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Kilimanjaro: Waterfall & Team Wrap Up Their Tanzanian Adventure

Well, we are closing out another great day on safari. The main difference today is that we are all going home instead of staying in a hotel.

It’s been a marvelous trip made exceptional with a very successful Kilimanjaro Climb and Safari. We had great animal viewing everyday and today we were up close with more elephants, giraffes and two female lions. It’s just been non stop action for almost two weeks.

We will be having one last meal together before leaving for the airport in about an hour and a half. Then it’s a long set of flights for everyone on our way back to the US.

Both of my Kilimanjaro climbs and safaris have been really special which is 100% due to the fun folks that joined RMI, and to the Dik Dik staff that goes way above what you could expect out of an in-country outfitter.

Thanks everyone!
RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

Tallboy @eddiebauer @rmiexpeditions

A video posted by Seth Waterfall (@sethwaterfall) on

Ok last one I promise.

A video posted by Seth Waterfall (@sethwaterfall) on


Ecuador Seminar: Billy Nugent & Team Meet in Quito

February 3, 2016
Welcome to a series of dispatches from our most recent expedition seminar in Ecuador! This morning we officially met for the first time as a team and enjoyed a nice breakfast at our hotel before heading out on a cultural tour of Quito, Ecuador’s capital city. We started off our sightseeing with a visit to the geographic equator and an interesting sort of a natural history museum at the same site. We saw all sorts of cool stuff like enormous anaconda skins, crazy spiders, a spiny Amazonian fish that will swim up your urethra, and even a real human shrunken head from the jungles of eastern Ecuador. Crazy stuff. We spent the afternoon visiting the old town of Quito which is a Unesco World Heritage site with many buildings dating back to the 1500’s. Lots of cool churches were visited and we learned about Ecuador’s tumultuous political history as we saw the sights with our local cultural guide Angel. We’ve got a great group of guys and we are all excited to get out tomorrow and feel a little altitude. Although, it could be said we’re starting out acclimation process right here in Quito, hanging out at just over 9,000’.

Talk tomorrow…

February 4, 2016
We woke today to broken clouds and another lovely morning here in Quito. Jaime, our local man with a plan (he’s our coordinator for nearly everything we’ll do) decided to join us on our climb of Rucu Pichincha just for fun. After a quick taxi ride over to the Teleférico and a scenic ride up the gondola we began our approach towards Pichincha’s rocky summit through gentler, but beautiful green mountains. Our team moved well for the most part despite feeling the acute burn of our first serious dose of altitude. The summit block involved a bit of easy scrambling but before long the team found themselves on the summit, albeit in a sea of clouds. Still, we were able to catch a few glimpses of the active part of Pichincha’s caldera, la Pichincha Guagua and down to the buildings of Quito filling the valley far below. We celebrated our last night in Quito with a great pizza dinner and are all looking forward to getting outta town tomorrow on our way eventually to Cayambe in the north. 

Later!

RMI Guide Billy Nugent

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Aconcagua: Justman & Team Carry to Camp 1

Booted up and ready to go! So says Team Aconcagua. Actually, our boots are already off! We just returned to base camp after a successful, secret, covert operation aptly named, “Carry to Camp One”.

The team did great and how couldn’t they? We were blessed with sunny skies and calm winds! An absolutely gorgeous day to acclimatize to 16,400 feet. We are now snacking on cucumber/tomato/avocado salad and sipping cokes, Tour de France style!

Everyone here says hello to family and friends. Tomorrow we will take a well deserved rest day to maximize the recovery benefits of base camp before we are moving on up to the big leagues!

RMI Guides JJ Justman and JM Gorum

On The Map

Waltz ! Enjoy your last rest day and get ready to conquer that mountain ! We didn’t win power ball either !

Posted by: Bernie on 2/4/2016 at 6:51 pm

I can only imagine all the hard work and planning that has gone into a trip like this.  You all should be proud.  Great accomplishments from hard working young men and women.

Posted by: Sandra Blake on 2/4/2016 at 12:23 pm


Kilimanjaro: Seth Waterfall & Team Spend a Beautiful Day in Tarangire National Park

Hey there. This is Seth calling in from Kikoti Camp way on the far side of Tarangire National Park in Tanzania. We are on the last part of our trip here. Today on safari was great with lots of elephants very close to the car and plenty of other stuff to see in Tarangire. Weather was really clear today. No rain insight for us that’s for sure. About 90 degrees in Tarangire and totally clear skies almost all day long. We’re going to all meet up for dinner around 7:00 for our first evening celebration as a team. Tomorrow we’ll get up fairly early to head back into the city of Arusha back to the Dik Dik Hotel. We’ll have one more dinner together tomorrow night before we all head to the airport to be on the same flight out on KLM at about 10:00 tomorrow night. Closing in our last day of the trip. It’s been great. Not sure if everybody wants to leave but we are getting back to the USA. I’ll check in when we are heading out to the airport from the Dik Dik Hotel.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall


RMI Guide Seth Waterfall calls in from Kikoti Camp, Tarangire National Park.


Aconcagua: Justman & Team Rest at Base Camp

Another day in Paradise! The team is enjoying a sunny, glorious day in base camp. The great news is everyone woke up feeling good. It can be a difficult first night at 14,000 feet and the doctor here in camp even confirmed that everyone is marvelous during our medical check-up.

