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Entries By dave hahn


Kilimanjaro: Hahn & Team Receive a Warm Welcome at Barranco Camp

At some point in the early morning hours, the clouds cleared away, the full moon and stars came out, along with the great volcanic cone of Kibo, Kilimanjaro’s central peak.  First light was our first sighting of the mountain we’ve been climbing.  All were thrilled to see it, but it must be admitted that some were a little intimidated by the steep icy mountain flanks rising into the sky.  We ate our breakfast and got walking toward the peak at about 8 AM. The walking was pretty easy compared to the tricky trails we’d become accustomed to, but it was taking us steadily higher.  Within a few hours of marching through the high desert vegetation, we were breaking altitude records.  In fact, by our high point of the day, the Lava Tower, at 15,200 ft, we’d crushed records for Cory, Jen, Don, Syd, Carol, Naomi and Curt.  Only Sarah and Martha had been to greater altitude.  Cumulus clouds formed up with the heat of the day to rob us of some views, but generally, we were blessed with a fine, calm and dry day for hiking.  We worked our way down into the Barranco Valley-back down into the garden of giant Senecios and Lobelias.  We reached camp at 13,000 ft by three o’clock.  Our staff of porters, cooks, camp boys, waiters and guides seemed pleased with our performance.  A few men began clapping, and within minutes, fifty of our best mountain friends were clapping, dancing and singing.  Eventually, we all joined in -some of the team managing to get down and shake it while still wearing packs.  Not bad after a seven-hour hike and a trip to new heights.
We rested away the afternoon, listening to stories and Swahili at the foot of the Great Barranco Wall. 

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

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Congratulations to all!  My money is on Carol for dancing.

Posted by: Karen Ford on 9/8/2017 at 6:57 am

Sending positive thoughts to the Tulsa Team - Curt, Syd, and Carol (Karl?). Have a great trip! Enjoying your journey from OK.

Posted by: Brent Johnson on 9/8/2017 at 6:13 am


Kilimanjaro: Hahn & Team Ascend Steadily to Shira Camp

We spent a quiet night at Machame Camp with clouds above and below.  Those of us lying awake, still wrestling with jet lag, were never able to detect even the faintest of breezes rustling tent fabric.  6:30 was our wake up target and although we were right on the mark, Kilimanjaro itself decided to sleep in.  We were never able to see Kibo, the central peak, due to clouds.  We set out at 8 AM in pleasant walking conditions -never in danger of overheating- with the sun obscured.  The trail led steeply upward through a giant heather forest.  We climbed slowly and steadily, working from time to time on walking and breathing techniques for the days ahead.  Views were limited but still enchanting as we reached and followed a ridge top of old lava formations to well over 12,000 ft.  We finished with an hour of traversing ledges and trails to the north, turning the corner onto the easier Shira Plateau just after noon.  We were in our 12,600 ft new home -Shira Camp- by 12:45.  We lounged away the afternoon with meals, naps, storytelling and exploring.  Sunset into the cloudy peaks of Shira was briefly beautiful.  We finished with a sumptuous alpine dinner in our dining tent, chatted a bit more about legendary climbs and climbers, and then called it a day.  (A good day)

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

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Kilimanjaro: Hahn & Team Enter Kilimanjaro National Park and Begin Climb

A fairly smooth first day for our climbers today.  We were on the road by 8 AM as planned and heading east.  We made good time rolling down the highway under thick clouds.  There weren’t any views of Kilimanjaro to be had, even as we approached the Machame gate to the National Park at 6000 ft.  As always, the gate was good and busy as a handful of other expeditions were getting underway on our same timetable.  We were among the first to set out walking, at around 10:45.  We never got rain, although the air was quite moist during the hours we spent in the thick forest.  We gained elevation steadily and by mid-afternoon we were leaving the big trees and getting into a forest of giant heather.  We came in to Machame Camp at 4:15 to find that our staff had been working quite hard on our behalf.  A fully built camp was ready and waiting for campers.  We settled in, met for afternoon tea and then dinner in our dining dome tent.  We talked of the plan for the coming day, recalled the funny parts of the day we were ending and headed to bed. 

Best Regards
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

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Naomi, You are our hero!  You just amaze us with all your accomplishments, but this one is over the hill!

