Kilimanjaro: Martin & Team Summit!

Posted by: Jeff Martin | February 16, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 19,340'

Hello from Mweka Camp,

We did it! The entire team made it to Uhuru Peak, the Roof of Africa, this morning at 7:30 am. But there were no gimmes today, we fought hard for every step. What started out as fairly decent weather when we woke up, quickly changed as we were about two hours into our climb. At first, it began snowing lightly, but the higher we climbed, the harder the snow fell. The trail was completely covered by the time we reached 18,000’. By Stella Point, the crater rim, it was blowing about 30 mph and 4-6 inches of snow had fallen. Definitely not your typical summit day. Despite the challenges of the weather, the team did great today.

We left camp at 12:50 am and were on top at 7:30 am. We only spent about 10 minutes at the summit sign, and then it was time to get back down. The fresh snow made for an interesting descent, and new snow had fallen all the way back to high camp.

After changing out of our summit gear, we re-packed our duffels and headed down to Mweka Camp, 5000’ below us. We arrived in camp just before 5:00 PM, and our 17-hour day is now over. We are all tried, but in great spirits and looking forward to a good night’s rest.

Best regards,
RMI Guide Jeff Martin

An RMI team on Kilimanjaro summit day. Photo: RMI Collection 2/16/2014 - The Portland crew on the Kilimanjaro summit.

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Way to go Boehms!

Posted by: Lindsay on 2/20/2014 at 9:48 am

When the road gets tough, the tough get going!  We bow to your efforts and successes! Enjoy the first of your celebrations and the rest of your journey!

Posted by: Rondi Saslow on 2/17/2014 at 9:00 am

Terrific!!!  That’s it - Eric gets TWO hugs this time from his mom - gang, help me out here!! haha

Posted by: Lisa Bastoni on 2/17/2014 at 8:23 am

Wahoo!!!  Strong work you guys!  So awesome!

Posted by: Trevor L on 2/16/2014 at 10:06 pm

TRacy- We are so proud of you= facing your fears and taking life by the horns. Fantastic. Can’t wait to hear all about i. Enjoy the rest of your mountain trip and the rest of Africa.

Posted by: Amy on 2/16/2014 at 7:45 pm

Congratulations! We"ll have to celebrate, Don, when you get home.

Posted by: Sandra Gardner on 2/16/2014 at 4:22 pm

YES…YOU DID IT!!! Way to go Chris, Holly, Sarah and Eric. What a great experience~You guys are awesome:)

Posted by: Cheryl on 2/16/2014 at 3:47 pm

Fantastic. The adversity will be the high light of your climb. Looking forward to hearing all about it. Hugsssss, Jackie

Posted by: Jackie Boehm on 2/16/2014 at 1:11 pm

Whooooooo hooooo,Sarah!!!!

Way to go!    Climb higher, fly further, whether literally or metaphorically!

          xoxox’s,  mom

Posted by: Marguerite Saslow on 2/16/2014 at 1:07 pm

Way to Go Tracey and the entire Team!!!

Posted by: Dale on 2/16/2014 at 11:38 am

Congrats Tracey, Sarah, Chris, Holly, and Eric!!  Way to go!  Now comes Yellowstone on steroids intermixed with awesome lodging and food.  Yeah, it’s rough ;-)  Have a great rest of your trip!

Posted by: Conor C on 2/16/2014 at 11:23 am

Don:  I couldn’t be prouder of you!  I can’t wait to hear about it.

Posted by: Connie on 2/16/2014 at 10:01 am

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