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Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Visit Ngorongoro Crater

Posted by: Mark Tucker | July 17, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

A conservation area and a World Heritage site, Ngorongoro Crater, a large volcanic caldera is recognized by one private organization as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa- the unparalleled beauty of one of the world’s most unchanged wildlife sanctuaries.

Teams Top Ten for today-

*Infant elephants in a large group doing their thing
*Hippos in the pool doing their thing
*Our 4th of the Big 5 the infamous black rhino
*Serval cat walking along side us for as long as we liked seeing prey on point
*Zebra cuddling with head on bum of other
*First sighting of ostriches in the wild
*The tiny vibrant colored sunbird in contrast with the Kori Bustard the worlds heaviest flying bird
*Our great local staff of drivers ability to pick game out of the bush
*A warthog that must have been to beauty parlor with beautiful swept back hair and double tusks
*Elephant in a tussle trumpeting as we leave the viewing area hearing them for a while after

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

Hippos at Ngorongoro Crater, Africa. Photo: RMI Collection

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Mt. Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team Ascend Lava Tower and Descend to Barranco Valley

Posted by: Casey Grom | July 16, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 12,800'

Hello from Africa everyone
Today the team woke to a beautifully clear sky above the valley clouds, and it was a warm day as we made our way from camp directly into the sun and heading straight at Kilimanjaro. Once again we made good time across the Shira Plateau stopping for breaks and that endless line of porters headed to our next camp.
As we headed uphill everyone was astonished at the beauty of Kilimanjaro and the remnant glaciers still hanging on. Our climb took us up and over a landmark called Lava Tower which sits at just under 15,000ft and lays beneath the massive and steep southern breach wall. As usual we stopped to enjoy the wonderful view and then slowly made our way back down into Barranco Valley. The trail weaves its way between rocky outcrops, giant groundsels and the massive, yet strange Senecio trees that look like something out of a Dr. Seuss book.
We are currently relaxing in our camp which has amazing views not only of Kilimanjaro but also of the valley below us. It’s indeed my favorite camp of the trip.
Dinner will be ready soon, so that’s all for today.

All is well!

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

Looking down at Barranco Camp from Lava Tower, Kilimanjaro.  Photo: Casey Grom Looking toward the summit of Kilimanjaro from Barranco Camp.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Mt. Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Enjoy Their First Day on Safari

Posted by: Mark Tucker | July 15, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Today we traveled to Lake Manyara.  It was the first day of our four day safari through Tanzania and we had a great day.  Here is what the team had to say about our day in the bush.

TOP TEN LIST

One comment about today?

1. The hippos fighting in the pool - Peter
2. The first sighting of a herd of Zebra right next to our vehicle - Chelsea
3. Observing the silver billed horn bird take a dust bath - Bonny
4. Take off and landing of a huge flock of yellow billed storks - Mark
5. Taking in the sights of land and people on the highway while standing up with head out off open roofed Land Rover - Nate
6. Baby Baboon riding on the back of it’s mother, with cute ears - Elizabeth
7. Bargaining skills of local guys trying to sell a necklace - Jonathan
8. Vista of the Great Rift Valley from on top of the escarpment - William
9. Diversity of wild life in the field of vision at one moment - Allidah
10. The over easy eggs at breakfast - Madison

Zebras at Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team Wind Their Way To Shira Camp

Posted by: Casey Grom | July 15, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 12,570'

Hello again everyone!

All is well here on Kilimanjaro after a good nights rest. Today the team woke at 7 am to coffee and tea being served at our tent doors by our gracious staff. We had breakfast with healthy serving of fresh fruits, bread, assorted meats and cheeses, and fried eggs. After filling our bellies we hit the trail shortly after 8 am and slowly made our way along the ever winding trail towards the Shira Plateau. Our team did great on the rocky trail as we ascended higher up the mountain, stopping to take breaks and let the never end line of porters pass us.

It took about 5 hours to reach our new camp, which our staff had already set up before our arrival. Clearly we are not roughing it too much!

Everyone is doing well and seems to be enjoying the climb thus far. We’ll spend the next few hours resting in our tents and taking in the splendid view we have from just over 12,000’.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

RMI Climbers hiking the rocky trail along the Shira Plateau of Kilimanjaro. Photo: Seth Waterfall

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Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Finish Descent and Prepare for Safari

Posted by: Mark Tucker | July 14, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

As I write, the band is cranking here at the Dik Dik. We had a great departure from the mountain this morning with perfect weather…..again.

