Kilimanjaro: Team Ascends the Great Barranco Wall

Posted by: Casey Grom | February 15, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 13,000'

We enjoyed tea in our tents just before 7 am and had another enjoyable breakfast of fresh fruit, eggs and toast. We then hit the trail shortly after 8 and made good time up the Barranco wall. This wall is about 1,000’ high and is the steepest part of the entire climb requiring hands in a few places to assist us up a few steep steps. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the challenge and change of the new terrain. It was amazing to watch the porters easily navigate this terrain with their loads carefully balanced on their heads. We made good time and arrived in a little over 4 hours to our new home sitting at just over 13,000’.
We are incredibly thankfully to all of our porters and crew who have been working so hard to keep us well feed and comfortable thus far.
Looking forward to moving to our high camp tomorrow.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew.

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Looking fabulous - can’t wait to hear about the summit tomorrow - very soon!


Posted by: Leslie on 2/16/2013 at 8:11 am

What a fabulous adventure!  We can’t wait to hear all about it.  Take in the sunrise for us. We will be thinking about you and the team.
Nancy & Tal

Posted by: Nancy on 2/16/2013 at 7:11 am

Hi Maria and Peter

looks a lot like Purple Cafe right there!  Tracking your progress - looks and sounds fun! 


Posted by: sue on 2/16/2013 at 5:54 am

Woo-hoo, Mom!  Summit tomorrow.  Way to go!

Your favorite daughter,

Posted by: Shawn Gunnin on 2/15/2013 at 6:31 pm

Holley!!! I miss you! Hope you are having fun!

Posted by: DIANE on 2/15/2013 at 3:55 pm

Yeah! Holley and Cindy on front row! We miss you guys! Love you! Your TOH family!

Posted by: Julie on 2/15/2013 at 3:19 pm

Looking good Mom!!!

Mom, Lindsey, and Lucy

Posted by: Calder Clan on 2/15/2013 at 3:08 pm

Holley- Love the Zoot sandals!


Posted by: Amy Craft on 2/15/2013 at 2:49 pm


You’re looking pretty relaxed there!  You seem to be evolving into an “authentic mountain man” who thrives in thinner air and higher altitudes.  Enjoy yourself!


Posted by: Fred Klingbeil on 2/15/2013 at 12:14 pm

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