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Kilimanjaro: Justman & Team Visit a Local Orphanage

Posted by: JJ Justman | August 07, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Today our Orlando Kilimanjaro Team slept in after a long flight. We organized gear and got ready for our upcoming climb. After lunch we explored the area and visited an orphanage where the beautiful children of this area touched our hearts. Please visit tupendanechildren.org.

JJ Justman and his Kilimanjaro team visit a local orphanage. Photo: JJ Justman

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Kilimanjaro: Waterfall & Team Check in from Shira Camp

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | August 07, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 12,500'

Jambo! This is Seth checking in. I finally received my luggage and can now begin to send reports from the mountain. I have to thank the wonderful staff at the Dik Dik hotel for getting my bag delivered to 12,500’ on Kilimanjaro.

The group is all doing really well. We have had two excellent days on the trek so far. Our camp tonight is at the Shira Plateau which gives us a wonderful view of the summit. The weather has been just fine as well. We had a few drops of rain yesterday but we had already arrived in camp when that started. Everyone is climbing strong. I’ll check in again tomorrow.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

Shira Plateau, Kilimanjaro. Photo: Seth Waterfall

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Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team’s Safari Wraps Up Their Trip

Posted by: Casey Grom | August 07, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Jambo from Africa everyone!

We have had an exciting last two days as we made our way to Tarangire National Park, known for their abundance of elephants, in fact, they have more elephants per square kilometer than any other place on earth. 
Yesterday we spent about four hours driving through the park, which is mostly a savannah with a river running through it. We saw hundreds of elephants, zebra, wildebeest, Impala, √Član and plenty of other wildlife too.

We spent the night out in the African bush in a remote tented camp called Kikoti that overlooks Tarangire Park. We arrived to watch the beautiful sunset one last time and then enjoyed yet another wonderful meal.

Today we finished our safari with our drive back through Tarangire where we had hoped to see a leopard or cheetah, but sadly it wasn’t to be.  We have all enjoyed our last few days here in Africa and everyone is looking forward to getting back to the Dik Dik Hotel for one last shower before heading to the airport.

Missing all of our families and most of our friends ;)

Thanks for following.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and a happy crew

The July 25th Kilimanjaro team at the end of their safari. Photo: Casey Grom

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Kilimanjaro: Justman & Team Arrive in Tanzania

Posted by: JJ Justman | August 06, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Kilimanjaro...Kilimanjaro!!! Team Orlando is in full effect!! The entire team flew together to Tanzania and we just finished a great dinner. I am going to let you know why I love guiding here in Africa…The People!
It has been two years since my last trip here and as soon as I arrived I was welcomed with the kindest smiles and warmest hugs. Our local staff are like family to me and it’s so nice to see how lovely they treat our teams.

We are so happy to be here!!

RMI Guide JJ Justman

RMI Guide JJ Justman greeted with a big smile in Tanzania. Photo: JJ Justman Team dinner at the Dik Dik Hotel, Tanzania. Photo: JJ Justman

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Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team Explore Ngorongoro Crater

Posted by: Casey Grom | August 05, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Hello once again everyone

This was a marvelous day as we visited the famous Ngorongoro Crater, considered by some to be the 8th wonder of the world. We started early with hopes of catching more of the elusive wildlife.

Today we saw more Zebras, Cape buffalo, wildebeest, gazelles than anyone expected, in fact at such close range that we could almost touch them. We also saw plenty of hyenas, ostrich, Impala, hippos and got very close to a few lions, which was a highlight for everyone and even managed to spot a Rhino off in the distance. Needless to say it was a wonderful day of well deserved safari.

We then wrapped up the day with a visit to a working Maasai village. The Maasai are the local nomadic people that have inhabited this area for more than a thousand years and still try to exist with their same way of life.

Finally we returned to the amazing Plantation lodge to relax and enjoy another wonderful meal.

All is well!

RMI Guide Casey Grom

The Kilimanjaro July 25th team visiting a Masaai Village. Photo: Casey Grom Watching the lions roam in Ngorongoro Crater. Photo: Casey Grom The Kilimanjaro July 25th team on safari in the Ngorongoro Crater. Photo: Casey Grom

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Mt. Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team Explore Lake Manyara National Park

Posted by: Casey Grom | August 04, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Today was our first day of safari and we headed to Lake Manyara National Park. It took a little over 2 hours to get there as we drove through Arusha and then the vast rural savannah of Tanzania. It’s situated at the base of the eastern Great Rift Escarpment, and is home the the famous tree climbing lions, over 450 different birds, huge troops of baboons, hippos, and most of the other African animals.
It’s been rather dry this year and unfortunately we didn’t see the famous lions, but we did see plenty of other wildlife up close.
After spending a couple of hours of safari we made our way to the wonderful Plantation Lodge where we’ve been enjoying being spoiled and just finished another fantastic meal.

