Kilimanjaro: Casey and Team move to 12,500’

Posted by: Casey Grom | September 06, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 12,500'

Once more into the breach, dear friends.  Today was a shorter hiking day, but I thought much more technically challenging.  We ascended 2500 feet, ending up at tonight’s camp sitting at 12,500’. The road to the camp was dusty and narrow.  I personally found it difficult to maintain the pace of the group due to some stomach issues, but Eric, one of our 40 porters helped me out by carrying my sack for a spell.  I’m happy to report that I feeling much better.  The group is working very well together.  Peter and Fatima brought a high end camera and are on charge of high end shots.  Heidi and Jami are heading up the bunch and in charge of the “walking” photos.  Heidi has dual duties, in that she has to give distance and altitude reports.  Rosa is in charge of local PR with the porters.  Rick, who wanted me to give a special shout out to his two girls at home, is in charge of culinary spicing.  Kendyl and Dan are in charge of fact verification and chocolate supplies.  Me, I’m comic relief.  And Casey, he keeps us all in line and moving toward our goal.  In short, all parties are necessary and I’m glad they are here.

Looking forward to tomorrow,
Dawn & The RMI Team

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We sure are missing you but it’s great to be able to get updates while you’re gone and to see pictures.  Little One is loving her daily letters (and also the surprise of seeing what color it will be)!  She seems to enjoy the names of the places (words she’s never heard before of course) because she always repeats them back… too fun. :-)  We love you - have fun and be safe!

Posted by: Tasha on 9/7/2013 at 6:42 am

So glad you are feeling better. You ever get sick so we did not prepare for sickness! Sounds like a great group. What a laugh Kendyl taking care of chocolate…we know how that will end up! All is great here, have a wonderful time. So happy to be able to keep up with you through this blog.
Love to all. m

Posted by: Marilyn on 9/6/2013 at 6:54 pm

Thanks Dawn for the update.  Put status on FB to let friends and family know to check the blog for your update.  A fine looking group!  Looks like everyone packed their sense of humor.  Inside family traveling joke. Ask Kendyl.  Hike and Have Fun!!

Posted by: Tracy O. on 9/6/2013 at 6:15 pm

What a wonderful time, Looks like you have a great group….climb on!  Deb

Posted by: Debbi on 9/6/2013 at 6:13 pm

Heide & Jamie, love the updates. Enjoy every minute. Love you, Uncle Gary &Donna; xoxo

Posted by: Gary & Donna on 9/6/2013 at 5:18 pm

kendyl responsible for chocolate inventory a recipe for disaster

Posted by: randy on 9/6/2013 at 1:21 pm

HI DAWN!!!! Good writing. Glad to see you all still smiling. Again, missing you all. Have fun. Enjoy the trip. Dogs are fine. Houses are still here. Mail is picked up. Yards are watered. I picked up and delivered glass for you Dawn and your house is shaping up.Hugs to all.

Posted by: Tiff on 9/6/2013 at 1:12 pm

12,500’ and looking good. Culinary spicing, a talent we didn’t know you had. Happy climbing and we look forward to your next group update!

Posted by: Linda on 9/6/2013 at 11:50 am

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