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Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team Stand

Posted by: Casey Grom | August 02, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 19,340'

RMI Guide Casey Grom and the July 25th Kilimanjaro Climb Team reached the summit of Kilimanjaro today. 

Congratulations to the team!

The RMI July 25th Kilimanjaro team on the summit, Uhuru Peak, on August 2nd.  Photo: Casey Grom

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Casey, Sarah and Team - How thrilling!  Congratulations to all on this opportunity; well-done!
M&D

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Posted by: Janet on 8/2/2015 at 8:11 am

Yay Giulia…for B

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Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team at High Camp Ready for Summit Bid

Posted by: Casey Grom | August 01, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 15,200'

Hello again everyone!

It started as a beautiful day here on Kilimanjaro but once again the clouds enveloped us as we left Karanga Camp and made our way uphill to our high camp, Barafu Camp. This camp sits on a ridge line around 15,000 ft which eventually leads to the summit of Kilimanjaro. It’s a relatively large camp spread up and down the ridge and we are sharing it with all the other climbers using this route; I’d guess that there are ~100 other climbers here with us.

Everyone is doing very well and we are excited to start our climb early in the morning. The team will have a early dinner and if all goes according to plan we hope to have breakfast and be hitting the trail shortly after midnight. We’ll have a nice slow pace that should take us around 8 hours to reach the summit. So keep your phones handy as I said, one lucky climber will get to call home from the “Roof of Africa.” That will be around midnight for those of you on the east coast.

Fingers crossed!
RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

Barafu Camp on Kilimanjaro. Photo: Jeff Martin

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Hi Giulia - so you´ve reached the top of Africa - well done - hope you get a wonderful view up there & a good celebration & rest before the… read more

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Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team Ascend Barranco Wall and Arrive at Karanga Valley Camp

Posted by: Casey Grom | July 31, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 13,000'

Jambo Everyone

Things are going well and the team is doing great here on Kilimanjaro.
Today the team had a leisurely start as we wanted the sun to warm us up before our only semi-technical part of the climb. The trail out of camp starts off relatively mellow and then quickly ramps up as we ascend the great Barranco wall. It’s truthfully not as intimidating as it looks, but when does a thousand foot cliff ever look easy. Thankfully the route winds its way up the cliff through ramps and small rock steps and eventually on to easier terrain. Everyone did a great job of taking it easy and I actually think they all enjoyed the challenge we had. It was a very busy day and there was fair bit of traffic on the route as all the porters and climbers slowly made our way to the next camp here above the Karanga Valley.
Today was a relatively short day for us as this will be our last camp before we move up to our high camp tomorrow.

As usual we’ve had a trivia challenge that one lucky winner will receive a satellite phone call from the summit. It won’t happen until we reach the summit, but that’s not too far away. I’ll let everyone know when that might happen on tomorrow’s dispatch. So stay tuned!

We are spending the remainder of the day relaxing and enjoying the royal treatment by our gracious staff here on Kili.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

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Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team Continue Climb & Acclimatization

Posted by: Casey Grom | July 30, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 12,800'

Hello again from Kilimanjaro -

Today the team had our usual start at 7am with a full breakfast at 7:30 and hit the trail just after 8. The skies were clear and it felt wonderful to be hiking uphill in the warmth of the sun. Our route today took us up to about 15,000’ (setting new altitude records for some) as we passed a landmark known as Lava Tower and then descended down into the Barranco valley. This valley is full of giant groundsels and senecio trees that look like something out of a Dr. Seuss book.
As we arrived at camp the clouds enveloped us once again and we are currently relaxing back in our tents waiting on dinner.
Everyone is doing well and enjoying the climb.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

Climbing Kilimanjaro from Shira Camp to the Barranco Valley.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team Beat the Rain to Shira Camp

Posted by: Casey Grom | July 29, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 12,570'

Hello from Kilimanjaro!

Today the team woke to mostly clear skies, but the clouds in the distance told us we shouldn’t linger long. So after a nice breakfast with fresh fruits and scrambled eggs we hit the trail headed uphill. We climbed up the rocky ridge that leads to the Shira Plateau making good time, stopping only to take breaks and let the endless line of porters pass as they easily made their way up with their loads carefully balanced their heads. It is astonishing how easy they made it look!

Our gracious crew had sprinted ahead to have camp waiting for us and it was a welcome site after hiking for just over 4 hours. We arrived in time for a hot lunch and thankfully, just before those clouds started to sprinkle on us.

Everyone is doing great, especially since we are all warm and dry in our camp.

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RMI Climbers on the rocky ridge leading to the Shira Plateau on Kilimanjaro. Photo: Seth Waterfall

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Kilimanjaro: Grom and Team Hit the Trail

Posted by: Casey Grom | July 28, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Jambo from Kilimanjaro everyone!

Today we let behind the comforts of the Dik Dik Lodge and set off for Kilimanjaro. We had a early breakfast then hit the road headed to the southwest side of Kilimanjaro where we’ll be climbing the Machame route, also known as the Whiskey route because of its “intoxicating views”. We arrived at the gate after two hours of driving through the beautiful rural countryside where we met up with the 40+ porters that will be helping us on this journey. We weighed all the gear, checked in with the park and hit the trail shortly after 11. It was a nice cool overcast day here in Kili which made for very enjoyable hiking temperatures. It took about 5 hours of hiking in the thick sub-tropical forest to reach our first camp which sits around 10’000ft. Once at camp we got things settled, then sat down to some much deserved tea and popcorn that our staff had prepared for us. A wonderful dinner followed shortly after that and we have all now climbed into our tents and are all looking forward to a good nights sleep.

