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Mt. Kilimanjaro: Tucker and Team at Karanga Camp

Posted by: Mark Tucker | August 10, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 13,160'

Come on baby! A couple more nice weather days for us and it can storm all it wants up here in the high country of Tanzania. It all boils down to needing a bit of luck when climbing big peaks like Kilimanjaro; when the mountain says no you need to listen. Even on climbs when you do not get to the top of are filled with events and memories that stick with you. I have great confidence that this entire team will stand on the roof of Africa, with safety leading the way. It is such a unique thing we do up high, to be allowed to stand on the summit is really icing on the cake. We take away an immense feeling of satisfaction on all climbs. The team has checked off all the prerequisite to get this done.

When we leave Karanga Camp tomorrow morning, our summit push begins. We’ll take a bit of a break at Barafu, the high camp, then up up and away! Man, this is exciting. All the prep work that has gone into this, the great support by all involved back home, is all making this last bunch of hours a reality. We promise to make you proud of what we do, impressed on how we did it, and thank for this beautiful mountain in supplying us this adventure. All is well at 13,000’ on Kilimanjaro.  We will check in with you tomorrow!

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

Tents at Karanga Camp on Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. Photo: RMI Collection

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Mt. Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team reach Barranco Camp

Posted by: | August 09, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 12,800'

Yet another nice day. A bit breezy as we approached our high point of the trip so far. Altitude records for most, than a couple thousand feet descent into Barranco Camp home for the night. The team continues to do just what they should to move smooth and efficient. We pulled into camp nice and early, so much so that we even took a short hike to a waterfall and the base of the Barranco Wall, the first part of our climb tomorrow. Mixed in the team is a couple of families; fathers, daughters and sons, even an uncle. Great to see them out in the hills and having a gas. A few clouds have moved in obscuring a view of the upper mountain but we may get lucky in the next hour to get a few photos of the peak in the beautiful alpine glow condition we can be rewarded with for such an effort put forth.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker & Team

Barranco Camp on Mt. Kilimanjaro. Photo: Dave Hahn Barranco Camp from Lava Tower on Mt. Kilimanjaro. Photo: Casey Grom

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Kilimanjaro: Hahn & Team Finish Their Safari at Tarangire National Park

Posted by: Dave Hahn | August 08, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

After a peaceful night at the Kikoti Lodge just East of the Tarangire National Park boundary, we had breakfast and ducked back into the park.  As experienced safari aficionados, we no longer stopped the vehicles for common zebras and wildebeest.  But we were happy to pull over to watch a monitor lizard cross the road.  And seeing a lion guarding his fresh kill got our attention.  The king of the savannah also got the attention of about twenty elephants on their way to the water.  They trumpeted and snorted when they sensed his presence and -giving him some space, took a detour to reach the water.  We saw a few thousand other animals and birds, baobab trees and acacias on our way back out to the main park exit.  Then it was Tanzanian highway driving with a few stops for tourism and sightseeing on the way back to Arusha and the Dik Dik Hotel.  All that remains now is a dinner together and a few shuttles to the airport over the next 24 hours as we split up and begin to circle the globe toward home.

It has been a chock full couple of weeks in Africa.  Thank you for keeping track of our team!

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

Kikoti Camp, Africa safari. Photo: Jeff Martin Elephant at Tarangire National Park. Photo: Seth Waterfall

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Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Camped at Shira

Posted by: Mark Tucker | August 08, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 12,500'

Shira Camp is our new home for the night. At 12,500 ft it is nice to still see bushes and grasses. Don’t let life forms other than humans fool you, it is a very harsh place to be. Unlike places like Alaska where the latitude away from the Equator keeps plant life well below here.

It was nice to see the whole team at breakfast this morning healthy and happy . For some, it was was a new experience spending the night in a tent at 10,000 ft. Before we turned in, a discussion about strategy for the night and talk of what we can do to help adjust to the altitude paid off. Another day of perfect weather for the climb and it couldn’t have gone smoother. Incorporating the same techniques used on all these big hills went very well with a team of strong climbers arriving at Camp 2 right on schedule.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

Hiking to the Shira Plateau on Kilimanjaro. Photo: RMI Collection

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Kilimanjaro: Hahn & Team Have an Extraordinary Day in Tarangire National Park

Posted by: Dave Hahn | August 07, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Another day, another incredible Tanzanian National Park.  Today we visited Tarangire... A system of rivers, swamps and savannas that host a mind-blowing number of elephants, zebras, wildebeest, gazelles, giraffes and just about every other East African animal you can think of.  We were particularly interested in the big cats today.  As luck would have it, we spied a cheetah, a lioness up a tree, and finally a big and beautiful leopard in an Acacia tree at sunset.  The elephants of Tarangire were everywhere and their signs of passage were everywhere else.  We could see where they’d been scraping bark from the giant baobab trees in search of moisture, and flat out destroying smaller trees in other places.  In terms of bird-life, we saw everything from an African Fish Eagle (eerily similar to an American Bald Eagle) to the ubiquitous superb starlings with their incandescent colors.  It was just getting dark when Joseph and Clement brought our Landcruisers in to Kikoti, a hotel of screened in cabins with a luxurious and open-planned center dining room and bar just to one side of the national park.  This will be our last evening together and our last out in the wild, but we look forward to a final day’s journey back through the park and “home” to Arusha.

