Entries From Kilimanjaro 8-30-14

Kilimanjaro: Waterfall & Team’s Safari Comes to an End

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | September 12, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Safari is over and that means the trip is coming to a close.  We are all in a bus headed back to Arusha.  We’re planning one more shopping mission before heading back to the Dik Dik Hotel to get ready for our flights. Everyone is scheduled to fly out tonight.

It’s been a great adventure that was capped off by a wonderful evening last night and a really nice morning game drive.  We got extremely close to some elephants and got a great look at a female leopard.  Everyone’s still having a blast but the idea of heading home to our friends and family is taking hold. Hopefully our travels homeward are all as smooth as the rest of this trip has been.

I would like to give a big thanks on behalf of both my climbing teams this summer to the staff of the Dik Dik Hotel and tour operations and the RMI support team. The program here is excellent and everyone has really enjoyed their time in Africa.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

Seth Waterfall's team headed back to Arusha. Photo: Seth Waterfall
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Looks like earlier I posted this message on wrong climb.
Nice achievement, congratulations.
I just wanted to know about current ebola situation and did U guys feel any… read more

Posted by: R on 11/20/2014 at 6:20 pm


Mt. Kilimanjaro: Team Spots Leopard to Round Out Big 5

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | September 11, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Just another great day on safari. Today we rounded out our ‘Big 5’ sightings with an up close look at a leopard. This elusive cat is always a tough one to get but we were lucky today for sure.  We are spending our last night in Tanzania out in the bush in Kikoti Camp and tomorrow we finish the trip with a.morning game drive and evening flights.  We pack the action in until the last minute.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

Kikoti Camp, Tanzania.  Photo: Jeff Martin Team members at Kikoti Camp, Tanzania.  Photo: Seth Waterfall

Mt. Kilimanjaro: Team Enjoys Great Wildlife Viewing in Ngorongoro Crater

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | September 10, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Day two on safari is going great!  We are down in Ngorongoro Crater and the wildlife viewing is as good as ever.  The team is taking to the safari life like a fish to water.  Everyone is also psyched that we didn’t have to pack our back and move locations for the first time in over a week.  That’s about all for now.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

Big cat in the Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania.  Photo: Seth Waterfall
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...now that’s what’s called, getting away from it all. What a beautiful view. With any luck, I’ll be seeing this one day too, in person. Thanks for the view from… read more

Posted by: D on 9/10/2014 at 7:52 pm


Mt. Kilimanjaro: Team Explores Lake Manyara National Park

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | September 09, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Safari has started!  This morning we met for breakfast and then headed out through the edge of Maasai country to Lake Manyara National Park.  We have just finished with lunch and are about to head through the forested region next to the lake.  This is the home of the tree climbing lions so hopefully we’ll be lucky enough to see some.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

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Jambo. Looks fantastic.  what a nice looking group. Enjoy the wild.

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Posted by: Anne on 9/10/2014 at 11:42 am


Kilimanjaro: Waterfall & Team Back to Dik Dik Hotel

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | September 08, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Hello from the Dik Dik!  We made it down and out of Kilimanjaro National Park today.  It’s nice to be back inside a place where they have cold drinks.

The group moved off the mountain in good spirits and our lunch at the park gate was excellent as always.  Our legs were tired from the long climb when we awoke but the pull of getting back to comfortable living got us up and moving by 8:00.  The crew has been wonderful all week and today was no different.  They made a great breakfast that sent us downhill in style.

Now we are shifting gears; getting ready for safari.  I just checked in with the drivers and everything is all set for the morning.  That’s it for now.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

The Dik Dik Hotel pool area. Photo: Seth Waterfall

Mt. Kilimanjaro: Team Descends to Mweka Camp at 10,000ft.

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | September 07, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 10,000'

Hey, this is Seth checking in from Mweka, it’s our last camp on Kilimanjaro.  We came off the summit after my last call in and had a nice hike down to our high camp at Barafu.  Then had a nice breakfast and rolled down here to our last camp.  It was quite the hike, the last few miles are always tough on tired legs. Everybody is safe and sound down here.  We are looking forward to a little dinner and then a long nights sleep, well deserved.  Tomorrow we head back to our hotel and then we are off on safari.  We will check in again from the Dik Dik Hotel.  All is well here on Kilimanjaro.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall


RMI Guide Seth Waterfall checks in from Mweka Camp after descending from the summit of Kilimanjaro.

