Mt. Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team Ascend the Barranco Wall

Posted by: Casey Grom | August 23, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 13,000'

Hello again everyone,

Day 4 started much like yesterday, luckily for us, with clouds below and clear skies above. Looming above camp was our first major obstacle of the climb, the 1,000’ high Barranco wall, the only real technical part of this climb. Looking straight at it one would think its nearly unclimbable but thankfully for us there is a faint climbers trail that bobs and weaves it way via a series of ledges and steps safely to the top. Everyone did fantastic and thoroughly enjoyed the challenge and were amazed watching the porters navigate this terrain with their loads still balanced on their heads.
Once on top of the wall we took a nice break to enjoy the views and snap a few pictures. The rest of the trail was mostly a traverse with spectacular views of the last few glaciers that cover the southern side of Kilimanjaro.
We arrived in camp right around noon and had a quick lunch then retired to our tents for a little rest.
All is well!

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

A team of climbers ascending the Barranco Wall, Kilimanjaro.  Photo: Seth Waterfall RMI's Karanga Camp at 13,000ft on Mt. Kilimanjaro.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Hey Steve and Brian! Been following your progress all week. If I’m getting it straight, tonight is the night! So good luck and enjoy every minute of it! You guys rock.

Posted by: Dave L on 8/24/2013 at 8:18 am

Chris and Jesse!!
You are almost at the top!!!  You go girls!  What an awesome journey for the two of you to be experiencing together.  Stay strong and enjoy the view!  Love you guys and cannot wait to hear about this amazing adventure.
Chris - You sure know how to celebrate your birthday! Woohoo! 

Posted by: Karen on 8/24/2013 at 6:58 am

Hey Chambos!

Sam: I wish you good luck on the rest of the mountain. I hope you are having fun!
I love you Chambos!

Connor: Stay in good shape, Chambos!  When you come down the mountain, come tell us all about it.

Me: C’moan wid it. Yeat!

Posted by: Sam and Connor on 8/24/2013 at 4:50 am

In my book.. Michael Friedman = RG-III!!! We love MF! Home stretch .. Get those girls to the top… N home safe n sound!!! Gods speed!!! Ilu guys, poppy

Posted by: karl on 8/24/2013 at 2:52 am

Getting ready for that summit photo. Can’t wait to see all the DUKE paraphernalia that you’re probably carrying for the alumni shot at the top. Enjoy the last leg of the trek. Love you. Mom

Posted by: Joyce on 8/23/2013 at 7:51 pm

Hi Chris…. I hope your hearing from us on a daily basis. I miss you so much and cant wait to hear from your first hand accts of this incredible journey. It looks like your about half way there. Good for you were all very proud of the entire team. Im going sailing tomorrow with Robert and will be thinking of you always.
Tread on.
Love, Tom

Posted by: Tom on 8/23/2013 at 7:14 pm

Bruce, Tim, Katy, Michael:
Really enjoying the blog and the pictures.  Sounds like you all are in great shape and appreciative of the beauty of the mountain.  Take lots of pictures.  We are ready to host a cookout on your return.  Souvenir mug for Amy? 
Best, Amy and Randy

Posted by: Amy on 8/23/2013 at 6:47 pm

Hi Chris and Jessie—hope you’re feeling on top of the world.  What an incredible journey!
I can’t wait to hear of your tales.
I will never complain about walking a few blocks. 
You guys are the champions!

Posted by: Merle on 8/23/2013 at 6:32 pm

Hi Chris and Jessie and the rest of the gang….Looks like today was challenging.  The photo with the tents looks like you’re on another planet!  Wild!  Hope you’re staying strong and feeling good.  Remember, it’s the journey, not the destination…and what a journey it’s been!  Love you!  Susan

Posted by: Susan D'Avanzo on 8/23/2013 at 4:28 pm

Jess, hope you and mom made it to the top!  It looks beautiful, you must be having the time of your lives.  I look forward to hearing the details when you return to civilization!  Oh, can you pick me up a Kilimanjaro coffee mug or foam finger at the summit gift shop?  : )  Love you and can’t wait to talk with you next week! 


Posted by: Dennis on 8/23/2013 at 11:22 am

Mandy!!! Hope you made it up to summit safe today! Are all anxiously waiting in Ohio!!!!


Posted by: Brandon on 8/23/2013 at 10:22 am

Chambos! You’ll kick butt on the ski slopes this year with all this healthy living…but just maybe we can “take you down” after this trip since you’ll be out of practice. :)

Ann - I’ve been keeping your mom updated!  She sounds great! 


Posted by: Meg Fenderson on 8/23/2013 at 9:42 am

Dear Chris and Jessie…You’re on the final leg of your journey!!!  We hope you’re both feeling well and can make it up to the summit tomorrow! One way or the other we’re sure it’s been an amazing journey and feat!
We love you….Joanie (Mama J) and Dad (Papa)

Posted by: Joan & Bob on 8/23/2013 at 9:35 am

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