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

Tarangire National Park, Africa. Photo: Dave Hahn Baobab tree at Tarangire National Park, Africa. Photo: RMI Collection

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Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Begin Their Trek

Posted by: Mark Tucker | August 07, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 9,800'

What a great day in the mountains. The team was like clock work getting out of the lowlands. A pleasant drive to the Machame Gate where our climb began. Not too hot or cold, no rain just some broken clouds as we moved up the mountain in great style and all arriving at Camp 1 in fine shape. The usual perfect support by our fabulous outfitter the Dik Dik, best outfitter for a climb of Killimanjaro. We worked a lot on technique, and talked about strategy for the future throughout the day. We are all fed and down for the night. Awesome moon above and the summit clear and calling. How many times can I climb this beast and still get such a thrill. It’s crazy, you have to make the time to do this one for sure!

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

Kilimanjaro Trailhead. Photo: RMI Collection Our first night's camp located at 10,000' in the Giant Heather of Kilimanjaro. Photo: Jeff Martin

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Mt. Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Arrive in Africa!

Posted by: Mark Tucker | August 06, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

RMI Guide Mark Tucker and Team called to check in from the Dik Dik Hotel in Arusha, Tanzania. The team has enjoyed a little R & R after long international flights; everyone is well rested and ready to start trekking. After a gear check this afternoon the bags are packed and ready to hit the trail in the morning.

Follow along with us on the RMI Blog and they make their way to the Roof of Africa!

The Dik Dik pool. Photo: Jeff Martin Bird of Paradise on the Dik Dik grounds. Photo: Jeff Martin

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Mt. Kilimanjaro: Hahn and Team Visit Ngorongoro Crater

Posted by: Dave Hahn | August 06, 2014
Categories: *Kilimanjaro

A few days back we were on the summit of one of the world’s biggest volcanoes… Today we spent our time happily plumbing the depths of a collapsed volcano.  Ngorongoro Crater is a caldera teeming with the classic wildlife of Eastern Africa.  We went to the crater rim this morning in thick cloud, unable to see more that a hundred feet, but we had hopes that situation would change.  While still on the rim, we visited a Massai Village and were introduced to the customs and traditions of the dominant tribe in this area.  We then piled back into our Land Cruisers and began the 600 meter descent into the crater as the weather rapidly improved.  Within 20 minutes, we were seeing lions, jackals, Cape buffalo, zebras, hippos and ostriches… To say nothing of gazelles, wildebeest, and hyenas.  The constant water supply within the crater keeps the herds from migrating, the presence of the herds makes the predators happy, the addition of roads lets us see it all.  We even saw a couple of the resident (and rare) black rhinos, but they were at a distance and sleeping hard. 

Lunch was on the shores of a lush hippo hangout and then we circled the caldera (about 15 miles across) one final time.  With each sighting of a new species, the driver/guides would cut the engines and let us snap pictures as they described what we were seeing.  Finally, we spiraled up and out of the crater as the sun was getting low in the sky.  By this point we had the big view that had been denied in the misty morning.  Clement and Joseph had us back to the Kirurumu lodge by six thirty PM where we washed off the road dirt and put on clean shirts for some fine dining. 

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn & Team

The Massai people. RMI Photo Collection A herd of Wildebeest in the Ngorongoro Crater. RMI Photo Collection

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Mt. Kilimanjaro: Hahn and Team Enjoy Lake Manyara

Posted by: Dave Hahn | August 05, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

What a difference a day makes. Yesterday we were climbing down a giant volcano, tired, grimy and hoping our strength would hold out.  Today we were squeaky clean, comfortable, road-tripping, touristing and game-viewing.
And it was great.  We drove out of the Dik Dik and Arusha around 9 this morning and made our way -in two souped-up Toyota Landcruisers- to Lake Manyara National Park.  We enjoyed a tranquil and easy picnic lunch within the park with Zach acting as Chef while zebras and elephants wandered by.  Then we went cruising with both vehicle roofs peeled open to allow standing and scanning for wildlife.  Lake Manyara itself was stunning today, with seemingly a million pink flamingos, storks and pelicans working the water’s surface and shores.  We spied baboons, elephants, giraffes, mongeese (what the plural of mongooses really should be), zebra and wildebeests, along with a few shy hippos and eagles.

