Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Visit the Maasai Village and Ngorngoro Crater

Posted by: Mark Tucker | August 01, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Being on safari is nature at its most basic form. To see the food chain in the realm of nature makes you ponder on life itself. You take away a certain fresh outlook on the meaning of life on these safaris. And to see the living prehistoric creature that is near extinction, the rhino, keep the wheels spinning. We had a chilly start to the day up in the cloud forest on the flanks of the Ngorongoro Crater. We decided to stop in at a Maasai Boma or village where for 20 dollars each they gave us warmth in one of their cow dung huts with its dirt floor, no chimney, wood-burning modular homes. We got out of there pretty quickly but left with the flavor and fragrance of a life a bit different than ours. Nice folks and enjoyed the visit. The clouds eventually burnt off to a picture-perfect day in the bottom of the crater, the Eighth Wonder of the World. Yes the trigger finger took a bit of a warming up but no animal, bird, or plant escaped the lens of these safari pros. We even had some shots taken with out a memory card due to some rough roads and a bit too over excited at the chase of the perfect picture. Lots more opportunity for photos tomorrow as we move to yet another amazing park in Africa.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

A rhino in the Ngorongoro Crater, Africa. Photo: Seth Waterfall An RMI team visiting the Maasai Village. Photo: Casey Grom

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Mt. Elbrus: Grom and Team Practice Mountaineering Skills

Posted by: Casey Grom | August 01, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Southside
Elevation: 12,000'

Hello from Mt. Elbrus -

Today the team got up a little early to make use of the firm snow to practice using our crampons, and we had a refresher on self-arrest too. After our morning session we enjoyed breakfast and then relaxed near camp chatting with other climbers till lunchtime. Shortly after lunch we had our summit talk where we discussed all aspects of the climb to come and then spent the remainder of the afternoon packing and finalizing all of our gear we will need for the climb.
Everyone has their face mask ready in case the wind howls like it did on my last climb. And we even managed to play a game of trivia where the winner gets to make a satellite phone call from the summit. So if there’s someone out there who’s favorite musical group is Krewella and loves Simba. Then expect a call around 1am. Which will be roughly 8:30-9am for us.
We’ll check in again tomorrow after our big climb.

Wish us luck!
RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

The RMI Mt. Elbrus July 25th Team practicing ice axe arrest on Mt. Elbrus, Russia.  Photo: Casey Grom

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Have fun on your summit climb!  Casey is great at getting everyone to the top safely and with a smile on their face.

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Mt. Rainier: Teams on the Summit!

Posted by: Leon Davis, Mike Walter | August 01, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guide Mike Walter reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning around 6:30 am. The Expedition Skills Seminar - Paradise led by Leon Davis also made a successful climb to the summit today after several days of training on the mountain.  Both teams began their descent around 7:30 after enjoying the sunrise and views from the crater for almost an hour.
The teams will return to Camp Muir for a short break and to re-pack their gear before continuing the descent to Paradise.  We look forward to seeing both teams in Ashford later today.

Congratulations to today’s climbers!

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Way to go John, Brian and the climbing team! What an accomplishment. Can’t wait to see your pictures and hear the story! Love, Mom, Dad & Kathleen

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Posted by: Carol on 8/1/2014 at 4:56 pm

Congratulations to Gretchen and all the climbers. So happy for your success.

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Mt. Kilimanjaro: Hahn & Team Ascend Barranco Wall

Posted by: Dave Hahn | August 01, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 13,160'

It was cold in Mt. Kilimanjaro’s Barranco Camp this morning, but very beautiful. We still couldn’t see the world below, due to clouds, but we could sure see the steep Southern walls of Kibo Peak above.  Giant icicles hung down from the glaciers and snowfields in the early morning shadows.  Just as the sun hit our camp at about 8:15 AM, we set off into the cool shadows again.  We didn’t stay cold though, since our first task was to climb the steep lava ledges of the Barranco Wall.  Our local guides, Eric and Charles, along with Eliapende and Vendelin, made sure that all felt confident in reaching up for the rough handholds and stepping from block to block to pass this imposing barrier. 
It took over an hour, as expected, to get up 800 vertical feet of relief, but we did it, earning even better views of Kilimanjaro’s central peak and glaciers hanging thousands of feet above.  Then it was relatively easy walking to reach the Karanga Valley, but by the time we made that combination steep descent and ascent -in and out of the narrow valley, we were in cloud.  We made it to Karanga Camp at 13,160 ft by 1:15 PM and began our now familiar and welcome pattern of resting, recuperating, eating and drinking through the afternoon. 

