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Kilimanjaro: Martin & Team Greetings from Shira Camp

Posted by: Jeff Martin | January 29, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 12,500'

Hello from Shira Camp,

When we woke up this morning, it was crystal clear and the mountain was completely visible. The group wasted no time packing up camp and we were walking by 8:00. With the early start we completely avoided all the trail traffic and pretty much had it to ourselves for most of the day. We gained about 2,500’ total, reaching our high point at 12,500’. Everyone did extremely well today with both the terrain and the altitude. We stopped en route for a nice lunch before traversing up to the west to gain the Shira Plateau. We were in camp by 1:00 and had the whole afternoon to enjoy our new camp. We mostly sat around the dining tent talking about past adventures and tried our best to keep up with the tea and snacks that were being delivered non-stop.  We’ll head back to the dining tent around 6:00 for dinner and then settle into our tents for the evening.

Tomorrow is going to be a big day for us as we are trekking to almost 15,000’. Lava Tower will be the high point for tomorrow, and then we will begin our descent to Barranco Camp. Even though we are gaining almost 2,500’ in the morning, we will be back to almost the same altitude that we are right now. And this is exactly what our bodies need and is key for proper acclimatization. We are ready for the challenge!

Best regards,
RMI Guide Jeff Martin

Ascending above the forest on the second day of the climb. Photo: Jeff Martin Our second night's camp, Shira Camp, overlooking Mt. Meru. Photo: Jeff Martin

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Kilimanjaro: Martin & Team Settled in at Machame Camp

Posted by: Jeff Martin | January 28, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 9,800'

Greetings from Machame Camp,

We could not have had a better day today! This was the first day on the trail and the group did great. We had the trail to ourselves and perfect weather. We heard some very distant thunder but made it to camp without any rain. It was barely an hour later when some light rain started to fall, but fortunately we were already warm and dry in our dining tent, snacking on some tea and popcorn.

We started the day at 6,000’ and made it up to camp in just under 4 1/2 hours, a solid pace.  We are now settled in at camp and the mountain is teasing us with grand views as the clouds roll in and out. The team is feeling really strong and happy to finally be on the mountain.

Best regards,
RMI Guide Jeff Martin

Jeff Martin & Team ready to begin their trek. Photo: Jeff Martin

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Kilimanjaro: Martin & Team’s Gear is Packed and Ready for the Trek

Posted by: Jeff Martin | January 27, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Jambo,

We are now a full team. Our last climber was delayed in getting here last night but was able to re-route through Nairobi and arrived here by mid-day.

This morning we focused on getting ready to leave for the mountain tomorrow. Everybody went through their gear one last time to ensure that nothing was missed and more importantly, to make sure that the kitchen sink was not thrown in by accident. We enjoyed the rest of the day hanging out at the pool and exploring the area around our hotel. We just finished an incredible five-course meal, and are frantically writing a few last emails before going to bed.

We head to the Machame Gate (6,000’) in the morning and will be checking in from Machame Camp (10,000’) tomorrow night.  Now with the months of training and planning behind us, we are just a few hours from starting our climb.  Everybody is excited to get on the trail tomorrow and ready for the challenge that lies ahead.

Best regards,
RMI Guide Jeff Martin

Gear sorted and ready to begin the trek. Photo: Jeff Martin A Birds of Paradise Flower in the Dik Dik Hotel gardens. Photo: Jeff Martin

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Kilimanjaro: Jeff Martin & Team Arrive in Tanzania

Posted by: Jeff Martin | January 26, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Greetings from Arusha, Tanzania,

Our Kilimanjaro climb has officially started! After some quick introductions and a champagne toast, it was time to complete the very last leg of our long travels - a short drive to our hotel.

We had a nice three-course meal waiting for us when we arrived and we sat out on the patio enjoying the fine dining and the sights and sounds of a new destination.

We are waiting for one more climber to join the team later tonight, and then we will start tomorrow with a team meeting after breakfast, discussing all the details of our climb.

La la salama (good night),
RMI Guide Jeff Martin

Our rooms at the Dik Dik Hotel, near the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Photo: Jeff Martin

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Kilimanjaro: The Family Climb Spends the Day in The Garden of the Elephants

Posted by: Peter Whittaker, Seth Waterfall | October 17, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

It’s another great day on safari!  Right now we’re in Tarangire National Park and the animals are out in full force.  There have been tons of elephants of course as this is ‘the garden of the elephants’.  In addition to the animals there are tons if really cool Baobab trees.  We’re all having a blast on the penultimate day of our trip.

