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Kilimanjaro: The Kilimanjaro Family Climb Ascends The Barranco Wall

Posted by: Peter Whittaker, Seth Waterfall | October 11, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 13,000'

The Kilimanjaro Family Climb climbed the Barranco Wall today, traversing beneath the southern side of Kilimanjaro to reach their camp at Karanga Valley. Climber John Dorn describes today’s climb in the video dispatch:

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Kilimanjaro: Peter Whittaker and the Kilimanjaro Family Climb Set New Altitude Records

Posted by: | October 10, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 12,800'

The Kilimanjaro Family Climb departed Shira Plateau today, passing Lava Tower - and setting a few new personal altitude records along the way - before reaching Barranco Camp beneath Kilimanjaro‘s Southern Breach Wall. Watch the video dispatch of today’s climb:

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Kilimanjaro: Peter Whittaker and the Kilimanjaro Family Climb Ascend To The Shira Plateau

Posted by: Peter Whittaker, Seth Waterfall | October 09, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 12,300'

The Kilimanjaro Family Climb reached Shira Camp at 12,300’ on the Shira Plateau today. The team checks in with an update on the ascent in today’s video dispatch:

RMI Guides Peter Whittaker and Seth Waterfall

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Kilimanjaro: Peter Whittaker and the Kilimanjaro Family Climb Reach Machame Camp

Posted by: | October 08, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 9,800'

The Kilimanjaro Family Climb began the ascent today, climbing through the rainforest on Kilimanjaro‘s lower slopes to reach Machame Camp at 9,800’. Check out their video dispatch below.

RMI Guides Peter Whittaker & Seth Waterfall

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Kilimanjaro: Peter Whittaker and the Kilimanjaro Family Climb Ready in Africa

Posted by: Peter Whittaker, Seth Waterfall | October 07, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

The Kilimanjaro Family Climb arrived in Tanzania and spent the day making final preparations and packing their gear for their departure on to the mountain tomorrow morning. Check out their video dispatch below.

RMI Guides Peter Whittaker & Seth Waterfall

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Kilimanjaro: Hahn’s Team Ends with a Roar

Posted by: Dave Hahn | September 27, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Kikoti Camp was perfect last night. The team was refreshed and happy as we set out on our final day. Our course took us back through Tarangire National Park where we saw three young lionesses, a hunting leopard, a couple hundred elephants of all sizes, a thousand zebras and a heck of a lot of outstanding birds.  By midday we’d left the park and were on the road to Arusha.  Back at the lush and relaxing grounds of the Dik Dik Hotel, we rested, repacked and got ready to go our separate ways.  We enjoyed a last dinner and a few more laughs together before jumping into the bus for the airport.  Until next climb…

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RMI Guide Dave Hahn

Kikoti Camp. Photo: RMI Collection An elephant in Tarangire National Park. Photo: Jeff Martin

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Mt. Kilimanjaro: Hahn & Team Explore Tarangire National Park

Posted by: Dave Hahn | September 26, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

We explored the sixth largest national park in Tanzania today.  Tarangire is a year-round, dependable water-source for thousands of elephants.  We saw families big and small of pachyderms, but also wildebeest, zebra, giraffe, gazelles and antelope.  The birders in the team wee kept quite busy ID-ing “new” flappers.  We roamed the savanna for hours with each former climber standing half out the open back of a land-cruiser, looking hard for the next stunning wildlife display.  The land we explored is essentially a wide-open baobab forest cut by a number of rivers.  Up one of those giant baobabs we spied a cat… upon closer inspection that cat -a large civet- turned out to be dead.  This got us looking a bit closer at the other branches of the humongous tree, where finally we discovered a sleeping leopard.  We tried to imagine the strength and skill that had gone into this leopard making a kill and then dragging his kill in his teeth while climbing twenty feet vertically up the wall-like trunk of a tree.  He’d stashed the kill in a fork well off the ground to keep scavengers from bothering it while he… Or she… Took a well deserved nap.
At the end of the day, we exited the park and made a short drive to Kikoti Camp… A comfortable lodge just east of the park boundary.  We watched Maasai tribesmen start a fire without matches and then perform a welcome dance for us. We joined in, eventually, in trying to jump higher.
We’ll get a little more chance to see wildlife in the morning on the way back through the park.
Hard to believe that we’ll begin our final day together.

