Entries From Kilimanjaro 8-5-13

Kilimanjaro: Seth Waterfall & Team Meet in Tanzania

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | August 07, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Jambo!  This is Seth checking in from the Dik Dik Hotel.  Today was our packing day.  We started with a team meeting over a leisurely breakfast and then went into a gear check.  It was really fun getting to know each other.  Everyone is totally enthusiastic.

While we were going over our stuff the guys from the Dik Dik were packing the food and gear.  Our big 4x4 Mercedes Unimog is loaded up and ready to go.

First thing after breakfast tomorrow we’ll load the last of the gear and head out to the park entrance.  Then our climb begins!

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

Kilimanjaro August 5th, 2013, team arrive in Tanzania. Photo: Seth Waterfall
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Good luck, Mark, and group—will be following your climb.

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Posted by: Mary Ann on 8/8/2013 at 8:41 am


Kilimanjaro: Waterfall & Team Ascend to First Camp

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | August 08, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 9,800'

Well the story of the day was the weather.  When we woke up this morning at the hotel it was raining.  That didn’t seem to bum anyone out too bad though and we were all packed and headed to the gate in good time.

Once we drove up to the gate the rain had turned to mist but we geared up anyway.  That turned out to be a good idea since it rained off and on for the first two hours.

As we pressed on the cloud thinned and dried out.  We were able to pull off the rain-wear well before camp and even dry out a bit.

The mist has returned but we are all in camp getting ready for dinner.  Our tents are dry and we have a really nice dining tent to hang out in.  All in all it was a fine day to start a Kilimanjaro climb.

This is a shot of some of the team getting a lesson on the chemical toilet.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

The entrance to Kilimanjaro National Park via the Machame Gate.  Photo: RMI Collection An RMI Team en route to Machame Camp (9,800 ft) on Kilimanjaro.  Photo: RMI Collection Members of the RMI August 5th Kilimanjaro Climb at their first camp, Machame Camp (9,800 ft).  Photo: Seth Waterfall

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rain never stopped someone from Seattle glad you are starting the climb

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Posted by: cornelia miller on 8/8/2013 at 6:48 pm


Mt. Kilimanjaro: Waterfall & Team Enjoy Views of Mt. Meru

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | August 09, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 12,570'

Hello from Shira!  We’re all in camp and we’re relaxing.  It was nice and sunny for most of the day which was a pleasant change from yesterday.

It was actually one of the nicer days I’ve had on this mountain.  Usually there is some point in the day that’s uncomfortable temperature-wise.  Today there was none of that.  It was nice and warm in the morning and then as we got higher the clouds came in and out and that kept us from getting too hot.

We had excellent views of Mt. Meru (15,180’) and even got a few glimpses of Kilimanjaro’s summit.

We all made it into camp in time for lunch and now we’re spending the afternoon chilling out in camp.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

The upper stretches of Kilimanjaro as seen from the trail en route to Shira Camp.  Photo: Seth Waterfall The RMI August 5th Kilimanjaro team taking a break en route to Shira Camp.  Photo: Seth Waterfall

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Another once-in-a-lifetime experience! Excited for all!

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Posted by: Frances on 8/9/2013 at 7:04 am

What a site to see. mark it looks like you are wearing a white hat. take care love mom

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Posted by: cornelia miller on 8/9/2013 at 6:44 am


Mt. Kilimanjaro: Waterfall & Team Hike to Barranco Camp

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | August 10, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 13,100'

Hi there.  We’re having a great day on Kilimanjaro.  The weather is perfect and everyone is doing great.  We went up to the Lava Tower (elev. 14,900’) and now we’re dropping down to camp (12,800’).

Here’s a pic from the trail!

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

The RMI Kilimanjaro August 5th Team en route to Barranco Camp (12,800 ft).  Photo: Seth Waterfall

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Got your message this am. What a way to celbrate mary Frances birthday. Showed her the message. They say going down is the hardest but know you can do it.… read more

Posted by: cornelia miller on 8/11/2013 at 7:08 am

finally figured out the map and the pink dot. Sounds like a great hike. When do you reach snow? Got Mary Ann’s e-mail Thanks Love Mom

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Posted by: cornelia miller on 8/10/2013 at 8:33 am


Kilimanjaro: Waterfall & Team Have Spectacular Views in the Karanga Valley

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | August 11, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Hello from the top of the Karanga Valley.  Once again we are having spectacular weather!

We started the day out by climbing the Barranco Wall.  The traffic on the wall can really slow you down sometimes but we didn’t experience that at all.  We got a little later start than normal and that let all the big groups get out of our way, which made for a pleasant climb up the Wall.  After that we had a great hike above the clouds.

