Entries From Kilimanjaro 8-4-14

Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team’s Last Safari Day Ends at Kikoti Camp

Posted by: Mark Tucker | August 16, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Yet another stellar Safari. Some clouds made for very pleasant temperatures all day. Tarangire National Park was the place to be. A bit of a terrain contrast from the crater, neither one better than the other, just different. Wide open big sky country out here. Mammals galore, in a very natural setting, as you can imagine. We ended up here at the luxury tent camp called Kikoti. The team has injured their stomachs by over indulgence. We are now sitting around a nice wood fire digesting our pains away. Very peaceful spot, the perfect setting to finish off this adventure.

We will make tracks back through the park in the morning on our way to the Dik Dik Hotel to pick up some gear, than off to the airport.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

Kikoti Camp, Africa safari. Photo: Jeff Martin

Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Visit a Maasai Village

Posted by: Mark Tucker | August 15, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Our good fortune continues. It must be a residual charm left over from the time spent on the mountain during the super moon. Cold and cloudy to start the day up on the Ngorongoro Crater Rim. That is not unusual, this typically being the coldest time of year. We paid a visit to a Maasai Village. Warmed up in one of their huts, while a nice gentleman told us fascinating facts and rich history of this unique group of people. I think you would be surprised at the insulation R-value of the walls of their thatch, cow dung and ash mixture construction. Since the funding goes to children education and the offerings were nice souvenirs, we were happy to invest in some of the village wares. We made the descent into the crater floor and spent a magical day with the other natives of the land, wild animals. So much fun and more to come.  We move to Tarangire National Park tomorrow.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

An RMI team visits a Maasai Village during safari. Photo: Jeff Martin

Hi Mark!
What a fantastic experience.  We’ll hear more from you when you return.
Love, Mother & Daddy

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Posted by: Maury & Evie on 8/16/2014 at 3:08 am

Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team’s First Stop on Safari - Lake Manyara National Park

Posted by: Mark Tucker | August 14, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

All tucked into the team villa here at the Plantation Lodge, just outside of Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area, which is tomorrow’s destination. We departed from the Dik Dik Hotel right on schedule and attacked the Lake Manyara National Park with eyes wide open. Great critter sightings all day! Being only two days since summit day, I was impressed with the team’s level of energy. Tomorrow we are looking forward to seeing as many of the 29,999+ mammals that live in what is known as the “eighth wonder of the world.”

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

A giraffe seen on safari at Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania. Photo: RMI Collection Elephant at Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania. Photo: Seth Waterfall

Have fun!

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Posted by: Maury & Evie on 8/15/2014 at 4:02 am

Mt. Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Celebrate Success

Posted by: Mark Tucker | August 13, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

We are here at the Dik Dik hotel and enjoying it. The team made quick work of the 4,000 foot descent this morning, arriving at the gate well before noon. We had a brief customary departure sign out with the park service, a lunch stop along the way. When we arrived at the hotel, a welcome song greeted us upon our arrival. Then a hot shower to wash away some gathered mountain product, but it couldn’t rid us of a whole bunch of memories made while on the climb. Some of the team has been reunited with loved ones, how about a grandma and grandpa joining us here in Africa. How cool is that? While the rest of the team is jealous, we have to carry on and look forward to a reunion when we get back home.

Tomorrow starts the safari part of our program here. We are getting ready to bid farewell to one of the team who leaves for the airport tonight so as to not miss the start of the fall quarter. Is the summer really coming to a close? Better get out while you can!

RMI Guide Mark Tucker & Team


Hey Tucker,

Jennifer and I were just telling our kids that we knew someone who reached the summit of Mt Everest. We looked you up and are glad to… read more

Posted by: Chris McInerney on 10/23/2014 at 7:37 pm

You look great! Congratulations!
Mark, we’re sorry we missed your call again. We love you.
Mother & Daddy

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Posted by: Maury & Evie on 8/13/2014 at 6:09 pm

Mt. Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Reach Mweka Camp

Posted by: Mark Tucker | August 12, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 10,000'

Hello from Mweka Camp on Kilimanjaro!

