Entries From Kilimanjaro 7-27-13

Kilimanjaro: Justman & Team at Ngorongoro Crater

Posted by: J.J. Justman | August 07, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

RMI Guide JJ Justman and his team spent today at Ngorongoro Crater viewing some spectacular animals on day two of their safari.  Check out JJ’s video below.

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nice to see you arrived and are on your way. have a great climb. wishing you all great weather.
Dawn

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Posted by: Dawn Pearson on 8/8/2013 at 2:18 pm

So glad the 3 Meffes are stateside- we all can’t wait to hear about your awesome adventure!

Susan

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Posted by: Susan Clayton on 8/8/2013 at 8:13 am


Kilimanjaro: Justman & Team Begin Their Safari in Lake Manyara National Park

Posted by: J.J. Justman | August 06, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

After spending the night at the Dik Dik Hotel celebrating our summit success, our team loaded into “pop-top” Land Rovers to begin our safari.  Today we explored Lake Manyara National Park and saw many animals, which some are included in the video below.

The team is doing great and enjoying the different landscapes that we are experiencing here on safari.

RMI Guide JJ Justman

An elephant at Lake Manyara National Park. Photo: Casey Grom

Kilimanjaro: Justman & Team Summit!

Posted by: J.J. Justman | August 04, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 19,340'

This is JJ calling from the summit!  Climbing Kilimanjaro we had a lot of wishes, but one of them was that our entire team would reach the summit of Kilimanjaro together.  That is where we are right now.  I can’t say enough great things about this team.  The entire gang did a amazing job today!  We did a lot of hero shots by the sign at the summit. Going to spend a little more time on Uhuru Peak before we start our descent.  The team all says hi to family and friends.  We will touch base with you letting you know we are safe at camp. We had a fantastic day.  Take care everyone.

Thank you for following a long on our summit day.
Ciao, ciao from Kili!

Update 1:40 a.m. PST
Hi everyone, this post is going to be brief. First, all Kili climbers are back in camp safe and sound. Everyone made the summit on a terrific day. We are now refueling and packing up camp. We will head down to 10,000 feet making tomorrow’s exit of Kilimanjaro Park nice and casual.

RMI Guide JJ Justman

Donned with headlamps, the team heads up. Photo: RMI Collection An RMI team on Kilimanjaro summit day. Photo: RMI Collection

On The Map

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Congrats to Dom, Kalani, and entire team! Makes 14rs look easy I bet. Best, Paul and Sherri

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Posted by: Sherri Wilson on 8/5/2013 at 5:30 pm

Hey JJ: Please give our best to Dom and Kelani. They are our heros! Can’t wait for their return to FL to share their adventure. Clare and Warren

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Posted by: Clare Hudson on 8/5/2013 at 9:01 am


Mt. Kilimanjaro: Justman and team Start Summit Bid

Posted by: J.J. Justman | August 03, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 15,000'

Hey this is JJ Justman with the Kilimanjaro team here at High Camp.  It is about 11:30 at night, and we are up and at’em!  We’re getting some hot drinks and a little bit of breakfast. It is a beautiful night to start climbing Kilimanjaro, everyone is doing great.  We are going to get headed out on the climbing route and hopefully in about seven hours from now we will give you a call and let you know we are on the summit and on top of the roof of Africa.  We hope everyone is doing well back home. We will touch base will all of you soon.

Bye from Africa,
RMI Guide JJ Justman and Team


JJ and Team ready for Summit Bid

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So glad the weather is clear for you all to begin the summit climb. Know it will be an experience of a lifetime. We are so proud of all the… read more

Posted by: Susan Clayton on 8/4/2013 at 4:00 pm

Go Team Barrel 1. Have a great summit.

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Posted by: Elsie Bemiss on 8/4/2013 at 5:00 am


Mt. Kilimanjaro: Justman & Team Reach High Camp

Posted by: J.J. Justman | August 03, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 15,000'

Here we go!