Everyone is doing great.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and Crew

The start of the Trek on Mount Kilimanjaro. RMI Photo Collection

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Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team Meet in Tanzania

Posted by: Casey Grom | July 27, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Hello everyone and welcome to RMI’s third Kilimanjaro’s trip of the season -

The team arrived late last night after our very long and tiring flights from the U.S.  We were greeted by the wonderful staff from the Dik Dik lodge with warm smiles and a little champagne to toast our arrival.
After a short and quiet ride to our lodge we had a quick dinner then headed off to bed to catch up on some much needed sleep.

The team met this morning at breakfast with fresh fruits, homemade bread and jam, and plenty of good Tanzanian coffee.
We then got together for a formal round of introductions and a overview of the upcoming adventure. We discussed our plan for the climb and made sure everyone has all the necessary gear to keep us safe and warm on Kilimanjaro.

We then took a short break and went for a stroll on the beautiful grounds hoping to catch sight of some of the monkeys that often visit. Then we did a little packing and caught up on a little more sleep to help get adjusted to the big time difference.

We finished the evening with an amazing 5 course meal with great conversations, and everyone is squared away and looking forward to hitting the trail tomorrow as well as getting a little exercise.

RMI Guide Casey Grom

The Dik Dik Hotel rooms and grounds.  Photo: RMI Collection The Kilimanjaro Team gathering for dinner at the Dik Dik Hotel, Tanzania. Photo: Casey Grom

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So proud of your courage Giulia, trip is out of the world for me, love mom

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Posted by: michal graber on 7/30/2015 at 5:00 am

Good Luck to the 3 musketeers!  Climb safe, see you soon!

JB

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Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team Finish with Spectacular Game Viewing in Tarangire National Park

Posted by: Casey Grom | July 24, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Jambo from Africa everyone!

We have had an exciting last two days as we made our way to Tarangire National Park, known for their abundance of elephants, and we weren’t disappointed.
Yesterday we spent about four hours driving through the park which is mostly a savannah with a river running through it. We saw hundreds of elephants and more giraffes than I’ve ever seen, and plenty of other wildlife too.

We spent the night out in the African bush in a remote tented camp called Kakoti that overlooks Tarangire Park.
We arrived to watch the beautiful sunset one last time and then enjoyed yet another wonderful meal.

Today we finished our safari with a drive back through Tarangire where some of the team caught a glimpse of a leopard as it crossed the road before it disappeared again. There were plenty of elephants again and everyone enjoyed our last day as we made our way back to the Dik Dik Lodge before quick showers and then it was off to the airport.

Thanks for following!

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

Elephant mama and baby at Tarangire National Park, Africa. Photo: Casey Grom An abundance of giraffes were seen at Tarangire National Park, Africa. Photo: Casey Grom Kikoti Camp, Africa safari. Photo: Jeff Martin

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Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team Visit Ngorongoro Crater

Posted by: Casey Grom | July 22, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Hello once again everyone -

This was a marvelous day as we visited the famous Ngorongoro Crater, considered by some to be the 8th wonder of the world. We started early with hopes of catching more of the elusive wildlife.

Today we saw more zebras, Cape buffalo, wildebeest, giraffes than anyone expected, in fact at such close range that we could almost touch them. We also saw plenty of hyenas, ostrich, Impala and saw a few lions, hippos, elephants, and even managed to spot a couple of Rhinos off in the distance. Needless to say it was a wonderful day of well deserved safari.

We then wrapped up the day with a visit to a working Maasai village. The Maasai are the local nomadic people that have inhabited this area for more than a thousand years and still try to exist with their same way of life.

Finally we returned to the amazing Plantation lodge to relax and enjoy another wonderful meal.

All is well!

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

Game viewing in the Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania.  Photo: Casey Grom Hippos in the Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania.  Photo: Casey Grom Visiting Maasai tribe members that live near the Ngorongoro Crater.  Photo: Casey Grom

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Mt. Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team Explore Lake Manyara National Park

Posted by: Casey Grom | July 21, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Today was our first day of safari and we headed to Lake Manyara National Park. It took a little over 2hrs to get there as we drove through Arusha and then the vast rural savannah to get there. It’s situated at the base of the eastern Great Rift Escarpment, and is home the the famous tree climbing lions, over 450 different birds, huge troops of baboons, hippos, and most of the other African animals.
It’s been rather dry this year and unfortunately we didn’t see the famous lions, but we did see plenty of other wildlife up close.
After spending a couple of hours of safari we made our way to the wonderful Plantation Lodge where we’ve been enjoying being spoiled and just finished another fantastic meal.

Everyone is doing great and are excited to see what tomorrow brings as we head to Ngorongoro Crater.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

The RMI Team enjoying lunch in the bush at Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania.  Photo: Casey Grom Exploring Lake Manyara National Park on day one of game viewing in Tanzania.  Photo: Casey Grom Game viewing in Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania.  Photo: Casey Grom

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