Kilimanjaro: Martin & Team at the First Camp - Machame Camp

Posted by: Jeff Martin | February 11, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 9,800'

Greetings from Machame Camp,

The missing bag finally showed up last night and we have one very happy climber.  For the last few days the weather has been a little unstable, with some heavy rain showers in the lowlands. But this morning, just as we were approaching the mountain, the clouds started to thin and we saw Kilimanjaro for the first time. After people got over the initial surprise of how big it looks from a distance, it became obvious that the unstable weather we had in town, had covered the mountain with a white blanket of snow. Usually you have to look pretty hard to find snow on the mountain, so this was a pretty cool sight to see. It won’t affect our climb though, as most of it will melt before we reach high camp.

Having left our hotel this morning right on time, we were at the park gate before any of the other climbing groups showed up. We made quick work of taking care of the permits and registration.  And after the final porter’s bag was weighed, we were off and walking.

The weather continued to improve all day and we had perfect temperatures all the way to camp. We walked into camp at 3:30 and got settled into our new accommodations at 10,000’. Everyone did great today on the trail. This group showed up well prepared, and ready for the challenge ahead.

We’ll send out another update tomorrow when we get to Shira Camp.

Best,
RMI Guide Jeff Martin

February 8th Kilimanjaro Team ready for the mountain! Photo: Jeff Martin

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Hey Mom, when you have to carry Eric up the mountain, its best to use the fireman’s carry. It will center his weight above you rather than behind you if he is on your back. I’m sure you guys are doing great! I love you all, good luck over the next couple days!

With very much love,
Derek

Posted by: Derek Kraft on 2/12/2014 at 6:59 pm

First day completed - WAHOO!!!  You all look great.  Enjoy each day and take lots of pictures.

Posted by: Candy on 2/11/2014 at 11:25 pm

You guys all look ready to take on the mountain ~ I’m not quite sure about the guy in the back with the bright blue shirt. He looks a little shady :)  Have fun guys. I can’t wait to see more pictures.

Posted by: Cheryl on 2/11/2014 at 5:53 pm

Hope the weather cooperates all the way to the top! Be safe and have
An amazing time Tracey!

Posted by: Jesse on 2/11/2014 at 3:14 pm

Have a great time Tracey and friends.  Hopefully it is as easy as St Helens was in the snow.

Dale

Posted by: Dale on 2/11/2014 at 12:58 pm

Way to go team! Go Holly!

Posted by: Michelle La Vina on 2/11/2014 at 10:45 am

Congrats to all on first day. Good luck and have fun.
Jeff, keep an eye on Eric. He can use a slap on the back of the head every once in awhile just to keep him on course. :)
Dad/Grampa

Posted by: Bill Boehm on 2/11/2014 at 10:29 am

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