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Kilimanjaro: Waterfall & Team Enjoying the Views of Lava Tower

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | August 21, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 15,000'

Well, it’s a cloudy day on the trail but the group is hanging tough.  We’re having lunch at the Lava Tower (15’000’).  That means we are setting new altitude records for just about every one.  Tonight we will camp at Barranco where some of the giant plants that are unique to Kilimanjaro are concentrated.

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Far above treeline approaching Lava Tower on Kilimanjaro. Photo: Jeff Martin

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George, hope you’re have a howling good time!!

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Posted by: Ranger Osborne on 8/21/2014 at 12:28 pm

Dear Bridge and Mr blaney
We saw some of the pictures! You look like your having so much fun!!  We miss you but know you are probably having the… read more

Posted by: Kelsey and Kate on 8/21/2014 at 8:59 am


Kilimanjaro: Waterfall & Team Check In from the Shira Plateau

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | August 20, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 12,200'

Hi this is Seth.  We are up on the Shira Plateau headed to camp.  Its been an excellent day on the trail.  The weather has been fantastic and we are looking forward to a hot lunch in camp.  Tomorrow we will head to the Barranco Valley.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

Team Waterfall stop for a photo on their way to Shira Plateau. Photo: Seth Waterfall Shira Plateau, Kilimanjaro. Photo: Seth Waterfall

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Roger Hope you are taking lots of pictures. So proud of your progress. Looks so challenging. Good luck.  Cam

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Posted by: Cam on 8/21/2014 at 6:41 am

We’re so excited for you Josh!  Keep trekking!!

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Posted by: Michelle on 8/21/2014 at 6:17 am


Kilimanjaro: Waterfall & Team at Machame Camp

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | August 19, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 9,800'

All is well at Machame Camp! The team was really fired up this morning.  I was three minutes early to breakfast and I was the last to arrive. It’s great to be on a trip with such an organized team.

The drive to the gate was smooth and after checking in at the gate we started our trek.  The trail was a little slick and muddy but we didn’t get any rain along the way. Once we arrived in camp the crew had everything set up and ready to go. Everyone is now settling in for the night and getting ready for the hike up to Shira tomorrow.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

Kilimanjaro Trailhead. Photo: RMI Collection The team starting their trek to Machame Camp. Photo: Seth Waterfall Our first night's camp located at 10,000' in the Giant Heather of Kilimanjaro. Photo: Jeff Martin

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So excited to hear about your journey! We are proud of you Papa Roger.
You ROCK! Blessings to your entire team. xoxo

Much Love,
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Posted by: Robyn on 8/21/2014 at 4:02 am

You’re a B.A. Grandpa Roger.  Keep it up.

Love Luke (I’m stay with dad tonight)

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Posted by: Luke on 8/20/2014 at 1:46 am


Mt. Kilimanjaro: Waterfall & Team Arrive in Africa

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | August 18, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Greetings from Tanzania!  Our group is getting excited for the start of our trek.  All of us arrived yesterday evening and spent today sorting through gear and recovering from the long flights. We also spent some time chatting with the folks from Mark Tucker’s Kilimanjaro Climb and they all reported a great experience on the mountain.  Tomorrow we’ll get an early start and make our way to Kilimanjaro National Park.  It should be good times!

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RMI Kilimanjaro Team dining at the Dik Dik Hotel.  Photo: Seth Waterfall
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Prayers for a safe and fantastic trip for the team!

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Posted by: dotti cummins on 8/19/2014 at 6:38 am

So excited to hear about the first day of the climb!! Good luck to everyone! Liz, thomas, kit and Mary

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Posted by: Liz Blaney on 8/19/2014 at 3:58 am


Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team’s Last Safari Day Ends at Kikoti Camp

Posted by: Mark Tucker | August 16, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Yet another stellar Safari. Some clouds made for very pleasant temperatures all day. Tarangire National Park was the place to be. A bit of a terrain contrast from the crater, neither one better than the other, just different. Wide open big sky country out here. Mammals galore, in a very natural setting, as you can imagine. We ended up here at the luxury tent camp called Kikoti. The team has injured their stomachs by over indulgence. We are now sitting around a nice wood fire digesting our pains away. Very peaceful spot, the perfect setting to finish off this adventure.