Horizontal in the tent is the place to be. We had a nice 15 hour stroll today and reached the summit of Kilimanjaro. We must be crazy huh? The reward in the end makes it all worth it and then some. We descended to Mweka Camp, 10,000’, to our final camp and last night on the mountain.  We shared another fine dinner and enjoyed each other’s company until folks were starting to fall asleep in their chairs. Other than some sore muscles, the whole team is doing great. The climb went so well that I better warn all of you back home that this crew is ready for more.

In the morning we will take a short 3 hour to the Mweka gate where our ride will be waiting to transfer us back to the Dik Dik resort. It is just starting to rain on the tent right now, but we are tucked in warm and dry until morning.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker & Team

Hiking out of Mweka Camp on Mt. Kilimanjaro. RMI Photo Collection

Hope you took some sweet selfies at the top, Connor!!!

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Posted by: Laura (from work) on 8/14/2014 at 3:02 am

John, we hope you were able to enjoy all aspects of your journey and it sounds like the weather held out long enough to get a spectacular view. Enjoy the… read more

Posted by: Katie Brown-Steinke on 8/13/2014 at 5:56 am

Mt. Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Reach the Summit!

Posted by: Mark Tucker | August 12, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 19,340'

Jambo! Jambo!  Mark Tucker calling you from the Roof of Africa. With incredible timing we stood on top the moment the sun rose. We had the top pretty much to ourselves.  And I’ve got everybody here with me and couldn’t ditch them.  We’re all standing up here on the summit of Kilimanjaro and everybody is doing great. We are finishing up with the photos.  It’s a little bit chilly a little bit breezy but we are all nice and comfy based upon our precision like accuracy with our clothing. All is well and I’ll check in back at low camp.  You can rest easy, everybody is looking strong, everybody is tight and together, a great climbing team. So we’re all doing well. I’ll check in later.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

Climbers ready at Barafu Camp to make their summit attempt on Kilimanjaro.  Photo: Linden Mallory Watching the sunrise over Tanzania from the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro.  Photo: RMI Collection

RMI Guide Mark Tucker checks in from the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro

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Congratulations to Jeff Barish and the team!
Wishing you a safe and timely descent.
From Steven in Denver, CO

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Posted by: Steven Norber on 8/12/2014 at 7:54 pm

Enjoy the rest at the last camp, Steve and Connor!  We miss you both lots!  Can’t wait to see all of the pictures!- Shari/Mom, Judy, and Micro

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Posted by: Sharon on 8/12/2014 at 10:51 am

Mt. Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Check in from High Camp, Ready for Summit Attempt!

Posted by: Mark Tucker | August 11, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 15,000'

We had a nice relaxed departure from Karanga camp this morning. After just a few short hours on the trail we found our selves at our high camp on Mt. Kilimanjaro, Barafu Camp.  We are moving well today and the same steady tight team pulled into camp. We already emptied our packs and adjusted the load to ready for our summit attempt tonight.
We have our food packed for the summit and enjoyed a hot lunch at camp.  We are relaxing this afternoon and taking a rest before an early dinner.  After dinner we will try to get a few hours of sleep before our midnight wake up call and game on! The weather continues to stay nice, just a few low clouds now and again but no complaints here. The local support staff has yet to miss a beat and we really appreciate the help. Go team Go. Will try and call you from the top.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

The trail on Mt. Kilimanjaro en route to high camp at Barafu, 15,000 ft.  Photo: Jeff Martin

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Hi Mark!
We missed your call—sorry.  And it didn’t work when we tried to call you back.  This experience sounds wonderful.  We’re happy for you and we love you.read more

Posted by: Maury & Eviemail Address * on 8/11/2014 at 3:20 pm

We are looking forward to seeing your celebration pics from the summit!  Stay safe and enjoy!

