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Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Flying Home Today

Mark Tucker checking in. We are presently located at the airport, Kilimanjaro International. Great views of the mountain on the way here. We spent a few hours on the road today. Got through Tarangire one last time, saw many animals as expected. Had a lovely snack at the fabulous Dik Dik Resort, hot showers, and everybody is good to go. We are winging our way back home. Looking forward to seeing everybody in the states. Thanks for following the trip.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

RMI Guide Mark Tucker checking in.

Mt. Kilimanjaro: Tucker and Team visit Tarangire National Park

Well known for its river valleys, wetlands, gently rolling hills, rocky outcrops, acacia woodlands, and numerous baobabs (the upside down tree). We are here at the Tarangire National Park which is one of my favorites. Perfect conditions weather wise during the game drive today. Wide open spaces and views to behold. Here we are at the Kikoti Luxury tent camp for the night after a great game drive through the park. I was just escorted to my tent by a man with a Rifle and another with a spear. Not uncommon for night movement while living in the bush.

Sure hope I survive the night so I can report in tomorrow.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

Mt. Kilimanjaro: Tucker and Team View Wildlife

The day went like clockwork. We had a great breakfast and then hopped in our vehicles for a short drive to the entrance of the Ngorongoro National Park.  The day was cloudy and cool to start, but by the time we descended some two thousand feet, to floor of the largest unbroken and unflooded caldera in the world, the sun was a shining. I would guess that we only saw about 20% of the 30,000 animals that live in the crater.  On our way back to the amazing Plantation Lodge for another night we stopped into a Masai Village for a tour and some special shopping options. Tomorrow brings us to the home of more elephants per square mile than anywhere else in the world, Tarangire National Park. Somebody has to do it, wish you were here.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team at Lake Manyara National Park

Mark Tucker checking in. All is going as planned. Gotta love it. Had a very nice sleep in a bed with a big, cozy down blanket last night. Tough to miss the tent time high up the hill, but, suffer we must. Another great breakfast for the team. Our safari Landcruisers were readied last night so all we needed was a quick gear adjustment. We left most of our stuff back at the Dik Dik where we will stop by en route to our international flights in a few nights. On the way here to the fabulous Lake Manyara National Park, we stopped at a shop for a few snacks and had a fabulous time. We are located at the base of the Eastern Great Rift Escarpment where we saw all sorts of animals: giraffes, baboon, [lost connection] and birds. We are now at the Plantation Lodge for two nights. Tomorrow we travel to the eighth wonder of the world, the Ngorongoro Crater.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

RMI Guide Mark Tucker calls in from Day 1 of their Safari.

Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Celebration Time

We were up early, slammed a quick breakfast then had a fun gathering of local staff and rewarded all of them with financial bonuses.This crew took great care of us while on the mountain, it felt really good to show our appreciation. A few hour descent to the park gate, a couple hour drive time watching the daily routine out the window of our monster truck and here we are. Back to hot showers and clean clothes. We just finished a dinner of fondue and topped it off with a bunch of summit certificates handed out to a group of well-deserving mountain climbers.

More excitement ahead as we repack for the game viewing safari we start tomorrow. A great trip just keeps getting better.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

Mt. Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Arrive at Their Last Camp

RMI Guide Mark Tucker checking in from the final camp: down here at the Mweka Camp, 10,000 ft on Kilimanjaro.  It’s all tall, giant heather; it’s beautiful.  It looks like a fabulous night for a summit climb but that’s exactly what we will not be doing.  It’s a done deal.
We will enjoy our last night on this beautiful mountain.  Tomorrow we head to the trail head.

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Great achievement for all specially for those that live at sea level

Posted by: Alberto Sr. on 7/22/2013 at 5:41 am

Hey I agree with Ana!  You guys rock!!! Especially the Mexican guy!  Hahaha

Posted by: Jasmin on 7/22/2013 at 2:23 am

Mt. Kilimanjaro: Tucker & 100% of Team to the Summit!

