Mt. Kilimanjaro: Grom and Team Prepare for the Climb

Posted by: Casey Grom | August 19, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Hello everyone and welcome to RMI Expeditions’ fourth Kilimanjaro Climb and Safari of the 2013 summer! The whole team arrived last night after some very long flights and have been comfortably resting here in Africa just outside of Arusha, Tanzania in the wonderful Dik Dik Hotel.

After catching up on some much needed sleep we started the day with a nice breakfast of fresh juices, fruits, eggs and delicious bread while watching the local monkeys play in the yard. We then had our official team meeting where we had a round of introductions and discussed the intricacies of our upcoming climb. We spent the remainder of the afternoon packing and enjoy the beautiful grounds of our hotel. We wrapped up the night with an amazing five-course meal that finished with everyone favorite: bananas and chocolate ice cream!

Everyone is doing great and we are all very excited about the adventure that lies ahead.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and Crew

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Jess… Forget Poppy’s idea about bringing the monkey home for Shorty. Look who’s left with Shorty now. I can see it being the three of us next year when your climbing again. I don’t think so ! Give mom my love and lighten her load for her. Tread on.


Posted by: Tom on 8/21/2013 at 8:20 am

Chris. And Jess- what an awesome experience!!  Thinking about you every day. What a way to celebrate a Birthday! Love you both

Posted by: Marybeth on 8/20/2013 at 4:32 pm

Chris and Jessie,
You go, girls!  Have an awesome climb.
Love, Carol

Posted by: Carol on 8/20/2013 at 4:13 pm

Hi Steve,  Nice looking picture. It appears you are the senior citizen. What a thrill. I am excited just following your progress. Take care and enjoy.
love, Pop

Posted by: Wally Beckey on 8/20/2013 at 3:58 pm

Chris, jess, MF…
hope you guys had a good first two days and today you made it 10,000 ft.. awesome! kill it! you will all be in my prayers :) love ya xoxo


Posted by: Kara on 8/20/2013 at 2:09 pm

Go Chambos!  and all you other cool, crazy hikers!

Posted by: jordo on 8/20/2013 at 8:35 am

Correction. Was any hike this summer near to what your encountering now at the early stages of the climb?

Posted by: Tom on 8/20/2013 at 6:38 am

Hi Chris….
Did all those hikes this summer pay off? Im curious if the beginning of Kili is anything near to what you are encountering now? Tread on !


Posted by: Tom on 8/20/2013 at 6:34 am

Where’s the Girl today?! :) hope you guys r surviving and having a brilliant time! You can do this Midge! Just do your best…and you win! Praying for you every minute every day! Trying to airlift chocolate covered pancakes to base camp for you!! Lol ilusb, Poppy xo

Posted by: karl on 8/20/2013 at 6:19 am

Dear Chris and Jessie…We hope your first day up MK was exhilarating!!  One step…one breathe at a time…love Joanie and Dad

Posted by: Joanie & Dad on 8/20/2013 at 5:01 am

Go Get ‘Em Chambo and Tawny!!!! (Dave and Ann Chamberlain)

Posted by: Meg Fenderson on 8/20/2013 at 4:47 am

Biffle, MF and Mama: I hope you CRUSH Kilimanjaro!! I love you all!! xoxo Jackie

Posted by: Jackie B on 8/20/2013 at 4:38 am

Chris and Jessie—thinking of you and wishing you an exciting journey. Safe travels.
Love, Merle

Posted by: Merle on 8/20/2013 at 4:20 am

Great pic everyone ....hope the climb and descent are safe and exciting for you all…will follow you with great interest ...Malcolm

Posted by: Malcolm on 8/20/2013 at 3:49 am

Good luck Christine!

Gaz x

Posted by: Gareth Baigent on 8/19/2013 at 10:21 pm

Hi Bruce and Katie,  You look terrific!  Enjoy your adventure and take lots of pictures!
All the Best,

Posted by: Sharon Clarke on 8/19/2013 at 5:23 pm

Tim, we’re excited for you—have a great time!!  Looks like a great group!

Love, Margaret Ann and Don

Posted by: Margaret Ann on 8/19/2013 at 4:15 pm

Hi Summer team Kili13,
You guys looked very psyched. Keep those smiles going. Chris my heart and prayers are with you.


Posted by: Tom on 8/19/2013 at 3:34 pm

Yoyoyo! I miss u Midget! You both look so happy!!! Awesome!!! Good luck w climb!  Micheal!!! Bring them home safe.. Peace, enjoy, embrace.. Ilu, Poppy

Posted by: karl on 8/19/2013 at 1:52 pm

Dearest Chris and Jessie…It looks like your first day in Africa was a festive one!  We’re with you one step at a time on your journey to the top of MK.
Love Joanie and Dad…love to MF and his family

Posted by: Dad & Joanie on 8/19/2013 at 1:02 pm

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