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Kilimanjaro: Hahn & Team Finish Their Safari at Tarangire National Park

Posted by: Dave Hahn | August 08, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

After a peaceful night at the Kikoti Lodge just East of the Tarangire National Park boundary, we had breakfast and ducked back into the park.  As experienced safari aficionados, we no longer stopped the vehicles for common zebras and wildebeest.  But we were happy to pull over to watch a monitor lizard cross the road.  And seeing a lion guarding his fresh kill got our attention.  The king of the savannah also got the attention of about twenty elephants on their way to the water.  They trumpeted and snorted when they sensed his presence and -giving him some space, took a detour to reach the water.  We saw a few thousand other animals and birds, baobab trees and acacias on our way back out to the main park exit.  Then it was Tanzanian highway driving with a few stops for tourism and sightseeing on the way back to Arusha and the Dik Dik Hotel.  All that remains now is a dinner together and a few shuttles to the airport over the next 24 hours as we split up and begin to circle the globe toward home.

It has been a chock full couple of weeks in Africa.  Thank you for keeping track of our team!

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

Kikoti Camp, Africa safari. Photo: Jeff Martin Elephant at Tarangire National Park. Photo: Seth Waterfall

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Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Camped at Shira

Posted by: Mark Tucker | August 08, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 12,500'

Shira Camp is our new home for the night. At 12,500 ft it is nice to still see bushes and grasses. Don’t let life forms other than humans fool you, it is a very harsh place to be. Unlike places like Alaska where the latitude away from the Equator keeps plant life well below here.

It was nice to see the whole team at breakfast this morning healthy and happy . For some, it was was a new experience spending the night in a tent at 10,000 ft. Before we turned in, a discussion about strategy for the night and talk of what we can do to help adjust to the altitude paid off. Another day of perfect weather for the climb and it couldn’t have gone smoother. Incorporating the same techniques used on all these big hills went very well with a team of strong climbers arriving at Camp 2 right on schedule.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

Hiking to the Shira Plateau on Kilimanjaro. Photo: RMI Collection

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Kilimanjaro: Hahn & Team Have an Extraordinary Day in Tarangire National Park

Posted by: Dave Hahn | August 07, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Another day, another incredible Tanzanian National Park.  Today we visited Tarangire... A system of rivers, swamps and savannas that host a mind-blowing number of elephants, zebras, wildebeest, gazelles, giraffes and just about every other East African animal you can think of.  We were particularly interested in the big cats today.  As luck would have it, we spied a cheetah, a lioness up a tree, and finally a big and beautiful leopard in an Acacia tree at sunset.  The elephants of Tarangire were everywhere and their signs of passage were everywhere else.  We could see where they’d been scraping bark from the giant baobab trees in search of moisture, and flat out destroying smaller trees in other places.  In terms of bird-life, we saw everything from an African Fish Eagle (eerily similar to an American Bald Eagle) to the ubiquitous superb starlings with their incandescent colors.  It was just getting dark when Joseph and Clement brought our Landcruisers in to Kikoti, a hotel of screened in cabins with a luxurious and open-planned center dining room and bar just to one side of the national park.  This will be our last evening together and our last out in the wild, but we look forward to a final day’s journey back through the park and “home” to Arusha.

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

Tarangire National Park, Africa. Photo: Dave Hahn Baobab tree at Tarangire National Park, Africa. Photo: RMI Collection

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Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Begin Their Trek

Posted by: Mark Tucker | August 07, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 9,800'

What a great day in the mountains. The team was like clock work getting out of the lowlands. A pleasant drive to the Machame Gate where our climb began. Not too hot or cold, no rain just some broken clouds as we moved up the mountain in great style and all arriving at Camp 1 in fine shape. The usual perfect support by our fabulous outfitter the Dik Dik, best outfitter for a climb of Killimanjaro. We worked a lot on technique, and talked about strategy for the future throughout the day. We are all fed and down for the night. Awesome moon above and the summit clear and calling. How many times can I climb this beast and still get such a thrill. It’s crazy, you have to make the time to do this one for sure!

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

Kilimanjaro Trailhead. Photo: RMI Collection Our first night's camp located at 10,000' in the Giant Heather of Kilimanjaro. Photo: Jeff Martin

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Mt. Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Arrive in Africa!

Posted by: Mark Tucker | August 06, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

RMI Guide Mark Tucker and Team called to check in from the Dik Dik Hotel in Arusha, Tanzania. The team has enjoyed a little R & R after long international flights; everyone is well rested and ready to start trekking. After a gear check this afternoon the bags are packed and ready to hit the trail in the morning.

Follow along with us on the RMI Blog and they make their way to the Roof of Africa!