Saturday, July 20, 2013 - 9:20 p.m. PT
RMI Guide Mark Tucker checking in, I guess they call it Uhuru Peak, the tallest point in Africa. Here we are!
Pretty good conditions.  The team did fantastic.  I am happy to report 100% on top!  Yes, everyone is doing well.  A few beautiful clouds above Mt. Kilimanjaro and clouds below, a beautiful sunrise.  We are having a gas, everyone is doing well.  A couple more photos and we are going to start the descent.  We are going to head down into the rain forest.  That will be the goal.
Thanks for everybody’s support back home.  We will check in again soon.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker calls from the summit of Kilimanjaro (19,340 ft) with 100% of the team.

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Mt. Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Reach High Camp

Mark Tucker checking in from Barafu Camp. We are at the lower camp at about 15,000’ just under the southeast edge of the Kilimanjaro Summit.  We have the jungle below and the top of the mountain above and a team that is rip-roaring and ready!

We put on a couple of miles today from the Karanga camp. The upper mountain is a bleak zone, but quite beautiful in its own way.  We’re going to have a quick dinner and crawl into the tents for about five hours of rest to get us ready for an early a.m. departure.  I am happy to report that we are 100% go power with this team. Everybody is getting pretty excited and doing really well.  A couple of minor headaches but the overall health and well-being is very very good. We are ready the weather is cooperating we had to puffy clouds in the afternoon not unusual. Last night was beautiful so we are keeping our fingers crossed that we have one of the same.  We have a pretty bright moon illuminating our trip so we are in pretty good shape.

Talk to you later,

RMI Guide Mark Tucker & Team

Mark Tucker Checking in from Barafu Camp

Kilimanjaro: Tucker and Team Reach New Altitude Record for Many

RMI Guide Mark Tucker checking in from Camp 3 Barranco camp on Kilimanjaro. Yet another beautiful day of hiking and climbing for the group, lucky, lucky, us. We are at about 12,800 feet now. We did get up to almost 15,000 feet today and broke a lot of people’s altitude records. Everyone did just fine.  We are staring up at the Barranco Wall which we will tackle in the morning. It’s actually a very fun part of the climb, a little bit of scrambling.  For tactical beat we are going to drag our feet a little bit in the morning.  There are a few other teams up here so we will let them get a head start and hopefully have the wall pretty much to ourselves which will be great photos and just a bit more fun.  It will be a little bit of a shorter day tomorrow getting to our next camp.  Some of the folks on a six day climb will push all the way to high camp tomorrow. But we’ll go ahead and split that into two days.  It really helps out for the success ahead. So, its a beautiful night outside.  I am staring up at the glaciers, what’s left of them - they have been dwindling, but who knows that could change.  I can’t ask for a better group of folks, we are having a fun time and everyone is just doing really well.  So fingers crossed, couple of more days of this and we will be heading for the summit.  Can’t wait.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker checks in from Barranco Camp at 12,800 ft on Kilimanjaro,

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Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team from Shira Camp

Mark Tucker checking in from Camp 2, the Shira Plateau, about 12,200 feet.  We had a nice breakfast and a leisurely pace. A bit of an ascent from our Machame Camp. But a step at a time, a break at a time, and a traverse through a very mystical-kind of environment in and out of some riverbeds.  A pretty enchanting walk and everybody’s doing very well. I’m very pleased with the performance of the team. We’re all happy and healthy. We just finished a fabulous 3-course meal and people are crawling into the tents. We’re having this moon interrupt a little bit of our star gazing. It’s a little bright because no clouds, clear skies. There was a bit of marine layer type sea of muck below us, but not a cloud in the sky today, perfect conditions. A little bit dusty on the trail but a little handkerchief over the nose at times worked out just fine. We’re having a gas. One of our team members, Alberto, wanted do a shout out to his Pops. So, “Hey to you.” He’s having a good time doing really well. It will be another 6:30 up, and hopefully breakfast at 7:15, hitting the trail by around 8:00. Great day tomorrow, break some altitude records. We are hoping to go just over 15,000 feet and then back down to 12,800’ for the night. Very great opportunity for acclimatization. Climb high, sleep low.  It is just setting us up for success. So all is well. We’ll check in tomorrow.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

RMI Guide Mark Tucker checking in from Shira Camp.

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