Mt. Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team Enjoy First Night on the Mountain

Posted by: Casey Grom | August 21, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 12,200'

Hello all
Most everyone slept well last night and we started the day with our wonderful support staff bring us hot tea and warm washing water to our tent this morning. We had nice breakfast of fresh fruit, fried eggs and of course plenty of fresh coffee.
We hit the trail today on Mt. Kilimanjaro around 8am and climbed up a moderately narrow ridge that lead all the way up to the Shira Plateau where we traversed into camp. It was mostly cloudy today which didn’t allow for many views but did make for some really nice hiking temperatures. The team made good progress today on the rocky trail pausing only for some porters to pass and of course taking a break every hour for water and snacks.
We are currently resting in camp enjoying the warmth of the sun and taking in our first views of Kilimanjaro.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

The climb from Machame Camp to the Shira Plateau on Kilimanjaro.  Photo: RMI Collection Hiking the Shira Plateau, Kilimanjaro.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Hi Chris… It must be so exciting at this point. How are the legs holding out? Im so happy for all of you. Sleep well you’ll need it for tomorrow. Sailing with Rob was a blast and Brian is watching you climb from the beaches in California. Tread on.


Posted by: Tom on 8/24/2013 at 2:26 pm

Hey Michael and Bruce,Ttake some good photos so we can enlarge them. Use a tripod and don’t cut off your feet!! Love you and miss you. Stay safe. Love Mom

Posted by: Joyce on 8/21/2013 at 6:03 pm

Katie, Michael, Bruce, Jess and Chris.  Hey Kili Trekkers ...congratulations on making it to 12,000 ft. We are following you on the blog, and Grandma Marilyn is having fun using her iphone to read about your journey. Other news… Jess Brown left for Duke today and had to get towed by AAA from Richmond to Durham with a mattress on the roof!!!

Posted by: Joyce on 8/21/2013 at 5:50 pm

Hey Steve, Nice pic of first day. Looks like you might be the senior member. Hope all continues to go well. I am envious and proud. Stay safe and enjoy.
Love, Pops

Posted by: wally on 8/21/2013 at 4:22 pm

Dear Chris, Jessie and the Friedman family…Sounds like you’re all doing well and making some good headway up the mountain!!  That’s great!! We’re thinking about you and sending good thoughts your way!
Love Joanie and Dad

Posted by: Joanie and Dad on 8/21/2013 at 12:12 pm

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