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Kilimanjaro: Justman & Team Start Descent

Posted by: JJ Justman | August 13, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 15,200'

Hey, everyone. This is JJ Justman calling from Kilimanjaro with Team Orlando. Sorry for the summit call way up high; it was havoc. There were a ton of people and for some reason they all wanted to hoot and holler and have a big party while I was trying to send my dispatch. We had a great summit day today; the team did just a fantastic job. Actually, I’ve had all the great climbs here on Kilimanjaro but this team just did an incredible job getting up and down in style. We’re back at Barafu Camp, the high camp here at 15,000’. We’re actually packing up and we’re heading down to what we call Mweka Camp at 10,000’ and that’s going to be our last night in the mountains, in the forests here of Kilimanjaro and then we’re heading out tomorrow back to the hotel. Everyone says hello to friends and family. Again, everyone reach the summit today. There’s no doubt it’s a great way to do this climb. And we’re now looking at our next objective of just kind of resting, relaxing, having a little bit of a fiesta, and then heading onto safari. So we’ll stay in touch with all of you. Stay tuned tomorrow, I’ll send a bunch of summit photos and we’ll talk to you again from Tanzania. Take care everyone.

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Kilimanjaro: Waterfall & Team Are Off the Mountain

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | August 12, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Greetings from the Dik Dik Hotel. We are all off the mountain safe and sound.
This morning we woke up with the sun just before 7. After some crepes and porridge for breakfast we hit the trail. It was a little slick and muddy from the rain yesterday but everyone was motivated to get down to the trailhead so it didn’t slow us down. Once we reached the road it was drizzling so we just jumped in the truck and drove back to the hotel.
Now we are taking turns showering, having lunch and packing for safari. Tomorrow morning the second phase of the trip starts, but tonight we are going to celebrate a great time on Kilimanjaro.
Here is a summit pic from yesterday.

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Seth Waterfall and his Kilimanjaro team on the summit! Photo: Seth Waterfall

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Kilimanjaro: Justman & Team Prepare for Summit Bid

Posted by: JJ Justman | August 12, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 15,200'

Hey, everyone. This is JJ Justman with Team Orlando here on Kilimanjaro. We’re at high camp at the Barafu Camp at 15,200 feet.  Everyone is doing really, really well.  We had a nice day to get up here to high camp.  We are hydrating, resting, taking it easy, organizing gear. Weather is looking very nice. Some happy clouds here in the late afternoon, and we are really looking forward to a beautiful summit day tomorrow.  So stay tuned, and we will hopefully, keeping the fingers crossed, which I’m thinking things are going to be great. We are all going to be standing on top of Kilimanjaro. We’ll give you a call from the summit.  Take care everyone.  Thanks for following along.

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The trail leading to High Camp on Kilimanjaro. Photo: Jeff Martin The tents lit up at Barafu Camp for a midnight start on the summit bid. Photo: RMI Collection


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Kilimanjaro: Justman & Team Conquer the Barranco Wall

Posted by: JJ Justman | August 11, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 13,000'

Hey, this is JJ Justman. We are checking in from Karanga Camp here at 13,000+ feet on Kilimanjaro with Team Orlando. We’re doing great. We’re heading to high camp tomorrow. We had a beautiful day of climbing the Barranco Wall, which was pretty exciting. Actually the team is bummed that some of the rock scrambling and a little exposure is over, but everyone is feeling great!

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An RMI team climbing the Barranco Wall. Photo: RMI Collection Karanga Camp on Kilimanjaro, Africa. Photo: RMI Collection


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Kilimanjaro: Waterfall & Team Summit!

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | August 11, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 19,340'

Jambo! The group is all down at 10,000’ at our last camp. The weather was great for our summit push but we walked into a misty cloud above camp. It’s drizzling a little as I type this.
We started our climb with an 11:30PM wake up call and 12:30AM departure. There wasn’t much wind all night but we did get a little chilly. We hit the crater rim just before sunrise and watched the sun come up from just below the summit. After our summit pics the team descended well and we were back in camp before 10:00. Tomorrow we have a few hours of hiking in the morning and then back to the Dik Dik Hotel.

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Sunrise on a Kilimanjaro summit day. Photo: RMI Collection Descending through Kilimanjaro's rainforest to the Mweka Gate. Photo: Jeff Martin


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Kilimanjaro: Justman & Team Move Into Barranco Camp

Posted by: JJ Justman | August 10, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 12,800'

Hey, this is JJ Justman with Team Orlando on Kilimanjaro. We reached the Barranco Camp at just over 13,000 feet. We had a great day getting up here and the team is doing well. We are going to settle in, have dinner and move on from there. Thanks for following along.

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Far above treeline approaching Lava Tower on Kilimanjaro. Photo: Jeff Martin


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Kilimanjaro: Waterfall & Team at Barafu Camp

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | August 10, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 15,000'

Hello from High Camp on Kilimanjaro. We are having great weather on this trip so far. We’re hoping it keeps holding for a couple more days.
Today was a pretty light day on the trail. We were under three hours moving up from 13,000’ to 15,000’. Our plan for the rest of the day is to relax and get ready for the climb. If all goes well we will be near the summit when the sun rises in the morning. Wish us luck!

