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August 29, 2014

Kilimanjaro Climb & Safari

Mt. Kilimanjaro: Team Returns to Arusha, Ready to Fly Home

Hi this is Seth along with the group.  We are on the way to the airport after a great last day on Safari.
We awoke this morning in Kikoti Camp and after a great breakfast we hit the road.  We traversed back through Tarangire National Park and were lucky to catch a few more glimpses of a pride of lions.  After that we made our way back to Arusha, did some shopping and came back to the Dik Dik Hotel.
Everyone has had a great trip but after two weeks away, I think most everyone is excited to return home.  As for me I am sticking around for another trip and I am really looking forward to heading back up on the mountain.
I’ll be checking in again soon!

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

Seth. Thanks for doing such a great job posting.  All of us back in the states felt like we were there. I’m am hopeful to give it try with my kids sometime soon.  I hope the next climb is a success as well.


Posted by: Rusty on 8/29/2014 at 7:25 pm

Hi George, loved reading the blog posts. We’re so proud of you! Can’t wait to hear all your amazing stories. Hope you and the team enjoy a safe trip home.

Posted by: Charlie & Karen on 8/29/2014 at 7:16 pm

August 28, 2014

Kilimanjaro Climb & Safari

Mt. Kilimanjaro: Game Viewing in Tarangire National Park

Mambo poa…  We are full on safari pros now.  We left the Plantation Lodge at a relaxed pace this morning and after a couple of quick shopping missions we made it into Tarangire National Park.  This is the ‘Garden of the Elephants’ and true to its name we have already seen about 50 of them before lunch.  We are going to make our way through the rest of the park this afternoon on our way to Kikoti Camp.  I’ll check in again tomorrow.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

What a wonderful adventure for all of you!! We miss you Bridget and Kevin! So nice to get the pictures of your smiling faces. Enjoy!!


Lizzie, Thomas, Kit and Mary

Posted by: liz Blaney on 8/28/2014 at 6:05 pm

Now that is what call a first class safari! Smiles,friends,and meals you don’t have to cook!

Posted by: Marcy on 8/28/2014 at 2:17 pm

August 27, 2014

Kilimanjaro Climb & Safari

Mt. Kilimanjaro: Team Explores the Ngorongoro Crater

Hi this is Seth.  We are spending the day in the vast Ngorongoro Crater.  The animal viewing here is excellent and we’ve already spotted our first lion of the trip.
Everyone’s legs are almost completely recovered from summit day but its still nice to relax in the vehicles.  We’ll be staying in our same hotel tonight before making the switch to Kikoti Camp tomorrow.
That’s it for now.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

Good to see the team back together again.everyone looking happy.Cam

Posted by: Cam on 8/27/2014 at 2:39 pm

Glad to see everyone together—happy & feeling well.  Enjoy these last few days . . . .

Posted by: Sandy O on 8/27/2014 at 8:56 am

August 26, 2014

Kilimanjaro Climb & Safari

Mt. Kilimanjaro: Team Explores Lake Manyara National Park

Hello from Lake Manyara National Park.  Today most of the team headed out for some game viewing while two of our members went directly to the hotel.  One of them was feeling under the weather.
The rest of us have been on the road, looking for animals, at Lake Manyara.  It feels great to be toasty and warm after being cold on Kilimanjaro.  Most everyone has legs that are still a little tired from the climb so it’s also a treat to ride in the safari vehicle.
Tonight we’ll overnight at the beautiful Plantation Lodge and tomorrow we head to the famous Ngorongoro crater.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

You all look great! I can’t wait to see the pics and hear the stories!

Posted by: Marcy on 8/26/2014 at 2:00 pm

Hey Roger Looking good and well rested. Happy hunting ( with a camera of course ) hope you get lots of great pictures. Cam

Posted by: Cam on 8/26/2014 at 9:55 am

August 25, 2014

Kilimanjaro Climb & Safari

Mt. Kilimanjaro: Team Makes Final Descent and Depart Kilimanjaro National Park

Hello from the Dik Dik Hotel!  We have made it off the mountain.  Today we awoke to clearing skies and warm temps.  After another great breakfast we were honored to give our support staff their well-deserved tips.  They have done an amazing job keeping us healthy and happy for the summit push.
After that we headed down the trail.  The group moved well over the trail.  Yesterday’s rain had left a slick surface but we didn’t have any mishaps.
Once we reached the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate the guys set out a lunch platter and then we made the drive back to the hotel.
Everyone is showering up and cleaning gear right now.  We’re meeting up for dinner later and then its off to bed.  Safari starts tomorrow.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

Looks like your having fun there!!! Looking forward to seeing some pictures..

Posted by: Howard and Brenda on 9/6/2014 at 5:06 am

Congrats to Josh and all the climbers!  Enjoy your well-deserved relaxation -

Posted by: Seahawk Doug on 8/25/2014 at 12:28 pm

August 24, 2014

Kilimanjaro Climb & Safari

Mt. Kilimanjaro: Team Summits and Descends to Mweka Camp

Summit Day is a wrap!  We started our day with a midnight wakeup and a lite ‘breakfast’ of cakes and cookies.  Everyone was ready quickly and we hit the trail at 12:45.  The moonless night gave us great stargazing as we ascended the many twists and turns of the summit route and while there was no wind it was very chilly before sunrise.  As we neared the crater rim a crescent moon, Venus and Mercury all came up just before the sun.  That was a spectacular sight.  Everyone went on to Uhuru Peak (19,340’) where we had several waves of summit photos.  The descent of the summit cone was as smooth as can be and everyone was back in camp before 10 AM.

