Kilimanjaro: Martin & Team Arrive at Machame Camp

Posted by: | July 28, 2011
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 9,800'

Greetings from Machame Camp,

We had an early departure from the Dik Dik Hotel this morning and arrived at the Park gate at 10:00 a.m.  There were only two other groups registering at the same time, so the process went very quickly and we were walking by 10:30 a.m.  We had been skeptical all morning long and thought for sure that we would be walking in the rain, but by the time we put our packs on, it was only misting.  And by the time we made it to camp, it was all sunshine.  The trail through the cloud forest has seen a lot of work over the last year and trail conditions could not have been better.  We also had the trail to ourselves which is a rarity on this popular route.  As we ascended through the cloud forest, we spotted some black monkeys in the canopy above.

We made it to camp in 5 hours total today and had plenty of time to enjoy the afternoon sun.  After a little rest and some popcorn, we rolled right into dinner. The team is looking and feeling strong tonight.  Tomorrow, we head up to our next camp at the Shira Plateau.

RMI Guide Jeff Martin

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Hi Rusty!

I hope you and Sarah are having a wonderful time ascending the mountain.  Be safe and enjoy every minute of this amazing once in a lifetime experience.  I can’t wait to see your photos and hear all about your wonderful travels.

Posted by: Nancy Guntly on 7/29/2011 at 12:07 pm

I think you all know how fortunate you are to be ascending Kili. My admiration of Kili grew out of my friends Rusty and Sara’s planned climb. Having learned so much I feel I should be climbing with you all. I wish you all great health and great strength!. Soak up every inch, scent and sound. Let the mountain pull you up with its amazing beauty.  Eat,Pray,Climb!
Gummi Worm Man

Posted by: gummi worm man on 7/28/2011 at 12:04 pm

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