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Entries By casey grom

Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team Enter Kilimanjaro National Park

Hello Everyone

We awoke early today and left behind the comforts of our beautiful lodge and have headed to the mountain towards the start of the climb. We hit the road shortly before 8am we drove along the rural country side for two hours to reach the park entrance. Most of the area surrounding Kilimanjaro has been cultivated and primarily used for coffee production and for a variety of other agriculture needs, but there are still some areas that have been untouched and resemble more of a savannah that Tanzania is known for.

The base of Kilimanjaro is forested and resembles a jungle or cloud forest. Traditionally it supports a large part of the banana production for this area. Lucky for us it was cloudy, which made for wonderful hiking conditions.

Once at the gate we had all of our gear weighed and divided into 20kg loads for our porters to carry before hitting the trail. Once everything was in order we started our climb slowly making our way up the winding trail. It was slightly busier than last week, but the team made good time.

The team just finished an amazing hot meal and are looking forward to a good night of sleep at a little bit of exercise.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and the Kili crew.

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Good luck to all of you - amazing journey! Cory - you better take a lot of pictures!

Posted by: Dennis Quimby on 9/14/2022 at 6:19 am

Have a lovely evening, mountaineers! Sending you good vibes and look forward to updates. We love you, Scottie! Be well.  Victoria and the girls.  Cheering and the crew on from Oak Park, Illinois

Posted by: Victoria on 9/14/2022 at 4:15 am

Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team Assemble in Tanzania

Gangs all here! There are six of us in total this time. Everyone is doing well and we have enjoyed the RiverTrees Lodge that is nestled in between Arusha and Moshi and not so far from the base of Kilimanjaro.

Today was officially Day 1 for us. So we had our usual round of introductions and then discussed the upcoming program for the days ahead. The team spent the remainder of the day getting our gear packed up, exploring the grounds of our peaceful lodge and getting adjusted to the nearly 12 hours of time change. 

Tomorrow we hit the trail and everyone is looking forward to seeing the mountain and stretching the legs after those long flights!

RMI Guide Casey Grom and the Kili crew number 2!

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Best of luck to all of you and Cory Klein!  What a great experience!

Posted by: Valerie on 9/14/2022 at 9:23 am

Good luck Scott. Thanks for sharing with us.

Posted by: Marilee Schutte on 9/13/2022 at 7:06 pm

Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team Enjoy Day in Tarangire National Park

Hello everyone,

We spent today touring Tarangire National Park which is home to more elephants per square kilometer than any place on earth, and a huge diversity of other animals, it was amazing to say the least.

We saw elephants, giraffes, warthogs, impala, mongoose, baboons, ostrich, and a lot of other animals, and 13 lions! Several of them were cat napping in trees and even one that was still dinning on last nights feast by the looks of things.

We ended our day at a remote and off grid camp within the National Park and surrounded by wildlife. The camp has screened in rooms that allow the night sounds of Africa in. Hopefully everyone sleeps well tonight!

This is our last dispatch as we will exit the park tomorrow and head back to our lodge near Arusha for a quick break and shower. Then it’s off to the airport to return to our loved ones.

Thanks for following along.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and the Safari crew!

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Thank You letting us take this amazing trip with all of you. Great blog and beautiful pictures.  Enjoy your last day!

Posted by: Kim Scogna on 9/8/2022 at 1:58 pm

What an amazing adventure! Thank you for taking us all along for the journey.

Posted by: Linda DuPertuis on 9/8/2022 at 12:11 pm

Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team Explore Ngorongoro Crater

Today we visited the famous Ngorongoro Crater, and considered by many to be the 8th wonder of the world. The crater is what remains of a once massive volcano that erupted and collapsed on itself, leaving behind a giant caldera that's almost exactly 100 square miles. Every time we've visited the crater it's been excitingly different, and today was the same.

We were able to see several lions and it was exciting to see two other cats, a Seval cat and a Caracal! As we made our way around the crater we saw tons of other wildlife, zebras, Cape buffalo, wildebeest, jackals, Giselles, countless large birds. It was quite a day to say the least, and I'm certain one that won't be forgotten by anyone.

We finished the evening here at the plantation lodge and are looking forward to what tomorrow may bring as we head to Tarangire National Park.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and the Safari crew

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Kilimanjaro: Team Enjoys Beautiful Lake Manyara

Today was our first day of safari and we headed west to visit the beautiful Lake Manyara. The lake is a brief stopping ground for many migratory animals and home to more than 350 different birds. Everyone enjoyed the day cruising around in our safari vehicles with cold beverages in hand while seeing a few animals up close.

We didn’t see a ton of animals today, but we did get up close to a few elephants, baboons, and a number impalas. Also managed to see a couple of zebras and warthogs off in the distance. 

It was a nice introduction to the incredible diversity of wildlife that Africa has and the team is looking forward to seeing more tomorrow.

We wrapped up the evening with a wonderful meal at the Plantation Lodge.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and the Safari Crew

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Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team Descend to Mweka Gate to Complete Climb

Today we started our day at 6:30 refreshed after a much needed nights sleep, we had breakfast, then hit the trail one last time. It took just under three hours to reach the Kilimanjaro National Park gate where the team had lunch and said our final goodbyes to our amazing crew that took such great care of us on the mountain. 

