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Everest Base Camp Trek: Mark Tucker & Team Arrive in Kathmandu

Posted by: Mark Tucker | March 22, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 4,383'

Jackpot! Feeling like Mr. T with his A Team.  My amazing team and all our gear arrived in Kathmandu.  All our boxes are checked, i.e. orientation meeting, equipment check, city tour and it is pouring rain in Kathmandu.  Despite the rain, we had way too much fun experiencing the culture today in the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu.  We took many photos along our journey through the city and are getting to know each other a long the way.

Now that we feel ready to embark on our next part of our expedition, we’ll sign off for the night and go find some pizza in town for dinner.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

The 2014 Spring Everest BC Trek Team. Photo: Mark Tucker The team poses in front of the infamous Monkey Temple. Photo: Mark Tucker Tucker's team posing for the camera in Kathmandu. Photo: Mark Tucker

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Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Flying Home Today

Posted by: Mark Tucker | July 26, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Mark Tucker checking in. We are presently located at the airport, Kilimanjaro International. Great views of the mountain on the way here. We spent a few hours on the road today. Got through Tarangire one last time, saw many animals as expected. Had a lovely snack at the fabulous Dik Dik Resort, hot showers, and everybody is good to go. We are winging our way back home. Looking forward to seeing everybody in the states. Thanks for following the trip.

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RMI Guide Mark Tucker checking in.

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Mt. Kilimanjaro: Tucker and Team visit Tarangire National Park

Posted by: Mark Tucker | July 25, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Well known for its river valleys, wetlands, gently rolling hills, rocky outcrops, acacia woodlands, and numerous baobabs (the upside down tree). We are here at the Tarangire National Park which is one of my favorites. Perfect conditions weather wise during the game drive today. Wide open spaces and views to behold. Here we are at the Kikoti Luxury tent camp for the night after a great game drive through the park. I was just escorted to my tent by a man with a Rifle and another with a spear. Not uncommon for night movement while living in the bush.

Sure hope I survive the night so I can report in tomorrow.

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Team Members Enjoy the camp fire. Photo: Mark Tucker The Kikoti Lodge. RIM  Photo Collection

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Mt. Kilimanjaro: Tucker and Team View Wildlife

Posted by: Mark Tucker | July 24, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

The day went like clockwork. We had a great breakfast and then hopped in our vehicles for a short drive to the entrance of the Ngorongoro National Park.  The day was cloudy and cool to start, but by the time we descended some two thousand feet, to floor of the largest unbroken and unflooded caldera in the world, the sun was a shining. I would guess that we only saw about 20% of the 30,000 animals that live in the crater.  On our way back to the amazing Plantation Lodge for another night we stopped into a Masai Village for a tour and some special shopping options. Tomorrow brings us to the home of more elephants per square mile than anywhere else in the world, Tarangire National Park. Somebody has to do it, wish you were here.

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Team enjoying breakfast. Photo: Mark Tucker

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Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team at Lake Manyara National Park

Posted by: Mark Tucker | July 23, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Mark Tucker checking in. All is going as planned. Gotta love it. Had a very nice sleep in a bed with a big, cozy down blanket last night. Tough to miss the tent time high up the hill, but, suffer we must. Another great breakfast for the team. Our safari Landcruisers were readied last night so all we needed was a quick gear adjustment. We left most of our stuff back at the Dik Dik where we will stop by en route to our international flights in a few nights. On the way here to the fabulous Lake Manyara National Park, we stopped at a shop for a few snacks and had a fabulous time. We are located at the base of the Eastern Great Rift Escarpment where we saw all sorts of animals: giraffes, baboon, [lost connection] and birds. We are now at the Plantation Lodge for two nights. Tomorrow we travel to the eighth wonder of the world, the Ngorongoro Crater.

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Giraffes at Lake Manyara National Park. Photo: RMI Collection


RMI Guide Mark Tucker calls in from Day 1 of their Safari.

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Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Celebration Time

Posted by: Mark Tucker | July 22, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

We were up early, slammed a quick breakfast then had a fun gathering of local staff and rewarded all of them with financial bonuses.This crew took great care of us while on the mountain, it felt really good to show our appreciation. A few hour descent to the park gate, a couple hour drive time watching the daily routine out the window of our monster truck and here we are. Back to hot showers and clean clothes. We just finished a dinner of fondue and topped it off with a bunch of summit certificates handed out to a group of well-deserving mountain climbers.

More excitement ahead as we repack for the game viewing safari we start tomorrow. A great trip just keeps getting better.

