Entries From Kilimanjaro 7-30-12

Kilimanjaro: Seth & Team Arrive Arusha

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | July 31, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Everyone has made it to Arusha, Tanzania!  A few of the team arrived early and the rest of us just flew in.  It’s a loooong trip from the USA!  All of our baggage is here so tomorrow we’ll check the gear and pack up for our Kilimanjaro ascent.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

The grounds of the Dik Dik Hotel, Arusha Tanzania. A great place to relax before climbing Kilimanjaro.
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Best of luck on your ascent!!!

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Posted by: Judy Brangan on 8/3/2012 at 8:18 am

Christopher,
Wishing you and your team well!
Stay safe and make wonderful friends and memories!
Love and Prayers,
Mom and Dad

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Posted by: Eileen Veres on 8/1/2012 at 8:13 pm


Kilimanjaro: Seth & Team Prepare for Kilimanjaro

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | August 01, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Greetings from the Dik Dik Hotel in Arusha, Tanzania. 

Today was our fist full day together as a team.  We started the day with a leisurely breakfast, a discussion of the trip itinerary and then a gear check.  After lunch most of the team went into Arusha to do some shopping and sight seeing.  Now we have finished dinner and are getting ready for an early departure for Kilimanjaro.  We’ll check in again from our first camp tomorrow.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

An RMI Team enjoying breakfast at the Dik Dik Hotel Getting the mountain gear and food packed at the Dik Dik Hotel.
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Way to go Eddie! You made it through the gear check.  You’re on your way now! Let’s see how many names you can remeber of your team mates.  We’ll spot… read more

Posted by: Jim Citrano on 8/2/2012 at 2:04 pm

Hope everyone enjoys their climb! Have fun Chris, and all be safe.

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Posted by: Elizabeth & Doug on 8/2/2012 at 3:33 am


Kilimanjaro: Seth & Team Begin Climb

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | August 02, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 9,800'

Jambo!
I am checking in from Machame Camp at 9,800’, our first camp on Kilimanjaro.  We arrived about two hours ago and have been relaxing in our dining tent.  The hike today was very smooth as we got a nice early start and didn’t have any delays at the Machame Gate (5,990’), our entrance to Kilimanjaro National Park.  We were in the clouds all day and that kept the temps cool and perfect for walking.  It was a great start to the trip!

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

The RMI Kilimanjaro July 30th Team.  An RMI ascending to Machame Camp. The entrance to Kilimanjaro National Park, via the Machame Gate.

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Have a fantastic time, be safe and see y’all when you get back!

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Posted by: Karin Grantham on 8/4/2012 at 6:30 am

Have fun Chris V. We all miss you here in Florida.  We are all cheering for you.  It looks amazing.  Post more pictures. :)
Team Parallon

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Posted by: Manuel on 8/3/2012 at 9:31 am


Kilimanjaro: Seth & Team Hiking Above the Clouds

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | August 03, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 12,200'

We are on the trail to Shira Plateau, our second camp on Kilimanjaro.  Last night was calm and clear with a full moon and today we’ve been above the clouds all morning. The trail is busy with climbers from all over the world but our team was ready to go early this morning so we’re ahead of the pack.  We got our first view of the upper mountain today and we’re all suitably impressed.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

The team en route to Shira Plateau, Kilimanjaro.  Hiking on Kilimanjaro, Day 2.

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good luck guys!
I’m jealous!

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Posted by: Russ on 8/7/2012 at 2:40 am

Matt
Have a great climb
Love
Mom and Dad

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Posted by: Mary Ann Krull on 8/4/2012 at 9:20 am


Kilimanjaro: Seth & Team at Barranco Camp

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | August 04, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 15,200'

Hi there!  This is the Kilimanjaro team checking in from our high point today at 15,200 ft.  All is well on the trail.  The altitude is kicking in but we’re all adapting.  This afternoon we are going to drop back down a few thousand feet to Barranco Camp.  Tomorrow we will tackle the steepest portion of our trek; the Barranco Wall.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

The team on their way to the Barranco Camp

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Hi Tamara. Have a safe and wonderful climb. You look great!

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Posted by: terry luaces on 8/6/2012 at 3:42 am

Chris!!!!! Congrats little bro…That looks like a blast…Be safe, we love you.

