Kilimanjaro: Team Members Reach New Altitude

Posted by: Mark Tucker | July 26, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 12,800'

Mark Tucker checking in from the Barranco Camp, situated at 12,992’ on Mt. Kilimanjaro.  We had great conditions for our hike today.  Sunny and a little bit of clouds down in the low lands.  Our conditions were just perfect.  Everyone on the team, except for myself, had record breaking altitudes.  We got up to 15,272’ was our high point and then descended back to his camp at 12,900’. 

It is a wonderful night out.  A little breezy, clear and lots of stars.  A half moon is illuminating quite a bit of snow cover up there on the summit, not the true summit but up to about 18,500’.  A really pretty night tonight, that we are all enjoying.
We had a birthday celebration, one of our team members Carlos, turned 50 today.  So, we had a cake, candles and the local staff did a sing-song and a beautiful red-rose covered card all signed by the team.  He had quite a day.

We are staring at the Barranco Wall which is our challenge in the morning.  It is more intimidating than the actual effort it takes to climb it.  It is usually one of the more fun parts of the whole climb.  [Call connection lost]

Well, checking back in had a dropped call there.  On a satellite phone here so sometimes it does that.
The team wanted to give a shout out a big “hello” to everyone back home.  Everyone is doing just fine.  Rumor has it there have been some comments made to the Blog site which we are unable to check.  But we look forward to taking a look at them when we get back to some computer access.  Much appreciated by everybody sending their best wishes.  Thanks for following.  We will be in touch.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

The view of Kilimanjaro from Barranco Camp.  Photo: RMI Collection

RMI Guide Mark Tucker checks in from Barranco Camp on Kilimanjaro.

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