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Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team Return to Lodge after Successful Summit

We did it! Yesterday we had a wonderful albeit long day climbing to the "Roof of Africa". The team woke at the enjoyable hour of 11pm to thankfully clear skies after a very cloudy evening that had us wondering the lay ahead. We had a brief midnight breakfast of porridge, tea and coffee before hitting the trail right around 12am. We climbed in hour increments with 10-15 breaks in between, which we've been doing every day thus far. The weather was very calm allowing us to take our time and not feel too cold which we were very thankful for. The climb took about 7 1/2 hours to reach the top, and thankfully the sun had risen shortly before reaching the top to help warm us and boost morale after climbing through the night. Once there, we hugged each other, enjoyed the view and took plenty of pictures while we waited in line to get our photos of the sign that adorns the summit, as it was a pretty busy day up there. It was a true test of endurance for most of the crew, and I'm really proud of everyone. We descended back to high camp, had a quick lunch, repacked and continued further down the mountain to our final camp on the mountain, where we had dinner and then headed to bed for some well deserved sleep. Today we woke at 7am feeling good, had breakfast, then enjoyed a goodbye song and dance from our gracious crew of porters, cooks, and local guides numbering 42. We finished the little celebration by handing out their well deserved tips and then hit the trail one last time. It took a little over three hours to reach the park gate where the team had lunch then hopped aboard our awaiting bus for the ride back to the lodge. Finally we are all safe and sound, and a little cleaner after an amazing seven-day journey up and down Kilimanjaro. The team is currently relaxing and looking forward to Safari which starts tomorrow! RMI Guide Casey Grom and a happy Kilimanjaro crew too

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Judge Junell is an inspiration.  70th at Karanga.  Wow!
Nat and John from Kili 2023 say excelsior!
Let’s get the band back together.

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