Entries From Kilimanjaro 1-26-13

Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team Finish Their Safari at Tarangire National Park

Posted by: Casey Grom | February 07, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Today we spent the day visiting Tarangire National Park, home to more elephants per square mile than any place on earth. We saw hundreds of elephants and finished off the Big 5 with two leopard sightings. Plus we even managed to spot a cheetah relaxing in the shade of a small tree. We are spending the night in a tented camp called Kikoti tonight.

Three days safari has been a great way to recoup from the climb and bring our wonderful African adventure to a close.  Everyone has had a great time and are looking forward to getting back home and sharing some of the stories and photos.

The team flies home tomorrow.

Thanks for following,

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

Kikoti Camp. Photo: Jeff Martin

Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team at the Ngorongoro Crater

Posted by: Casey Grom | February 06, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

We visited Ngorongoro Crater conservation area today. It’s around two million years old and is home to an abundance of wildlife. The big five live there year round and we saw four of them. Rhino, elephant, cape buffalo, and lions but no leopards. We are hoping to see one tomorrow and we’re still looking for a cheetah too. It was a long day that started early and thoroughly wore us out riding around in our land cruiser standing up in the intense sun.

We have just finished a great meal here at the plantation lodge and everyone is doing well.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

Hyenas seen at the Ngorongoro Crater Observation Area. Photo: Casey Grom Zebras meandering along at Ngorongoro Crater. Photo: Casey Grom Wildlife poster showing The Big 5. Photo: Casey Grom

Kilimanjaro: A Visit to Lake Manyara

Posted by: Casey Grom | February 05, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

We visited Lake Manyara National Park today. It sits about 75 east of Arusha and boarders the Great Rift escarpment.

It is known for its tree climbing lions and it didn’t disappoint either. We saw lions, elephants, giraffes, hippos, gazelles, zebras, wort hogs, wildebeest, baboons, and plenty of other animals too. It was a great day of relaxing and everyone enjoyed the beautiful day. We even ran into the infamous Dave Hahn too.

Enjoying the good life!

RMI Guide Casey Grom

An elephant at Lake Manyara National Park. Photo: Casey Grom

Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team Back to Civilization

Posted by: Casey Grom | February 04, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Back to civilization and freshly showered!

We have returned from the mountain and are doing great. It’s been a long day but we smell clean and our bellies are full after another wonderful meal from the Dik Dik staff.

Everyone is looking forward to the safari tomorrow.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew  



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Posted by: w. d. cate on 2/5/2013 at 3:24 pm

Kilimanjaro: Summit Day!

Posted by: Casey Grom | February 03, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 19,340'

The team is safe and sound after our successful summit of Kilimanjaro - and a little tired at 10,000’. Everyone did great and we are ready for a little sleep after 15 hours of climbing. It’s been a wonderful experience the last six days and we are all looking forward to the icing on the cake - safari and more importantly SHOWERS!

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

Summit day on Kilimanjaro with the sun rising over Tanzania.  Photo: RMI Collection

RMI Guide Casey Grom checks in from the summit of Kilimanjaro.

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Congratulations Casey Groom and your group for your hike to the roof top of Africa. KARIBU TENA TANZANIA

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Posted by: ELIAZA MMBAGA (ELLY) on 2/5/2013 at 7:42 am

Beautiful! Congrats to Holly and the whole team!

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Posted by: Chris C. on 2/3/2013 at 8:19 pm

Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team Ready for Summit Bid

Posted by: Casey Grom | February 02, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 15,000'

We’re at high camp!

It was another beautiful morning and the team made good time to our high camp which sits just over 15,000’. We are currently sitting in our hot tents awaiting lunch. Then we’ll have a summit talk to make sure we are all prepared for tomorrow.  Everyone is feeling well and looking forward to tonight’s climb. We’ll be up early and try to be walking just after 1:00 a.m. If all things go according to plan, then we should reach the summit sometime after 7:00 and hopefully before 9:00 in the morning.

We had a trivia challenge that will allow the winner a one minute call from the summit. So, if you live in Texas and your significant other has uttered “my bad baby” then keep your phone handy. And remember Texas is 9 hours behind.

That’s all for now. We’ll try to call from the top.

Wish us luck!

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

Our high camp on Kilimanjaro, perched at 15,000' on Kilimanjaro's side.  Photo: Jeff Martin

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That was pretty cool Dan b safe God bless

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Posted by: Tony Carrillo on 2/3/2013 at 10:11 am

Watching your posts; watching the clock.  Hopefully you have reached the summit by now.  Congratulations to the entire crew on a fantastic achievement!  Love you, Dan Man.