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

The RMI Kilimanjaro July 26th team on top of the Barranco Wall.  Photo: Dave Hahn

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Kevin!  Hey babe! Got your vm today!  Missed your call by 5 minutes as I was loading the car.  :( you’re hiking a mountain and b is busy chasing h… read more

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Brad:

glad to see you looking so happy.  Very excited that you are having such a wonderful time.  Miss you..looking forward to your homecoming.  safe travels.

Mom

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Machu Picchu:  Elias and Team Visit the Sacred Valley of the Incas

Posted by: Elias de Andres Martos | July 31, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Peru
Elevation: 10,850'

Good evening!

We’re writing from our hotel in Cuzco after a full day of visits along the Sacred Valley of the Incas. With the city of Ollantaytambo as the pinnacle of the day, we also had the time to pet the llamas and alpacas of a South American Cammel’s zoo we visited. The walking we did among the different Inca ruins we visited along the Urubamba river, between elevations of 9,000 and 12,000 ft, continued to help us acclimate to the altitude.
Tomorrow, an early departure (4am) will bring us to the trail head to start our trek towards Machu Picchu… a week filled with great trail hiking awaits!

Our next post will be from the trails.

Best regards,

RMI Guide ElĂ­as and the team

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Vinson Massif
11/19 - 12/11/2013
Summit
Ecuador Volcanoes
12/10 - 12/20/2013
Cayambe - Summit / Cotopaxi - Summit
Vinson Massif
12/1 - 12/23/2013
Summit
Aconcagua
12/9 - 12/29/2013
21,700'
Aconcagua
12/14 - 1/6/2014
Summit
Aconcagua
12/20 - 1/12/2014
Summit
Expedition Skills Seminar - Winter
1/5 - 1/10/2014
10,080'
Aconcagua
12/27 - 1/19/2014
Summit
Expedition Skills Seminar - Ecuador
1/7 - 1/20/2014
Cayambe - Summit / Antisana - 18,500' / Cotopaxi - Summit
Mexico's Volcanoes
1/18 - 1/26/2014
Ixtaccihuatl - Summit / Orizaba - Summit
Aconcagua
1/10 - 2/2/2014
Summit
Aconcagua
1/3 - 1/26/2014
21,500'
Kilimanjaro
1/25 - 2/8/2014
Summit
Expedition Skills Seminar - Winter
2/9 - 2/14/2014
7,100'
Kilimanjaro
2/8 - 2/22/2014
Summit
Ecuador Volcanoes
2/11 - 2/21/2014
Cayambe - Summit / Cotopaxi - Summit
Aconcagua
2/2 - 2/25/2014
Summit
Mexico's Volcanoes
2/15 - 2/23/2014
Ixtaccihuatl - Summit / Orizaba - Summit
Kilimanjaro
2/10 - 2/21/2014
Summit
Expedition Skills Seminar - Ecuador
2/14 - 2/26/2014
Illiniza Sur - Summit / Cotopaxi - Summit
Mexico's Volcanoes
3/1 - 3/9/2014
Ixtaccihuatl - Summit / Orizaba - Summit
Expedition Skills Seminar - Winter
3/9 - 3/14/2014
Summit
Everest Base Camp Trek - Island Peak
3/16 - 4/10/2014
Summit
Expedition Skills Seminar - Winter
4/13 - 4/18/2014
Mt. Rainier - 13,400'
Everest Base Camp Trek
3/19 - 4/8/2014
Base Camp
Alaska Mountaineering Seminar - Expedition
5/4 - 5/14/2014
Radio Tower - 7,300' / Kahiltna Dome - 10,500'
Five Day Summit Climb
5/10 - 5/14/2014
Summit
Five Day Summit Climb
5/12 - 5/16/2014
Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
5/14 - 5/17/2014
Summit
Five Day Summit Climb
5/14 - 5/18/2014
Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
5/15 - 5/18/2014
Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
5/16 - 5/19/2014
Summit
Five Day Summit Climb
5/21 - 5/25/2014
Mt. Rainier - 13,600'
Expedition Skills Seminar - Muir
5/18 - 5/23/2014
Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
5/21 - 5/24/2014
Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
5/22 - 5/25/2014
Mt. Rainier - 13,700'
Four Day Summit Climb
5/23 - 5/26/2014
12,300'
Alaska Mountaineering Seminar - Expedition
5/17 - 5/27/2014
Kahiltna Dome - 10,700'
Expedition Skills Seminar - Muir
5/25 - 5/30/2014
Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
5/28 - 5/31/2014
Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
5/29 - 6/1/2014
Summit
Five Day Summit Climb
5/28 - 6/1/2014
Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
6/7 - 6/10/2014
Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
5/30 - 6/2/2014
Summit
Mount McKinley Expedition
5/6 - 6/2/2014
Mt. Mckinley - 16,200'
Expedition Skills Seminar - Muir
6/1 - 6/6/2014
Summit
Expedition Skills Seminar - Muir
6/1 - 6/6/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
6/4 - 6/7/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
6/5 - 6/8/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
6/6 - 6/9/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Mount McKinley Expedition
6/10 - 6/28/2014
Mt. Mckinley - 16,200'
Mount McKinley Expedition
5/13 - 6/4/2014
Mt. Mckinley - 16,400'
Mount McKinley Expedition
5/20 - 6/7/2014
Mt. Mckinley - Summit
Five Day Summit Climb
6/6 - 6/10/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
