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Mt. Kilimanjaro: RMI Guide Mark Tucker & Team Start Their Climb

Posted by: | July 24, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 9,800'

Hello from Mt. Kilimanjaro.
It was a great day for our team and a good start to our climb.  We had a smooth departure from the lowlands of Arusha as we left the Dik Dik Hotel and headed to the mountain.  Our local mountain staff and climbing team gathered at the Machame Gate of Kilimanjaro National Park (5,900’) to register our climb and begin our ascent. We started climbing with low clouds above which remained for the majority of the day.  It did not rain but we had our rain gear close just in case.  We arrived at Camp One, Machame Camp,  9,800’ and have finished dinner.  We also had a special celebration for team member Brian’s birthday.  Our staff sang a fine version happy birthday and we all enjoyed a bit of cake.

It is nice to get on the trail, get our feet underneath us and start our mountain adventure.  We are looking forward to more tomorrow.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

The Machame Gate, entrance to Kilimanjaro National Park.  Photo: RMI Collection First camp on Kilimanjaro, Machame Camp at 9,800 ft. Photo: Jeff Martin

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Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Ready in Arusha

Posted by: Mark Tucker | July 23, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Our team has gathered in Arusha, Tanzania and we are sorting our gear, weighing our mountain duffels and getting ready to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro!  We also took a little time for golfing and goofing around.  We need to get away from this lap of luxury we find ourselves in and start climbing, we are eating way to much.

Tomorrow we will wake early, enjoy our last restaurant meal for a while and then take a drive to the Machame Gate.  Here we will register our team with the Kilimanjaro National Park, don our packs and begin our climb toward the Roof of Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

The RMI Kilimanjaro July 21st team at dinner at the Dik Dik Hotel, Tanzania.  Photo: Mark Tucker The July 21st Kilimanjaro team stretching their legs in Tanzania.  Photo: Mark Tucker

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Father’s Day Video: the Kilimanjaro Family Climb

Posted by: | June 13, 2014
Categories: *Guide News *Kilimanjaro

Happy Father's Day! Peter Whittaker and his daughter on the summit of Kilimanjaro (Jon Mancuso).

Happy Father’s Day! See the video of Peter Whittaker’s climb of Kilimanjaro, Africa’s tallest mountain, with his daughter Gabriella and on sharing the experience of the mountains, presented by Eddie Bauer/First Ascent.

Whittaker Father-Daughter Kilimanjaro Climb from Eddie Bauer on Vimeo.

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Kilimanjaro: Martin & Team Check in from Kikoti Camp

Posted by: Jeff Martin | February 20, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Hello from Kikoti Camp,

It was another amazing day on safari. We left the Plantation Lodge this morning and headed south to the last park we will visit on our safari, Tarangire National Park. En route, we stopped at a few curio shops to get gifts for our family and friends back home. Wood animal carvings, Maasai blankets, African masks, carved bowls, and few paintings will all make the journey home.

Once we got into the park, the game viewing was a little slow at first. Our luck certainly changed after lunch. Not only did we see a leopard, we also saw a female cheetah with three cubs, several big elephant herds, giraffes, warthogs, and even a unicorn. Actually it was Thompson Gazelle that lost a horn, but from a distance, it definitely looked like a unicorn.We have seen a lot of animals the last few days and covered a lot of beautiful miles. We are now at our last lodge, a luxury tented camp right on the edge of Tarangire. The views are incredible and the sounds around camp remind us that we really are out in the African bush.

Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end, and what a perfect spot for our last night in Tanzania. Tomorrow, we drive back to Arusha, pick up our climbing gear and head to the airport for our flights back home.
From literally the snows of Kilimanjaro to the African plains, this has been a hell of a trip. Thank you again to those who checked in daily to read our dispatches and to everyone who left the motivating comments while we were on the mountain.