We’re starting to get psyched up for the summit push.  Tomorrow we go to high camp.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

Enjoying the views in the Karanga Valley. Photo: Seth Waterfall

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Hi bluebell group! Pictures look amazing. Glad the weather is good. I took Audrey up Eagle Creek with some friends. We had a 2 year old golden retriever with us… read more

Posted by: Anneta glavin on 8/11/2013 at 2:26 pm

What a wonderful adventure! Love following your progress and the pictures!

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Posted by: Katherine on 8/11/2013 at 11:33 am


Kilimanjaro: Waterfall & Team at Barafu Camp Preparing for Summit Bid

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | August 12, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 15,200'

Jambo!  We are at Kilimanjaro’s high camp, 15,200 feet!  We’ve been in and out of clouds all day but no precipitation.

The team did great coming up from Karanga Camp.  We practiced taking nice and efficient breaks today in prep for our summit bid tonight.  We came up with plenty of time to relax and get things organized for the night-time departure.

I’ll call in when we’re headed for the top.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

The trail leading to High Camp. Photo: Jeff Martin The tents lit up at Barafu Camp for a midnight start on the summit bid. Photo: RMI Collection

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You are ” not in Kansas anymore”! Great sights behind and ahead for you!!

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Posted by: Frances on 8/12/2013 at 3:53 pm

Only about 4000” to go! If that atlas is correct, that is. Good luck, MA

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Posted by: Mary Ann on 8/12/2013 at 1:45 pm


Mt. Kilimanjaro: Waterfall and Team Begin Summit Attempt

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | August 12, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 15,000'

Monday, August 12th 1:57 PST

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall sent a dispatch:

Hey, this is Seth checking in from high camp on Kili; it’s a beautiful night, just after midnight and we are getting set to go for the summit. Everybody’s putting their packs on. Hopefully, in 6 - 8 hours will be standing on top of Kilimanjaro.  I’ll check in then.

Climber's headlamps as they prepare for their summit attempt on Kilimanjaro.  Photo: Linden Mallory

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Kilimanjaro: Seth Waterfall & Team Summit!

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | August 12, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 19,340'

Hey, this is Seth checking in from the top of Kilimanjaro! It’s a beautiful day here to be on the Roof of Africa. Zero wind. We got up here right in time for sunrise, and just an awesome day of climbing. The crew did so good. I had to slow them down. They were going too fast so we took some extra breaks just to reel them in. Great crew, great day. It’s beautiful up here and now we are going to flip it around and head back to our low camp at 10,000 feet. So, 9,000 feet to go downhill for us, but we should have a great day. That’s it from the top of Kili!

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

Donned with headlamps, an RMI team heads up to the Roof of Africa. Photo: RMI Collection An RMI team on Kilimanjaro summit day. Photo: RMI Collection


Seth Waterfall calls in from the Roof of Africa, Kilimanjaro.

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How exciting for you all. It must have been breath taking. Hope you got some pictures Mark. Much love Mom

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Posted by: Cornelia Miller on 8/13/2013 at 7:55 pm

Awesome! You made it. Hope you got some pictures from the top, and at sunrise—how special. MA

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Posted by: Mary Ann on 8/12/2013 at 9:11 pm


Mt. Kilimanjaro: Waterfall and team check in from Mweka Camp

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | August 13, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 10,000'

Hey Seth here checking in from Mweka Camp, that is our last camp on Kilimanjaro.  We made it back to High Camp in really good time and the good weather continued all the way down.  Everyone is tucked into our tents and just waiting for dinner.  We are going to crash out early tonight after a super long day, but a successful one. Tomorrow we are off the mountain and back at the hotel.  I will send summit photos when we get back into Wi-Fi range.

That’s it for us.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall and team.


Seth and Team checking in from Mweka Camp

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Unbelievable accomplishment for this team. A huge congrats to Phil and Susan. We are super proud of you both, but Susan, you rock! Missed you in the Hood, but what… read more

Posted by: Denise and Wayne on 8/13/2013 at 9:01 pm

A Hurray for you all, especially Susan & Phil!!

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Posted by: Katherine on 8/13/2013 at 11:44 am


Mt. Kilimanjaro: Waterfall and Team are off the Mountain

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | August 14, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

We’re off the mountain and on the way back to the hotel!  It’s been a great climb but everyone is really looking forward to hot showers this afternoon.

Summit day was awesome yesterday.  This team really kicked some butt!  It wasn’t easy, that’s for sure.  Everyone stepped up and performed to the best of their abilities.

The weather, once again, was fabulous and that just added to our enjoyment of Kilimanjaro.  Tomorrow we’re shifting gears into safari mode.  That is always a fun time.

That’s all for now.  Here’s a summit shot.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall and Team

Seth Waterfall and Team on the Summit of Kilimanjaro
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Success is spelled “Kilimanjaro”!  Well done, all!

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Posted by: Frances on 8/14/2013 at 6:23 pm

The picture is great. What a thrill for all of you. Now to the animals-  hope you see some giraffes. I found you among the group. Love Mom

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Posted by: cornelia miller on 8/14/2013 at 9:22 am


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