Our team is set at 15,000 feet at Barafu Camp on Kilimanjaro. Everyone is getting excited for a great summit day. The prediction is for sunny and clear skies. So it’s down to business as usual here in camp. We are recovering with hot drinks and a great lunch prepared by our Camp Chef.

It is at this point that all our physical preparation pays off. However, as I told my team, at a certain altitude the physical shuts off and it turns all mental. You have to stay positive and have the strength to overcome adversity to summit the highest mountains in the world. And Kilimanjaro is no different.

Wish us luck!

RMI Guide JJ Justman

Following the trail to high camp on Kilimanjaro, Barafu Camp at 15,000 ft.  Photo: Jeff Martin An RMI Team camped at Barafu Camp on Kilimanjaro.  Photo: RMI Collection

On The Map

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Good luck to you all! You guys are amazing! Dom and Kalani we are all cheering for you here in sunny Florida!

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Posted by: Bill and janella on 8/4/2013 at 6:57 am

Good luck everyone!! We are excited for you all! Dom and Kalani we are all cheering for you here in sunny Florida!!

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Posted by: Janella and bill Raymond on 8/4/2013 at 6:52 am


Mt. Kilimanjaro: Justman & Team Ascend the Great Barranco Wall

Posted by: J.J. Justman | August 02, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 13,160'

We had our best day yet climbing on the lower slopes of Kilimanjaro today. By no means is it vertical rock climbing, however, ascending the Great Barranco Wall really makes you feel like you are climbing!

After we reached the top of the wall we traversed at an altitude of 14,500’. The weather didn’t turn on us. However, the clouds rose up and engulfed us in a light mist as we climbed the final section into camp. We are now nestled in at Karanga Camp and the entire team is doing fantastic!

Tomorrow is high camp. An then the summit so don’t go too far. We will have a summit report for you Sunday!!

RMI Guide JJ Justman

An RMI Team ascending the Great Barranco Wall on Kilimanjaro.  Photo: Seth Waterfall Teams camped at Karanga Valley on Kilimanjaro.  Photo: RMI Collection

On The Map

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Kalani and Dom, wow! Way to go, so proud of both of you and happy to be able to follow your adventure and cheer you on from afar.  Be safe… read more

Posted by: Kimi Rapada on 8/2/2013 at 5:46 pm

Dom and Kalani, Awesome climb so far, huh?  Can’t wait to hear all the details.  Be safe.  Debbie V

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Posted by: Debbie on 8/2/2013 at 8:14 am


Mt. Kilimanjaro: Justman & Team Camped Beneath the Barranco Wall

Posted by: J.J. Justman | August 01, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 12,800'

Today was a fantastic day for the team as we achieved greater acclimatization. We entered the dry and rocky terrain of the Highland Desert Zone where large volcanic boulders dot the landscape. Our trail gently ascended the Shira Plateau and we the reached our high point near Kilimanjaro’s Lava Tower at 14,900’.

After a long break to soak up the thin air we descended into the Barranco Valley. We are now comfy and cozy in our SlingFin dining tent drinking hot tea and eating popcorn at 12,800’. Everyone is having a great time and we are looking forward to another great day on Kilimanjaro.

RMI Guide JJ Justman

Ascending Mt. Kilimanjaro towards Barranco Camp.  Photo: RMI Collection Teams camped at Barranco Camp (12,800 ft), looking up toward the summit of Kilimanjaro.  Photo: RMI Collection

On The Map

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Kalani and Dom-
We are watching your progress and ascent with great excitement! Wow- way to go!
Susan and LHPS

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Posted by: Susan Clayton on 8/2/2013 at 7:01 am

Dom and Kalani, thinking of you every day, every step of the way!! Living vicariously through the two of you. Enjoy every magnificent moment! Hugs, Diana

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Posted by: Diana Boyce on 8/2/2013 at 6:16 am


Mt. Kilimanjaro: Justman and Team Camp on the Shira Plateau

Posted by: J.J. Justman | July 31, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 12,200'

Today the trail became steeper on Kilimanjaro and rockier as we left the Giant Heather Zone. The team did a great job as the terrain got rockier. We even climbed some large rock bands testing our solid footwork on the slippery rocks.