Everyone is doing great and are excited to see what tomorrow brings as we head to Ngorongoro Crater.

RMI Guide Casey Grom

The Kilimanjaro July 25th Team enjoying lunch in the bush at Lake Manyara National Park.  Photo: Casey Grom

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Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team Descend from Mweka Camp and Complete Their Climb

Posted by: Casey Grom | August 03, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Hello again everyone.

What an amazing two days it has been! Yesterday’s climb of Kilimanjaro couldn’t have gone better. It was a beautiful and calm night and there was nearly a full moon that illuminated our way, although we had headlamps, we could easily have climbed without them.
Everyone did an outstanding job of supporting each other and taking care of themselves also, which made my job pretty easy.
After a long climb up we spent about 20 minutes on the roof of Africa taking in the view and also getting plenty of photos. We then headed all the way back to camp where we had a quick lunch before descending further down the mountain to our last camp at 10,000’, where the air felt thick and warm.

Today we woke early and hiked the remaining way back down to the gate, doing our best to stay on our feet as the clouds rolled in and rain began to fall. It was a little slippery, but the team did just fine as we all knew there was a hot shower awaiting us back at our lodge.

We wrapped up the evening with a huge celebratory meal and some well earned cold drinks of our choice.

Everyone is doing great and we are all very excited about the safari which begins tomorrow.

RMI Guide Casey Grom

An RMI Team descending from Mweka Camp to the trailhead on Kilimanjaro, Tanzania.  Photo: Jeff Martin

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Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team Stand On Uhuru Peak - Africa’s Highest Point

Posted by: Casey Grom | August 02, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 19,340'

RMI Guide Casey Grom and the July 25th Kilimanjaro Climb Team reached the summit of Kilimanjaro today. 

Congratulations to the team!

The RMI July 25th Kilimanjaro team on the summit, Uhuru Peak, on August 2nd.  Photo: Casey Grom

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Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team at High Camp Ready for Summit Bid

Posted by: Casey Grom | August 01, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 15,200'

Hello again everyone!

It started as a beautiful day here on Kilimanjaro but once again the clouds enveloped us as we left Karanga Camp and made our way uphill to our high camp, Barafu Camp. This camp sits on a ridge line around 15,000 ft which eventually leads to the summit of Kilimanjaro. It’s a relatively large camp spread up and down the ridge and we are sharing it with all the other climbers using this route; I’d guess that there are ~100 other climbers here with us.

Everyone is doing very well and we are excited to start our climb early in the morning. The team will have a early dinner and if all goes according to plan we hope to have breakfast and be hitting the trail shortly after midnight. We’ll have a nice slow pace that should take us around 8 hours to reach the summit. So keep your phones handy as I said, one lucky climber will get to call home from the “Roof of Africa.” That will be around midnight for those of you on the east coast.

Fingers crossed!
RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

Barafu Camp on Kilimanjaro. Photo: Jeff Martin

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Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team Ascend Barranco Wall and Arrive at Karanga Valley Camp

Posted by: Casey Grom | July 31, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 13,000'

Jambo Everyone

Things are going well and the team is doing great here on Kilimanjaro.
Today the team had a leisurely start as we wanted the sun to warm us up before our only semi-technical part of the climb. The trail out of camp starts off relatively mellow and then quickly ramps up as we ascend the great Barranco wall. It’s truthfully not as intimidating as it looks, but when does a thousand foot cliff ever look easy. Thankfully the route winds its way up the cliff through ramps and small rock steps and eventually on to easier terrain. Everyone did a great job of taking it easy and I actually think they all enjoyed the challenge we had. It was a very busy day and there was fair bit of traffic on the route as all the porters and climbers slowly made our way to the next camp here above the Karanga Valley.
Today was a relatively short day for us as this will be our last camp before we move up to our high camp tomorrow.

As usual we’ve had a trivia challenge that one lucky winner will receive a satellite phone call from the summit. It won’t happen until we reach the summit, but that’s not too far away. I’ll let everyone know when that might happen on tomorrow’s dispatch. So stay tuned!

We are spending the remainder of the day relaxing and enjoying the royal treatment by our gracious staff here on Kili.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

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Recent Images From Kilimanjaro

  • 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
  • Shira Plateau, Kilimanjaro. Photo: Seth Waterfall