The Dik Dik pool. Photo: Jeff Martin Bird of Paradise on the Dik Dik grounds. Photo: Jeff Martin

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Mt. Kilimanjaro: Hahn and Team Visit Ngorongoro Crater

Posted by: Dave Hahn | August 06, 2014
Categories: *Kilimanjaro

A few days back we were on the summit of one of the world’s biggest volcanoes… Today we spent our time happily plumbing the depths of a collapsed volcano.  Ngorongoro Crater is a caldera teeming with the classic wildlife of Eastern Africa.  We went to the crater rim this morning in thick cloud, unable to see more that a hundred feet, but we had hopes that situation would change.  While still on the rim, we visited a Massai Village and were introduced to the customs and traditions of the dominant tribe in this area.  We then piled back into our Land Cruisers and began the 600 meter descent into the crater as the weather rapidly improved.  Within 20 minutes, we were seeing lions, jackals, Cape buffalo, zebras, hippos and ostriches… To say nothing of gazelles, wildebeest, and hyenas.  The constant water supply within the crater keeps the herds from migrating, the presence of the herds makes the predators happy, the addition of roads lets us see it all.  We even saw a couple of the resident (and rare) black rhinos, but they were at a distance and sleeping hard. 

Lunch was on the shores of a lush hippo hangout and then we circled the caldera (about 15 miles across) one final time.  With each sighting of a new species, the driver/guides would cut the engines and let us snap pictures as they described what we were seeing.  Finally, we spiraled up and out of the crater as the sun was getting low in the sky.  By this point we had the big view that had been denied in the misty morning.  Clement and Joseph had us back to the Kirurumu lodge by six thirty PM where we washed off the road dirt and put on clean shirts for some fine dining. 

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn & Team

The Massai people. RMI Photo Collection A herd of Wildebeest in the Ngorongoro Crater. RMI Photo Collection

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Mt. Kilimanjaro: Hahn and Team Enjoy Lake Manyara

Posted by: Dave Hahn | August 05, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

What a difference a day makes. Yesterday we were climbing down a giant volcano, tired, grimy and hoping our strength would hold out.  Today we were squeaky clean, comfortable, road-tripping, touristing and game-viewing.
And it was great.  We drove out of the Dik Dik and Arusha around 9 this morning and made our way -in two souped-up Toyota Landcruisers- to Lake Manyara National Park.  We enjoyed a tranquil and easy picnic lunch within the park with Zach acting as Chef while zebras and elephants wandered by.  Then we went cruising with both vehicle roofs peeled open to allow standing and scanning for wildlife.  Lake Manyara itself was stunning today, with seemingly a million pink flamingos, storks and pelicans working the water’s surface and shores.  We spied baboons, elephants, giraffes, mongeese (what the plural of mongooses really should be), zebra and wildebeests, along with a few shy hippos and eagles.

Before the sun set, we left the park and drove up on the rim of the great Rift Valley, looking out over the lake and a good chunk of East Africa.  Our destination for the night was the Kirurumu Lodge and an extremely comfortable network of tent-cabins and fine dining.  Tomorrow, we look forward to a full day of safari-life.

Best Regards,

RMI Guide Dave Hahn & Team

Kilimanjaro Team having lunch on Safari. Photo: Dave Hahn Giraffe on Safari. RMI Photo Collection

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Mt. Kilimanjaro: Hahn & Team Finish Their Climb and Return to the Dik Dik Hotel

Posted by: Dave Hahn | August 04, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 6,000'

The day started with our local staff serenading the team with the “Jambo” song after breakfast.  It was nice to see the strong and good men who’ve helped us so much this week all in one place, singing, dancing and able to receive our thanks for their great efforts.  We then made an effort to get out of their way by leaving Mweka Camp and descending 4000 vertical feet to the Mweka gate to end our climb of Mt. Kilimanjaro.  The low clouds didn’t hold back for long before dropping light but steady rains on us and the already slippery track.  The trail took us through a lush and seemingly impenetrable forest… I’m sure there was much to see, but mostly we concentrated on making careful steps and avoiding falls for a few hours.  We were relieved to reach easier terrain for the home stretch.  Since it was still raining at the Mweka Gate to the National Park, we didn’t hang around long before loading onto our expedition bus/truck and hitting the road for Moshi.  Halfway back to Arusha, in better weather, we stopped for a great picnic lunch.  Then it was on to our comfortable home at the Dik Dik hotel where we all got a lot cleaner and a little more pleasant as we caught up on sleep and internet.  We’re heading for a celebration dinner now, which will double as a farewell to Brian and Brad who are abandoning us and heading home tomorrow as we set out for our much-anticipated game-viewing safari.

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

The RMI July 26th Kilimanjaro Team making their descent from the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro.  Photo: Dave Hahn

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Mt. Kilimanjaro: Hahn and Team on the Summit!