Best regards,

RMI Guide Jeff Martin & Team

A Giraffe in Tarangire National Park. RMI Photo Collection Kikoti Camp. RMI Photo Collection

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Kilimanjaro: Martin & Team Visit the Ngorongoro Crater

Posted by: Jeff Martin | February 19, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Hello from the Plantation Lodge,

The Ngorongoro Crater did not disappoint today. In fact, it was a five star day! We started off early so we could spend the whole day down in the Crater. The first sighting was a big bull elephant, followed by seeing 5 black rhinos, a pride of 7 lions, a lone male lion, many hippos including a hippo out if the water and three hippos that were 15’ away from us at our lunch spot. Hyenas, baby jackals, and Grant and Thompson Gazelles, plus all the other animals we saw yesterday, but in even greater numbers.

The grass in the Crater is really green because of the recent rains, and the animals were everywhere. After we were almost cross-eyed from looking at all the animals, we headed up to the rim of the crater and went to a Maasai Village. The Massai are a tribe of 70 different clans, totaling almost 55,000 people. They inhabit the land around Ngorongoro and to the north into Kenya. They are trying hard to live in their traditional ways but still exist in a modern world. This was our opportunity to see first hand how they are doing it.

It was definitely a very full day. Now we are back at the lodge, just finished dinner and making our plans for tomorrow. We’ll head south to Tarangire National Park for our final two days of safari. Still on the list of animals to see - a leopard.

Best regards,

RMI Guide Jeff Martin & Team

Kilimanjaro Team on Safari. Photo: Jeff Martin Game Viewing on Safari. Photo: Jeff Martin Maasai People. Photo: Jeff Martin

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Kilimanjaro: Martin & Team Begin Their Safari at Lake Manyara National Park

Posted by: Jeff Martin | February 18, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Hello from the Plantation Lodge,

We had a great day today at Lake Manyara National Park. Located about two hours from Arusha, it is the first stop on our safari circuit. This is a hidden gem of a park as most people only drive right by it on the way to the bigger named parks. It is the perfect introduction to how to safari, getting us oriented to many of the different animal species and habitats, as well as figuring out how to get some really good pictures.
We had some excitement during our “bush” lunch when a troop of 60 baboons passed right by us, and three of the males caused quite a ruckus when they began fighting over one of the female baboons.
There were lots of elephants today, giraffes, monkeys, hippos, dik diks, warthogs, wildebeests, and ostriches. The list goes on and it was a very successful day.
We are now at the Plantation Lodge, a wonderful small lodge that sits on the highlands above the Great Rift Valley. It’s absolutely beautiful here and they have thought of every detail in making this one of the best lodges in the area.
Tomorrow we are off to Ngorongoro Crater, where we will see what most consider as the eighth wonder of the world.

Best regards,
RMI Guide Jeff Martin

The Kilimanjaro team ready for the Lake Manyara safari. Photo: Jeff Martin A baboon at Lake Manyara National Park. Photo: Jeff Martin An elephant at Lake Manyara National Park. Photo: Casey Grom

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Kilimanjaro: Martin & Team Back at the Dik Dik to Celebrate their Success

Posted by: Jeff Martin | February 17, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Hello from the Dik Dik,

Our mountain adventure ended today with 10 very happy climbers. Even though we had a very long day yesterday, the team wanted to get an early start and hike down to the Mweka Gate. You could tell that everyone wanted showers as we made record time descending the 4,400’ to the end of the trail. You can feel it is the last day as porters are ready to get paid, and the climbers are still on the high of summiting yesterday. We had a big lunch spread waiting for us at the gate and then we tipped out our mountain crew for all their hard work over the last seven days.

Now we are back at the hotel and sitting down for drinks before our celebration dinner. We are all cleaned up and have packed away all our mountain gear.

Tomorrow we are heading out on our safari. The perfect way to recover from the physical effort expended to reach the top of Kilimanjaro. First stop is Lake Manyara!

Best regards,
RMI Guide Jeff Martin

Martin & Team at the end of the trail. Photo: Jeff Martin The team ready to celebrate their summit success! Photo: Jeff Martin

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Kilimanjaro: Martin & Team Summit!