6/8 - 6/11/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
6/9 - 6/12/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
6/10 - 6/13/2014
Mt. Rainier - 12,600'
Four Day Summit Climb
6/11 - 6/14/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
6/12 - 6/15/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
6/13 - 6/16/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Five Day Summit Climb
6/12 - 6/16/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
6/14 - 6/17/2014
11,200'
Four Day Summit Climb
6/15 - 6/18/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Five Day Summit Climb
6/14 - 6/18/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Expedition Skills Seminar - Kautz
6/13 - 6/18/2014
Mt. Rainier - 12,500'
Four Day Summit Climb
6/16 - 6/19/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons
6/15 - 6/20/2014
Mt. Rainier - 14,410'
Four Day Summit Climb
6/17 - 6/20/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
6/18 - 6/21/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
6/19 - 6/22/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Mount McKinley Expedition
5/27 - 6/23/2014
Mt. Mckinley - Summit
Mount McKinley Expedition
6/3 - 6/23/2014
Mt. Mckinley - Summit
Five Day Summit Climb
6/19 - 6/23/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
6/20 - 6/23/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
6/21 - 6/24/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons
6/20 - 6/25/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Five Day Summit Climb
6/21 - 6/25/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
6/22 - 6/25/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
6/23 - 6/26/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
6/24 - 6/27/2014
Mt. Rainier - 11,200'
Expedition Skills Seminar - Kautz
6/22 - 6/27/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
6/25 - 6/28/2014
Mt. Rainier - 11,200'
Ecuador's Volcanoes
6/17 - 6/27/2014
Cayambe - 16,300' / Cotopaxi - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
6/26 - 6/29/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
6/27 - 6/30/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Mount McKinley Expedition
6/10 - 7/2/2014
Mt. Mckinley - Summit
Five Day Summit Climb
6/27 - 7/1/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
6/28 - 7/1/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
6/29 - 7/2/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
6/30 - 7/3/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Five Day Emmons Climb
6/29 - 7/3/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
7/1 - 7/4/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
7/2 - 7/5/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
7/3 - 7/6/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
7/4 - 7/7/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Five Day Summit Climb
7/3 - 7/7/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
7/6 - 7/9/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
7/5 - 7/8/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Expedition Skills Seminar - Kautz
7/4 - 7/9/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Five Day Summit Climb
7/5 - 7/9/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Cotopaxi Express Ascent
6/28 - 7/6/2014
Cotopaxi - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
7/7 - 7/10/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Mount McKinley Expedition
6/17 - 7/9/2014
Mt. Mckinley - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
7/8 - 7/11/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Expedition Skills Seminar - Paradise
7/6 - 7/11/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons
7/6 - 7/11/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
7/9 - 7/12/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Expedition Skills Seminar - Peru
6/29 - 7/13/2014
Nevado Urus - Summit / Ishinca - Summit / Tocllaraju - Summit
Forbidden Peak - West Ridge
7/7 - 7/10/2014
Forbidden Peak - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
7/10 - 7/13/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Forbidden Peak - West Ridge
7/10 - 7/13/2014
Forbidden Peak - Summit
Alpamayo Expedition
6/29 - 7/14/2014
19,512' - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
7/11 - 7/14/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Five Day Summit Climb
7/10 - 7/14/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Mount Elbrus
7/4 - 7/16/2014
Mt. Elbrus - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
7/12 - 7/15/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Five Day Summit Climb
7/12 - 7/16/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
7/13 - 7/16/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons
7/11 - 7/16/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Expedition Skills Seminar - Kautz
