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Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team Climb the Barranco Wall

Posted by: Casey Grom | September 08, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 14,500'

Hello all.

It was a beautiful day here on Kilimanjaro today. Clear skies and relatively warm weather made for an enjoyable day.

The team easily climbed the 1,000-foot high and intimidating Barranco Wall on our way to camp today. We made our way via a series of broken ledges and small steps and we were in awe of how easily the porters climbed this wall while still balancing their loads on their heads.

We are currently resting at Karanga Camp, which sits above the great Karanga Valley and has views of the towns far below.

Everyone is doing well and we are in good spirits!
RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

Team Grom at Karanga Camp, Kilimanjaro. Photo: Casey Grom

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Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team at Barranco Camp

Posted by: Casey Grom | September 07, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 15,000'

Jambo everyone!

Day three here on Kilimanjaro was a little windy and cloudy. But those conditions allowed us to make good time on our hike by keeping us cool but not cold. We hiked up the Shira Plateau for a few hours and reached our high point around 15,000’ (new heights for some) at a place called Lava Tower. We stopped and took a nice break and enjoyed the limited view then easily descended down into the Barranco Valley to camp. Along the way we saw some of the unique vegetation that only grows in this part of the world. The giant Senecio trees that look like something out of a Dr. Seuss book, groundsels,and lobelias.

We are all currently relaxing in camp either taking naps or playing cards. Everyone is doing great and having a good time!

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

Far above treeline approaching Lava Tower. Photo: Jeff Martin Our camp at the foot of the Barranco Wall, right below Kilimanjaro's southern face. Photo: RMI Collection

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Kilimanjaro: Casey and Team move to 12,500’

Posted by: Casey Grom | September 06, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 12,500'

Once more into the breach, dear friends.  Today was a shorter hiking day, but I thought much more technically challenging.  We ascended 2500 feet, ending up at tonight’s camp sitting at 12,500’. The road to the camp was dusty and narrow.  I personally found it difficult to maintain the pace of the group due to some stomach issues, but Eric, one of our 40 porters helped me out by carrying my sack for a spell.  I’m happy to report that I feeling much better.  The group is working very well together.  Peter and Fatima brought a high end camera and are on charge of high end shots.  Heidi and Jami are heading up the bunch and in charge of the “walking” photos.  Heidi has dual duties, in that she has to give distance and altitude reports.  Rosa is in charge of local PR with the porters.  Rick, who wanted me to give a special shout out to his two girls at home, is in charge of culinary spicing.  Kendyl and Dan are in charge of fact verification and chocolate supplies.  Me, I’m comic relief.  And Casey, he keeps us all in line and moving toward our goal.  In short, all parties are necessary and I’m glad they are here.

Looking forward to tomorrow,
Dawn & The RMI Team

Dawn Team on the Trail - Photo: Casey Grom Team Enjoying Rick's culinary Spicing - Photo: Casey Grom

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Mt. Kilimanjaro: Casey Grom and team arrive in Africa!

Posted by: Casey Grom | September 04, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Hello everyone or as they say here in Africa, Jambo,

The gang is finally all here after their long flights. Today we had our official team meeting where we did a round of introductions and had an overview of the Kilimanjaro program, shared a few stories and discussed all the gear needed for this adventure. Most of us spent the rest of the day relaxing here at the peaceful Dik Dik Lodge or snuck off for a quick nap to help adjust the nearly 12hr time difference. And just so everyone back home knows, we are about a 1/2 day ahead of you. Everyone seems excited and ready to go and we finished the evening off with another delicious 5 course meal.

Stay tuned,
RMI Guide Casey Grom and Crew

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Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team Finish Safari with Not One, But Five Leopard Sightings!

Posted by: Casey Grom | August 30, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Sorry about the delayed dispatch. We were literally off grid and out in the African bush.

