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Kilimanjaro: Tucker and Team Finish Descent and Prepare for Safari

Posted by: Mark Tucker | July 30, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

We are getting ready for dinner here just outside of Arusha in the lowlands of Tanzania. Everybody is healthy and happy. It’s crazy to think where we were just yesterday—what a great climb. We moved up the hill like clockwork. I was very impressed by the strength, both mental and physical, by one and all during such an arduous task.

This morning we had a nice walk in the cloud forest, and yes we were in the clouds. It was so lush and pretty. After reaching the Mweka Gate and having lunch, we said farewell to our local staff and a “thank you so much” to the staff of the Dik Dik Hotel—one of the best outfitters for Kilimanjaro. They offer great support and I will defiantly use them again. How about next week? Is that soon enough? But first I will spend a few days on safari game viewing with the team. We’ve made some great memories already and more are yet to come. I will do my best to keep you in the loop on phase two of the “A Team” in East Africa.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

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Kilimanjaro: Hahn and Team Climb Climb Through Rain to Shira Camp

Posted by: Dave Hahn | July 30, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 12,570'

The rains came in the wee hours at Machame Camp this morning.  We were all snug in our sleeping bags and dry in our tents, but each of the team heard the showers and wondered how things might be if it all didn’t quit by morning.  Well, it didn’t quit, but things weren’t too bad, as it turned out.  We geared up in waterproof clothing and got out into light showers and persistent mist.  We’d breakfasted and busted out of camp by eight AM, climbing a steep and slippery trail with big lava-block steps.  We climbed for several hours in the cloud, wondering just which grand views we were missing.  It never got unbearably wet and we were spared from the possibility of overheating from too much sun.  Most of our altitude for the day had been gained and we were beginning the leftward traverse which would bring us to the Shira Plateau when we climbed out of the clouds.  It seemed we were in a great garden of wildflowers as we proceeded around the corner to Shira.  And then we could see - for the first time - the upper slopes and glaciers of Kilimanjaro.  It was an exciting moment, made better by the realization that we only had some easy downhill walking left to go in order to reach camp at 12,570 ft above sea level.  We were looking out over an endless sea of cloud and enjoying the sunshine for a time…the clouds washed back over camp in the mid-afternoon.  By then though, we were well-fed and well-sheltered in our new and higher home. 

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

RMI climbers ascending to Shira Camp on Kilimanjaro with and endless sea of clouds below. Photo: Dave Hahn

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Mt. Kilimanjaro: Hahn & Team Begin Climb to the Roof of Africa

Posted by: Dave Hahn | July 29, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 9,800'

Our team was up before daylight today, getting set to leave the Dik Dik Hotel.  We were piling into the expedition bus at 7 AM and driving out of the garden-like grounds we’d grown comfortable in these past few days.  As expected, it took about two hours to reach the Machame Gate of Kilimanjaro National Park, our starting point for the climb.  We traveled through corn fields for much of the way, but worked up into banana and coffee plantations as we gained elevation.  It took about two hours to register and organize porters and so we set out at 11 AM from the 5,900 ft road head.  Clouds protected us from the sun as we walked through gradually steepening terrain in the lush forest.  It took about six hours to reach the Machame Camp at close to 10,000 ft, about where the vegetation changed markedly from tall trees to more scrub like heather.  The team demonstrated a high level of fitness, but all were relieved to come into a well built camp at the end of the day.

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

The RMI July 26th Kilimanjaro Team at the Machame Entrance to Kilimanjaro National Park.  Photo: Dave Hahn

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Hey Kevin,
I know your spirits are down with David’s injury…but you got this.  This is your dream!  Complete it and you will have stories to tell your kids…stories… read more

Posted by: Janna Davis on 7/30/2014 at 7:53 am

Dear Brian & Brad:
Are we there yet?? Well, how many more stops, before
the top??

