Entries From Kilimanjaro 8-5-13

Mt. Kilimanjaro: Waterfall and Team Leave for New Adventures

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | August 19, 2013
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Hi there, this is Seth wrapping up a month in Africa.  Most of my recent team has flown out of the Kilimanjaro area, with some folks headed home and others to Zanzibar.  A few hardy souls headed back into the wilderness early this morning to join some bushmen on a hunt.

As for myself, I spent the day handing the reins here over to my buddy and fellow RMI Guide, Casey Grom.  He’s just beginning back-to-back Kilimanjaro Climb and Safari adventures like I just did.

Everything is running great with our local team from the Dik Dik Hotel.  I’m a little sad to leave them but other adventures await.  I’m headed straight to Moscow to meet a new team.  We’ll be tackling the north side of Mt. Elbrus and that should be a grand adventure!

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

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Seth,

I bumped into Solveig on the way up to Muir on Saturday.  She was her usual smiley self in a lime green puffy and pink vest.  Couldn’t miss her!!! … read more

Posted by: Josephine on 8/20/2013 at 3:17 pm

Seth, thank you for your daily updates. I know Mark Miller had a great time and what an experience for you all. Thanks to RMI for their help in us… read more

Posted by: Cornelia Miller on 8/19/2013 at 10:29 am


Mt. Kilimanjaro: Waterfall & Team Explore Tarangire National Park

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | August 17, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Hello -
We are checking in on our penultimate day. We’re in Tarangire National Park also known as the garden of the elephants.  It’s been a great day and we’ve been fortunate to have gotten close to many large animals.  Tonight we’ll be having our last dinner together before we all start heading home.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

Game viewing in the Tarangire National Park, Tanzania.  Photo: Seth Waterfall A giraffe in Tarangire National Park, Tanzania.  Photo: Seth Waterfall

Kilimanjaro: Waterfall & Team Explore the Ngorongoro Crater

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | August 16, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Hi this is RMI Guide Seth Waterfall checking in from inside Ngorongoro Crater.  We’ve had an amazing morning!  First thing after we drove into the crater we came upon several lions including a large male that walked right in front of our truck.  After that we found a spot where a female rhinoceros was lying down.  After waiting patiently we were treated to the sight of her getting up and coming within a few hundred feet of the car.  That’s as close as I’ve ever been to a rhino in the wild!  We’re headed for lunch now and then off to a Maasai village.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

A female rhino in the Ngorongoro Crater.  Photo: Seth Waterfall Game viewing in the Ngorongoro Crater, watching a male lion.  Photo: Seth Waterfall

Mt. Kilimanjaro: Waterfall and Team Start Safari

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | August 15, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

We’ve started our safari with a great day.  We got an early-ish start from the Dik Dik and headed out of town.  On the way we stopped to pick up some stuff for the road.  We made good time on some rough roads and through some construction zones.  It’s actually great to see the government investing in infrastructure here.

Once we got to Lake Manyara National Park we had an amazing lunch at a nice little picnic spot and then headed out on the game drive.

The drive was excellent!  I’ve been convinced for years that the ‘tree climbing lions’ of Lake Manyara do not exist but today I was proven wrong.  It was just a glimpse of the hind quarter of the lion but now I know they’re real.

We’re done with the game drive now and enjoying cocktail hour at the Plantation Lodge.  It’s a great change of pace from the mountain.  Here’s a pick of the grounds at the lodge.  It’s a beautiful spot to spend a couple of nights on safari.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall and Team

The Plantation Lodge.  Photo: Seth Waterfall
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This looks like a fancy place compared to the mountain. Enjoy. MA

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Posted by: Mary Ann on 8/15/2013 at 6:35 pm

Sounds like you are ready for a relaxing time after the mountain. Will look up the places you are now so I can travel along with you Love you Mom

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Posted by: cornelia miller on 8/15/2013 at 9:08 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


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


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 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: 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


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


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