a great adventure Damian.

Posted by: Melann Partridge on 7/23/2014 at 8:03 pm

Mt. Elbrus: Grom & Team See the Sights and Bid Farewell to Russia

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 mosaics. We then visited the very famous Hermitage Museum, where we saw paintings and sculptures by many well-known artists including Picasso, Rembrandt, and even Da Vinci. We took a small break and wrapped up the day with a fantastic evening boat cruise to see this amazing city by water.

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

Thanks for following,
RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

What a trip for you all. Thanks Casey for updates each day. It was fun to follow the trip. Loved the pictures. Mom and Granny

Posted by: Cornelia / Granny on 7/23/2014 at 6:58 am

Congratulations to all! It sounds like it was a great adventure. And thanks, Casey, for getting them up and down safely!

Posted by: Susan on 7/22/2014 at 3:00 pm

Mt. Elbrus: Justman & Team Stretch Their Legs on Peak Cheget

We had a fun day acclimatizing on Peak Cheget in beautiful weather. The views were breath taking and it certainly was nice to stretch the legs.

RMI Guide JJ Justman

On The Map

Hi you crazy russian mountain goats!! L O V E the intro video, you all look like bad asses.

Triscuit! I’d leave you a tour update but you know I don’t follow that stuff at all! Sorry. Take good care of yourself, and J-Lo of course, and enjoy the breathtaking scenery!! Oh, yeah, and you’re welcome, now you have some explaining to do to your climbing team!! Remember to tell them you get 2 E-vites! Haha. Love you tons :)


Posted by: Maija Markula on 7/22/2014 at 3:06 pm

Be safe and enjoy another adventure.

Posted by: sandy on 7/22/2014 at 12:31 pm

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

Hello everyone!

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.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

Enjoy that beautiful city! From underground in the subways to the glories of the Hermitage amid memories of the long siege—it is a glorious city. So glad you are having a chance to visit it. MA

Posted by: MaryAnn on 7/22/2014 at 8:32 am

Down off the mountain and now you get to visit a city that many of my friends and relatives want to visit or have visited and think it is great. Have fun and enjoy Mom and Granny

Posted by: Cornelia Granny on 7/22/2014 at 6:47 am

Mt. Elbrus: Justman & Team Arrive in Cheget

Sometimes the most difficult part of any expedition is just getting on the mountain. Today, our Elbrus team got one step closer.

We jumped on a flight from Moscow and arrived in Mineralnye Vody and then had a 2 1/2 hour shuttle ride to arrive in Cheget.

We are now sitting under the glistening Caucasus Mountains that surround the valley. Some of our team are exploring the shops in town while others are sorting mountaineering gear.

Thanks for catching up with is and stay tuned for some photos and video of this wonderful area.

RMI Guide JJ Justman

On The Map

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