Entries From Kilimanjaro 9-10-11

Kilimanjaro: Seth Waterfall & Team Arrive!

Posted by: | September 11, 2011
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Hello from Tanzania!  This is Seth along with the Kilimanjaro Team.  Everyone has arrived on schedule and we have just enjoyed our first evening at the Dik Dik Hotel.  The hotel staff is really great and the food they serve here is top notch, which was very welcoming after our long travels. 

Tomorrow we will take the first step towards the mountain by prepping our gear and packing.  After that we all plan to head into the city of Arusha to experience the market there.  We’ll check in again tomorrow.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

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good luck guys, we will be thinking of you all week

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Posted by: catherine on 9/12/2011 at 3:51 am


Kilimanjaro: Seth Waterfall & Team Explore Arusha

Posted by: | September 12, 2011
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Hi, this is Seth with a quick check-in from Arusha, Tanzania.  All is well here at the Dik Dik Hotel.  Everyone is getting ready to embark on our journey tomorrow.  Today we had a great breakfast under mostly cloudy skies.  Everyone had a great time getting to know each other and the group is meshing nicely.  After reviewing the trip itinerary we moved on to a gear check and a talk about how to pack for the mountain.  Those activities took up most of the morning.  After lunch we took a ride into downtown Arusha where we visited the local market as well as the ‘Cultural Heritage Center’ curio shop.  The clouds cleared off in the afternoon and the temps warmed up considerably.  We are all psyched up to start the trek tomorrow and are looking forward to a great climb on Kilimanjaro.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

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Jambo!
Thought you might like to know that the Canucks have just nailed Tonga 25-20 in the rugby world cup competition. Cool aye?!
Hope you’re all well..
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Posted by: Kristine on 9/14/2011 at 1:02 am

Sending Craig and team all the best from family and friends! Hope you are all enjoying the climb, can’t wait to hear more on the next blog.

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Posted by: Glenn on 9/13/2011 at 6:51 pm


Kilimanjaro: Team Checks in from First Camp

Posted by: | September 13, 2011
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 9,800'

Jambo!  This is the Kilimanjaro team checking in from 9,800’  on Kilimanjaro.  Today we completed our first day on the mountain and arrived at the Machame Camp in good style. It was a great day for walking with overcast skies which kept the temperature very comfortable.  The trail was a bit muddy for a bit today but our camp is nice and dry.  We’re hanging out in our kitchen tent now having popcorn and tea.  After that we’ll have dinner and then it will be time to crawl into our tents for our first night on the mountain.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

RMI Kilimanjaro September 10 - 24 team at the Machame Gate to Kilimanjaro National Park.  Photo: Seth Waterfall
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looking good guys!! Have fun and be safe!

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Posted by: Tanya on 9/14/2011 at 4:38 pm


Kilimanjaro: Team Enroute to Shira Camp

Posted by: | September 14, 2011
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Hello from Seth and the Kilimanjaro crew. 

We are on the trail heading to the Shira Plateau.  Today we got our first view of the mountain since we’ve been in Africa.  The ‘Snows of Kilimanjaro’ are are fully in view.  Everyone is enjoying meeting folks from all over the world while we’re hiking.  We’ll check in tomorrow when we are on the way to Barranco Camp.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

The team's first view of Kilimanjaro en route to Shira Camp on September 14th.  Photo: Seth Waterfall

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Kilimanjaro: Team Members Set New Personal Altitude Records

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | September 15, 2011
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 15,000'

Hi this is Seth, checking in from 15,000’ on Kilimanjaro. 

We have enjoyed another great day on the mountain.  As we left our Shira Plateau Camp we ascended to 15,000’ and everyone on the team reached a new high altitude record today.  This is a great mountain to push your personal altitude records as our packs are light and we are ascending without crampons, ice axes and other alpine climbing gear.  We’re about to drop back down about 2,500’ to our camp for tonight.  Tonight’s camp is set at the base of the great Barranco Wall, a steep canyon emerging from Kilimanjaro’s southern side. 

