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Mt. Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Descend to Mweka Camp

Posted by: Mark Tucker | July 29, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 10,000'

Hello!
I hope our phone call from the summit was received.  We had a great climb and are now checking in 10,000’ later. All is well here at the Mweka camp, our last camp of the climb. What a night for the summit. The temperatures were chilly, but there was very little no wind and lots of sunshine, you can’t complain about that. The team did great up and down. Sixteen hours is a long day for anyone, so we are feeling a bit beat up right now.  But we are all healthy and happy.  We will wake up early tomorrow for a short three hour descent to the Mweka gate where we will meet our vehicle and driver.  Once we load up, we will leave the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate and head back to the Dik Dik Hotel.  The lap of luxury awaits.

Kilimanjaro, 19,340',  The Roof of Africa.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Mt. Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Call from the Summit

Posted by: Mark Tucker | July 29, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 19,340'

Mr. Mark Tucker here on the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro a beautiful day and a fantastic team. Everyone wants to say hi to the family.
Hey -With Mark Tucker and “Tuck’s Tucklings” on the summit of Kilimanjaro.  It’s a beautiful day up here.
Hey it’s Maryann standing on the summit of Kilimanjaro – it’s pretty awesome.
We are having some fun.
Hey it’s Laura here on top of Africa.  Hello to everyone back home.
Well we are going to wrap it up and start working our way downhill in a good safe manner.  And we will check in from Mweka Camp at 10,000’.  That is 9,420’ below here.  We are doing great.  Thanks for checking in.

Climbers make an alpine start toward the summit of Kilimanjaro.  Photo: RMI Collection The views and glacier near the summit of Kilimanjaro. RMI Collection


RMI Guide Mark Tucker and the July 21st Team call from the summit of Kilimanjaro.

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Mt. Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Tucked in at High Camp

Posted by: Mark Tucker | July 28, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 15,000'

Hello from 15,000’ on Mt. Kilimanjaro.

All our team is here at High Camp, Barafu Camp (15,000’), in great shape and ready to go. We left from Karanga Camp this morning and made it to our new camp in good time. We enjoyed another nice lunch from our mountain staff and spent time organizing and packing up to make our early morning departure quick and easy. Here at Barafu Camp life is good. There are a few clouds around but that is not unusual and we are in hopes of a clear windless night ahead. We had a relaxing afternoon with lots of tent time, putting our feet up and drying out the boots, reading, writing, and maybe a bit of cards. We are taking it easy and making sure everyone is rested and ready for our upcoming adventure.
We will try and give you a shout out from the Roof of Africa tomorrow.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

Barafu Camp situated at 15,000 on Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania.  Photo: Jeff Martin Kilimanjaro Barafu Camp as climbers ready for their alpine start to the summit.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Mt. Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Ascend the Barranco Wall

Posted by: Mark Tucker | July 27, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 13,000'

Hello!
We are checking in from high on Mt. Kilimanjaro. Here in the alpine desert there is a stark reminder that only the heartiest survive at this altitude. That is just what we are doing and in great style, mind you a hearty group we are. After a great climb of the famous Baranco wall early this morning led to the traverse below the southern side of the summit massive. We had intermittent clouds that made for nice climbing to the Karanga Camp. The Diamond, Balletto, Heim, Decken, and Kersten glaciers loom just above reminding us that we still have a ways to go. The team continues to do well, all is good

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

Climbers and porters ascending the Barranco Wall on Kilimanjaro, Tanzania.  Photo: Dave Hahn Ascending to Karanga Camp with the Karanga Valley below.  Photo: Jeff Martin

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Mt.Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Reach New Heights

Posted by: Mark Tucker | July 26, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 12,800'

Another very nice day on Mt. Kilimanjaro. We set out at 8 am after yet another delicious breakfast we are definitely not losing any weight on this trip. We left the moorland zone of vegetation and moved into the alpine zone meaning not much living up there. A couple of white necked ravens would visit us at our breaks thinking they may get a hand out but doing our best at the leave no trace policy they would have to rummage else where for a snack. Right at high noon we hit the high mark of just under 15,000’ which was a new altitude record for most of the team. We then descend down to 13,000’ where the Baranco camp is and home for the night. The whole team is feeling good and climbing with great style.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

Looking down on Barranco Camp from Lava Tower.  Photo: Casey Grom

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Been checking on your progress everyday Brian and Christy!  Safe travel my friend!  Share the love of MPACT in areas that may need it.

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Posted by: Klay on 7/26/2014 at 7:08 pm


Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Reach Shira Camp

Posted by: Mark Tucker | July 25, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 12,500'

The gnarled trunks of giant heather disappeared as we entered the area of the mountain called the Moorlands. We enjoyed nice weather conditions during our 5 hour climb to the Shira Camp at 12,500 ft. Situated on a plateau we are enjoying a great 360 view as we snack on peanuts and popcorn. Once again the team did fine and pulled into camp in great shape.

Our local staff continues to assist us in a seamless manor and we appreciate it very much.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker & Team

Shira Camp on Kilimanjaro.  RMI Photo Collection

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Hi Mark- hope I got your group-a dream of a lifetime for you- we stayed at the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro when we were in that area- great memories -… read more

Posted by: Vi on 7/26/2014 at 7:05 am


Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Ready in Arusha

Posted by: Mark Tucker | July 23, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Our team has gathered in Arusha, Tanzania and we are sorting our gear, weighing our mountain duffels and getting ready to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro!  We also took a little time for golfing and goofing around.  We need to get away from this lap of luxury we find ourselves in and start climbing, we are eating way to much.

