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Entries By casey grom

Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team Explore Ngorongoro Crater

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, gazelles than anyone expected, in fact at such close range that we could almost touch them. We also saw plenty of hyenas, ostrich, Impala, hippos and got very close to a few lions, which was a highlight for everyone and even managed to spot a Rhino 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

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

Today was our first day of safari and we headed to Lake Manyara National Park. It took a little over 2 hours to get there as we drove through Arusha and then the vast rural savannah of Tanzania. 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

Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team Descend from Mweka Camp and Complete Their Climb

Hello again everyone.

What an amazing two days it has been! Yesterday’s climb of Kilimanjaro couldn’t have gone better. It was a beautiful and calm night and there was nearly a full moon that illuminated our way, although we had headlamps, we could easily have climbed without them.
Everyone did an outstanding job of supporting each other and taking care of themselves also, which made my job pretty easy.
After a long climb up we spent about 20 minutes on the roof of Africa taking in the view and also getting plenty of photos. We then headed all the way back to camp where we had a quick lunch before descending further down the mountain to our last camp at 10,000’, where the air felt thick and warm.

Today we woke early and hiked the remaining way back down to the gate, doing our best to stay on our feet as the clouds rolled in and rain began to fall. It was a little slippery, but the team did just fine as we all knew there was a hot shower awaiting us back at our lodge.

We wrapped up the evening with a huge celebratory meal and some well earned cold drinks of our choice.

Everyone is doing great and we are all very excited about the safari which begins tomorrow.

RMI Guide Casey Grom

Open your heart and you will be forever drawn back to Africa

Posted by: candy briggs on 8/5/2015 at 9:13 am

Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team Stand On Uhuru Peak - Africa’s Highest Point

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

Congratulations to the team!

On The Map

CONGRATULATIONS Giulia!!!!  So very happy for you!!! : )

Posted by: Katie K on 8/3/2015 at 6:19 am

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

Posted by: Janet on 8/2/2015 at 9:11 am

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

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

On The Map

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 descent. Great to get your PC- Look forward to seeing a Photo of you all up there. Take care - love Tessa

Posted by: Tessa on 8/2/2015 at 6:06 am

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

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

On The Map

Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team Continue Climb & Acclimatization

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

On The Map

Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team Beat the Rain to Shira Camp

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

On The Map

Kilimanjaro: Grom and Team Hit the Trail

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

Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team Meet in Tanzania

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

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

Posted by: michal graber on 7/30/2015 at 6:00 am

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


Posted by: Jonathan Ball on 7/28/2015 at 9:10 am

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