We finished the little celebration by handing out their well deserved tips and then hopped aboard our awaiting bus for the ride back to the lodge. 

Finally we are all safe and sound, cleaner, and smelling fresh after an exciting seven day journey up and down Kilimanjaro. 

Stayed tuned, Safari starts tomorrow!

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

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Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team Stand on Africa’s Highest Peak

Sunday, September 4, 2022 - 12:45 am PT

Team is all safely back at high camp, a little tired but full of smiles. 

Everyone did an amazing job climbing and stayed positive even though it was a tough climb. It was a cold night and busier than we would have liked, but the team persevered and we were able to get 9 out of 10 climbers to the summit

We spent about about 30 minutes on the summit celebrating, taking photos and even made a few phone calls to loved ones back home. 

We are headed down the mountain to our final camp in the thick warm air at 10,000 ft, where we’ll have dinner then head off to bed for some well deserved sleep. 

Also to note…Buckeye’s won!   O..H

RMI Guide Casey Grom and a happy Kilimanjaro summit crew!

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Amazing photos! Congrats to all!

Posted by: Brigid Miller on 9/4/2022 at 5:06 pm

Woohoo congratulations team!  Well done!  To hear the elation and excitement in Karl’s and Derek’s voices from the summit sent shivers down my spine and tears to my eyes as I was so filled with happiness and thanksgiving to God.  Cheers to all!!!

Posted by: Kim on 9/4/2022 at 11:55 am

Kilimanjaro: Team is at High Camp Ready for Summit Bid

Hello again everyone,

The team had a good night’s rest last night and today was just a short 3 hour hike up to 15’000' to our high camp. It started out sunny, but then quickly clouded up thankfully for great hiking temperatures. The Equatorial sun at this elevation is quite intense, a little break was needed.

The team has just wrapped up lunch and discussed in great detail the plan for tomorrow’s climb. Everyone knows what we’ll be wearing, what will be in the pack, as well as the schedule.

Our game plan will be to wake at 11pm and have a quick breakfast at 11:30pm, then hopefully hit the trail right at midnight. The team has been doing great thus far and I’m expecting us to reach the summit in 7 to 8 hours if things go according to plan.

As per usual on a Casey climb, one lucky trivia winner will get a phone call from the summit.

So everyone back home please keep your phones handy and if you receive a call from a strange number please answer. We are 8+hrs ahead of the east coast time zone.

Wish us luck!

RMI Guide Casey Grom and the Summit Bound Crew

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Congratulations Eric, what an amazing accomplishment! Can’t wait to see the pictures and hear the stories!

Posted by: Kim and Jack on 9/4/2022 at 8:24 am

Great job John and Bob and all the climbers!! I hope you loved the summit!!

Posted by: Brigid Miller on 9/4/2022 at 7:10 am

Kilimanjaro: Team Cruises up Barranco Wall

Hello everyone!

Right out of camp we were faced with the only significant technical obstacle for this climb. This hurdle is the great Barranco Wall, which rises about 1,000 ft and looks as intimidating as it sounds. Thankfully there is a nice narrow trail that weaves its way up and through the wall and all the way to the top. Most of it feels more like steep hiking, but there are a few places that require the use of our hands to help us climb up.

The team did a good job of moving steady and allowing a few porters through with their loads precariously balanced on their heads. Which was astonishing to see!

After reaching the top we took a nice break and enjoyed the amazing views of the ice-ladened south face and valleys below. The team continued our hike for a few more hours up and down through a few valleys before reaching today’s endpoint.

All in all, it took only about 4 hours for us to reach our next camp called Karanga, named for the big and beautiful valley which it overlooks.

Casey and crew

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You’re reaching new heights of both the mountain *and* your life. Way to go, and keep those steps humming!

Posted by: Gloyboy on 9/3/2022 at 5:17 am

Congratulations on scaling Barranco wall! Continued prayers for all the crew.

Posted by: Elaine on 9/2/2022 at 2:25 pm

Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team Hit the Trail to Barranco Camp

Howdy everyone back home.

All is well in Tanzania. We’ve had great weather and the team is humming along really well.

We hit the trail just after 8am and hiked for an hour before taking our usual 15 minute break, then back on the trail for another hour and so on. All total today we hiked for just over six hours before reaching Barranco Camp. Our gracious Kilimanjaro porters have been working very hard and we arrive once again to a camp set up and ready for us.

Along the way we passed around the famous Lava Tower reaching just over 15,000' setting new altitude records for many. We also passed by many of the giant groundsels and towering Senecio trees that made us feel as if we were in some crazy Dr. Suess story.

The team is in good spirits and doing great.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and the Kili crew

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Karl, Derek,
Congrats to the Summit!!!! What an achievement!  Cheers!  Jack & Mary

Posted by: Jack on 9/4/2022 at 6:48 am

To Eric: We all look forward to reading the updates each day and can’t wait to hear all about the trek! We miss you and love you. Stay safe.

Posted by: Vicki Sutton-Beattie on 9/2/2022 at 9:36 am

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