We will make tracks back through the park in the morning on our way to the Dik Dik Hotel to pick up some gear, than off to the airport.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

Kikoti Camp, Africa safari. Photo: Jeff Martin

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Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Visit a Maasai Village

Posted by: Mark Tucker | August 15, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Our good fortune continues. It must be a residual charm left over from the time spent on the mountain during the super moon. Cold and cloudy to start the day up on the Ngorongoro Crater Rim. That is not unusual, this typically being the coldest time of year. We paid a visit to a Maasai Village. Warmed up in one of their huts, while a nice gentleman told us fascinating facts and rich history of this unique group of people. I think you would be surprised at the insulation R-value of the walls of their thatch, cow dung and ash mixture construction. Since the funding goes to children education and the offerings were nice souvenirs, we were happy to invest in some of the village wares. We made the descent into the crater floor and spent a magical day with the other natives of the land, wild animals. So much fun and more to come.  We move to Tarangire National Park tomorrow.

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An RMI team visits a Maasai Village during safari. Photo: Jeff Martin

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Hi Mark!
What a fantastic experience.  We’ll hear more from you when you return.
Love, Mother & Daddy

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Posted by: Maury & Evie on 8/16/2014 at 3:08 am


Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team’s First Stop on Safari - Lake Manyara National Park

Posted by: Mark Tucker | August 14, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

All tucked into the team villa here at the Plantation Lodge, just outside of Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area, which is tomorrow’s destination. We departed from the Dik Dik Hotel right on schedule and attacked the Lake Manyara National Park with eyes wide open. Great critter sightings all day! Being only two days since summit day, I was impressed with the team’s level of energy. Tomorrow we are looking forward to seeing as many of the 29,999+ mammals that live in what is known as the “eighth wonder of the world.”

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A giraffe seen on safari at Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania. Photo: RMI Collection Elephant at Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania. Photo: Seth Waterfall

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Have fun!

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Posted by: Maury & Evie on 8/15/2014 at 4:02 am


Mt. Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Celebrate Success

Posted by: Mark Tucker | August 13, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

We are here at the Dik Dik hotel and enjoying it. The team made quick work of the 4,000 foot descent this morning, arriving at the gate well before noon. We had a brief customary departure sign out with the park service, a lunch stop along the way. When we arrived at the hotel, a welcome song greeted us upon our arrival. Then a hot shower to wash away some gathered mountain product, but it couldn’t rid us of a whole bunch of memories made while on the climb. Some of the team has been reunited with loved ones, how about a grandma and grandpa joining us here in Africa. How cool is that? While the rest of the team is jealous, we have to carry on and look forward to a reunion when we get back home.

Tomorrow starts the safari part of our program here. We are getting ready to bid farewell to one of the team who leaves for the airport tonight so as to not miss the start of the fall quarter. Is the summer really coming to a close? Better get out while you can!

RMI Guide Mark Tucker & Team

RMI Team on the Summit of Kilimanjaro. Photo: Mark Tucker

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You look great! Congratulations!
Mark, we’re sorry we missed your call again. We love you.
Mother & Daddy

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Posted by: Maury & Evie on 8/13/2014 at 6:09 pm

The team looks great!  We’re so proud of you, Steve and Connor!  Congratulations on your outstanding experience!  Much love - Shari/Mom, Judy, and Micro

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Posted by: Sharon on 8/13/2014 at 3:27 pm


Mt. Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Reach Mweka Camp

Posted by: Mark Tucker | August 12, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 10,000'

Hello from Mweka Camp on Kilimanjaro!

Horizontal in the tent is the place to be. We had a nice 15 hour stroll today and reached the summit of Kilimanjaro. We must be crazy huh? The reward in the end makes it all worth it and then some. We descended to Mweka Camp, 10,000’, to our final camp and last night on the mountain.  We shared another fine dinner and enjoyed each other’s company until folks were starting to fall asleep in their chairs. Other than some sore muscles, the whole team is doing great. The climb went so well that I better warn all of you back home that this crew is ready for more.

In the morning we will take a short 3 hour to the Mweka gate where our ride will be waiting to transfer us back to the Dik Dik resort. It is just starting to rain on the tent right now, but we are tucked in warm and dry until morning.

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Hiking out of Mweka Camp on Mt. Kilimanjaro. RMI Photo Collection

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Hope you took some sweet selfies at the top, Connor!!!