It’s been one amazing adventure from start to finish and yesterday our last day on safari didn’t disappoint. We spent the day in Tarangire National Park which is home to more elephants per square mile than any other place on earth. The elephants were plentiful as were many animals, but the highlight was seeing not one, but five leopards! We first came upon a male who had just killed an ostrich and then just few minutes later we pulled up on a mother and three cubs. Needless to say everyone has enjoyed the trip and are looking forward to getting home and sharing a few photos.

Happy 25th birthday Jess! Glad we were all able to share this with you.   

RMI Guide Casey Grom

A leopard hanging in a tree in Tarangire National Park. Photo: Casey Grom Happy Birthday to teammate Jess! Photo: Casey Grom

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Mt. Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team Visit Ngorongoro Crater

Posted by: Casey Grom | August 28, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

It was another majestic day here in Africa!

Today we visited the Ngorogoro Crater, considered by many to be the 8th wonder of the world. It’s a 2 million year old caldera that over time trapped many animals inside its walls as it eroded. There are natural springs that feed the many bodies of water which keep the animals from migrating. We saw three of the big five and got nearly within arms reach of a female lion.
It was a pretty amazing day being so close to all the wildlife and it has left many of us in awe!
We rounded the day off with a visit to a working Maasai village and have returned to the Plantation Lodge for another great meal.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

The RMI August 17th Kilimanjaro Team enjoys a lunch in the bush in the Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania.  Photo: Casey Grom A female lion passes by the safari vehicles in the Ngorongoro Crater.  Photo: Casey Grom The RMI Team visits a Maasai Village near Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania.  Photo: Casey Grom

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Mt. Kilimanjaro: Grom and Team enjoy Safari

Posted by: Casey Grom | August 27, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Hello again everyone,

After all the hard work to prepare for this trip we have finally arrived at the time to reward ourselves.Today we set off on our 3 and half days of safari and started off with a stop at Lake Manyara known for its plentiful flamingos and tree climbing lions. Although we didn’t see the tree climbing lions, we did manage to see plenty of wildebeest, zebras, flamingos, giraffe, baboons, and got up close to several elephants. We even had a rare sighting of a green mamba.

We have arrived and are fully enjoying the hospitality of the amazing plantation lodge. See for yourself http://www.plantation-lodge.com Livin.g the good life!

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Team Dinner  - Photo: Casey Grom Team on safari - Photo: Casey Grom Team enjoying lunch on safari - Photo: Casey Grom

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Mt. Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team Return to Dik Dik

Posted by: Casey Grom | August 26, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Hello again everyone,

We have finally made it off of Mt. Kilimanjaro and are safely back at the wonderful Dik Dik Lodge.
After a much needed night of sleep we woke up this morning, packed up all of our stuff and headed down hill one last time. We ended our journey by saying good bye to all of the amazing porters and mountain staff that made this journey possible.
Everyone is now freshly showered and smelling good again, thankfully, and are just sitting down to our celebration dinner.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

The Dik Dik Hotel, Tanzania.  Photo: RMI Collection The RMI Kilimanjaro August 17th Team gathers for their celebration dinner at the Dik Dik Hotel, Tanzania.  Photo: Casey Grom

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Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team 100% Summit!

Posted by: Casey Grom | August 25, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 19,340'

At 2:45 a.m. PST, Casey Grom and team were all standing on the “Roof of Africa!”  As seen in the photo sent below, the weather was bluebird skies and everyone looks extremely happy.  The team has descended from the summit and will continue down to Mweka Camp at 10,000’ today.

Congratulations to the team!

August 25th, 2013 - Grom and team standing on the Roof of Africa! Photo: Casey Grom

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Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team Live Update!

Posted by: Casey Grom | August 24, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 18,000'

August 24th at 8:35 pm PST
18,000ft + and still going strong! A beautiful sunrise graced us this morning.

August 24th at 6:25 pm PST
17,000ft and doing well. It’s a little breezy but not too cold.

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Sunrise at 18,000' on Kilimanjaro. Photo: Casey Grom Team Casey getting ready for summit day! Photo: Casey Grom

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