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The Kilimanjaro Climb & Safari August 5 - 19 has come to an end. The team enjoyed our final night in Africa at the Balloon Camp - Tarangire. Today we traveled back to Arusha and returned to the hotel where we first met two weeks ago. We enjoyed one last meal together as a team, repacked packed bags and headed to the airport. Everyone will be traveling to their respective homes over the next 24 hours. We had a grand adventure!
Until next time,
RMI Guide Mark Tucker
Congratulations Team & a HUGE thank you to Mark Tucker for keeping us all so well informed. I really enjoyed knowing what was going on each day. Looking forward to seeing Jennifer & Geoff back in Seattle!
Posted by: Rhonda Bolton on 8/18/2017 at 11:14 am
August 18, 2017
Congratulations to today’s climbers!
Life does not get much better that this. We are living in the moment, sitting around the fire watching an incredible African sunset. The accommodations and surrounding area are the very best, and we are having so much fun! We wish you all were here!
RMI Guide Mark Tucker & Team
August 17, 2017
Posted by: Steve Gately
RMI Guide Steve Gately led the Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons team to the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning. The team topped out at 8:15 a.m. and enjoyed breezy conditions on the summit. The Emmons Seminar descended to Camp Schurman where they will spend their last night on the mountain. We look forward to seeing them in Ashford tomorrow afternoon.
August 17, 2017
The Four Day Summit Climb August 14 - 17, 2017 led by RMI Guides Casey Grom & JM Gorum reached the summit of Mt. Rainier around 6:30 am today. The teams enjoyed a bit of time on the crater before starting their descent. They will return to Camp Muir for a short stop before continuing down to Paradise. We look forward to seeing them at Rainier BaseCamp later today.
Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb team!
What a great team and awesome accomplishment! Congrats!
Posted by: Nancy on 8/17/2017 at 6:35 pm
All craters great and small . . . you did it!! Congratulations Katie and team!
Posted by: Sheila Forsyth on 8/17/2017 at 12:21 pm
We spent the day cruising for wildlife in a caldera. Ngoronoro Crater didn’t disappoint. There was fairly heavy cloud glued to the crater rim in the morning when we were working around the circumference, but as we dropped into the interior, we got under the weather and enjoyed fine visibility. We saw vast quantities of wildlife including herds of wildebeest, cape buffalo and zebra. There were hippos galore and dozens of colorful birds. The big male lion stole the show as he ambled down the road right next to our vehicle. We finished in the forested area and had the luck of observing a large female lion hanging in a tree taking a nap. Life in the bush is good. The team continues to persevere despite the fine dining and very comfortable rooms. More adventures ahead tomorrow!
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August 16, 2017
The Mt. Elbrus North Side expedition is a wrap. As I write, I am sitting in the Amsterdam airport, and the team is in the process of scattering to the winds; some will continue traveling, while others are headed home to family and friends. It’s amazing that the trip is already over, as it flew by. We spent yesterday on a walking tour of the best cathedrals, gardens, and palaces of St. Petersburg. The sheer size and scale of St. Isaac’s Cathedral was stunning, the luminous mosaics of the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood were fascinating, and the history of the founding of the city and derive during WWII were enlightening. We wandered through the Hermitage, as enthralled with the architecture and ornate rooms as we were with the collection of some of the world’s finest art. Degas, Renoir, Michalangelo, Picasso, and so many more were on display. We finished up the trip with a delightful boat tour in the River Nieva, seeing St. Petersburg from the vantage that most in 1800 would have seen it, via the canals. Finally we gathered one last time at the Jerome for a last celebration dinner before we parted.
It’s been a fantastic trip, with an smashing bunch of new friends. We had great weather, a perfect summit day, built a hut, and tried to become a bit more worldly along the way. So many thanks to this group of climbers. Mike and I had so much fun, and we look forward to crossing paths in the mountains again soon!
RMI Guides Pete Van Deventer and Mike Uchal
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Pete and Mike-Thanks for taking great care of the team! This wife and mother appreciates what you guys do. I am looking forward to hearing all about the trip. God Bless.
Posted by: Christy Cunningham on 8/16/2017 at 1:33 pm
August 16, 2017
Posted by: Mike King
Thanks to the many hours of route work from dedicated guides on Mt. Rainier over the last few days our Five Day Summit Climb team for August 12 - 16 reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning around 6 am. RMI Guide Mike King and team spent some time on the top before starting their descent. They will return to Camp Muir and then return to Paradise later today.
Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb Team!
Congrats Adam and Hank, so proud of you guys. Can’t wait to hear about it!
Posted by: Ned Gibson on 8/16/2017 at 10:41 am
Congratulations! So excited to hear you summited!
Posted by: Ann Boyd on 8/16/2017 at 10:24 am
August 15, 2017
Posted by: Mike Walter
RMI Guide Mike Walter checked in with us from Mt. Shuksan. He and his team reached the summit via the Southeast Ridge in 3 1/2 hours. They are back at their high camp and will descend Fisher Chimneys tomorrow as they finish their climb.
Congratulations to the team!
The big payoff starts and the dividends are fabulous. We had a great afternoon at Lake Manyara National Park. We successfully shifted gears from mountain living to wildlife viewing. We were on the road just after 8:30 and a few hours later pulled into the park. We had lunch just inside the gate where we had our first visit with a troop of baboons. They were very interested with our lunch boxes and for good reason, once again Barking Zebra providee us with a fantastic assortment of goodies that fuels the furnace to get us through to our next feast, definitely not starving on this trip. We started the game drive where the roof of our Landcruiser is modified to open up and create great sighting of all the animals which were everywhere. Under an hour drive from the gate puts us at the Plantation Lodge just outside the gate of tomorrow’s park. Very, very, very comfortable here. Even if you didn’t come down from a big mountain you would feel the same way.