Before the sun set, we left the park and drove up on the rim of the great Rift Valley, looking out over the lake and a good chunk of East Africa.  Our destination for the night was the Kirurumu Lodge and an extremely comfortable network of tent-cabins and fine dining.  Tomorrow, we look forward to a full day of safari-life.

Best Regards,

RMI Guide Dave Hahn & Team

Kilimanjaro Team having lunch on Safari. Photo: Dave Hahn Giraffe on Safari. RMI Photo Collection

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Mt. Kilimanjaro: Hahn & Team Finish Their Climb and Return to the Dik Dik Hotel

Posted by: Dave Hahn | August 04, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 6,000'

The day started with our local staff serenading the team with the “Jambo” song after breakfast.  It was nice to see the strong and good men who’ve helped us so much this week all in one place, singing, dancing and able to receive our thanks for their great efforts.  We then made an effort to get out of their way by leaving Mweka Camp and descending 4000 vertical feet to the Mweka gate to end our climb of Mt. Kilimanjaro.  The low clouds didn’t hold back for long before dropping light but steady rains on us and the already slippery track.  The trail took us through a lush and seemingly impenetrable forest… I’m sure there was much to see, but mostly we concentrated on making careful steps and avoiding falls for a few hours.  We were relieved to reach easier terrain for the home stretch.  Since it was still raining at the Mweka Gate to the National Park, we didn’t hang around long before loading onto our expedition bus/truck and hitting the road for Moshi.  Halfway back to Arusha, in better weather, we stopped for a great picnic lunch.  Then it was on to our comfortable home at the Dik Dik hotel where we all got a lot cleaner and a little more pleasant as we caught up on sleep and internet.  We’re heading for a celebration dinner now, which will double as a farewell to Brian and Brad who are abandoning us and heading home tomorrow as we set out for our much-anticipated game-viewing safari.

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

The RMI July 26th Kilimanjaro Team making their descent from the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro.  Photo: Dave Hahn

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Recent Images From Kilimanjaro

  • Team Waterfall stop for a photo on their way to Shira Plateau. Photo: Seth Waterfall
  • Shira Plateau, Kilimanjaro. Photo: Seth Waterfall
  • Kilimanjaro Trailhead. Photo: RMI Collection
  • The team starting their trek to Machame Camp. Photo: Seth Waterfall
  • Our first night's camp located at 10,000' in the Giant Heather of Kilimanjaro. Photo: Jeff Martin
  • RMI Kilimanjaro Team dining at the Dik Dik Hotel.  Photo: Seth Waterfall
  • Kikoti Camp, Africa safari. Photo: Jeff Martin
  • An RMI team visits a Maasai Village during safari. Photo: Jeff Martin
  • A giraffe seen on safari at Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania. Photo: RMI Collection
  • Elephant at Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania. Photo: Seth Waterfall
  • RMI Team on the Summit of Kilimanjaro. Photo: Mark Tucker
  • Hiking out of Mweka Camp on Mt. Kilimanjaro. RMI Photo Collection
  • Climbers ready at Barafu Camp to make their summit attempt on Kilimanjaro.  Photo: Linden Mallory
  • Watching the sunrise over Tanzania from the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro.  Photo: RMI Collection
  • The trail on Mt. Kilimanjaro en route to high camp at Barafu, 15,000 ft.  Photo: Jeff Martin
  • Tents at Karanga Camp on Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. Photo: RMI Collection
  • Barranco Camp on Mt. Kilimanjaro. Photo: Dave Hahn
  • Barranco Camp from Lava Tower on Mt. Kilimanjaro. Photo: Casey Grom
  • Kikoti Camp, Africa safari. Photo: Jeff Martin
  • Elephant at Tarangire National Park. Photo: Seth Waterfall
  • Hiking to the Shira Plateau on Kilimanjaro. Photo: RMI Collection
  • Tarangire National Park, Africa. Photo: Dave Hahn
  • Baobab tree at Tarangire National Park, Africa. Photo: RMI Collection
  • Kilimanjaro Trailhead. Photo: RMI Collection
  • Our first night's camp located at 10,000' in the Giant Heather of Kilimanjaro. Photo: Jeff Martin
  • The Dik Dik pool. Photo: Jeff Martin
  • Bird of Paradise on the Dik Dik grounds. Photo: Jeff Martin
  • The Massai people. RMI Photo Collection
  • A herd of Wildebeest in the Ngorongoro Crater. RMI Photo Collection
  • Kilimanjaro Team having lunch on Safari. Photo: Dave Hahn
  • Giraffe on Safari. RMI Photo Collection
  • The RMI July 26th Kilimanjaro Team making their descent from the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro.  Photo: Dave Hahn