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Mt. Kilimanjaro: Hahn and Team on the Summit!

Posted by: Dave Hahn | August 03, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 19,341'

Hey, this is David Hahn with Kilimanjaro team and we are on the summit! We are at Uhuru which is 19,341 feet above sea level. And we are in spectacularly good conditions. And as an added bonus, we have the summit all to ourselves. The whole team is up here and the wind is blowing about one and a half miles per hour. And it’s extremely pleasant. [Broken] ...happens to be cloaked in clouds right now, but it’s still beautiful. We’re enjoying being up here stepping into the throat of this great volcano. We’ll let you know when we’re down safe but all is going very well now. Thank you.

RMI Guide Dave Hahn

Dave Hahn Recaps the Summit Day:
We left Barafu Camp shortly after one AM and set out for the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.  It was an absolutely splendid night for climbing as there was no wind and no cloud above.  There was also no moon, so the stars and meteors and Milky Way were prominent and mesmerizing.  At first it wasn’t terribly cold, but of course as we gained altitude and got closer to dawn we had to contend with the big chill.  We made steady progress and watched sunrise from about an hour below the crater rim.  There was still no view of Africa, other than the cloud sea far below us.  We reached Stella Point on the crater rim at 8 AM and made our way around the rim to Uhuru -the high point- by just after nine.  It was calm and comfortable up there at 19,340 ft and so we stayed for forty minutes.  Descent to Barafu took until 1 PM.  Once there we packed our gear, ate a fine lunch and at 2:30 continued our descent toward the cloud sea.  All were a little weary (understandably) but we made good progress in any event reaching Mweka Camp at 10,000 ft by 6 PM. It was quite a journey, from the ice and glaciers down through numerous transition zones to the start of the forests and jungles. The team was optimistic about sleeping straight through this night and at last conquering our collective jet lag. 

An RMI team ascending to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. Photo: RMI Collection The RMI July 26th Kilimanjaro Team on the summit of Kilimanjaro, Uhuru Peak, August 3rd.  Photo: Dave Hahn


RMI Guide Dave Hahn checks in from the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania.

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Kilimanjaro: Hahn & Team Prepare for Summit Bid at Barafu Camp

Posted by: Dave Hahn | August 02, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 15,200'

This was a relatively easy day for our team.  We had nice, warm sunshine on the tents when we rolled out for 8 AM breakfast.  As we’d become accustomed to, the world below was hidden beneath a thick blanket of cloud and the Roof of Africa was shining and clear above us.  The cloud sea rose as the day went on, but so did we, staying one jump ahead in the sunshine.  In such nice weather, there seemed to be no hurry, so Eliepende led our crew at a leisurely four-hour pace.  We’d left 13,100 ft Karanga Camp at 9 AM and we cruised into 15,200 ft Barafu Camp at 1 PM.  After a fine lunch and an inspiring discussion of our summit plans and preparations, the gang retired for a couple of quiet hours resting in the tents.  We’re doing a 5 o’clock dinner so as to have plenty of rest before our insanely early departure for the top. 

The evening is still calm and clear and we have high hopes for success.

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

An RMI team as they leave Karanga Camp, Kilimanjaro. Photo: Dave Hahn Our high camp on Kilimanjaro, perched at 15,000' on Kilimanjaro's side. Photo: Jeff Martin

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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. 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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Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Begin Safari

Posted by: Mark Tucker | July 31, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

This is not any surfing safari, although that doesn’t sound too bad either. Our goal is not to catch the perfect wave, but it is to find the perfect sighting of so much wild game on a beautiful day. I’ll take it. We forced ourselves to leave one lovely lodge to end up at another. We are at the Plantation Lodge situated midway between Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro Crater, which is the location of tomorrow’s safari. The team did well making the transition from climbing to safari. Although that trigger finger took a hit today taking so many pictures, I have confidence it will pull off some amazing shots tomorrow.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

An elephant at Lake Manyara National Park. Photo: Casey Grom Panoramic view at Lake Manyara National Park. Photo: Jeff Martin

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Kilimanjaro: Tucker and Team Finish Descent and Prepare for Safari

Posted by: Mark Tucker | July 30, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

We are getting ready for dinner here just outside of Arusha in the lowlands of Tanzania. Everybody is healthy and happy. It’s crazy to think where we were just yesterday—what a great climb. We moved up the hill like clockwork. I was very impressed by the strength, both mental and physical, by one and all during such an arduous task.

This morning we had a nice walk in the cloud forest, and yes we were in the clouds. It was so lush and pretty. After reaching the Mweka Gate and having lunch, we said farewell to our local staff and a “thank you so much” to the staff of the Dik Dik Hotel—one of the best outfitters for Kilimanjaro. They offer great support and I will defiantly use them again. How about next week? Is that soon enough? But first I will spend a few days on safari game viewing with the team. We’ve made some great memories already and more are yet to come. I will do my best to keep you in the loop on phase two of the “A Team” in East Africa.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

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Kilimanjaro: Hahn and Team Climb Climb Through Rain to Shira Camp

Posted by: Dave Hahn | July 30, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 12,570'

The rains came in the wee hours at Machame Camp this morning.  We were all snug in our sleeping bags and dry in our tents, but each of the team heard the showers and wondered how things might be if it all didn’t quit by morning.  Well, it didn’t quit, but things weren’t too bad, as it turned out.  We geared up in waterproof clothing and got out into light showers and persistent mist.  We’d breakfasted and busted out of camp by eight AM, climbing a steep and slippery trail with big lava-block steps.  We climbed for several hours in the cloud, wondering just which grand views we were missing.  It never got unbearably wet and we were spared from the possibility of overheating from too much sun.  Most of our altitude for the day had been gained and we were beginning the leftward traverse which would bring us to the Shira Plateau when we climbed out of the clouds.  It seemed we were in a great garden of wildflowers as we proceeded around the corner to Shira.  And then we could see - for the first time - the upper slopes and glaciers of Kilimanjaro.  It was an exciting moment, made better by the realization that we only had some easy downhill walking left to go in order to reach camp at 12,570 ft above sea level.  We were looking out over an endless sea of cloud and enjoying the sunshine for a time…the clouds washed back over camp in the mid-afternoon.  By then though, we were well-fed and well-sheltered in our new and higher home. 