Posted by: Jeff Martin | February 16, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 19,340'

Hello from Mweka Camp,

We did it! The entire team made it to Uhuru Peak, the Roof of Africa, this morning at 7:30 am. But there were no gimmes today, we fought hard for every step. What started out as fairly decent weather when we woke up, quickly changed as we were about two hours into our climb. At first, it began snowing lightly, but the higher we climbed, the harder the snow fell. The trail was completely covered by the time we reached 18,000’. By Stella Point, the crater rim, it was blowing about 30 mph and 4-6 inches of snow had fallen. Definitely not your typical summit day. Despite the challenges of the weather, the team did great today.

We left camp at 12:50 am and were on top at 7:30 am. We only spent about 10 minutes at the summit sign, and then it was time to get back down. The fresh snow made for an interesting descent, and new snow had fallen all the way back to high camp.

After changing out of our summit gear, we re-packed our duffels and headed down to Mweka Camp, 5000’ below us. We arrived in camp just before 5:00 PM, and our 17-hour day is now over. We are all tried, but in great spirits and looking forward to a good night’s rest.

Best regards,
RMI Guide Jeff Martin

An RMI team on Kilimanjaro summit day. Photo: RMI Collection 2/16/2014 - Martin & Team on the Kilimanjaro summit. 2/16/2014 - The Portland crew on the Kilimanjaro summit.

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Congrats Tracey, Sarah, Chris, Holly, and Eric!!  Way to go!  Now comes Yellowstone on steroids intermixed with awesome lodging and food.  Yeah, it’s rough ;-)  Have a great rest of… read more

Posted by: Conor C on 2/16/2014 at 11:23 am

Don:  I couldn’t be prouder of you!  I can’t wait to hear about it.

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Posted by: Connie on 2/16/2014 at 10:01 am


Kilimanjaro: Martin & Team Ready for Summit Bid

Posted by: Jeff Martin | February 15, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 15,000'

Hello from Barafu Camp,

We are at our high camp and ready for our summit attempt tomorrow! The team did great again today and everybody is excited to be here at 15,000’.
Today was a relatively short hiking day, climbing about 2,000’ in just under three hours and reaching camp before noon. This is another great benefit to the Machame Route. Having a short day right before summit day allows us plenty of time to rest, hydrate, pack and get to bed early all in preparation of tomorrow. We’ll have dinner at 5:00 and then hopefully be in bed by 6:30 at the latest. Most of us probably won’t sleep much, but our bodies will get enough rest we need for the long day ahead.
The alarm is set for 11:45 pm, and the plan is to be walking out of camp around 12:45. About seven hours later, we should be standing on top of Kilimanjaro. Wish us luck and we will try and give a call tomorrow from the summit.

Best regards,
RMI Guide Jeff Martin

The trail leading to High Camp on Kilimanjaro. Photo: Jeff Martin Seth Waterfall's team at a rest break overlooking Kilimanjaro. Photo: Seth Waterfall

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Kilimanjaro: Martin & Team Send Valentine’s Day Wishes from Karanga Camp

Posted by: Jeff Martin | February 14, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 14,500'

Happy Valentine’s Day from Karanga Camp. The Barranco Wall is now well behind us and the group powered right up it without any issues. We decided to switch gears a little with our departure time today. We opted to let the other climbing groups leave before us so we could take our time climbing up the Barranco Wall. It was the right call for today. As a result of the later start, we got to sleep in this morning, not rush through breakfast, and all enjoyed a little extra time in camp. Starting out, the trail is pretty steep, and there are a few rock sections that require some basic scrambling, but once through this section, it is very straightforward walking. We took a quick break about an hour up, then we took another 30 minutes before we were standing on top, looking down at our old camp 900’ below. The clouds were blocking most of the views, but no one complained as we were very lucky to have only clouds and not rain. This would be our high point of the day, and then we continued traversing east towards Karanga Camp. Along the way, we met a group of climbers called Kilimanjaro Warriors. It is a group of ten climbers, six of which are disabled veterans. Seeing these climbers today was both humbling and truly inspiring. For anyone to make this climb is a big accomplishment, but to do it without one leg, or even both legs, is remarkable. We wish them the best of luck with their climb.