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Tucker and team pose for a group photo after their successful climb. Photo: Mark Tucker Team Tucker Connected at the Dik Dik Hotel. Photo: Mark Tucker

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Mt. Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Arrive at Their Last Camp

Posted by: Mark Tucker | July 21, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 10,000'

RMI Guide Mark Tucker checking in from the final camp: down here at the Mweka Camp, 10,000 ft on Kilimanjaro.  It’s all tall, giant heather; it’s beautiful.  It looks like a fabulous night for a summit climb but that’s exactly what we will not be doing.  It’s a done deal.
We will enjoy our last night on this beautiful mountain.  Tomorrow we head to the trail head.

An RMI team trekking in the rain forest near the Mweka Camp on Kilimanjaro.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Mt. Kilimanjaro: Tucker & 100% of Team to the Summit!

Posted by: Mark Tucker | July 20, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 19,340'

Saturday, July 20, 2013 - 9:20 p.m. PT
RMI Guide Mark Tucker checking in, I guess they call it Uhuru Peak, the tallest point in Africa. Here we are!
Pretty good conditions.  The team did fantastic.  I am happy to report 100% on top!  Yes, everyone is doing well.  A few beautiful clouds above Mt. Kilimanjaro and clouds below, a beautiful sunrise.  We are having a gas, everyone is doing well.  A couple more photos and we are going to start the descent.  We are going to head down into the rain forest.  That will be the goal.
Thanks for everybody’s support back home.  We will check in again soon.

The RMI Kilimanjaro July 13th team on the summit, Uhuru Peak 19,340 ft.  Photo: Havard Haukeberg An RMI Team approaching the summit of Kilimanjaro (19,340 ft).  Photo: RMI Collection


RMI Guide Mark Tucker calls from the summit of Kilimanjaro (19,340 ft) with 100% of the team.

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Mt. Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Reach High Camp

Posted by: Mark Tucker | July 20, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 15,000'

Mark Tucker checking in from Barafu Camp. We are at the lower camp at about 15,000’ just under the southeast edge of the Kilimanjaro Summit.  We have the jungle below and the top of the mountain above and a team that is rip-roaring and ready!

We put on a couple of miles today from the Karanga camp. The upper mountain is a bleak zone, but quite beautiful in its own way.  We’re going to have a quick dinner and crawl into the tents for about five hours of rest to get us ready for an early a.m. departure.  I am happy to report that we are 100% go power with this team. Everybody is getting pretty excited and doing really well.  A couple of minor headaches but the overall health and well-being is very very good. We are ready the weather is cooperating we had to puffy clouds in the afternoon not unusual. Last night was beautiful so we are keeping our fingers crossed that we have one of the same.  We have a pretty bright moon illuminating our trip so we are in pretty good shape.

Talk to you later,

RMI Guide Mark Tucker & Team

Barafu Camp at night - RMI Photo Collection


Mark Tucker Checking in from Barafu Camp

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Mt. Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Climb Barranco Wall, Arrive Karanga Camp

Posted by: Mark Tucker | July 19, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 13,160'

Hello,
This is RMI Guide Mark Tucker checking in from the Karanga camp on Kilimanjaro, situated at about 13,160’, or 4011 meters above sea level.  We are looking so good. Having a gas - wish you guys were here.  We have the most amazing night out. The moon is getting fuller and brighter as we speak.  We are poised for our next push to the Barafu Camp tomorrow which will be our high camp.  Things worked out very well today, we timed our selves perfectly for the ascent of the Barranco Wall, which is right out of camp, some step traverses, some ledges and face, several rock bands. Just really fun climbing. Everybody did great and we took some really nice hero photos. Then we did a traverse, only a couple miles today, and into this camp. And we’re on the impressive south side of Kilimanjaro with the Diamond, Heim, Kersten, Decken Glaciers hanging right above us.  It’s quite a sight.  So, the weather is holding and everyone on the team is healthy.  They are definitely keeping our kitchen staff busy keeping those pots filled.  No loss of appetite for this crew.  We are doing so well in and we are psyched up.  We had a bit of a summit talk today, passing along some information going over some tactics that will be useful in the near future. So all is well, and we will check in tomorrow.

Climbers and porters ascending the Barranco Wall on Kilimanjaro.  Photo: RMI Collection Tents at Karanga Camp on Kilimanjaro, 13,160 ft.  Photo: RMI Collection


RMI Guide Mark Tucker calls in from Karanga Camp, 13,160 ft, on Mt. Kilimanjaro

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