Now we have reached Mweka, our last camp on Kilimanjaro.  The team did great coming down in what turned out to be tough conditions.  Sunny skies gave way to thunder showers as soon as we left Barafu.  This turned the trail slick with mud and wet stones but everyone just buckled down and dispatched with the task of getting down.  We made good time and have just finished a great lunch in camp.

Tomorrow we hit the trail for the final leg of our trip.  We will drop down to the national park gate, check out, and head back to the Dik Dik Hotel for the night.  Everyone is looking forward to starting the next phase of our adventure… safari!

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall checks in from High Camp after the group returns from the summit of Kilimanjaro.

On The Map

Yay, Roger!  You did it!  What an amazing accomplishment!  We are so thrilled for you and can’t wait to heard your mountain climbing stories.  Hope the next part of your adventure is relaxing and unforgettable!  Safe travels

Posted by: Susan on 8/25/2014 at 2:44 pm

What a spectacular adventure!!! Thanks you Seth and the entire team for helping us reach the summit in record time! Congratulations to the Team!!!

Posted by: Seth Casden on 8/25/2014 at 7:18 am

August 23, 2014

Kilimanjaro Climb & Safari

Kilimanjaro: Waterfall & Team Summit!

Hey this is Seth checking in from the top of Kilimanjaro!  We had a great day.  Super nice weather, really sweet.  No wind when we left camp, just a little breeze when we hit the crater rim.  We were all walking into the crater rim when the sun came up and we have been enjoying the top for a little while now.  We are going to head down. Go back to camp and spend a few hours packing up and then we’ll be down to about 10,000 feet, back where trees grow out of the ground. All is well.  We’ll check in later today.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall calls from the Kilimanjaro summit!

On The Map

Congrats to you all! Such a terrific accomplishment.

Posted by: Tricia Blaney on 8/24/2014 at 9:05 am

Amazing pictures. Great accomplishment. Kudos to all. CB

Posted by: Cam on 8/24/2014 at 6:51 am

August 23, 2014

Kilimanjaro Climb & Safari

Mt. Kilimanjaro: Team Reaches High Camp

Another fine day on Kilimanjaro’s trails has led us to high camp.  The name of this camp is Barafu which translates to ‘ice’.  So you can tell it is not always the warmest spot.  True enough, we have been getting some ice pellets or graupel hitting the tents since we arrived.  Hopefully we’ll have the normal evening clearing and a nice climb tonight.

The team members are all in our respective tents sorting gear and relaxing before we head out.  Our crew just prepared a delicious lunch of hamburgers and macaroni salad.  Perfect for the physical effort that awaits us.

Our plan is to get up at midnight and get on the trail by 1 AM.  It should take us somewhere in the neighborhood of 6 hours to reach the top.

Wish us luck!

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

On The Map

hello team, it is 10:44 in New York. Thinking about 6:30 where you all are. We are all so incredibly proud of all of you! summit or not. You all rock!! congrats on a great journey!!! xxoo lizzie , thomas, kit and mary :-)

Posted by: liz Blaney on 8/23/2014 at 7:49 pm

Be careful dad! Your 75 and you promised me if it was too much you would turn back.  I would rather have you return home safely rather than lose you proving yourself on one of your adventures.  Are we still on for running with the bulls in Spain next year?

Posted by: Roger Rathburn Jr. on 8/23/2014 at 7:07 pm

August 22, 2014

Kilimanjaro Climb & Safari

Mt. Kilimanjaro: Team Ascends the Barranco Wall

Jambo from Mt. Kilimanjaro!  We are on the trail.  Last night was wonderful at Barranco camp and this morning we slept in a bit before heading up the wall.  The climbing was great and the group did very well.  We can see the upper mountain glaciers and the high camp.  We are getting close to our goal!

We are now at our Karanga Valley Camp.  The team did great on the trail into camp.  We had a great lunch here and have been relaxing this afternoon.  Everyone is psyched for the trip to high camp tomorrow morning.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

On The Map

Everyone should be at camp by now resting and getting ready for the final push.  I’m very hopeful everyone can make it.  I’ll be thinking about you all a lot tonight.  Best of luck!!!

Posted by: Rusty on 8/23/2014 at 5:14 am

So proud of you Josh. It’s great to see every step of the journey through these reports.  We are bubbling with excitement for you here on the home front- everyone we see asking your report.  Enjoy every moment- breathe deep- take it all in!  Much love!

Posted by: Kristen on 8/22/2014 at 11:15 pm

August 21, 2014

Kilimanjaro Climb & Safari

Kilimanjaro: Waterfall & Team Enjoying the Views of Lava Tower

Well, it’s a cloudy day on the trail but the group is hanging tough.  We’re having lunch at the Lava Tower (15’000’).  That means we are setting new altitude records for just about every one.  Tonight we will camp at Barranco where some of the giant plants that are unique to Kilimanjaro are concentrated.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

On The Map

We MISS you Dadda!! So proud!!  Keep on trekking!!

Posted by: Kylie, Jake & Cait on 8/21/2014 at 7:39 pm

George, hope you’re have a howling good time!!

Posted by: Ranger Osborne on 8/21/2014 at 1:28 pm

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