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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.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and Crew

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.

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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.

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The Kilimanjaro Team gathering for dinner at the Dik Dik Hotel, Tanzania. Photo: Casey Grom

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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!

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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.

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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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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

RMI Guide Casey Grom calls from the Kilimanjaro summit!

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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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