Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team Start Their Climb to Machame Camp

Posted by: Casey Grom | February 12, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 9,800'

We caught our first views of Kilimanjaro today while on our two-hour drive to the park gate. Looming in the distance it was almost mistaken as a cloud. We spent about an hour getting checked in and all of our gear weighed. All in all there are 55 porters, guides, cooks, waiters and camp crew bringing our group total to 66. The majority of folks are porters who are carrying much of our gear, fresh food and most importantly fresh ground coffee!

The first day always feels like the toughest as we try to get into the swing of things and find our legs under us. The team did great today and made good time from about 6000’ up to 10,000’ in about six miles. It took a little over five hours and thankfully didn’t rain on us. We have just finished a well cooked meal with curried vegetables, fried chicken breast, potatoes and a nice slice of cake for dessert. Bellies are full and everyone is in their tent getting ready for some well deserved sleep.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

Kilimanjaro Trailhead. Photo: RMI Collection Hiking through the lush rainforest on the lower slopes of Kilimanjaro. Photo: RMI Collection Our first night's camp located at 10,000' in the Giant Heather of Kilimanjaro. Photo: Linden Mallory

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Thinking of you both.  Good luck Maria & Pete - have fun!

Posted by: Kate W on 2/14/2013 at 9:42 am

Larry and Crew

It sounds like things are going great!  I hope you have a safe and memorable climb.

Fred K

Posted by: Fred Klingbeil on 2/13/2013 at 8:13 am

Finally you are on the mountain.  Wish I were there!

Posted by: carmen on 2/13/2013 at 7:24 am

Go, Mom!  You’re amazing.  Hope the team is doing well and enjoying the experience.

Posted by: Shawn Gunnin on 2/13/2013 at 7:09 am

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