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Posted by: Laura (from work) on 8/14/2014 at 3:02 am

John, we hope you were able to enjoy all aspects of your journey and it sounds like the weather held out long enough to get a spectacular view. Enjoy the… read more

Posted by: Katie Brown-Steinke on 8/13/2014 at 5:56 am


Mt. Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Reach the Summit!

Posted by: Mark Tucker | August 12, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 19,340'

Jambo! Jambo!  Mark Tucker calling you from the Roof of Africa. With incredible timing we stood on top the moment the sun rose. We had the top pretty much to ourselves.  And I’ve got everybody here with me and couldn’t ditch them.  We’re all standing up here on the summit of Kilimanjaro and everybody is doing great. We are finishing up with the photos.  It’s a little bit chilly a little bit breezy but we are all nice and comfy based upon our precision like accuracy with our clothing. All is well and I’ll check in back at low camp.  You can rest easy, everybody is looking strong, everybody is tight and together, a great climbing team. So we’re all doing well. I’ll check in later.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

Climbers ready at Barafu Camp to make their summit attempt on Kilimanjaro.  Photo: Linden Mallory Watching the sunrise over Tanzania from the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro.  Photo: RMI Collection


RMI Guide Mark Tucker checks in from the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro

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Congratulations to Jeff Barish and the team!
Wishing you a safe and timely descent.
From Steven in Denver, CO

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Posted by: Steven Norber on 8/12/2014 at 7:54 pm

Enjoy the rest at the last camp, Steve and Connor!  We miss you both lots!  Can’t wait to see all of the pictures!- Shari/Mom, Judy, and Micro

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Posted by: Sharon on 8/12/2014 at 10:51 am


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Recent Images From Kilimanjaro

  • Far above treeline approaching Lava Tower on Kilimanjaro. Photo: Jeff Martin
  • Team Waterfall stop for a photo on their way to Shira Plateau. Photo: Seth Waterfall
  • Shira Plateau, Kilimanjaro. Photo: Seth Waterfall
  • Kilimanjaro Trailhead. Photo: RMI Collection
  • The team starting their trek to Machame Camp. Photo: Seth Waterfall
  • Our first night's camp located at 10,000' in the Giant Heather of Kilimanjaro. Photo: Jeff Martin
  • RMI Kilimanjaro Team dining at the Dik Dik Hotel.  Photo: Seth Waterfall
  • Kikoti Camp, Africa safari. Photo: Jeff Martin
  • An RMI team visits a Maasai Village during safari. Photo: Jeff Martin
  • A giraffe seen on safari at Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania. Photo: RMI Collection
  • Elephant at Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania. Photo: Seth Waterfall
  • RMI Team on the Summit of Kilimanjaro. Photo: Mark Tucker
  • Hiking out of Mweka Camp on Mt. Kilimanjaro. RMI Photo Collection
  • Climbers ready at Barafu Camp to make their summit attempt on Kilimanjaro.  Photo: Linden Mallory
  • Watching the sunrise over Tanzania from the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro.  Photo: RMI Collection
  • The trail on Mt. Kilimanjaro en route to high camp at Barafu, 15,000 ft.  Photo: Jeff Martin
  • Tents at Karanga Camp on Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. Photo: RMI Collection
  • Barranco Camp on Mt. Kilimanjaro. Photo: Dave Hahn
  • Barranco Camp from Lava Tower on Mt. Kilimanjaro. Photo: Casey Grom
  • Kikoti Camp, Africa safari. Photo: Jeff Martin
  • Elephant at Tarangire National Park. Photo: Seth Waterfall
  • Hiking to the Shira Plateau on Kilimanjaro. Photo: RMI Collection
  • Tarangire National Park, Africa. Photo: Dave Hahn
  • Baobab tree at Tarangire National Park, Africa. Photo: RMI Collection
  • Kilimanjaro Trailhead. Photo: RMI Collection
  • Our first night's camp located at 10,000' in the Giant Heather of Kilimanjaro. Photo: Jeff Martin
  • The Dik Dik pool. Photo: Jeff Martin
  • Bird of Paradise on the Dik Dik grounds. Photo: Jeff Martin
  • The Massai people. RMI Photo Collection
  • A herd of Wildebeest in the Ngorongoro Crater. RMI Photo Collection
  • Kilimanjaro Team having lunch on Safari. Photo: Dave Hahn
  • Giraffe on Safari. RMI Photo Collection