We will check in again tomorrow.
RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

The RMI Team taking a break en route to Barranco Camp.  The summit of Kilimanjaro hidden by clouds.  Photo: Seth Waterfall

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Kilimanjaro: Team Checks in from the Top of the Barranco Wall

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | September 16, 2011
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 13, 600

Habari! 

This is the Kili team checking in from the top of the Barranco Wall.  We’ve just ascended the steepest part of our trek.  We started this morning at 12,600’ and have climbed just over 1,000 vertical feet.  The views of the Heim Glaciers on the upper mountain were awesome this morning.  The clouds have come in now which will give us pleasant hiking conditions the rest of the way. 

Tomorrow we will ascend to high camp!

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall & Team

Kili team making their way up the Barranco Wall. Photo: Seth Waterfall Kilimanjaro from the Barranco Camp.

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Kilimanjaro: Team at High Camp!

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | September 17, 2011
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 15,000

We’re at high camp! 

We pulled into Barafu Camp (approx. 15,000’) today right at noon.  When we awoke this morning a weather system had moved in overnight.  We were sandwiched between a low layer if clouds an an upper layer of clouds.  As we began our hike the clouds enveloped us and it began to rain.  After an hour the rain turned to snow which is much better for us.  All in all it was a fun day of hiking. 

We are about to have lunch after that it will be relaxing time until dinner an a few hours after that we’ll begin our summit push!  Wish us luck.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

Team making their way to high camp. Photo: Seth Waterfall
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Dear Craig and Team -
thinking about you on the final push to the summit! watching the “snows of kilimanjaro” got a peak of the summit - more snow… read more

Posted by: glenn on 9/17/2011 at 9:07 am

Peter and all,  just read Seth’s report at 15,000…good luck with the weather and the final leg of the climb..we’ll be watching!!! mother & dad

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Posted by: jerry maloney on 9/17/2011 at 7:50 am


Kilimanjaro: Waterfall & Team Summit!

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | September 17, 2011
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 19,340'

This is Seth checking in from the summit of Kilimanjaro (19,340 feet).  Everyone in our group has reached the top!  The weather has been spectacular all day.  We watched the sunrise from the crater rim and have been enjoying the warmth.  It’s all down hill from here!

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

Seth Waterfall & team on the Kilimanjaro summit. Photo: Seth Waterfall


Seth Waterfall checking in from the Roof of Africa.

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Congrats to all

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Posted by: Tom on 9/18/2011 at 3:50 am


Kilimanjaro: Teams Last Day on Kilimanjaro

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | September 19, 2011
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Hello from the village of Mweka!  The group is all doing great.  We started the day at our last camp, elevation 10,000 feet, with a great breakfast followed by a closing ceremony with our whole team.  After that we hit the trail for a 3.5 hour hike down to the park gate.  After signing out we had lunch and now we are riding in the truck back to the Dik Dik hotel.  Everyone is psyched to hit the showers and start the celebration party.

After tonight our trip will shift gears as we start our four days of Safari!  That’s all for now.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

The RMI Kilimanjaro Team descending to the Mweka Gate on the last day of their climb.  Photo: Seth Waterfall

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Kilimanjaro: Safari Begins

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | September 20, 2011
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

The RMI Kilimanjaro Team is now the African Safari Team!  We have just spent the afternoon viewing wildlife in Lake Manyara National Park.  After our celebration dinner last night everyone was happy to sleep in an actual bed for the first time in a week.  After breakfast this morning we left the Dik Dik hotel and drove a few hours to Lake Manyara.  Once we were there we rolled the tops back on our Land Cruisers for optimal animal spotting.  The safaris here never disappoint and today was no exception.  Elephants, giraffes, water buffalo and more monkeys and baboons than we could possibly photograph were just some of the animals we saw.

Now we are on the way to the Plantation Lodge where we will spend the night.  Tomorrow we are off to Ngorongoro Crater!

-Seth and the Safari Crew

Viewing the wildlife at Lake Manyara National Park.  Photo: Seth Waterfall

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