Kilimanjaro: Teams Returns to the Dik Dik After Successful Climb

Posted by: Jeff Martin | February 03, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Hello from the Dik Dik Hotel,

We are off the mountain with a very successful climb behind us. We all went to bed pretty early last night after the long day of climbing, and fell asleep immediately. It was the kind of deep sleep that only comes after being up for almost 24 hours,  being active for most of it, and finishing a goal that has been months in the making.
When we woke up, it was time to pack up camp one last time and head to the park gate. The team was ready to go by 7:45 and 2 1/2 hours later we were signing the registration book at the end of the trail.
The entire team made it to Uhuru Peak on Kilimanjaro so each of us received the gold summit certificate from the National Park. After our celebration ceremony with our guides, camp staff, and porters, we loaded up and drove to our hotel. As soon as we got off the bus, it was time for that long awaited shower and clean clothes. The afternoon went by quickly as we unpacked all our mountain gear and shifted our focus on the packing for the next part of our adventure, a 4-day safari. We leave early tomorrow for Lake Manyara, the first stop on our safari.
We had no communications at Mweka camp last night and we were dying to know who won the Super Bowl. It wasn’t until the gate when we found out that the Seahawks won it big. What a great news. Finally Seattle can claim a victory!

Best regards,
RMI Guide Jeff Martin

An RMI team descending from Mweka Camp.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Conor, congratulations from all your ConMet buddies! Have fun on the next phase of your visit.

Posted by: John Hodge on 2/4/2014 at 8:07 am

Congratulations to all!!  It’s been exciting to follow your progress through this blog and I’m hoping the updates will continue through the safari segment, too.  Can’t wait to give you a celebratory hug in person, Barrie, but you have more adventures ahead before we see you here in Richmond.  Enjoy the “high” you must be feeling even as you continue your travels at lower altitudes!!!
Debbie Trainer

Posted by: Debbie Trainer on 2/3/2014 at 2:15 pm

Well done, Team!!!
And I hope that the SeaHawks pounding victory pleased more of you than just Jeff!!
(We here in Richmond have taken quite an interest because Russell Wilson went to school just down the street from us- So the Seahawks has a major bicoastal fan base!)

Enjoy the safari!

Posted by: Dana Marie Buchanan on 2/3/2014 at 12:43 pm

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