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July 23, 2013

Kilimanjaro Climb & Safari

Mt. Kilimanjaro: Waterfall & Team Arrive in Arusha, Tanzania

Greetings from the Dik Dik Hotel.  Everyone has made it to Tanzania safe and sound.  All of our baggage has arrived as well!  We’ve just finished a light supper and tomorrow we kick off our trip with our first full team meeting at breakfast.  So far so good.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

July 24, 2013

Kilimanjaro Climb & Safari

Mt. Kilimanjaro: Waterfall and Team Checking Gear and Carbo-Loading

Well, today was our first full day as a team.  We met up for breakfast at 9 a.m. and then launched into a good meet-and-greet and a big download of info about our climb.  It seems like everyone will be getting along famously and that’s always a good sign.

After our team meeting we reviewed the gear needed for the climb and how to pack it all up.  Then it was lunch time.  The staff here at the Dik Dik has been treating very well and the food is amazing.  Lunch today was three courses, dinner was five!  We’re all carbo-loading for the trek and everyone is psyched to hit the trail tomorrow!

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

Go get ‘em Don and Kathy!  So jealous, God speed, and may you have a perfect summit!

Posted by: Daniel on 7/26/2013 at 9:43 pm

July 25, 2013

Kilimanjaro Climb & Safari

Mt. Kilimanjaro: Waterfall and Team are on the Mountian

Well, we just pulled into Machame Camp, elevation 9,900’.  It was a beautiful day here with plenty of sunshine.  We climbed through the cloud forest today, although there were some muddy sections we did not get rained on at all.  The temperatures were pleasant all day.  Our camp is situated right where the forest gives way to the giant heather and it is a beautiful spot for sure.  Once we move into our tents we’ll have a little tea before dinner and a relatively early bed time. That’s it for now.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall and Team

On The Map

July 26, 2013

Kilimanjaro Climb & Safari

Kilimanjaro: Waterfall & Team at Shira Plateau

We’re at Shira Plateau Camp!  We had another great day on the trail and everyone is adjusting to mountain life.  We got up with the sun and had a great breakfast.  Fruit and eggs and of course the wonderful bread from the Dik Dik is a great way to start a day.

Unfortunately for us though one of our team had to head home due to a work emergency.  We’ll miss him sorely and feel bad that he had to leave the trip.

After our goodbyes we hit the trail for a 4 hour and 45 minute hike to camp.  The weather was mostly cloudy which meant we were inside the clouds all day.  That is until we hit the top of the Shira Plateau where we moved out of the cloud deck.  Once we topped out we were greeted with an amazing view of the summit.  It’s still a long way off but tomorrow we’ll get right up under it!

A message from team member Gayle: She wanted to say hi to her Mom.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

On The Map

Happy birthday to our beautiful daughter!  And a big Hugo Kalin as well.  Enjoy every minute of this trip of a lifetime!  Love, mom and dad

Posted by: Mary Beth Denefe on 7/26/2013 at 8:28 pm

July 28, 2013

Kilimanjaro Climb & Safari

Kilimanjaro: Waterfall & Team Move from Barranco Wall to Karanga Camp

This is Seth checking in from the top of the Barranco Wall.  We’ve been climbing in a cloud all morning which has kept the temperatures nice and comfortable.  The team is doing well and we’re all looking forward to spending the afternoon at our next camp, Karanga Valley.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

On The Map

Hope you are having a great time! We miss you! Caleb and Joshua say “HI” to Daddy and Pop!

Posted by: Teri on 7/28/2013 at 8:22 pm

Hello to Emily and Kalin!

Posted by: Carrie Rabasa on 7/28/2013 at 9:47 am

July 29, 2013

Kilimanjaro Climb & Safari

Kilimanjaro: Waterfall & Team at Barafu Camp Ready for Summit Bid

Seth checking in from Barafu Camp, high camp on Kilimanjaro.  We’ve had exceptional weather today and we hope it continues for the next 24 hours.  We’ll be getting up in the middle of the night for our summit bid!!!

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

On The Map

You are more woman than I ever dreamed of. You go girl!  Thanks for sharing your adventures. . <3

Posted by: Kim Beaney on 7/31/2013 at 7:35 am

Good luck Kalin and Emily! May the weather hold! Love, Helen, Adam and Pinocchio!