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Posted by: Mick on 8/5/2012 at 7:26 am


Kilimanjaro: Seth & Team Nearing Karanga Valley Camp

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | August 05, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 12,800'

Hi everyone we are on top of the Barranco Wall.  The team is good aside from a few stomach issues.  We’ll get a nice long rest this afternoon at Karanga Valley.  Wish us luck.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

An RMI Team at the Barranco Wall. Photo: Seth Waterfall Karanga Valley, Kilimanjaro. Photo: Jeff Martin Karanga Camp on Kilimanjaro (14,500 ft).  Photo: Seth Waterfall

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Tom, Bob and Eddie - you know that Jim Citrano is referring to your mother’s genetics! But it is also a tribute to your determination and training.  Hopefullly, you and… read more

Posted by: Thomas Leonard on 8/6/2012 at 6:29 am

I love checking in on what you are doing with this blog! Amazing!! Quite inspirational! I hope you are enjoying every second of it…and I hope your stomach isn’t one… read more

Posted by: Alicia Schwartz on 8/6/2012 at 4:36 am


Kilimanjaro: Seth & Team Ascend to High Camp

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | August 06, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 15,000'

We’re on the way to high camp on Kilimanjaro!  The sun is out and it’s a beautiful day.  We’ll be on the trail for about three hours today and then we’ll begin our final prep for the summit push.  If all goes well we should be on top of Kilimanjaro within 24 hours!

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

The team climbing towards high camp on Kilimanjaro.  Photo: Seth Waterfall Taking a rest break en route to high camp on Kilimanjaro.  Photo:  Seth Waterfall

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Tamara and Jerry - You are both AMAZING, what an awesome experience, I assume by now you are on the top of Kilimanjaro! I can’t say we know anyone else… read more

Posted by: Cathy on 8/7/2012 at 7:47 am

Jerry you are almost there!
Go team Go!
have a wonderful day… love, Lynn. :)

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Posted by: Lynn on 8/7/2012 at 5:57 am


Kilimanjaro: Seth & Team on the Summit!

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | August 07, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 19,340'

Jambo!  We have descended past high camp and are on our way to our last camp, Mweka.  The summit was beautiful with zero wind and sunny skies.  We topped out on Stella Point at sunrise and reached Uruhu Peak one hour later.  As we descended a cloud layer built over the mountain and we’re currently getting snowed on.  We’re all looking forward to a nice rest.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

Seth & Team at Uhuru Peak, Kilimanjaro Summit! Photo: Seth Waterfall The team at sunrise with the summit glaciers beyond. Photo: Seth Waterfall A team member shows her excitement after a successful summit. Photo: Seth Waterfall


RMI Guide Seth Waterfall checks in from the Kilimanjaro Summit

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Matt
Great!!!
We have been following you every day.
Love
Mom and Dad

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Posted by: MaryAnn and Arthur on 8/8/2012 at 6:42 am

WOOOO HOOOOO!!!! Go team! tamara, you rock!
XO
ALICIA

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Posted by: Alicia Schwartz on 8/8/2012 at 6:21 am


Kilimanjaro: Seth & Team Safely Off the Mountain

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | August 08, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

We’re back at the hotel!!!  We awoke early this morning and everyone was psyched to get on the trail.  The thought of a hot shower and a cold beer was all it took to motivate the group.

After a wrap up ceremony with our crew we dispatched with the last few thousand feet of Kilimanjaro in 2.5 hours.  Our truck met us at the national park gate and delivered us to the Dik Dik hotel.  Everyone is now prepping for a celebration dinner.  Safari starts tomorrow!

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

The RMI July 30th Kilimanjaro Team at the Dik Dik Hotel after their climb.
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Great climb men, we too are proud of your trip to the summit…Hope you have a safe trip home.

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Posted by: Hal and Mary Hayes on 8/11/2012 at 3:47 pm

Way to go to the Brothers Leonard! Eddie, the Pookas are proud of you.

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Posted by: Jim Citrano on 8/9/2012 at 2:49 am


Kilimanjaro: Seth & Team See Many Animals at Lake Manyara

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | August 09, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

This is Seth checking in from the shores of Lake Manyara.  We have officially started our safari!  We had a nice morning at the hotel.  Then said goodbye to Matt, who is headed home, and drove out to the edge of the Great Rift Valley.  Once in the national park we started our game viewing with what Eddie calls ‘bamboons’.  We’ve also seen elephants, water buffalo, giraffes and many others.  It’s a great warm up for our visit to Ngorongoro crater tomorrow.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

The team gives a thumbs up on Day 1 of their safari. Photo: Seth Waterfall Views of elephants in Lake Manyara National Park. Photo: Seth Waterfall
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Hi Tamara-
I’m so excited for you!  Have fun and be safe!
Jo

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Posted by: Jo Guscott on 8/9/2012 at 6:09 pm

Hi Tamara and Jerry,

Glad to see that you and the team are relaxing after your climbing adventure.  Tamara, that’s a great shot of you and the elephant.  We’re looking… read more

Posted by: Marty & Ron on 8/9/2012 at 5:27 pm


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