Mt. Kilimanjaro: Team Summits and Descends to Mweka Camp

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | August 24, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 19,340'

Summit Day is a wrap!  We started our day with a midnight wakeup and a lite ‘breakfast’ of cakes and cookies.  Everyone was ready quickly and we hit the trail at 12:45.  The moonless night gave us great stargazing as we ascended the many twists and turns of the summit route and while there was no wind it was very chilly before sunrise.  As we neared the crater rim a crescent moon, Venus and Mercury all came up just before the sun.  That was a spectacular sight.  Everyone went on to Uhuru Peak (19,340’) where we had several waves of summit photos.  The descent of the summit cone was as smooth as can be and everyone was back in camp before 10 AM.

Now we have reached Mweka, our last camp on Kilimanjaro.  The team did great coming down in what turned out to be tough conditions.  Sunny skies gave way to thunder showers as soon as we left Barafu.  This turned the trail slick with mud and wet stones but everyone just buckled down and dispatched with the task of getting down.  We made good time and have just finished a great lunch in camp.

Tomorrow we hit the trail for the final leg of our trip.  We will drop down to the national park gate, check out, and head back to the Dik Dik Hotel for the night.  Everyone is looking forward to starting the next phase of our adventure… safari!

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

Climbers descending from High Camp on Kilimanjaro to Mweka Camp, 10,000 ft.  Photo: Dave Hahn

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall checks in from High Camp after the group returns from the summit of Kilimanjaro.

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Yay, Roger!  You did it!  What an amazing accomplishment!  We are so thrilled for you and can’t wait to heard your mountain climbing stories.  Hope the next part of your adventure is relaxing and unforgettable!  Safe travels

Posted by: Susan on 8/25/2014 at 1:44 pm

What a spectacular adventure!!! Thanks you Seth and the entire team for helping us reach the summit in record time! Congratulations to the Team!!!

Posted by: Seth Casden on 8/25/2014 at 6:18 am

congrats to you Roger.  I think that is great.

Posted by: Reg Taylor on 8/25/2014 at 6:08 am

Way to go Roger. So glad you did it. Rest up and enjoy the safari.  Cam

Posted by: Cam on 8/25/2014 at 5:41 am

Whoot Whoot!  Just got official word that Roger did summit!  Congrats to Roger and the whole team!  I’m so, so happy for all!

Posted by: Rusty on 8/25/2014 at 2:53 am

George-congrats for making it to the top

Posted by: Bob Brannan on 8/24/2014 at 11:15 am

Way to go Josh, amazing.  View from the summit looks like you are at the foot of God!

Posted by: Mark wilson on 8/24/2014 at 10:31 am

Oh the Safari and hotel. I bet you can’t wait! A nice shower and a bed. The simple things to appreciate after an amazing experience as yours. Enjoy every minute. Congrats.
“I love you dad! I’m so proud of you. xoxo

Posted by: Robyn on 8/24/2014 at 9:54 am

So stoked!  What an epic star gazing adventure- we can’t wait to see the photos!

Posted by: Kristen & Kids on 8/24/2014 at 9:43 am

So, so amazing!!  Each one of you deserves a big pat on the back.  I know we all can’t wait to hear the details of your incredible journey.

Posted by: Sandy O and the 3 amigos on 8/24/2014 at 8:54 am

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