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An RMI team at a rest break overlooking Kilimanjaro. Photo: Seth Waterfall

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Kilimanjaro: Waterfall & Team Scramble up the Barranco Wall

Posted by: | August 09, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

We are at Karanga Valley. That’s one camp below high camp. We had another great weather day and the crew is strong. I’m going to hand off the rest of the dispatch to some of the folks on the trip.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

Barranco Camp was one of the most gorgeous places on earth. Today’s climb was fantastic. We prefer our rocks scrambled, so we took the opportunity to have fun on the Barranco Wall (tell your friends). Looking forward to moving on to high camp tomorrow and then making the summit push starting tomorrow at midnight. #chillimanjaro

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Kilimanjaro: Justman and Team Reach Shira Camp 12,570’

Posted by: JJ Justman | August 09, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 12,570'

Team Orlando arrived at Shira Camp 12,570 feet. Today hiked the trail which became steeper and rockier as the vegetation thinned away. The gnarled trunks of heather disappeared and we entered the moorland, the grasses and rocky terrain unique to Eastern Africa,

After we ascended the wide ridge we gained the Shira Plateau. We descended a few hundred feet along the edge and into our camp that is tucked among sparse vegetation and volcanic rock bands.  We have beautiful views of Kilimanjaro’s upper slopes as well as Mt Meru.

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The views from Shira Plateau on Mount Kilimanjaro. Photo: Seth Waterfall

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Kilimanjaro: Justman & Team Enter Kilimanjaro National Park and Establish First Camp

Posted by: JJ Justman | August 08, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 9,800'

We traveled to Kilimanjaro National Park today. We registered with the Park and we began our climb. We left the cultivation zone where bananas and coffee plants abound and we entered the forest zone. The lush rainforest of Kilimanjaro’s lower slopes were covered in mist.

The trail, which is an old jeep trail, soon narrowed into a beautiful trail that winded through thick vegetation and enormous trees. We kept an eye out for the elusive Blue and Colobus monkeys but they were hiding from the rain.

As we approached Machame Camp we left the forest zone and into the Heather and Moorland zone. We saw some heather that is over 30 feet tall! It’s nice to be at 10,000 feet and the team is doing great!

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The Machame Gate entrance to Kilimanjaro National Park, Tanzania.  Photo: RMI Collection Our first night on Kilimanjaro, Machame Camp, at 9,800 ft.  Photo: Jeff Martin

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Recent Images From Kilimanjaro

  • The RMI August 31 Kilimanjaro Team. Photo: Dave Hahn
  • Poolside at the Dik Dik. RMI Photo Collection
  • A Maasai Villager preparing goods to sell. Photo: JJ Justman
  • A Hippo on Safari in the Ngorongoro Crater. Photo: JJ Justman
  • A Lion on Safari in the Ngorongoro Crater. Photo: JJ Justman
  • One of the 2 elusive leopards seen by the RMI August 3rd Team in Tarangire National Park. Photo: Seth Waterall
  • Maasai Dancing Photo: Dave Hahn
  • Kikoti Camp in Tarangire National Park. RMi Photo Collection
  • Elephants on safari in Africa. RMI Photo Collection
  • Team Orlando celebrating on the summit of Kilimanjaro. Photo: JJ Justman
  • The August 3rd RMI Kilimanjaro team at Ngorongoro Crater. Photo: Seth Waterfall
  • Hippos and Egyptian Geese in Ngorongoro Crater. Photo: Seth Waterfall
  • A female lion crossing the road in Ngorongoro Crater. Photo: Seth Waterfall
  • A Thompson gazelle in Ngorongoro Crater. Photo: Seth Waterfall
  • Giraffes in Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania. Photo: Seth Waterfall
  • Elephants in Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania. Photo: Seth Waterfall
  • Seth Waterfall and his Kilimanjaro team on the summit! Photo: Seth Waterfall
  • The trail leading to High Camp on Kilimanjaro. Photo: Jeff Martin
  • The tents lit up at Barafu Camp for a midnight start on the summit bid. Photo: RMI Collection
  • An RMI team climbing the Barranco Wall. Photo: RMI Collection
  • Karanga Camp on Kilimanjaro, Africa. Photo: RMI Collection
  • Sunrise on a Kilimanjaro summit day. Photo: RMI Collection
  • Descending through Kilimanjaro's rainforest to the Mweka Gate. Photo: Jeff Martin
  • Far above treeline approaching Lava Tower on Kilimanjaro. Photo: Jeff Martin
  • An RMI team at a rest break overlooking Kilimanjaro. Photo: Seth Waterfall
  • The views from Shira Plateau on Mount Kilimanjaro. Photo: Seth Waterfall
  • The Machame Gate entrance to Kilimanjaro National Park, Tanzania.  Photo: RMI Collection
  • Our first night on Kilimanjaro, Machame Camp, at 9,800 ft.  Photo: Jeff Martin
  • Climber along the trail to Barranco Camp on Kilimanjaro.  Photo: Jeff Martin
  • Tents at Barranco Camp on Kilimanjaro.  Photo: Jeff Martin
  • JJ Justman and his Kilimanjaro team visit a local orphanage. Photo: JJ Justman