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August 30, 2013

Kilimanjaro Climb & Safari

Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team Finish Safari with Not One, But Five Leopard Sightings!

Sorry about the delayed dispatch. We were literally off grid and out in the African bush.

It’s been one amazing adventure from start to finish and yesterday our last day on safari didn’t disappoint. We spent the day in Tarangire National Park which is home to more elephants per square mile than any other place on earth. The elephants were plentiful as were many animals, but the highlight was seeing not one, but five leopards! We first came upon a male who had just killed an ostrich and then just few minutes later we pulled up on a mother and three cubs. Needless to say everyone has enjoyed the trip and are looking forward to getting home and sharing a few photos.

Happy 25th birthday Jess! Glad we were all able to share this with you.   

RMI Guide Casey Grom

Thanks so much Casey (and the whole A-team!) for the most incredible quarter century adventure and celebration! We’re back in NYC and missing the trip already. Casey, hope you haven’t shed too many tears yet since the team’s left—I hear if you put mayo on your eyes, it helps to soothe the tear ducts.

Until next time :)!

Posted by: Jess Tha Wienerschleider on 8/31/2013 at 11:35 am

August 28, 2013

Kilimanjaro Climb & Safari

Mt. Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team Visit Ngorongoro Crater

It was another majestic day here in Africa!

Today we visited the Ngorogoro Crater, considered by many to be the 8th wonder of the world. It’s a 2 million year old caldera that over time trapped many animals inside its walls as it eroded. There are natural springs that feed the many bodies of water which keep the animals from migrating. We saw three of the big five and got nearly within arms reach of a female lion.
It was a pretty amazing day being so close to all the wildlife and it has left many of us in awe!
We rounded the day off with a visit to a working Maasai village and have returned to the Plantation Lodge for another great meal.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

Happy Birthday Casey Grom!

Posted by: Sydney on 8/29/2013 at 7:20 pm

Hey, mane.

Timbobway Peterson say they be Dongo Tribesmen.

Where the Dongo’s is?

Posted by: Bagmane on 8/29/2013 at 3:18 pm

August 27, 2013

Kilimanjaro Climb & Safari

Mt. Kilimanjaro: Grom and Team enjoy Safari

Hello again everyone,

After all the hard work to prepare for this trip we have finally arrived at the time to reward ourselves.Today we set off on our 3 and half days of safari and started off with a stop at Lake Manyara known for its plentiful flamingos and tree climbing lions. Although we didn’t see the tree climbing lions, we did manage to see plenty of wildebeest, zebras, flamingos, giraffe, baboons, and got up close to several elephants. We even had a rare sighting of a green mamba.

We have arrived and are fully enjoying the hospitality of the amazing plantation lodge. See for yourself http://www.plantation-lodge.com. Living the good life!

RMI Guide Casey and Crew

New York City ladies rule.  Jessie, we’re so looking forward to your visit and triumphant return. Hugs and Kisses (for mom too).

Posted by: Uncle Jim & Aunt Carol on 8/28/2013 at 9:52 am

Ok, we have to stop reading your updates because Sam and Connor are getting jealous of your safari adventures! Couldn’t you just go climb another mountain?

Posted by: jordo on 8/28/2013 at 3:28 am

August 26, 2013

Kilimanjaro Climb & Safari

Mt. Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team Return to Dik Dik

Hello again everyone,

We have finally made it off of Mt. Kilimanjaro and are safely back at the wonderful Dik Dik Lodge.
After a much needed night of sleep we woke up this morning, packed up all of our stuff and headed down hill one last time. We ended our journey by saying good bye to all of the amazing porters and mountain staff that made this journey possible.
Everyone is now freshly showered and smelling good again, thankfully, and are just sitting down to our celebration dinner.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

What an accomplishment, Tim!  We’re all really happy for you.  Have shown Mom and Dad everything and they’re really proud and excited for you.  Can’t wait to see all your photos!
Love, Margaret Ann

Posted by: Margaret Ann on 8/27/2013 at 11:46 am

Way to go!!! Now you get to say, “been there done that”!! haha.  Love your smiling faces at the summit.

Posted by: Lorraine Bocci on 8/27/2013 at 10:30 am

August 25, 2013

Kilimanjaro Climb & Safari

Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team 100% Summit!

At 2:45 a.m. PST, Casey Grom and team were all standing on the “Roof of Africa!”  As seen in the photo sent below, the weather was bluebird skies and everyone looks extremely happy.  The team has descended from the summit and will continue down to Mweka Camp at 10,000’ today.

Congratulations to the team!

On The Map

Congratulations Jess!! What an AWESOME accomplishment!  We have a bottle of champagne and something from Jay ;) waiting for you in Doylestown to celebrate!!  xxxx Jen, Jay, Jane, Bob, Huck & Finn

Posted by: Jen Leventhal on 8/26/2013 at 5:32 pm

Congratulations Steve and Brian! What a huge accomplishment. Can not wait to hear all of the stories.

Posted by: Scott B on 8/26/2013 at 7:18 am

August 24, 2013

Kilimanjaro Climb & Safari

Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team Live Update!

August 24th at 8:35 pm PST
18,000ft + and still going strong! A beautiful sunrise graced us this morning.

August 24th at 6:25 pm PST
17,000ft and doing well. It’s a little breezy but not too cold.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

Steve B and Brian S,
CONGRATULATIONS to you both!!! I knew you could do it! The Summit picture is awesome! :-)
Now trek down the mountain just as safely and come back to us.

