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Kilimanjaro: Okita & Team Roll Into Beautiful Barranco Camp

Dawn broke clear and cold this morning as we packed up to move to our next camp, Barranco. The altitude hangover of our first night at 12,500’ couldn’t be ignored, but by the time we reached camp the small headaches had left us to be replaced with the simple fatigue of a hard day of climbing.
Today was a good day.  Our route was perfectly set to give us some challenging altitude as we ascended to Lava Tower at 15,200’. This gave our bodies the chance to acclimate, and our descent to 13,000’ and Barranco Camp has allowed some nice rest. Already the team is feeling better.
Set in a valley with the south face of Kilimanjaro right above us, and the strangely beautiful giant senencia trees dotting the landscape, this is my favorite camp.  We have just two more short days before we get to high camp, Barafu. And then…
But I get ahead of myself.
The group is firing on all cylinders and really coming together as a team.  It’s been fun to see and be a part of. Tomorrow is the Barranco Wall, which will require the use of our hands on some of the steeper places, but is less intimidating than the name suggests.
Wish us well and we’ll be in touch tomorrow.

RMI Guide Brent Okita

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I am Briana’s aunt in Indiana.  I love reading all this.  Heck I went to the bottom of the Grand Canyon once ...that would be a cake walk for you all.  Take care

Posted by: Jane gasser on 8/2/2018 at 12:54 pm

Your climb looks amazing
To Fern and Nandito and the rest of your team . Good luck and continue to have a blast
Love the Carranza Family from Texas.

Posted by: Federico Carranza on 8/2/2018 at 11:25 am

Kilimanjaro: Okita & Team Enjoy Views from Shira Plateau Camp

Hello from camp at 12,570’ high on the Shira Plateau. It’s wonderful being here in this large, open camp. The sun is shining and providing a nice contrast to our cloudy,  wet and somewhat cramped camp of yesterday.
Walking at 8:00 we climbed steeply and steadily for most of the way to camp,  taking advantage of key spots to break and enjoy the incredible views of this most interesting world around us.  Everyone has adopted the mountain mindset of ‘pole pole,’ or ’ slowly,  slowly. ’ This allows us to patiently step off to the side whenever another group of the hundreds of porters here need to get past us. We know which side of our bread is buttered. If the porters don’t get to camp,  we have no camp. More importantly it keeps us from walking too fast and needlessly stressing our bodies, letting us acclimatize to the altitude better.
Everyone is doing well.  How can they not be when Tosha, our chef,  is spoiling us rotten. Today’s lunch: fried chicken,  French fries,  vegetables and watermelon for dessert. Tomorrow brings us our biggest day yet getting to Barranco via the Lava Tower. Bring it on!

Until tomorrow,
RMI Guide Brent Okita

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Kilimanjaro: Okita & Team Start Out From the Machame Gate

The stars were unlike anything most of us have ever seen. The North star was, of course, nowhere to be seen amongst the constellations of the southern hemisphere.  Exclamations from folks more accustomed to seeing city lights than the Milky Way were shared by all.  The stars tonight reminded us all of the incredible universe out there.
But, the skies today were not always so clear.  In fact, the light drizzle through which we drove up had become a significant rain when we started off.  Full Gore-tex was in order as we set off.  But luckily,  the rain tapered off in the first hour allowing us to lose the rain gear.  Temperatures were actually pleasant, letting us walk without sweating too much.
Five hours later we were at our first camp. Typical of these trips, our tents were all set up for us and the duffels brought up by the porters ready to be dispersed. This is the luxurious nature of climbing in Africa where a staff of 51 folks support our efforts to climb this beautiful, big mountain.
The team walked well today, making camp in five hours and looking good doing it. We were rewarded with an incredible dinner prepared by our chef Tosha. And now for some well deserved down time.  Sleep will come easy as we hope that the clear skies of tonight bring us sunny skies tomorrow.
Goodnight from 9,890’ on Kilimanjaro.

RMI Guide Brent Okita

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Kilimanjaro: Okita & Team Organize Gear & Prepare for Climb

Our final team member arrived this morning just after breakfast and just in time for our round of introductions.  What timing, though the poor guy felt as we all did not long ago.  A bit frazzled and jet lagged from all the flying.
This morning was a busy one as we previewed what we can expect on our Kilimanjaro climb then did a thorough equipment check. Everyone’s gear checked out fine and we were able to get pretty packed up by lunchtime.
What a relief to have some relaxing down time before we hit the mountain tomorrow morning.
The weather’s been a perfect temperature,  though overcast here in town. This has allowed us to eat most of our meals on the patio.  We had a monkey hanging around this morning and the tiny, little deer called dik dik have been brousing around everywhere. Africa!
All for now. We’ve got a big day ahead. I’ll be back tomorrow night writing from 10,000’ as we ascend almost 4000’ to our first camp.