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CONGRATS TO TEAM REISER! All the hard work paid off, enjoy the rest of your trip. Look forward to hearing all about it.

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Posted by: Laura, Megan T, Mat on 9/7/2014 at 4:19 pm


Kilimanjaro: Waterfall & 100% of Team on the Summit!

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | September 07, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 19,340'

Hey this is Seth calling from the summit of Kilimanjaro.  We have every single last member of the team up at Uhuru Peak.  That’s 100% of us 11 plus 5 great African guides.  It’s a nice day, clear skies all night long. The rain we had before, the last two days, just disappeared. There is a cloud deck down below us. We just had the nicest summit day.  Everybody is doing great and we’re gonna head back down.  We have a long drop, it’s about 9,000 feet down to our last camp.  And then we are on safari. We will check in when we get to our last camp.  Ciao.

RMI Guide Seth Watefall

The August 30th Kilimanjaro team on the summit at 19,340 ft.  Photo: Seth Waterfall The sunrise over Tanzania as seen from summit day on Kilimanjaro.  Photo: RMI Collection


RMI Guide Seth Waterfall calls from the summit of Kilimanjaro.

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Kilimanjaro: Waterfall & Team Prepared for Summit Bid

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | September 06, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 15,000'

Well, we have made it to Kilimanjaro High Camp and it has stopped raining.  Those are two really good things.  The upper mountain has a fresh dusting of snow and some clouds are still swirling around but all-in-all it’s a pleasant day.

We had lunch here in camp after a short day on the trail. Now everyone is resting and organizing gear.  We are planning an early dinner and bed and then we’ll be off to the summit!

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

The trail leading to High Camp on Kilimanjaro. Photo: Jeff Martin An RMI team at a rest break overlooking Kilimanjaro. Photo: Seth Waterfall

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Mamie and Wilder, love you. Proud of you. Take courage and persevere. We believe in you. Beth

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Posted by: Beth Morningstar on 9/6/2014 at 3:14 pm


Mt. Kilimanjaro: A Wet Day on the Trail to Karanga Valley Camp

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | September 05, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 12,800'

Hello from Karanga Valley on Mt. Kilimanjaro.  It’s been another wet day here on the mountain but the crew pulled off a fine performance on the trail.

We actually awoke to sunny skies and after a nice breakfast we relaxed around camp.  The plan was to let the majority of the other teams move up the steep Barranco wall before we set out.  This worked out nicely and although clouds had moved in we ascended in relative privacy.

At the top of the wall it began to mist and by the time we reached camp it was full on raining.  The rain has continued through the afternoon.  We’re looking forward to the normal sunset clearing and the move to high camp tomorrow.

RMI Guides Seth Waterfall

Climbers ascending the Barranco Wall on Kilimanjaro.  Photo: Seth Waterfall Karanga Camp, 12,800', on Kilimanjaro.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Crissy and crew… Keep on trekkin’ and good luck on the summit push tomorrow! Love and well wishes from back home!

Bobby

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Posted by: Bob on 9/6/2014 at 5:21 am


Mt. Kilimanjaro: Team Ascends to Barranco Camp

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | September 04, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 12,800'

Jambo! This is Seth checking in from Barranco Camp at about 13,000’ on Kilimanjaro.  It was a cool and showery day on the trail today.  We started with some mixed clouds and sun but after a couple of hours it started to sprinkle. We were dry at lunch but by the time we made it to camp it had started to rain.  No big deal though as our tents are dry and the cooks are preparing another great meal.  Tomorrow is a short day over to Karanga Valley.

That’s it for now.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

Climbers on Kilimanjaro en route to Barranco Camp.  Photo: Jeff Martin Barranco Camp on Kilimanjaro, 12,800ft.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Sending love to Wilder, Dink, and Mary from around the kitchen table at 5020 Battery Lane.

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Posted by: Thursday Night Crew on 9/4/2014 at 6:49 pm

AOSTF two dapper males suffering from mild hypoxia, diaphoretic and elevated bearings. Delivered a firm slap on spinal midline followed by repeated infusions of spirited camaraderie and best wishes. A&Ox2;:… read more

Posted by: Station 26 Crew on 9/4/2014 at 5:21 pm


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