Posted by: Helen on 7/29/2013 at 9:45 pm

July 30, 2013

Kilimanjaro Climb & Safari

Kilimanjaro: Waterfall & Team Summit!

July 30, 2013 at 9:35 a.m. PST
Hi, this is Seth checking in from Mweka Camp.  The summit was great today and I’ll be emailing a pic out as soon as we get back to the hotel tomorrow.  Everyone is tucked into their tents now listening to the pitter-patter of rain.  We’re hoping the morning brings some sunshine!

July 29, 2013 at 9:34 p.m. PST
Hey, this is Seth calling from Uhuru Peak, tallest point on Kilimanjaro, highest in Africa at 19,340’.  The whole team made it, at least to Stella Point. We had a beautiful day with a few high clouds but zero wind for the whole climb and everyone did very well.  We are going to take a few minutes, take some photos with the big sign and then head on back down. Tonight we will be dropping all the way down to 10,000 feet, which will feel great for us. Summit of Kilimanjaro for our team!

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall calls from the summit of Kilimanjaro!

On The Map

What a way to celebrate your 40th birthday (with your Dad)! Miss you Don and Chris! lu

Posted by: Teri on 7/31/2013 at 10:21 am

Wonderful you all made it!  So exciting—congratulations!  Sounds like the weather was incredible making for some beautiful photos.

Posted by: Mary Beth Denefe on 7/31/2013 at 9:34 am

July 31, 2013

Kilimanjaro Climb & Safari

Mt. Kilimanjaro: Waterfall & Team Complete Climb and Return to Dik Dik

Everyone is back at the Dik Dik hotel safe and sound!  It was a whirlwind past few days on Kilimanjaro as we went from 15,200 feet up to 19,340 and all the way out in just over 24 hours.  The team did really well and the weather was good, even though we got rained on a bit after the summit.

The weather for our climb was amazing and we all had great conditions on the summit.  We started just after midnight under a partly cloudy sky.  It was a windless night and that kept the temps from dropping to extreme lows.  That said we did climb to over 18,000 feet before the sun came up so staying warm required us to be vigilant with our gear.  Everyone kept their focus though and we all made it up.  We summitted in a big wave spread out over about 45 min which was really cool for me as I got to spend a lot of time on top.

After returning from high camp we resisted the urge to relax too much as we still had a decent hike down to our last camp.  As we snacked on french toast the clouds came up and we started to get some light rain.  The rain picked up as we hiked down to Mweka camp and that added some challenge to the day but our excellent staff had dry tents and hot tea waiting for us.  After dinner we dropped onto our sleeping pads for a well deserved rest.

This morning we woke up to more cloud cover.  After another excellent meal we had a wrap up celebration with our mountain staff.  The guys from the Dik Dik do an amazing job and we all wanted to make sure that they know we greatly appreciate the hard work. Then we hit the trail.  A few hours of hiking was nothing for this crew and before we know it we were down at the gate.

We will have dinner in a couple of hours and toast to the great times we had on Kilimanjaro!  Tomorrow it’s safari time!!!

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall


August 1, 2013

Kilimanjaro Climb & Safari

Mt. Kilimanjaro: Waterfall & Team Game View at Lake Manyara

We’re on safari! 

We didn’t sleep in too much today.  We left the hotel just after 9 AM and spent some time in the city of Arusha.  We did some shopping and stocked up on drinks for the road.  After about 2 hours of driving we had lunch and entered Lake Manyara National Park.  The game viewing here is always great and the lake is very full these days.  Here’s a shot of a large elephant crossing the road in front of us.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

August 2, 2013

Kilimanjaro Climb & Safari

Mt. Kilimanjaro: Waterfall & Team Continue to Enjoy Safari

Hi!  We’re all back at the Plantation Lodge after a great day in the Ngorongoro Crater.  It was a lovely, if slightly cool, day there.  The crater is truly one of the wonders of the world and the game viewing did not disappoint what-so-ever.

We’re all loving the relaxed pace of the safari after a long climb on Kili and tomorrow we continue on to Tarangire National Park.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

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