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

RMI climbers ascending to Shira Camp on Kilimanjaro with and endless sea of clouds below. Photo: Dave Hahn

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Mt. Kilimanjaro: Hahn & Team Begin Climb to the Roof of Africa

Posted by: Dave Hahn | July 29, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 9,800'

Our team was up before daylight today, getting set to leave the Dik Dik Hotel.  We were piling into the expedition bus at 7 AM and driving out of the garden-like grounds we’d grown comfortable in these past few days.  As expected, it took about two hours to reach the Machame Gate of Kilimanjaro National Park, our starting point for the climb.  We traveled through corn fields for much of the way, but worked up into banana and coffee plantations as we gained elevation.  It took about two hours to register and organize porters and so we set out at 11 AM from the 5,900 ft road head.  Clouds protected us from the sun as we walked through gradually steepening terrain in the lush forest.  It took about six hours to reach the Machame Camp at close to 10,000 ft, about where the vegetation changed markedly from tall trees to more scrub like heather.  The team demonstrated a high level of fitness, but all were relieved to come into a well built camp at the end of the day.

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

The RMI July 26th Kilimanjaro Team at the Machame Entrance to Kilimanjaro National Park.  Photo: Dave Hahn

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Mt. Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Descend to Mweka Camp

Posted by: Mark Tucker | July 29, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 10,000'

Hello!
I hope our phone call from the summit was received.  We had a great climb and are now checking in 10,000’ later. All is well here at the Mweka camp, our last camp of the climb. What a night for the summit. The temperatures were chilly, but there was very little no wind and lots of sunshine, you can’t complain about that. The team did great up and down. Sixteen hours is a long day for anyone, so we are feeling a bit beat up right now.  But we are all healthy and happy.  We will wake up early tomorrow for a short three hour descent to the Mweka gate where we will meet our vehicle and driver.  Once we load up, we will leave the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate and head back to the Dik Dik Hotel.  The lap of luxury awaits.

Kilimanjaro, 19,340',  The Roof of Africa.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Mt. Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Call from the Summit

Posted by: Mark Tucker | July 29, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 19,340'

Mr. Mark Tucker here on the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro a beautiful day and a fantastic team. Everyone wants to say hi to the family.
Hey -With Mark Tucker and “Tuck’s Tucklings” on the summit of Kilimanjaro.  It’s a beautiful day up here.
Hey it’s Maryann standing on the summit of Kilimanjaro – it’s pretty awesome.
We are having some fun.
Hey it’s Laura here on top of Africa.  Hello to everyone back home.
Well we are going to wrap it up and start working our way downhill in a good safe manner.  And we will check in from Mweka Camp at 10,000’.  That is 9,420’ below here.  We are doing great.  Thanks for checking in.

Climbers make an alpine start toward the summit of Kilimanjaro.  Photo: RMI Collection The views and glacier near the summit of Kilimanjaro. RMI Collection


RMI Guide Mark Tucker and the July 21st Team call from the summit of Kilimanjaro.

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Recent Images From Kilimanjaro

  • Accommodations at the Kikoti Camp while on safari in the Tarangire National Park, Tanzania.  Photo: Jeff Martin
  • The team enjoying lunch in Tarangire National Park.  Photo: Seth Waterfall
  • Watching the sunset from Kikoti Camp after game viewing in Tarangire National Park, Tanzania.  Photo: Seth Waterfall
  • The Kilimanjaro August 16th team at the Ngorongoro Crater.  Photo: Seth Waterfall
  • Looking down into the Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania.  Photo: Seth Waterfall
  • Members of the RMI Kilimanjaro August 16th team exploring Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania.  Photo: Seth Waterfall
  • Elephants in Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania.  Photo: Seth Waterfall
  • An RMI Team descending from Mweka Camp to the trail head at the end of their Kilimanjaro climb.  Photo: Jeff Martin
  • Climbers descending from High Camp on Kilimanjaro to Mweka Camp, 10,000 ft.  Photo: Dave Hahn
  • Sunrise at 18,000' on Kilimanjaro. Photo: Casey Grom
  • Sunrise on a Kilimanjaro summit day. Photo: RMI Collection
  • Team Members on the summit of Kilimanjaro, Tanzania on August 23rd.  Photo: Seth Waterfall
  • High Camp on Kilimanjaro, Barafu Camp, at 15,000 ft.  Photo: Jeff Martin
  • Climbers on the RMI August 16th Mt. Kilimanjaro Expedition at approximately 15,000 ft.  Photo: Seth Waterfall
  • The summit of Kilimanjaro as seen from the trail to Barafu Camp, high camp.  Photo: Seth Waterfall
  • Climbers ascending the Barranco Wall on Kilimanjaro en route to Karanga Camp.  Photo: RMI Collection
  • An RMI Team camped at Karanga Valley Camp on Kilimanjaro.  Photo: RMI Collection
  • Far above treeline approaching Lava Tower on Kilimanjaro. Photo: Jeff Martin
  • 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