What a packed week we had up on the Roof of Africa?! To be a guest in a foreign county is something special and this group shined at embracing the local staff as friends, not just someone for hire. The local staff were all so much a part of our success; it was tough to say goodbye. The time you spend on these big mountains is extreme in many ways and you always learn something about yourself and others. It’s a special and hard to describe experience.

Tomorrow we will continue to cut a swath through Tanzania as we head over to Lake Manyara National Park for our first day on safari. We’re pumped!

Don’t forget to kiss the Blarney before you’re next adventure!
RMI Guide Mark Tucker

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Kilimanjaro: Grom and Team Enjoy First Day on the Mountain

Posted by: Casey Grom | July 14, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 9,890'

Hey everybody, this is Casey Grom checking in from the Kilimanjaro Climb. Just wanted to let you know that everyone’s doing great today. Today was our big move. Today we left the Dik Dik Lodge and actually headed to Kilimanjaro itself. We drove for about an hour and a half to get to the park entrance where we spent a little bit of time getting our gear sorted and getting all our porters together and getting signed in. After all that was taking care of, we had a nice, leisurely hike, where we gained about 4,000 ft today as we hiked up to Machame Camp. So the entrance is at about 6,000 feet and we hiked up to just a touch under 10,000 ft and everyone’s feeling great and doing really well.

The weather today was incredibly nice. We had mostly and overcast day which is really, really enjoyable for hiking as it kept the temperatures down. Just as we were pulling in the camp, we did get a small break and we got see a little bit of the upper mountain and some of the glaciers up high on Kilimanjaro. That was a pleasant surprise for everybody.

We just wrapped up our dinner and everyone is crawling into our tents. And by the sounds of it, I’m guessing we’re gonna have quite a few folks sleeping well tonight. I think everyone worked hard and looking forward to [transmission lost].

RMI Guide Casey Grom

The entrance to Kilimanjaro National Park. Photo: RMI Collection


RMI Guide Casey Grom checks in after a successful first day on Kilimanjaro.

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Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Descend to Mweka Camp after Summit

Posted by: Mark Tucker | July 13, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 10,000'

Our team reached the summit of Kilimanjaro this morning in good style and we have now arrived at Mweka Camp at 10,000 ft for our last night here on Kilimanjaro.  This group I have had the pleasure to climb with excelled in all phases while on the mountain. I have a high level of confidence they will be able to handle phase two, our game viewing safari. But for now we will enjoy a well deserved night’s rest and tomorrow make our way down the to the trail head.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

Climbers en route to the summit of Kilimanjaro.  Photo: RMI Collection

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RMI Guide Casey Grom & Team Ready for Kilimanjaro!

Posted by: Casey Grom | July 13, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Hello everyone and welcome to RMI’s second Kilimanjaro’s trip of the season.

The team arrived late last night after our very long and tiring flights from the U.S.  We were greeted by the wonderful staff from the Dik Dik Lodge with warm smiles and a little champagne to toast our arrival.
After a short and quiet ride to our lodge we had a quick dinner then headed off to bed to catch up on some much needed sleep.

The team met this morning at breakfast with fresh fruits, homemade bread and jam, and plenty of good Tanzanian coffee.
We then got together for a formal round of introductions and an overview of the upcoming adventure. We discussed our plan for the climb and made sure everyone has all the necessary gear to keep us safe and warm on Kilimanjaro.

After a short break some team members took a short stroll on the beautiful grounds hoping to catch sight of some of the monkeys that often visit and some even managed to spot Kilimanjaro in a break in the clouds. The rest of us did a little packing and caught up on a little more sleep to help get adjusted to the big time difference.

We have just wrapped up an amazing five-course meal with great conversations, and everyone is squared away and looking forward to hitting the trail tomorrow as well as stretching the legs a bit.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

Our rooms at the Dik Dik Hotel, near the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Photo: Jeff Martin

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Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Reach Barafu Camp

Posted by: Mark Tucker | July 12, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 15,000'

Another day of nice weather…YEAH! A few hours of hiking and here we are at Barafu Camp at 15,000 ft. The team got busy upon arrival preparing for the early morning departure from here toward the summit, sorting through the stay and go gear since we will come back thru this camp on our way down from the summit. We all pooled together our favorite treats and made up some tasty looking lunches. We took a short hike up to get familiar with the start of the climb that will confront us with our alpine start from High Camp to the summit of Kilimanjaro.