7/13 - 7/18/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
7/14 - 7/17/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
7/15 - 7/18/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Expedition Skills Seminar - Paradise
7/13 - 7/18/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
7/16 - 7/19/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
7/17 - 7/20/2014
Mt. Rainier - 12,800'
Four Day Summit Climb
7/18 - 7/21/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Forbidden Peak - West Ridge
7/15 - 7/18/2014
Forbidden Peak - Summit
Mount McKinley Custom Expedition
6/24 - 7/18/2014
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Mt. Shuksan - Fisher Chimneys
7/18 - 7/20/2014
Mt. Shuksan - 7,000'
Five Day Summit Climb
7/18 - 7/22/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
7/19 - 7/22/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
7/20 - 7/23/2014
Mt. Rainier - 10,080'
Four Day Summit Climb
7/21 - 7/24/2014
Mt. Rainier - 10,080'
Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons
7/19 - 7/24/2014
Mt. Rainier - 9,440'
Four Day Summit Climb
7/22 - 7/25/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
7/23 - 7/26/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Mt. Shuksan - Fisher Chimneys
7/22 - 7/25/2014
Mt. Shuksan - 6,500'
Four Day Summit Climb
7/24 - 7/27/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
7/25 - 7/28/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Five Day Summit Climb
7/24 - 7/28/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
7/26 - 7/29/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Alpamayo Expedition
7/13 - 7/28/2014
Summit
Mount Elbrus
7/11 - 7/23/2014
Mt. Elbrus - Summit
Four Day Summit Climb
7/28 - 7/31/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
Mt. Shuksan - Sulphide Glacier
7/27 - 7/29/2014
9,127' - Summit
Five Day Summit Climb
7/26 - 7/30/2014
Mt. Rainier - Summit
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Mt. Rainier - Summit
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7/27 - 8/1/2014
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  • A rhino in the Ngorongoro Crater, Africa. Photo: Seth Waterfall
  • An RMI team visiting the Maasai Village. Photo: Casey Grom
  • The RMI Mt. Elbrus July 25th Team practicing ice axe arrest on Mt. Elbrus, Russia.  Photo: Casey Grom
  • The RMI Kilimanjaro July 26th team on top of the Barranco Wall.  Photo: Dave Hahn
  • An elephant at Lake Manyara National Park. Photo: Casey Grom
  • Panoramic view at Lake Manyara National Park. Photo: Jeff Martin
  • The RMI July 26th Kilimanjaro Team enjoying the views en route to Barranco Camp.  Photo: Dave Hahn
  • The RMI July 25th Mt. Elbrus Team enjoying an acclimatization hike on the mountain.  Photo: Casey Grom
  • Taking a break on Mt. Elbrus during an acclimatization hike.  Photo: Casey Grom
  • Lindsay Mann climbing in Peru's Cordillera Blanca (Lindsay Mann).
  • An RMI Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons Team approaching Inter Glacier on Mt. Rainier.  Photo: RMI Collection
  • RMI climbers ascending to Shira Camp on Kilimanjaro with and endless sea of clouds below. Photo: Dave Hahn
  • The RMI July 25th Elbrus team enjoying lunch in the containers at 12,000 ft. Photo: Casey Grom
  • The RMI July 25th Elbrus team on their acclimatization hike. Photo: Casey Grom
  • The RMI July 25th Elbrus team on their acclimatization hike with their camp in the background. Photo: Casey Grom
  • The RMI July 27th Mt. Shuksan - Sulphide Glacier team celebrating their summit. Photo: Lindsay Fixmer
  • The RMI July 27th Mt. Shuksan - Sulphide Glacier team on the summit with Mt. Baker in the background. Photo: Lindsay Fixmer
  • The RMI July 28th Machu Picchu team in Cusco, Peru. Photo: Elias de Andres Martos
  • The RMI July 26th Kilimanjaro Team at the Machame Entrance to Kilimanjaro National Park.  Photo: Dave Hahn
  • Enjoying the sites from an evening boat ride through the canals of St. Petersburg.  Photo: RMI Collection
  • Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, St. Petersburg, Russia.  Photo: RMI Collection
  • The RMI July 25th Mt. Elbrus team on an acclimatization hike in Cheget, Russia.  Photo: Casey Grom
  • Utilizing chairlifts from the ski area to gain elevation on an acclimatization hike.  Photo: Casey Grom
  • The RMI July 25th Mt. Elbrus team enjoying the surrounding views of the Caucasus mountains.  Photo: Casey Grom
  • Kilimanjaro, 19,340',  The Roof of Africa.  Photo: RMI Collection
  • Climbers make an alpine start toward the summit of Kilimanjaro.  Photo: RMI Collection
  • The views and glacier near the summit of Kilimanjaro. RMI Collection
  • The RMI July 25th Mt. Elbrus Team.  Photo: Casey Grom
  • The roof tops of Saint Petersburg.  Photo: Linden Mallory
  • The RMI July 18th Elbrus Team arrives Saint Petersburg.  Photo: JJ Justman