Mt. Kilimanjaro: Team Ascends the Barranco Wall

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | August 22, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 13,000'

Jambo from Mt. Kilimanjaro!  We are on the trail.  Last night was wonderful at Barranco camp and this morning we slept in a bit before heading up the wall.  The climbing was great and the group did very well.  We can see the upper mountain glaciers and the high camp.  We are getting close to our goal!

We are now at our Karanga Valley Camp.  The team did great on the trail into camp.  We had a great lunch here and have been relaxing this afternoon.  Everyone is psyched for the trip to high camp tomorrow morning.

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An RMI Team camped at Karanga Valley Camp on Kilimanjaro.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Everyone should be at camp by now resting and getting ready for the final push.  I’m very hopeful everyone can make it.  I’ll be thinking about you all a lot tonight.  Best of luck!!!

Posted by: Rusty on 8/23/2014 at 4:14 am

So proud of you Josh. It’s great to see every step of the journey through these reports.  We are bubbling with excitement for you here on the home front- everyone we see asking your report.  Enjoy every moment- breathe deep- take it all in!  Much love!

Posted by: Kristen on 8/22/2014 at 10:15 pm

Hey Granps (Roger Rathburn),
I hope all is going well on your trip. Looks like a fun time based off the website.
Stay safe and keep your head up :)

Posted by: Matt on 8/22/2014 at 4:14 pm

If I’m right, The Kil-Crew will make a small trek tomorrow.  Then take a short sleep, get up at Midnight and leave at 1:00am.  That means they will be heading out at 6:00pm EDT on Saturday.  I’ll be thinking of you all a lot Saturday evening.  Onward and Upward!

Posted by: Rusty on 8/22/2014 at 1:21 pm

Three cheers for the team and Roger! I think of you all often and how proud you all make us feel! Roger, do we have to make this a family tradition? You certainly set the bar high for goals to accomplish.

Posted by: Marcy on 8/22/2014 at 11:38 am

Thinking of you dad! I still can’t believe that you are doing this for real!!! You are in the home stretch. Wishing you all a great climb.

Posted by: Robyn on 8/22/2014 at 10:25 am

Sending good thoughts to the team.  Hope you’ll have sweeping views on the summit.

Posted by: Sandy O on 8/22/2014 at 8:30 am

The end is in sight and hardest part yet to come. Thinking of you as you trek on. Take care.. Seth thank you for keeping us informed.. Roger we are all rooting for you.  CB

Posted by: Cam on 8/22/2014 at 8:14 am

I think about the “Kil-Crew” every morning when I get up.  Knowing that you’re 7 hours ahead, I know you’re somewhere in the middle of your daily trek.  Summit-Sunday is Oh-So close.  With the anxiety and excitement I’m feeling for everyone, I feel like I’m there.  Roger, keep pushing.  I’m sure this is the toughest thing you’ve done in your entire life.  The toughest thing at age 75 is pretty darned cool.

Posted by: Rusty on 8/22/2014 at 7:24 am

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