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Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team Celebrate at the Dik Dik Hotel

Posted by: Casey Grom | July 20, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Congrats to this team!

It was a fantastic climb of Kilimanjaro yesterday and everyone did great and it was wonderful to be on top with the whole team.
It took us a little more than seven hours to reach the summit. The sky was full of stars and the weather was nice, although it was a little cold on that last stretch I have to admit.
After spending about 20 minutes on top and getting plenty of summit photos, we made our way quickly back to camp where brunch was waiting and then descended all the way to our last camp. It was a long, but rewarding day for everyone.
This morning we had a quick breakfast and got packed up one last time, then our wonderful staff gathered to bid us farewell and sang a few traditional Kilimanjaro songs.

We are currently relaxing back at our lodge where everyone has enjoyed hot showers and a delicious celebration meal.

It’s time for a little sleep before we head out on a much deserved safari!

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

Breakfast post Kilimanjaro summit. Photo: Casey Grom Kilimanjaro celebration dinner at the Dik Dik Hotel. Photo: Casey Grom Traditional Kilimanjaro songs sang by the staff as they say farewell. Photo: Casey Grom

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Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team Summit!

Posted by: Casey Grom | July 18, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 19,340'

Hello everybody back home. This is Casey Grom calling in from the Roof of Africa. We had a beautiful day today. In fact, every climber made the summit today, so we had a 100% success. Everyone’s doing great. We are a little chilly up here right now because there is a strong, cold breeze, but everyone’s in good spirits. We’re doing well and just finished taking a bunch of photos. We’re gonna be heading down here real soon, so we’ll check in again later this evening when we get down. It’ll be sometime late this afternoon, probably in about ten hours or so. We’ll, hopefully get a picture out to you guys as well. Bye.

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Sunrise at 18,000' on Kilimanjaro, Africa. Photo: Casey Grom July 18th, 2015- Casey Grom & team 100% on top of Kilimanjaro! Photo: Casey Grom


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Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team at High Camp

Posted by: Casey Grom | July 18, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 15,000'

Hello again everyone!

It was another beautiful day here in Africa with clear skies and a gentle breeze that kept the temperature perfect for climbing. We have left Karanga Camp and moved up to our high camp that’s called Barafu. This camp sits on a ridge line around 1,000 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’s around 70 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 right around midnight. We’ll have a nice slow pace that should take us around eight 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 on the east coast.

Wish us luck!

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The trail leading to High Camp on Kilimanjaro. Photo: Jeff Martin

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Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team Travel the Great Barranco Wall

Posted by: Casey Grom | July 17, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 14,500'

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. We took a break on top of the wall to enjoy the views then slowly made our way to the next camp here above the Karanga Valley.
It was a relatively short day for us as this will be our last camp before we move up to our high camp tomorrow.


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

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!


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An RMI team climbing the Barranco Wall. Photo: RMI Collection

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Mt. Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team Ascend Lava Tower and Descend to Barranco Valley

Posted by: Casey Grom | July 16, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 12,800'

Hello from Africa everyone
Today the team woke to a beautifully clear sky above the valley clouds, and it was a warm day as we made our way from camp directly into the sun and heading straight at Kilimanjaro. Once again we made good time across the Shira Plateau stopping for breaks and that endless line of porters headed to our next camp.
As we headed uphill everyone was astonished at the beauty of Kilimanjaro and the remnant glaciers still hanging on. Our climb took us up and over a landmark called Lava Tower which sits at just under 15,000ft and lays beneath the massive and steep southern breach wall. As usual we stopped to enjoy the wonderful view and then slowly made our way back down into Barranco Valley. The trail weaves its way between rocky outcrops, giant groundsels and the massive, yet strange Senecio trees that look like something out of a Dr. Seuss book.
We are currently relaxing in our camp which has amazing views not only of Kilimanjaro but also of the valley below us. It’s indeed my favorite camp of the trip.
Dinner will be ready soon, so that’s all for today.

All is well!

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Looking down at Barranco Camp from Lava Tower, Kilimanjaro.  Photo: Casey Grom Looking toward the summit of Kilimanjaro from Barranco Camp.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team Wind Their Way To Shira Camp

Posted by: Casey Grom | July 15, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 12,570'

Hello again everyone!