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Posted by: Linda Cate on 2/2/2013 at 8:44 pm

Kilimanjaro: Casey Grom and Team Reach The Barranco Wall

Posted by: Casey Grom | February 01, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 13,000'

Hello Everyone,

We woke to mostly clear skies for the first time since leaving our hotel. We had the normal tea in our tents just before 7 and had another enjoyable breakfast of fresh fruit and eggs for breakfast. We then hit the trail shortly after 8 and made good time up the Barranco Wall. This wall is about 1,000’ high and is the steepest part of the entire climb requiring hands in a few places to assist us up a few steep steps. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the challenge and change of the new terrain. It was amazing to watch the porters easily navigate this terrain with their loads carefully balanced on their heads. We made good time and arrived in a little over 3 hours to our new home sitting at just over 13’000’.

We are incredibly thankfully to all of our porters and crew who have been working so hard to keep us well feed and comfortable thus far. You can’t imagine how they dismantle one camp shortly after we leave, to then have it reassembled before we arrive.

Enjoying being spoiled!

RMI Guide Casey Grom and Crew

A Special note:

I hope all is well back home and appreciate the updates from you guys. To mom and my two wonderful brothers.  Its been a memorable experience.  Built a cairn in honor of dad at camp 4.  To “G” in Washington - All is well. ; )

Barranco Camp - RMI Photo Collection

Holly, through this blog I love climbing vicariously with you…you’re my heroine!

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Posted by: Gretchen "G" on 2/2/2013 at 8:22 am

Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team Nestled in at the Base of the Barranco Wall

Posted by: Casey Grom | January 31, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 12,800'

We departed the Shira Plateau this morning in a light mist.  Last night brought significant precipitation and muddied the trails a bit.  However, the night rain afforded us a beautiful view of the mountain and its new snow.  The day’s traverse provided great views of the landscape and curious vegetation.  About five hours from the onset, we walked down through rolling fog to our camp nestled underneath the Barranco Wall.  Spirits are high and bellies are full.  Tomorrow, we wake up early to traverse beneath the Southern Breach Wall.

Stay tuned,
RMI Climber Dan C.

Far above treeline approaching Lava Tower. Photo: Jeff Martin Our camp at the foot of the Barranco Wall, right below Kilimanjaro's southern face.

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Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team Navigate Their Way to Shira Camp

Posted by: Casey Grom | January 30, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 12,200'

All is well here in Africa and the team is doing great.

We started early again today to stay ahead of the massive group that is climbing alongside us. We recently heard that it is the largest group ever allowed to climb together on Kilimanjaro. However they are doing a good job of staggering themselves on the trail.

We started out under cloudy skies which made for comfortable hiking but didn’t help with the drying out. However, since we have arrived at camp the sun has come out and it looks like everything will dry in time for tomorrow. We hiked for about four hours today and chose not to have a sit down lunch as we were a little worried it could rain, and luckily for us it didn’t.

We are relaxing here at Camp 2 on top of the Shira Plateau that overlooks the Great Rift Valley. It’s incredibly beautiful and we even have a nice view of the upper mountain too.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

Ascending above the forest on the second day of the climb. Photo: RMI Collection Our second night's camp overlooking neighboring Mt. Meru and the lower slopes of the Kilimanjaro. Photo: Jeff Martin

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Go Holly!

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Posted by: Chris C. on 1/31/2013 at 9:19 pm

Enjoy keeping up with the crew.  Looks like a great adventure.

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Posted by: Tom C. on 1/31/2013 at 12:50 pm

Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team at Machame Camp

Posted by: Casey Grom | January 29, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 9,800'

The team was up by 6:30 and out the door by 7:30 after a quick breakfast. We loaded up all the gear and food then drove for just over a hour to Kilimanjaro National Park. Once we were at the park entrance we registered our team and picked the 20+ porters to help us along the way. We were the first team to start walking thankfully, as a team of 100 showed up and began picking their 300+ porters. It was busy at the gate but we managed to stay out front all the way to camp. It was far from a perfect day here on Kilimanjaro. We encountered a very heavy rain after about two hours of hiking that soaked us almost to the bone. Everyone did great and remained positive despite the less than ideal weather.

We are currently relaxing in our tents now that the rain has subsided and are getting ready for dinner. Tomorrow we’ll have more than a few items hanging from our pack to dry in the sun.

Enjoying the adventure!

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

Our first night's camp located at 10,000' in the Giant Heather of Kilimanjaro. Photo: Jeff Martin

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I’m not sure if this gets through while they are on the mountain, but if so, tell Holly (and the others) I’m sure the rain will abait, and be well… read more

Posted by: Paul on 1/29/2013 at 6:06 pm

Dear Casey & Team,

My husband and I were on this adventure about 4 1/2 months ago with Casey. The fun is just beginning and I know you will… read more

Posted by: Megan & Wes Mountain on 1/29/2013 at 11:48 am

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