We now are in the Moorland consisting of unique grasses and beautiful wild flowers unique to East Africa including Lobelias and Senecios.

After climbing a wide ridge we gained the broad and sloping Shira Plateau. It was a terrific day and we would love to include photos but the heavy mist kept the distant views out of sight. However, now at Shira Camp (12,200’) we are hoping it clears offering our first view of the upper stretches of Kilimanjaro.

RMI Guide JJ Justman

Ascending Mt. Kilimanjaro on Day 2 en route to Shira Camp.  Photo: Seth Waterfall Teams camped at the Shira Plateau on Mt. Kilimanjaro (12,200 ft).  Photo: RMI Collection

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Dear Nat, John and Dave, looks like things are going well!!!!  So happy for you all to be sharing this experience.  Can’t wait to hear all the stories.  Happy trails. … read more

Posted by: Mastros on 8/1/2013 at 8:49 am

Way to go Samantha!! So very proud of you and Team Junell! A couple more days and you will be at the Summit and it will all be worth it.… read more

Posted by: Beverly Jones on 8/1/2013 at 8:47 am


Kilimanjaro: Justman & Team Hike Through the Lush Rainforest

Posted by: J.J. Justman | July 30, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 9,800'

Today we traveled to the entrance of the Kilimanjaro National Park at the Machame Gate. We registered as a team and began climbing up from 5,900 feet.

We left the Cultivation Zone, where bananas and coffee plants grow and we made our way through the Forest Zone. It’s lush rainforest made a beautiful day walking in the cool mist.

We kept our eyes out for the occasional Colobus monkeys in the canopy above but we only heard their screeching love songs.

Approaching camp at 9,800 feet, we entered the Giant Heather of the Heather and Mooreland Zone. Some of the heather grows over 30 feet tall. We are now sitting in our dining tent eating popcorn, drinking tea and relaxing.

RMI Guide JJ Justman

Kilimanjaro Trailhead. Photo: RMI Collection Hiking through the lush rainforest on the lower slopes of Kilimanjaro. Photo: RMI Collection

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This looks so cool!  Rob Meffe, we hope you are having fun and we can’t wait to hear all about it.  Go Bob the Builder!

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Posted by: Sharon and Charlotte on 7/31/2013 at 12:10 am

Go team Junell! Can’t wait for next update.

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Posted by: Beverly Jones on 7/30/2013 at 10:57 am


Kilimanjaro: Justman & Team Geared Up for the Mountain

Posted by: J.J. Justman | July 29, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Things are getting pretty darn exciting here. Our team is packed and ready to go! Everyone had a casual morning catching up on some well-deserved sleep.

After a hearty breakfast and for me…one too many cups of coffee, we packed our personal gear in two categories. One, we arranged our mountain duffels, which will be carried by our team of porters. This duffel holds all the items we don’t need until we get to camp. And two, we packed our day packs we will carry on our backs as we trek. It’s nice to have a lighter pack full of water and a few clothing items. Hey! Don’t judge. It’s just the way we do things on Kilimanjaro. And believe me, we put the luxury, in luxury travel.

We are super excited to hit the trails and enjoy the beauty of Kilimanjaro. For now it’s another great gourmet meal at the lodge.

RMI Guide JJ Justman

Transport vehicle ready to take the team to Kilimanjaro. Photo: JJ Justman Justman's team enjoying a casual morning at the Dik Dik Hotel. Photo: JJ Justman
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go team Triad!!!

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Posted by: joan on 7/30/2013 at 8:50 am

Go Team Texas! And have fun with JJ

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Posted by: Elsie on 7/30/2013 at 7:18 am


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