Posted by: Dave Hahn | August 03, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 19,341'

Hey, this is David Hahn with Kilimanjaro team and we are on the summit! We are at Uhuru which is 19,341 feet above sea level. And we are in spectacularly good conditions. And as an added bonus, we have the summit all to ourselves. The whole team is up here and the wind is blowing about one and a half miles per hour. And it’s extremely pleasant. [Broken] ...happens to be cloaked in clouds right now, but it’s still beautiful. We’re enjoying being up here stepping into the throat of this great volcano. We’ll let you know when we’re down safe but all is going very well now. Thank you.

RMI Guide Dave Hahn

Dave Hahn Recaps the Summit Day:
We left Barafu Camp shortly after one AM and set out for the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.  It was an absolutely splendid night for climbing as there was no wind and no cloud above.  There was also no moon, so the stars and meteors and Milky Way were prominent and mesmerizing.  At first it wasn’t terribly cold, but of course as we gained altitude and got closer to dawn we had to contend with the big chill.  We made steady progress and watched sunrise from about an hour below the crater rim.  There was still no view of Africa, other than the cloud sea far below us.  We reached Stella Point on the crater rim at 8 AM and made our way around the rim to Uhuru -the high point- by just after nine.  It was calm and comfortable up there at 19,340 ft and so we stayed for forty minutes.  Descent to Barafu took until 1 PM.  Once there we packed our gear, ate a fine lunch and at 2:30 continued our descent toward the cloud sea.  All were a little weary (understandably) but we made good progress in any event reaching Mweka Camp at 10,000 ft by 6 PM. It was quite a journey, from the ice and glaciers down through numerous transition zones to the start of the forests and jungles. The team was optimistic about sleeping straight through this night and at last conquering our collective jet lag. 

An RMI team ascending to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. Photo: RMI Collection The RMI July 26th Kilimanjaro Team on the summit of Kilimanjaro, Uhuru Peak, August 3rd.  Photo: Dave Hahn


RMI Guide Dave Hahn checks in from the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania.

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Kilimanjaro: Hahn & Team Prepare for Summit Bid at Barafu Camp

Posted by: Dave Hahn | August 02, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 15,200'

This was a relatively easy day for our team.  We had nice, warm sunshine on the tents when we rolled out for 8 AM breakfast.  As we’d become accustomed to, the world below was hidden beneath a thick blanket of cloud and the Roof of Africa was shining and clear above us.  The cloud sea rose as the day went on, but so did we, staying one jump ahead in the sunshine.  In such nice weather, there seemed to be no hurry, so Eliepende led our crew at a leisurely four-hour pace.  We’d left 13,100 ft Karanga Camp at 9 AM and we cruised into 15,200 ft Barafu Camp at 1 PM.  After a fine lunch and an inspiring discussion of our summit plans and preparations, the gang retired for a couple of quiet hours resting in the tents.  We’re doing a 5 o’clock dinner so as to have plenty of rest before our insanely early departure for the top. 

The evening is still calm and clear and we have high hopes for success.

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

An RMI team as they leave Karanga Camp, Kilimanjaro. Photo: Dave Hahn Our high camp on Kilimanjaro, perched at 15,000' on Kilimanjaro's side. Photo: Jeff Martin

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Recent Images From Kilimanjaro

  • The Kilimanjaro August 16th team at the Ngorongoro Crater.  Photo: Seth Waterfall
  • Looking down into the Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania.  Photo: Seth Waterfall
  • Members of the RMI Kilimanjaro August 16th team exploring Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania.  Photo: Seth Waterfall
  • Elephants in Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania.  Photo: Seth Waterfall
  • An RMI Team descending from Mweka Camp to the trail head at the end of their Kilimanjaro climb.  Photo: Jeff Martin
  • Climbers descending from High Camp on Kilimanjaro to Mweka Camp, 10,000 ft.  Photo: Dave Hahn
  • Sunrise at 18,000' on Kilimanjaro. Photo: Casey Grom
  • Sunrise on a Kilimanjaro summit day. Photo: RMI Collection
  • Team Members on the summit of Kilimanjaro, Tanzania on August 23rd.  Photo: Seth Waterfall
  • High Camp on Kilimanjaro, Barafu Camp, at 15,000 ft.  Photo: Jeff Martin
  • Climbers on the RMI August 16th Mt. Kilimanjaro Expedition at approximately 15,000 ft.  Photo: Seth Waterfall
  • The summit of Kilimanjaro as seen from the trail to Barafu Camp, high camp.  Photo: Seth Waterfall
  • Climbers ascending the Barranco Wall on Kilimanjaro en route to Karanga Camp.  Photo: RMI Collection
  • An RMI Team camped at Karanga Valley Camp on Kilimanjaro.  Photo: RMI Collection
  • 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