All is well here on Kilimanjaro after a good nights rest. Today the team woke at 7 am to coffee and tea being served at our tent doors by our gracious staff. We had breakfast with healthy serving of fresh fruits, bread, assorted meats and cheeses, and fried eggs. After filling our bellies we hit the trail shortly after 8 am and slowly made our way along the ever winding trail towards the Shira Plateau. Our team did great on the rocky trail as we ascended higher up the mountain, stopping to take breaks and let the never end line of porters pass us.

It took about 5 hours to reach our new camp, which our staff had already set up before our arrival. Clearly we are not roughing it too much!

Everyone is doing well and seems to be enjoying the climb thus far. We’ll spend the next few hours resting in our tents and taking in the splendid view we have from just over 12,000’.

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RMI Climbers hiking the rocky trail along the Shira Plateau of Kilimanjaro. Photo: Seth Waterfall

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Kilimanjaro: Grom and Team Enjoy First Day on the Mountain

Posted by: Casey Grom | July 14, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 9,890'

Hey everybody, this is Casey Grom checking in from the Kilimanjaro Climb. Just wanted to let you know that everyone’s doing great today. Today was our big move. Today we left the Dik Dik Lodge and actually headed to Kilimanjaro itself. We drove for about an hour and a half to get to the park entrance where we spent a little bit of time getting our gear sorted and getting all our porters together and getting signed in. After all that was taking care of, we had a nice, leisurely hike, where we gained about 4,000 ft today as we hiked up to Machame Camp. So the entrance is at about 6,000 feet and we hiked up to just a touch under 10,000 ft and everyone’s feeling great and doing really well.

The weather today was incredibly nice. We had mostly and overcast day which is really, really enjoyable for hiking as it kept the temperatures down. Just as we were pulling in the camp, we did get a small break and we got see a little bit of the upper mountain and some of the glaciers up high on Kilimanjaro. That was a pleasant surprise for everybody.

We just wrapped up our dinner and everyone is crawling into our tents. And by the sounds of it, I’m guessing we’re gonna have quite a few folks sleeping well tonight. I think everyone worked hard and looking forward to [transmission lost].

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The entrance to Kilimanjaro National Park. Photo: RMI Collection


RMI Guide Casey Grom checks in after a successful first day on Kilimanjaro.

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RMI Guide Casey Grom & Team Ready for Kilimanjaro!

Posted by: Casey Grom | July 13, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Hello everyone and welcome to RMI’s second 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 an 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.

After a short break some team members took a short stroll on the beautiful grounds hoping to catch sight of some of the monkeys that often visit and some even managed to spot Kilimanjaro in a break in the clouds. The rest of us did a little packing and caught up on a little more sleep to help get adjusted to the big time difference.

We have just wrapped up an amazing five-course meal with great conversations, and everyone is squared away and looking forward to hitting the trail tomorrow as well as stretching the legs a bit.

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Our rooms at the Dik Dik Hotel, near the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Photo: Jeff Martin

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Mt. Rainier: July 7th Summit!

Posted by: Casey Grom | July 07, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

Our Four Day Summit Climb Team led by RMI Guide Casey Grom reached the summit of Mt. Rainier early this morning via the Disappointment Cleaver Route.  Casey reported a beautiful morning with calm winds and moderate temperatures.

Congratulations to Today’s Team!

An RMI Guide on the Summit of Rainier. RMI Photo Collection

Mt. Rainier: July 3rd Summit!

Posted by: Win Whittaker, Casey Grom | July 03, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

RMI Guides Win Whittaker and Casey Grom led the Four Day Summit Climb teams to the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning. Win and Casey reported beautiful weather and a great route. We look forward to seeing the teams back in Ashford this afternoon.

Congratulations climbers!

The RMI July 3rd Four Day Summit Climb team enroute to Camp Muir on Mt. Rainier. Photo: Win Whittaker Sunrise on the Upper Mountain of Mt. Rainier. Photo: Win Whittaker
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