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, here are a few wishes from Kilimanjaro:
Happy Valentine’s Day to my family, Tom and his family! Thank you for all the support. Sarah Sending love from Kili! Happy V-day J.W., family and friends. It’s more beautiful than I could have ever imagined - of course I’ve cried every day. Ha!Ha! Tracey Thanks everyone for all the comments. They really help. We are feeling strong and looking forward to summiting in 2 days. We’ll send our love from the top. xoxo. Have to go stretch now (Adam). Chris, Holly, & Eric.
Happy Valentine’s Day Mom & Dad! Thanks for the good genes! Sue Still breathing! Happy Valentine’s Day Meg! Don

Thanks again for all the comments. We will send an update from high camp tomorrow.

Best,
RMI Guide Jeff Martin

The team posing in front of Kilimanjaro from Karanga Camp. Photo: Jeff Martin

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Recent Images From Kilimanjaro

  • RMI climbers ascending to Shira Camp on Kilimanjaro with and endless sea of clouds below. Photo: Dave Hahn
  • The RMI July 26th Kilimanjaro Team at the Machame Entrance to Kilimanjaro National Park.  Photo: Dave Hahn
  • 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 bungalows at the Dik Dik Hotel complete with hammocks on the front porch.  Photo: RMI Collection
  • Preparing vehicles to take climbers to the Kilimanjaro Trail Head.  Photo: RMI Collection
  • Barafu Camp situated at 15,000 on Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania.  Photo: Jeff Martin
  • Kilimanjaro Barafu Camp as climbers ready for their alpine start to the summit.  Photo: RMI Collection
  • Climbers and porters ascending the Barranco Wall on Kilimanjaro, Tanzania.  Photo: Dave Hahn
  • Ascending to Karanga Camp with the Karanga Valley below.  Photo: Jeff Martin
  • Looking down on Barranco Camp from Lava Tower.  Photo: Casey Grom
  • Shira Camp on Kilimanjaro.  RMI Photo Collection
  • The Machame Gate, entrance to Kilimanjaro National Park.  Photo: RMI Collection
  • First camp on Kilimanjaro, Machame Camp at 9,800 ft. Photo: Jeff Martin
  • The RMI Kilimanjaro July 21st team at dinner at the Dik Dik Hotel, Tanzania.  Photo: Mark Tucker
  • The July 21st Kilimanjaro team stretching their legs in Tanzania.  Photo: Mark Tucker
  • A Giraffe in Tarangire National Park. RMI Photo Collection
  • Kikoti Camp. RMI Photo Collection
  • Kilimanjaro Team on Safari. Photo: Jeff Martin
  • Game Viewing on Safari. Photo: Jeff Martin
  • Maasai People. Photo: Jeff Martin
  • The Kilimanjaro team ready for the Lake Manyara safari. Photo: Jeff Martin
  • A baboon at Lake Manyara National Park. Photo: Jeff Martin
  • An elephant at Lake Manyara National Park. Photo: Casey Grom
  • Martin & Team at the end of the trail. Photo: Jeff Martin
  • The team ready to celebrate their summit success! Photo: Jeff Martin
  • An RMI team on Kilimanjaro summit day. Photo: RMI Collection
  • 2/16/2014 - Martin & Team on the Kilimanjaro summit.
  • 2/16/2014 - The Portland crew on the Kilimanjaro summit.
  • The trail leading to High Camp on Kilimanjaro. Photo: Jeff Martin
  • Seth Waterfall's team at a rest break overlooking Kilimanjaro. Photo: Seth Waterfall
  • The team posing in front of Kilimanjaro from Karanga Camp. Photo: Jeff Martin
  • Barranco Camp. RMI Photo Collection
  • The View of Kilimanjaro from Barranco Camp. RMI Photo Collection