Today is a rest day. However, after a scrambled egg and veggie breakfast we all got busy organizing gear for tomorrow’s carry to Camp One. For now we are going to finish packing and I, personally, am going to start drinking one of the four 2-liter coca colas that I brought with me. All this organizing is making me thirsty!

RMI Guides JJ Justman and JM Gorum and team

On The Map

Hi there, Mike.  Wow, 60-mile an hour wind!  You guys are doing great with the good medical check-up results.  Mmmm!  Lunch sounded great: cucumber/tomato,avocado salad!  Happy climbing,  Mom and Dad

Posted by: Joan and Spence Vigneau on 2/5/2016 at 5:00 pm

Lookin forward to the summit pic Mike. You got this one. Slip in under the weather window like Everest,Kili,Whitney and longs. Good luck to you. Eric

Posted by: Eric on 2/4/2016 at 4:07 pm


Kilimanjaro: Waterfall & Team Encounter the Lions of Ngorongoro Crater

We are wrapping up day two of our safari and its been really great! We all got up early and were out the door just after 7 a.m. It was a quick drive to the entrance of Ngorongoro Conservation Area and after checking in with the rangers we made our way up to an overlook on the crater rim. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky so the view was amazing.

Before dropping to the bottom of the crater we stopped at a Maasai village where we were welcomed with a dance and a song and then took a tour of their boma (enclosed group of huts).

Once we got down to the crater floor things started a little slow but after an hour we spotted the first of five Rhinos. They were progressively closer to the road as we encountered them. The rhinos were great but we still hadn’t seen any lions. That changed rather quickly as the day continued. We spotted a lone female who was up and moving within 50 yards of the cars. Then we drive up on four other females lying in the road! As we pulled up one of them even moved under our car to get some shade. That’s about as close as you can get!

Everyone has amazing pictures and videos to take home now and we still have two more days of safari!

What will we see tomorrow? We’ll keep you posted.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall and team

The lion went under the truck.

A video posted by Seth Waterfall (@sethwaterfall) on

 


Aconcagua: Justman & Team Arrive at Plaza Argentina

Hello all,

We have just pulled in to Plaza Argentina, our base camp for the rest of the climb. The team did very well getting up here, and everyone is feeling great at almost 14,000 feet. We have enjoyed some tasty snacks, and are now kicking our feet back, listening to some Waylon Jennings, and soaking in the views. We have a much-deserved rest day tomorrow, and we’ll talk to you then.

RMI Guides JM Gorum and JJ Justman

On The Map

Greg

Get outta here guys…it’s getting bad up here.

That’s from Steve and I…mostly Steve lol. hope the climb is going well bro, be safe and have a great time!

Jon and Steve

Posted by: Jon on 2/5/2016 at 12:38 pm

Hi there, Mike,
  We’re following your blog.  It looks like it’s really cold and very windy there with gale force winds and above.  Take care and be safe. 
    Mom and Dad

Posted by: Joan and Spence Vigneau on 2/2/2016 at 5:23 pm


Kilimanjaro: Seth Waterfall & Team Begin Their Safari

Hello! We have started the safari with a real treat. After being in Lake Manyara National Park for about 20 minutes we had a herd of elephants walk right in between our two cars. Enjoy the close-up video below.

They are really amazing animals and our group was really happy to see the giant pachyderms up close. We’ll continue on our game drive for another hour or so before heading to the Plantation Lodge for the evening.

Tomorrow we will head to Ngorongoro Crater and visit a Maasai Village. I’ll check in again tomorrow.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

Pachyderms @rmiexpeditions @eddiebauer

A video posted by Seth Waterfall (@sethwaterfall) on


Aconcagua: Justman & Team Trek into Casa de Piedra

Hello from Casa de Piedra at 11,000 feet. The team had another great day trekking under an Argentinian sky. Speaking of sky we have had a little bit of precipitation. The clouds engulfed Aconcagua so we were unable to get a glimpse of the mountain. Hopefully tomorrow! Everyone is feeling fantastic by the way. We send shouts out to family and friends. Tomorrow… Base Camp!

RMI Guides JJ Justman and JM Gorum

On The Map

JM : I am following your climb, enjoying the scenery. Enjoy, have fun and be safe.

Posted by: Floyd Tirey on 2/4/2016 at 12:14 pm

I expected the Rockies to be a little rockier than this…that John Denver is full of shit. Have a great time Greg…watch out for Bigfoot because I heard from a friend of mines dad that he lives there.

I miss you
Helen

Posted by: Helen Riddler on 2/3/2016 at 11:33 am


Kilimanjaro: Seth & Team Celebrate at the Dik Dik Hotel

Hello from the Dik Dik Hotel. We are all off the mountain and enjoying a fun evening recounting our adventure.
We awoke early this morning and were treated to a pancake breakfast with fresh fruit and coffee. After that we had a really fun closing ceremony with the Dik Dik staff.
There was a small matter of a three-hour hike to the park gate but it was enjoyable and there was no rain!
We were all pretty happy to get a hot shower after a week of camping and now everyone is looking forward to sleeping on a bed!
Tomorrow we start our safari at Lake Manyara and we will be staying at the Plantation Lodge. I’ll check in again from there.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

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