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Posted by: Kathy and Andy on 8/11/2014 at 1:02 pm

Mt. Kilimanjaro: Tucker and Team at Karanga Camp

Posted by: Mark Tucker | August 10, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 13,160'

Come on baby! A couple more nice weather days for us and it can storm all it wants up here in the high country of Tanzania. It all boils down to needing a bit of luck when climbing big peaks like Kilimanjaro; when the mountain says no you need to listen. Even on climbs when you do not get to the top of are filled with events and memories that stick with you. I have great confidence that this entire team will stand on the roof of Africa, with safety leading the way. It is such a unique thing we do up high, to be allowed to stand on the summit is really icing on the cake. We take away an immense feeling of satisfaction on all climbs. The team has checked off all the prerequisite to get this done.

When we leave Karanga Camp tomorrow morning, our summit push begins. We’ll take a bit of a break at Barafu, the high camp, then up up and away! Man, this is exciting. All the prep work that has gone into this, the great support by all involved back home, is all making this last bunch of hours a reality. We promise to make you proud of what we do, impressed on how we did it, and thank for this beautiful mountain in supplying us this adventure. All is well at 13,000’ on Kilimanjaro.  We will check in with you tomorrow!

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

Tents at Karanga Camp on Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. Photo: RMI Collection

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Hi Mark!
Sorry we missed your call.  This whole experience is thrilling. We love you.  Mother & Dad

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Posted by: Maury & Evie on 8/11/2014 at 3:15 pm

Way to go Steve, Connor and crew! Hope you are having fun! Make that summit and bring back lots of pictures!

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Posted by: audrey on 8/11/2014 at 4:04 am

Mt. Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team reach Barranco Camp

Posted by: | August 09, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 12,800'

Yet another nice day. A bit breezy as we approached our high point of the trip so far. Altitude records for most, than a couple thousand feet descent into Barranco Camp home for the night. The team continues to do just what they should to move smooth and efficient. We pulled into camp nice and early, so much so that we even took a short hike to a waterfall and the base of the Barranco Wall, the first part of our climb tomorrow. Mixed in the team is a couple of families; fathers, daughters and sons, even an uncle. Great to see them out in the hills and having a gas. A few clouds have moved in obscuring a view of the upper mountain but we may get lucky in the next hour to get a few photos of the peak in the beautiful alpine glow condition we can be rewarded with for such an effort put forth.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker & Team

Barranco Camp on Mt. Kilimanjaro. Photo: Dave Hahn Barranco Camp from Lava Tower on Mt. Kilimanjaro. Photo: Casey Grom

I hope everyone is able to get to the top of that mountain!!! Go climbers!!!!!!!!!!!!
I love you Connor and Dad! <3

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Posted by: Judy on 8/11/2014 at 8:28 am

Way to Go!  Good to hear all is going well.
Enjoy and Stay Safe!  Love, Grandpa/Dad & Babooshka/Cindy

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Posted by: Carl and Cindy on 8/9/2014 at 5:38 pm

Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Camped at Shira

Posted by: Mark Tucker | August 08, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 12,500'

Shira Camp is our new home for the night. At 12,500 ft it is nice to still see bushes and grasses. Don’t let life forms other than humans fool you, it is a very harsh place to be. Unlike places like Alaska where the latitude away from the Equator keeps plant life well below here.

It was nice to see the whole team at breakfast this morning healthy and happy . For some, it was was a new experience spending the night in a tent at 10,000 ft. Before we turned in, a discussion about strategy for the night and talk of what we can do to help adjust to the altitude paid off. Another day of perfect weather for the climb and it couldn’t have gone smoother. Incorporating the same techniques used on all these big hills went very well with a team of strong climbers arriving at Camp 2 right on schedule.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

Hiking to the Shira Plateau on Kilimanjaro. Photo: RMI Collection

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Sounds incredible! XO to Sarah, Adam, Larry and Jeff!
Good luck- enjoy!!!!

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Posted by: Shari on 8/9/2014 at 7:34 am

Sounds like another perfect day for our two boys, Steve and Connor!  Can’t wait to hear all about your trip!  Have a fabulous time and enjoy the Roof of Africa! … read more

Posted by: Sharon on 8/8/2014 at 7:43 am

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