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Hey, this is Eric Frank with the Shuksan Seminar. Just wanted to let everyone know we’re doing well. We moved up to the toe of the glacier had a good day of training today, and now the weather is turned a little bit the clouds are rolling in. I think we’re in for a little bit of rain. We are tucked in and we have a nice camp and we’re planning to train tomorrow as much as we’re able given the weather. Thanks for following along.
RMI Guide Eric Frank checks in the Shuksan Seminar.
Wishing all you guys a great climb. Wishing my son Anthony Viverito and his guys a safe and fun journey.
Posted by: Linda Ann Theodoulou on 8/13/2017 at 10:11 am
All is well here at Meweka Camp 10,000’. It is raining a bit but we are dry in our tents.
We had a very nice climb today. We started around midnight from Baranco Camp and reached the summit of Kilimanjaro at 7am. There was very little wind and clear skies. We enjoyed a beautiful sunrise and a nice morning shadow of the mountain with clouds below. Once we returned to High Camp, we packed up quick and pushed down the remaining 5,000’ of, at times, steep trail in a few hours. It’s our last night on the big hill and sleep is going to come easy. Our mountain staffs preparing dinner. We have a great crew taking care of us. And I had the pleasure of leading a fine team up to the Roof of Africa today.
Audio Message from summit of Kilimanjaro:
Hey, Mr. Mark Tucker here on the top of Kilimanjaro. We left as a team from the High Camp and still on top as a team. Awesome job by the whole group here and little bit chilly, but wow very little wind so we had a very very very nice climb. So we’re going to probably start heading back down here in just a minute, and we’re all doing great. So we’re going to head down hill and we’ll get back to you a little bit later. Ciao for now.
RMI Guide Mark Tucker calls in from the summit of Kilimanjaro.
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Congratulations to all. Have fun on safari.
Posted by: Peter Melrose on 8/14/2017 at 9:11 am
Jambo! Good job, Mark! Thanks for your blogs. Mom and Dad
Posted by: Margaret Tucker on 8/13/2017 at 12:07 pm
August 12, 2017
The Sahale Mountain - Quien Sabe Glacier August 10 - 13 team reached the summit of Sahale this morning. RMI Guide Solveig Waterfall checked in to let us know her team was doing well, they had reached the summit and were descending back to camp. They will spend tonight on the mountain and complete their program tomorrow after reaching the trail head.
Congratulations to the Sahale Climbers!
Another long, but amazing day out on the safari circuit for the Taos team. We had a relaxed 9 AM departure from the Plantation Lodge. Adamson and Makubi took us to a Masai village for a brief tour. We danced a little, jumped high, and got inside some small, earthen dwellings to understand how this prominent Tanzanian tribe lives without modern conveniences. Then it was on to Tarangire National Park. Before long we were deep within this immense network of winding dirt roads, baobab trees, twisting river valleys and animals animals animals. We no longer stopped for individual zebras and wildebeest, since we were seeing thousands of them. After the hundredth giraffe and the five hundredth elephant, we started reserving our picture snaps for the babies in the bunch. We covered mile after mile, exploring and watching out for wildcats, water bucks, elan, impalas and gazelles. Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro Crater were each wonderful, but both were discreet areas with natural borders hemming them in. That isn’t the case with Tarangire. We could see wildlife spread out to the horizons in all directions… the Africa we’d dreamed of. By day’s end, we pulled into Balloon Camp, an excellent “tent” hotel out in the bush with armed guards to escort us from one tent to another. Those guards stood vigilant as we enjoyed an outdoor campfire and sumptuous barbecue buffet under the stars (and clouds). No lions, leopards, or cheetahs intruded on our wonderful dinner but we are still hoping they’ll come for breakfast. It will be our last morning of Safari and we are still excited to see just what might be out there.
RMI Guide Dave Hahn
August 12, 2017
Posted by: Eric Frank
Friday, August 11, 2017 - 6:59 pm PT
Hello, this is Eric Frank calling in from the South side of Mt. Shuksan. I just wanted to let everyone know we’re doing well. We had a good day of climbing through the old grow forest and we have settled into our little bivy camp here for the night. So far the team is just getting camp set up and relaxing. We are going to make some dinner, watch the sun go down and enjoy ourselves a little bit. Thanks for following along. We will check in again tomorrow.
RMI Guide Eric Frank checks in from their first camp on the Mt. Shuksan Seminar
August 12, 2017
With little to do today besides organize our gear for the next leg of our adventure, we might have wondered how we would occupy ourselves for a day in Base Camp. The Cunninghams took care of that worry, organizing a barn raising of sorts to build a hut that our outfitter has been meaning to put together. With furring strips, floor boards, and siding located, we went to work, only slightly hampered by dodgy extension cords that didn’t always provide enough power from the generator to run a drill. The activity kept everyone occupied, and just as we put up the last siding on the walls and were considering the roof, the clouds moved over and the rain started falling.