RMI Guide Brent Okita

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Kilimanjaro: Okita & Team Meet in Tanzania to Begin Their Adventure

Greetings friends and family. Today marks the start of our great African adventure to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. It’s with much excitement that the team has finally come together here in Tanzania at the beautiful Arumeru River Lodge.
Although some of the team braved long 20+ hour flights from home in getting here, others took advantage of being this far from home to enjoy time in Amsterdam,  Monaco and Tuscany before arriving. A few folks just arrived early to the hotel and were able to relax by the pool after what can be an exhausting trans continental flight.
The wonderful staff at our hotel restaurant even stayed open late when the last of the crew didn’t get here from the airport until 10:30 pm last night. We’re off to a great start as we prepare for a full morning tomorrow. We’ll review our itinerary and what we can expect on the mountain, and then do a thorough equipment check to make sure we have everything necessary to have a fantastic expedition as we scale the heights Kilimanjaro over the course of the next seven days.
Following a bustling morning we’ll be treated to a relaxing afternoon before we get underway the following day.  Mmm… a cold drink by the pool might just be the ticket to rid myself of the last of my jet lag.
We’ll talk again soon,

RMI Guide Brent Okita

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Mt. Rainier: July 18th Team Summits!

RMI Guide Brent Okita and the Four Day Summit Climb team reached the summit of Mt. Rainier early this morning. Brent Okita reported a beautiful day with 30 mph winds on the summit. The team spent about an hour on the summit enjoying the views before starting their descent.

Congratulations to today’s Team!

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Congrats! I summited Mount Saint Helens on the 18th as well and the wind at crater rim was insane! Had to have been over 25mph. Thank goodness for goggles.

Posted by: Casey on 7/21/2018 at 1:37 pm

Mt. Rainier: Okita, King & Teams Summit in Beautiful Weather

This morning our Mt. Rainier Summit Climb teams reached the highest point in Washington in beautiful, clear weather.  The teams also met up with our Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons team that ascended from Camp Schurman.  After many high-fives and handshakes, they all began their descent down their respective routes.
A great job by all teams!

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Great job Climbers! Can’t wait to hear all about it & see pics. We’ll have dinner for the team & Rick’s favorite cookies tonight. Your Mammas love you!! Mamma Kerr :)

Posted by: Mamma Kerr on 7/11/2018 at 2:44 pm

Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climb Teams Reach Summit

RMI Guides Brent Okita & Andy Bond radioed from Columbia Crest this morning with the Four Day Summit Climb teams July 5 - 8.  Brent reported a fantastic day with very little wind and great route conditions.  Both Summit Climb teams saw 100% of their team members standing on the summit today!
The teams will return to Camp Muir for a quick break to repack before continuing down to Paradise.

Congratulations to all Summit Climb team members!

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Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climb Team on Top!

The Four Day Summit Climb July 2 - 5, 2018 reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning just before 6:30 AM PT led by RMI Guides Brent Okita and Chase Nelson.  The teams reported steady winds of 25-30 mph throughout their ascent.  They were able to spend some time on the summit enjoying the blue skies and sunshine this morning and began their descent from the crater rim around 7:30 AM PT.  They will continue their descent to Paradise later this afternoon and we look forward to seeing them at Rainier BaseCamp later today.

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb teams!

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Congrats Reed & Jacob!!  Hope you got some great pictures to share!!

Posted by: Laurie L Jackson on 7/5/2018 at 3:08 pm

Congratulations Reed and Jacob!  Hope you had a fantastic time.  Looking forward to hearing the stories and seeing the pictures.  Finish safe!  See you soon.

Posted by: Patsy Whited on 7/5/2018 at 2:12 pm

Mt. Rainier: Okita & Team Summit!

The Mt. Rainier Four Day Summit Climb team, led by Brent Okita, reached the summit in some windy conditions. The team spent some time on the summit and began their descent at 8:00 a.m.  We look forward to congratulating them at Rainier Basecamp this afternoon.

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