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

Exploring the giant baobab trees of Tarangire National Park.  Photo: Dave Hahn Maasai tribesmen start a fire without matches at the Kikoti Camp.  Photo: Dave Hahn Tarangire National Park, Tanzania.  Photo: Dave Hahn

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Mt. Kilimanjaro: Hahn & Team Enjoy a Slower Pace As They Begin on Safari

Posted by: Dave Hahn | September 24, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Talk about shifting gears… we went from climbing to cruising, just like that.  Today we got on the road shortly after 8 AM and briefly toured the outskirts of Arusha before heading out across the Rift Valley of Tanzania.  Our goal for the day was a tour of the the Lake Manyara National Park.  To get there we traveled in two modified land rovers, gazing out the windows at Masai tribesmen and their animal herds along the highway.  We reached the park at about noon and had a relaxing lunch under the big trees, keeping an eye peeled on the surrounding forest for whichever beasts might also be contemplating lunch.  As it turned out, there were just a few monkeys and birds checking us out.  After lunch, we toured the park’s dirt roads, checking out giraffes, baboons, zebras, wildebeest and warthogs.  We spied a couple of elephants and plenty of exotic birds, but we didn’t see big cats or hippos.  There is always tomorrow… which for us is an expedition to the Ngorongoro Crater.  Tonight though, is not to be rushed.  An evening at the luxurious and tranquil Plantation Lodge.  We’ll get in our open topped safari vehicles again at the crack of dawn, hunting for big game.

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RMI Guide Dave Hahn

Game viewing in Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Mt. Kilimanjaro: Hahn & Team Reach Mweka Gate

Posted by: Dave Hahn | September 23, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Hard to believe we were at 10,000’ in the “Giant Heather Zone” just this morning.  We had a big blue sky overhead, which hasn’t been exactly common on this trip.  It rained at some point in the night, cleaning the dust out of the air and making everything fresh and new.  After breakfast, we watched as our 57-man support team sang and danced through an excellent song about our shared adventure.  We were once again amazed at the talents of our porters, cooks, guides and camp staff.  The morning hike down 4000’ to the Mweka Gate of Kilimanjaro National Park was easy, by our standards.  We quickly got into the forest zone and the big trees and listened to birds singing as we walked.  We reached the end of our climbing trip by mid-morning and were amazed and surprised to sit down to a fine outdoor picnic set up for us at the park gate.  The ride back down through Moshi and along the highway toward Arusha kept each of us glued to the windows, gazing at people, shops, farms and Tanzania in general.  Coming back to the Dik Dik Hotel was quite relaxing.  We were greeted as friends by the staff and made very welcome.  It was an afternoon of showers and catching up with the electronic world.  Our victory dinner was a chance to take stock of the trip so far and an opportunity to say goodbye to Richard and Kurenai who will fly out tomorrow as the rest of us go on safari.

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

The RMI September 14th Kilimanjaro team descending from Barafu Camp (high camp) to Mweka Camp.  Photo: Dave Hahn

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Mt. Kilimanjaro: Making Their Summit Attempt

Posted by: Dave Hahn | September 22, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 10,000'

As planned, the climbing team was up at midnight and on the trail shortly after 1 AM.  There were stars and a big bright moon, but plenty of clouds as well.  It was tough to know just what we could expect in the weather department.  Yesterday afternoon and evening had produced a couple of inches of new snow on the ground, starting just uphill from our camp.  We set out walking in it.  The best thing was that there was no wind.  We made pretty good time, stopping roughly every hour to rest.  Predictably, it was tough going.  It was dark, unrelentingly steep, and progressively colder as we ascended.  We were breaking altitude records for a number of the team.  But we had extremely good and capable help from our guide team.  Freddy Kileo’s crew of Vendelin, Francis, Eliapenda and Kundasai, along with Oswald, really came through.  Everyone felt challenged by the climb, but the team rallied in the face of all the difficulty and discomfort.  We pulled up onto Stella Point on the crater rim just at sunrise, which was stunning.  But at Stella, we also got hit with some pretty mean wind gusts.  We pushed on toward Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa, and conditions improved.  We weren’t alone up there on this beautiful day, but we weren’t paying too much attention to other teams.  There was excitement and pride in the fact that our entire team had made it to the top.  We shot some happy pics and shook hands and hugged.  Chris and Jeffrey Hendricks celebrated their one year anniversary on the summit.
We didn’t spend too long at 19,340 ft above sea level. It was cold and we wanted to get down to more abundant oxygen.  Leaving the top at 7:30, we were back down to Barafu Camp by 10:30.  We brunched, packed our bags and got on the trail again.  In the course of the afternoon we dropped another 5,000 vertical feet to 10,000 at the Mweka Camp.  We are back in the giant heather zone and looking forward to finishing the descent tomorrow. 

Best Regards
RMI Guides Dave Hahn

An RMI Team en route to the summit of Kilimanjaro, Tanzania (19,340 ft) Looking up toward the summit of Kilimanjaro, Uhuru Peak.  Photo: Dave Hahn

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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