It’s nap time now before our early dinner then we will take another short rest before starting our summit attempt. The team continues to do well, wish us luck!

RMI Guide Mark Tucker & Team

Barafu Camp on Kilimanjaro. RMI Photo Collection

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Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Tackle the Barranco Wall

Posted by: Mark Tucker | July 11, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 13,160'

Can we have a couple more beautiful days please?! I don’t like to beg but if we can continue with weather like this we would greatly appreciate it.

A nice lazy start to the day was our plan in order to miss the traffic while climbing the Barranco Wall. The Barranco Wall is a series of rock bands just out of camp that gets your attention and requires your hands from time to time. At the top of the Wall we took some photos and gave each other some high fives before continuing on our way. We then traversed below the upper mountain for a couple hours to end up at Karanga Camp (13,160’) for the night. Camp is situated on a bit of a slope but our staff did a fine job of finding some pretty flat ground for the tents.

We continue to adjust both mentally and physically to this extreme environment; we’re meeting the challenges head on. This team did there homework, taking training to heart prior to the climb and the investment is paying off. What a great group to climb with on Kilimanjaro!

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

RMI climbers ascending through the Karanga Valey on Kilimanjaro. Photo: Seth Waterfall

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Recent Images From Kilimanjaro

  • The start of the Trek on Mount Kilimanjaro. RMI Photo Collection
  • The Dik Dik Hotel rooms and grounds.  Photo: RMI Collection
  • The Kilimanjaro Team gathering for dinner at the Dik Dik Hotel, Tanzania. Photo: Casey Grom
  • Elephant mama and baby at Tarangire National Park, Africa. Photo: Casey Grom
  • An abundance of giraffes were seen at Tarangire National Park, Africa. Photo: Casey Grom
  • Kikoti Camp, Africa safari. Photo: Jeff Martin
  • Game viewing in the Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania.  Photo: Casey Grom
  • Hippos in the Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania.  Photo: Casey Grom
  • Visiting Maasai tribe members that live near the Ngorongoro Crater.  Photo: Casey Grom
  • The RMI Team enjoying lunch in the bush at Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania.  Photo: Casey Grom
  • Exploring Lake Manyara National Park on day one of game viewing in Tanzania.  Photo: Casey Grom
  • Game viewing in Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania.  Photo: Casey Grom
  • Breakfast post Kilimanjaro summit. Photo: Casey Grom
  • Kilimanjaro celebration dinner at the Dik Dik Hotel. Photo: Casey Grom
  • Traditional Kilimanjaro songs sang by the staff as they say farewell. Photo: Casey Grom
  • Sunrise at 18,000' on Kilimanjaro, Africa. Photo: Casey Grom
  • July 18th, 2015- Casey Grom & team 100% on top of Kilimanjaro! Photo: Casey Grom
  • Kilimanjaro,
  • The trail leading to High Camp on Kilimanjaro. Photo: Jeff Martin
  • An RMI team climbing the Barranco Wall. Photo: RMI Collection
  • Hippos at Ngorongoro Crater, Africa. Photo: RMI Collection
  • Looking down at Barranco Camp from Lava Tower, Kilimanjaro.  Photo: Casey Grom
  • Looking toward the summit of Kilimanjaro from Barranco Camp.  Photo: RMI Collection
  • Zebras at Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania.  Photo: RMI Collection
  • RMI Climbers hiking the rocky trail along the Shira Plateau of Kilimanjaro. Photo: Seth Waterfall
  • The entrance to Kilimanjaro National Park. Photo: RMI Collection
  • Climbers en route to the summit of Kilimanjaro.  Photo: RMI Collection
  • Our rooms at the Dik Dik Hotel, near the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Photo: Jeff Martin
  • Barafu Camp on Kilimanjaro. RMI Photo Collection
  • RMI climbers ascending through the Karanga Valey on Kilimanjaro. Photo: Seth Waterfall