RMI Guides Seth Waterfall and Peter Whittaker

Elephant at Tarangire National Park. Photo: Seth Waterfall Baobab tree at Tarangire National Park. Photo: RMI Collection

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Kilimanjaro: Enjoying The Safari at Ngorongoro Crater

Posted by: Peter Whittaker, Seth Waterfall | October 16, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

This is Seth checking in from Ngorongoro Crater.  We’ve been having a spectacular day of game viewing.  The main event was getting to see two lions, one male, one female, right next to the road.  We have also seen tons of other stuff.  Tonight we’re staying at the Plantation Lodge and tomorrow we will visit Tarangire National Park.

RMI Guides Seth Waterfall and Peter Whittaker

Ngorongoro Crater Game Viewing. Photo: Seth Waterfall

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Kilimanjaro: The Kilimanjaro Family Climb Begins Their Safari

Posted by: Peter Whittaker, Seth Waterfall | October 15, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Jambo from Lake Manyara!  We’ve just finished a great afternoon game drive.  The elephants were out in full force today.  We got extremely close to several of the amazon creatures.  Another highlight of the day was seeing several baboon and monkey babies.  All in all it was a great first day on safari.

RMI Guides Peter Whittaker and Seth Waterfall

Elephant at Lake Manyara National Park. Photo: Seth Waterfall A baboon at Lake Manyara National Park. Photo: Jeff Martin

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Kilimanjaro: The Kilimanjaro Family Climb Returns From The Mountain

Posted by: Peter Whittaker, Seth Waterfall | October 14, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Hello from the Dik Dik.  This is Seth with a quick check in letting you know this we are all off the mountain safe and sound.  We had a nice walk down from our last camp this morning and we’re back at the hotel before 1pm.  After some well deserved showers we had a great celebratory dinner.  Now were all psyched up for our safari.  That’s starts tomorrow with a visit to Lake Manyara.  We’ll check in after our game drive.

- RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

A celebration dinner set up at the Dik Dik Hotel (RMI Collection).

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Kilimanjaro: The Kilimanjaro Family Climb Reaches The Summit!

Posted by: Peter Whittaker, Seth Waterfall | October 13, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 19,348'

The Kilimanjaro Family Climb reached Uhuru Peak this morning, the summit of Kilimanjaro and the highest point in Africa! Watch their video dispatch from today’s climb:

The Kilimanjaro Family Climb Team standing on the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro!

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Kilimanjaro: The Kilimanjaro Family Climb Reaches High Camp

Posted by: Peter Whittaker, Seth Waterfall | October 13, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 15,000'

The Kilimanjaro Family climb reaches their high camp at Barafu Camp on Kilimanjaro today. Watch their video dispatch from today’s climb.

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Recent Images From Kilimanjaro

  • 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
  • Day 2 on the way to Shira Plateau, Kilimanjaro. Photo: Jeff Martin
  • February 8th Kilimanjaro Team ready for the mountain! Photo: Jeff Martin
  • Two team members receiving birthday wishes in Africa. Photo: Jeff Martin
  • Our rooms at the Dik Dik Hotel, near the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Photo: Jeff Martin
  • The Dik Dik Hotel pool area. Photo: Jeff Martin
  • RMI's January 25th Kilimanjaro team enjoying their last night in Tanzania.  Photo: Jeff Martin
  • The Maasai People. Photo: Jeff Martin
  • Kilimanjaro Team at Lake Manyara National Park. Photo: Jeff Martin
  • Panoramic view at Lake Manyara National Park. Photo: Jeff Martin
  • An RMI team descending from Mweka Camp.  Photo: RMI Collection
  • February 2, 2014 - Kilimanjaro Team on the Roof of Africa! Photo: Jeff Martin
  • The views from Kilimanjaro en route to Barafu Camp (High Camp).  Photo: RMI Collection
  • Team Martin at Karanga Camp, Kilimanjaro. Photo: Jeff Martin
  • Camp life at 13,500' on Kilimanjaro.  Photo: Jeff Martin
  • Far above treeline approaching Lava Tower. Photo: Jeff Martin