We’ve been resting in tents, staying dry since. Chances are this storm quits soon, as each one has throughout our expedition, and we’ll enjoy a last night in base camp before returning to Kislovodsk early tomorrow. From there it will be in to St. Petersburg and the finale of our trip. We’re looking forwards to showers and Shashlik (the local barbeque) tomorrow.
From Russia with love,
RMI Guides Pete Van Deventer, Mike Uchal, and team
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These updates have been great!
Good to see that the Cunninghams are doing well. Take care all, and prayers for a safe return.
Posted by: Deb Thummel on 8/13/2017 at 6:18 pm
Congratulations on a great Summit and teamwork in basecamp! Enjoy the rest of your journey and celebrate a great climb.
All good at home but look forward to Lee’s return home!! Love Ya!
Posted by: Diann on 8/12/2017 at 8:14 pm
August 12, 2017
The Four Day Summit Climb teams August 9-12, were unable to reach the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning due to route conditions. The teams will return to Camp Muir and repack before continuing down to Paradise later today.
I am sure it has to be such an amazing adventure!!!
So very proud of you for making the effort. Proud of the leaders and all team members.
There’s always another day!!!
Look forward to hearing all about it!
Mom and dad
Posted by: Pam on 8/13/2017 at 2:26 pm
Congratulations Erika and company! WOW! This is an amazing accomplishment. I know it is not the top but the journey to get where you have gotten is something to be proud of. It is always good to work with mother nature and appreciate her messages. I am glad you all listen to that, to climb another day.
To future journeys.
Posted by: Darcy on 8/12/2017 at 5:49 pm
August 12, 2017
Posted by: Mark Tucker
We have just pulled into high camp, Barafu Camp, located at 15,000’ on Kilimanjaro. Our tent sites are on the low side of camp so I’m calling the elevation 14,900’. We have been moving as one cohesive unit which will make the climb tonight go really smooth.
There are a few clouds around making for good pictures and still allowing great views of the upper mountain.
We are up here with plenty of time to rest, fuel up and prepare for the summit push ahead tonight. Repacking our gear and making high calorie lunches in between naps is in store for us. The team is in great shape and we are all fired up and ready for our summit attempt.
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Grandma Barbara, so proud of your successful climb. Love you.
Posted by: Meryl on 8/12/2017 at 10:35 am
Yay! We love you! Enjoy the view from the top.
Posted by: Haley on 8/12/2017 at 10:35 am
Even on vacation, it was worth getting up early today to get over to Ngorongoro Crater. We left Plantation Lodge at 7 AM and were up on the crater rim just 90 minutes later. It was cold, cloudy and windy, but we figured things would be a little more user friendly down in the “crater”. Technically, it is a caldera… not a crater. And animals like a good caldera, apparently.
We got down inside and the weather was indeed better, but it never got exactly “good”. We wore jackets and sweaters (which is par for the course at 7000 ft) but we still opened up the top of our Landcruiser and rolled down the windows. Immediately, we encountered zebras, and then more zebras. Wildebeest and then more wildebeest, Cape buffalo by the dozen, Kori bustards and Secretary Birds and ostriches. And then we saw lions. Four big fully maned males lounging about and one female who seemed a bit more restless. We watched hippos doing what hippos do (not much) some more lions, hyenas, jackals, elephants, eagles, vultures and several flavors of gazelle. We saw tons of animals and kept constant watch out for more. We came up empty in our rhino search, but that happens. Not many of them left to see in Tanzania. Adamson and Makubi, our extremely knowledgeable driver/guides took us all over the crater/caldera. We climbed back up the steep walls around 4 PM with most everybody a bit sleepy. Which worked out fine because we were back frolicking in the swimming pool and sipping coldies by 5 at the Plantation Lodge.
We’ll be well rested and ready for another deluxe safari day tomorrow.
RMI Guide Dave Hahn
Still enjoying every moment of this marvelous adventure! Thank you for sharing. BIG HUGS
Posted by: Yolanda Deveaux on 8/11/2017 at 6:34 pm
August 11, 2017
RMI Guides Mike Walter & Sean Collon lead their team to the summit of Mt. Shuksan this morning. Skies are smoky in the North Cascades but the climbers were above it all.
They will return to camp for a final night in the mountains before completing their program tomorrow.
Congratulations to today’s climbers!