Posted by: Maggi on 8/26/2013 at 6:57 am

Dear Chris and Jessie…We’re anxiously awaiting news about your reaching the summit!!! Love Dad (papa) & Mama J

Posted by: joan & dad on 8/25/2013 at 6:21 am

August 24, 2013

Kilimanjaro Climb & Safari

Mt. Kilimanjaro: Grom and Team at High Camp Ready for Summit Bid

Hello again everyone.

After 5 days of trekking we have finally arrived at High Camp!

Today we moved up a few thousand feet and are comfortably sitting just shy of 15’000ft. Despite having made good time to camp our amazing support still managed to beat us and have camp ready once again. We are camped on the southeast side of Kilimanjaro and have a great view of the route ahead as well as the valleys below. Our route ascends up a wide ridge and should be relatively easy for this crew that has done such a great job thus far. Our plan is to wake up at midnight and have breakfast then hopefully start our summit bid around 1am. If all goes well I’m expecting us to reach the summit sometime around 8am.Everyone is in good spirits and excited about the climb.

Thanks for all the blog post! It’s wonderful to hear from everyone back home and we appreciate all the support.

Wish us luck!

RMI Guide Casey and Crew


On The Map


Call when you get there!  : )

Posted by: Jordo on 8/25/2013 at 4:18 am

Hello Bruce, Michael, Katie, Jess and Chris…. and congratulations!!!  We have been following closely knowing there is a 7 hour difference. You’re not missing anything here.  Have a safe trek down.  Cant wait to see that view from the summit.  Get a small rock from the mountain as a paperweight.  Love you all. Mom

Posted by: Joyce on 8/24/2013 at 8:10 pm

August 23, 2013

Kilimanjaro Climb & Safari

Mt. Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team Ascend the Barranco Wall

Hello again everyone,

Day 4 started much like yesterday, luckily for us, with clouds below and clear skies above. Looming above camp was our first major obstacle of the climb, the 1,000’ high Barranco wall, the only real technical part of this climb. Looking straight at it one would think its nearly unclimbable but thankfully for us there is a faint climbers trail that bobs and weaves it way via a series of ledges and steps safely to the top. Everyone did fantastic and thoroughly enjoyed the challenge and were amazed watching the porters navigate this terrain with their loads still balanced on their heads.
Once on top of the wall we took a nice break to enjoy the views and snap a few pictures. The rest of the trail was mostly a traverse with spectacular views of the last few glaciers that cover the southern side of Kilimanjaro.
We arrived in camp right around noon and had a quick lunch then retired to our tents for a little rest.
All is well!

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

On The Map

Hey Steve and Brian! Been following your progress all week. If I’m getting it straight, tonight is the night! So good luck and enjoy every minute of it! You guys rock.

Posted by: Dave L on 8/24/2013 at 9:18 am

Chris and Jesse!!
You are almost at the top!!!  You go girls!  What an awesome journey for the two of you to be experiencing together.  Stay strong and enjoy the view!  Love you guys and cannot wait to hear about this amazing adventure.
Chris - You sure know how to celebrate your birthday! Woohoo! 

Posted by: Karen on 8/24/2013 at 7:58 am

August 22, 2013

Kilimanjaro Climb & Safari

Mt. Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team Continue Ascent with New Altitude Record for Some

Hello All,

Today the team was greeted with clear skies and plenty of sunshine above a cloud layer that filled the valleys below Mt. Kilimanjaro. We started the day in similar fashion with fresh fruit, eggs and great coffee, and started our hike in light layers and lots of suncream just after 8 am again. The team made good time climbing up the Shira Plateau which is an old lava flow with sparse vegetation and plenty of boulders. We ascended up to a place called Lava Tower which is around 15,000’ and managed to set a few new altitude records for some of the team. Once our high point was reached we descend down into the Barranco Valley where we marveled at the unique giant groundsels and Senecio trees that litter this area.

We arrived at camp with all our tents set up and ready for us to move into once again. The team is incredibly thankful for the hardworking support that we have here on Kilimanjaro.

Everyone is doing great and looking forward to a much deserved night of rest.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and the Kilimanjaro crew

On The Map

Hey Steve and Brian! Been following your progress all week. If I’m getting it straight, tonight is the night! So good luck and enjoy every minute of it! You guys rock.

Posted by: Dave L on 8/24/2013 at 9:17 am

Hey what’s that hat you’re wearing Chambo? WHat a nice bunch of smiles you all have on. Clearly you need more challenge.  : )

Posted by: jordo on 8/23/2013 at 8:09 am

August 21, 2013

Kilimanjaro Climb & Safari

Mt. Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team Enjoy First Night on the Mountain

Hello all
Most everyone slept well last night and we started the day with our wonderful support staff bring us hot tea and warm washing water to our tent this morning. We had nice breakfast of fresh fruit, fried eggs and of course plenty of fresh coffee.
We hit the trail today on Mt. Kilimanjaro around 8am and climbed up a moderately narrow ridge that lead all the way up to the Shira Plateau where we traversed into camp. It was mostly cloudy today which didn’t allow for many views but did make for some really nice hiking temperatures. The team made good progress today on the rocky trail pausing only for some porters to pass and of course taking a break every hour for water and snacks.
We are currently resting in camp enjoying the warmth of the sun and taking in our first views of Kilimanjaro.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

On The Map

Hi Chris… It must be so exciting at this point. How are the legs holding out? Im so happy for all of you. Sleep well you’ll need it for tomorrow. Sailing with Rob was a blast and Brian is watching you climb from the beaches in California. Tread on.


Posted by: Tom on 8/24/2013 at 3:26 pm

Hey Michael and Bruce,Ttake some good photos so we can enlarge them. Use a tripod and don’t cut off your feet!! Love you and miss you. Stay safe. Love Mom

Posted by: Joyce on 8/21/2013 at 7:03 pm

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