Have a ball, just don’t bounce to high!
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Posted by: Al Dees on 7/29/2014 at 4:22 pm


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: Hahn & Team Arrive in Tanzania

Posted by: Dave Hahn | July 28, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

We’ve assembled in Tanzania for an ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro.  More importantly, our baggage has accompanied us.  All 10 climbers and their guide arrived safely at the tranquil Dik Dik Hotel on the outskirts of Arusha.  We spent today organizing gear for the climb, meeting with our expedition staff and catching up on jet-lag-lost sleep.  Starting early tomorrow, we’ll climb aboard the fully loaded tricked out off-road-ready expedition vehicle and head for the hills.  Conditions have been partly cloudy with comfortable temperatures and team members have been granted partial views of Kilimanjaro as reward for climbing the lofty water tower on the Dik Dik grounds. 

We’ll need to get walking tomorrow… The quality and quantity of excellent food served up in the dining room of the hotel will have us absolutely spoiled if we don’t make a break for it.

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

The bungalows at the Dik Dik Hotel complete with hammocks on the front porch.  Photo: RMI Collection Preparing vehicles to take climbers to the Kilimanjaro Trail Head.  Photo: RMI Collection

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HOPE THE ACHILLES ISSUSE WON’T SLOW THE GROUP UP! HELICOPTER IS NOT AN OPTION! HAVE FUN DK!

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Posted by: RICHARD HESSEMER on 7/30/2014 at 6:05 am

Go Kevin go!!  I can’t wait to hear all about it.

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Posted by: sean fitzsimmons on 7/29/2014 at 6:32 pm


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


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Recent Images From Kilimanjaro

  • RMI climbers ascending to Shira Camp on Kilimanjaro with and endless sea of clouds below. Photo: Dave Hahn
  • The RMI July 26th Kilimanjaro Team at the Machame Entrance to Kilimanjaro National Park.  Photo: Dave Hahn
  • Kilimanjaro, 19,340',  The Roof of Africa.  Photo: RMI Collection
  • Climbers make an alpine start toward the summit of Kilimanjaro.  Photo: RMI Collection
  • The views and glacier near the summit of Kilimanjaro. RMI Collection
  • The bungalows at the Dik Dik Hotel complete with hammocks on the front porch.  Photo: RMI Collection
  • Preparing vehicles to take climbers to the Kilimanjaro Trail Head.  Photo: RMI Collection
  • 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
  • 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
  • Looking down on Barranco Camp from Lava Tower.  Photo: Casey Grom
  • Shira Camp on Kilimanjaro.  RMI Photo Collection
  • The Machame Gate, entrance to Kilimanjaro National Park.  Photo: RMI Collection
  • First camp on Kilimanjaro, Machame Camp at 9,800 ft. Photo: Jeff Martin
  • 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
  • A Giraffe in Tarangire National Park. RMI Photo Collection
  • Kikoti Camp. RMI Photo Collection
  • Kilimanjaro Team on Safari. Photo: Jeff Martin
  • Game Viewing on Safari. Photo: Jeff Martin
  • Maasai People. Photo: Jeff Martin
  • The Kilimanjaro team ready for the Lake Manyara safari. Photo: Jeff Martin
  • A baboon at Lake Manyara National Park. Photo: Jeff Martin
  • An elephant at Lake Manyara National Park. Photo: Casey Grom
  • Martin & Team at the end of the trail. Photo: Jeff Martin
  • The team ready to celebrate their summit success! Photo: Jeff Martin
  • An RMI team on Kilimanjaro summit day. Photo: RMI Collection
  • 2/16/2014 - Martin & Team on the Kilimanjaro summit.
  • 2/16/2014 - The Portland crew on the Kilimanjaro summit.
  • The trail leading to High Camp on Kilimanjaro. Photo: Jeff Martin
  • Seth Waterfall's team at a rest break overlooking Kilimanjaro. Photo: Seth Waterfall
  • The team posing in front of Kilimanjaro from Karanga Camp. Photo: Jeff Martin
  • Barranco Camp. RMI Photo Collection
  • The View of Kilimanjaro from Barranco Camp. RMI Photo Collection