Tomorrow we will wake early, enjoy our last restaurant meal for a while and then take a drive to the Machame Gate.  Here we will register our team with the Kilimanjaro National Park, don our packs and begin our climb toward the Roof of Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro.

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The RMI Kilimanjaro July 21st team at dinner at the Dik Dik Hotel, Tanzania.  Photo: Mark Tucker The July 21st Kilimanjaro team stretching their legs in Tanzania.  Photo: Mark Tucker

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Way to go Brian & Christy.  Anxious to see pictures.

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Posted by: Jeff & Anita Sheridan on 7/25/2014 at 2:59 pm

Happy belated birthday, Brian! Enjoy it all!

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Posted by: Karen Easterday on 7/24/2014 at 7:13 pm


Courage Quilt: What is Courage?

Posted by: Mark Tucker | May 09, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek

On March 21, RMI Trekker Susan R left her home in Florida en route to Kathmandu, Nepal.  Susan would be joining RMI Guide Mark Tucker and their team on a 21 day adventure through the Khumbu Valley.  From Kathmandu the team would fly to Lukla and begin their trek to Everest Base Camp at 17,575’.
Along with the jackets, hiking boots, sleeping bags and other items needed along the trail, Susan brought with her a special Courage Quilt.  This quilt was given to her by Mrs. Hixon’s 4th Grade class from Oakton Elementary School in Oakton, Virginia.  Mrs. Hixon and her class did a project on Nepal and the Himalaya.  ” It certainly helped me and I think it helped the other team members as well.” said Susan.

The students were asked the following questions:
What is courage?
What does it look like?
What do you think about when you need to be courageous?

The photo below is of the Courage Quilt given to Susan which she brought with her to Nepal.

The Courage Quilt - From the Fourth Grade Class at Oakton Elementary School in Oakton, Virginia.  Photo: Susan R.

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Have fun with Tuck on the trek. He was a blast on Kilimanjaro 2 years ago.

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Posted by: Dick Davies on 5/10/2014 at 11:32 am


Mt. Everest: Dave Hahn & Team Back to Namche Bazaar

Posted by: Dave Hahn, JJ Justman, Billy Nugent, Mark Tucker | April 26, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest
Elevation: 11,300'

Today was a big walking day, up and down the hills of the Khumbu Valley from Pheriche to Namche.  Right out of Pheriche, where we started hiking at 8 AM, we crossed the river, climbed a hill and turned into the inhabited portions of the Khumbu.  We turned our backs on rocks and ice and walked down into rhododendrons, pine trees and villages.  JJ led the way as we rolled through Shomare, Pangboche, Deboche, Thyangboche, and Phunky Tonga.  We got hot enough to sweat a bit, which was a novelty, we passed a million trekkers and heard about a million helicopter laps as the B2’s and B3’s flew over us on their way back and forth to Everest Base.  Finally, at midday, we got working our way up the giant dusty hill that would put us on level with Namche.  It took us about six hours to reach Namche -still quite familiar to us since we spent three days acclimating in town on the way in.  This time… no acclimatization needed… so fine to be below 12,000 ft for the first time in close to a month.  The team enjoyed a fine evening at comfortable Camp De Base.

One more big day of hiking to go before Lukla International.

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

Descending views of Everest. Photo:  Casey Grom

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Nicole Lobiondo: Safe travels from Lukla to you all! Nicole H.

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Posted by: Nicole Howard on 4/28/2014 at 5:27 am

Hey Spencer, So sorry you weren’t able to make it this time. You’ll be back under better circumstances and the summit will be that much more sweet. Safe journey home!read more

Posted by: Matt Pietro on 4/27/2014 at 11:40 am


Mt. Everest: Dave Hahn Checks in from Pheriche

Posted by: Dave Hahn, JJ Justman, Billy Nugent, Mark Tucker | April 25, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest
Elevation: 13,950'

Our last night in base was made dramatic by a lightning storm rolling through.  A few inches of snow fell thick and fast, making morning, bright, fresh and beautiful.  At 11:15 AM we filed out of the ghost town that Mount Everest Basecamp has become.  The climbing team, accompanied by Lam Babu, made good time in losing three and a half thousand feet to reach Pheriche in four hours and forty-five minutes.  We each paid Everest’s summit a couple of last longing looks during the march, but then paid more attention to the task at hand; walking an uneven, slippery mountain trail while dodging trekkers, yaks and porters.  The gang stuck together wonderfully, demonstrating what a close knit and fit climbing team we’ve become.  With each village on the descent, through Gorak Shep, Lobuche and Thukla, we each noticed the thicker and easier air.  We coughed less and walked faster.  All enjoyed seeing the baby yaks trying out their legs on our homestretch into Pheriche.  Tonight, we are indoors again… safe, enjoying each other’s company, and quite comfortable.  We hope things are going well for Mark Tucker and the bulk of our Sherpa Team, back at EBC for a last couple of days to button things up properly.

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

An RMI team descending past prayer flags. Photo: RMI Collection Views of the Himalayas near Pheriche. Photo: Casey Grom

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What a pitiful attitude Bob has!!  Wishing your team a safe journey back home.  That is very admirable for Mark to have stayed back with the Sherpa team!  Again it… read more

Posted by: Tammy Doppenberg on 4/26/2014 at 3:47 pm

Oh Spen,
Tuesday’s not gone.  There’s a lifetime of Tuesdays left for you.  That mountain is not going anywhere.  You’re young and strong and we got your back.  Love… read more

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