G-d bless U and keep you safe.

Florence & Marty Jesser

Posted by: Florence Jesser on 9/13/2017 at 8:07 pm

Naomi..
Reading the daily blogs as we follow your amazing adventure. Have a great time and stay safe. Luv U a ton.

Posted by: Howard Katz on 9/6/2017 at 7:11 pm


Kilimanjaro: Hahn & Team Explore the Arumeru River Lodge

This was our Kilimanjaro kickoff day… but it was also our Kili catch-up day.  We began our climb by sitting down as a group just after breakfast and strategizing.  We went through our itinerary and discussed goals and contingencies.  Then we checked each climber’s gear and clothing for the trip, finally we packed and weighed each load.  We had lunch outside under the patio awning as dik diks (smallest of the antelope family) roamed the grounds and velvet monkeys played in the trees.  Afternoon was the “catch-up” portion of the day as we rested and attempted to reset our day/night perceptions to fit our new setting -about nine time zones off -give or take.  We’d take trips up the Lodge’s observation tower from time to time in order to look for Kili on the horizon.  Clouds kept it hidden today though.  Tomorrow we’ll set out for the mountain just after breakfast and will relay a team picture or two as we progress. 

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

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Hi Mom and dad,
I hope you are having a good time! You are defiantly the coolest parents for doing this trek! Don’t worry all is well in Brussels.
Love,
Nora

Posted by: Nora on 9/6/2017 at 5:24 am

Curt, have an awesome adventure and stay safe!

Posted by: Kathy Goodwin on 9/5/2017 at 9:18 am


Kilimanjaro: Hahn & Team All Present in Tanzania

We’ve gotten eleven climbers -and their gear- through an assortment of aircraft and airports to the outskirts of Arusha, Tanzania.  What with ample jet lag, it can’t be declared with certainty that all are now sleeping at the Arumeru River Lodge, but all are now in residence (at 4 AM).  In a few hours, we’ll wake up to begin a Kilimanjaro adventure.  It will begin with coffee and a velvet monkey or two out in the garden-like patio of the lodge.  We’ll eat breakfast (if the monkeys don’t) and meet finally as one big team to figure out the start of our week-long climb to the highest point in Africa. 

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

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Go, Nao!  Love you, girl. Sending vibes your way constantly.  So proud of you. Hugs, smiles and cheers.  cd

Posted by: Claudia on 9/6/2017 at 10:55 pm

Don and Jennifer, I’m in awe.  CNt wait to see the photos.

Love,

Tina.

Posted by: Tina Mooney on 9/4/2017 at 4:43 pm


Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climb Summits

At 7:13 a.m. the Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guide Dave Hahn reached Columbia Crest, the highest point on Mt. Rainier. Dave reported perfect conditions today. The team will spend some time on the summit celebrating before beginning their descent. We look forward to seeing them in Ashford this afternoon.

Congratulations climbers!

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Congrats Jeff and group from your mom. Have a safe return. Looking forward to pics. Xox

Posted by: Jeannie on 8/28/2017 at 6:49 am

Congratulations Stevenson clan! So exciting!

Posted by: Emma and Todd Brown on 8/27/2017 at 8:20 pm


Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climb Turns At Top of Disappointment Cleaver

The Four Day Summit Climb Team for August 20 - 23 were unable to reach the summit of Mt. Rainier today due to route conditions.  RMI Guides Dave Hahn and Leon Davis led their teams to the top of Disappointment Cleaver at 12,300’ which was their high point today.  The teams will descend to Camp Muir and continue to Paradise later this morning.

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Hey Team!!! Congratulations for reaching the top of Disappointment Cleaver, 12,300! That’s a wonderful accomplishment. A lot of hard work. I missed being there with you in person, I was there in spirit.
Barbara

Posted by: Barbara on 8/23/2017 at 10:36 am


Kilimanjaro: Hahn & Team Part Ways For Now

Balloon Camp was the perfect final night in Africa for our team, tranquil and wild in equal measures.  There were leopard tracks in the dirt of the driveway this morning.  But the big cats stayed away from us in the day.  We looked hard for the lions, cheetahs and leopards, scanning every acacia branch and watering hole, but all we saw were beautiful birds and herds.  Vultures, eagles, lilac breasted rollers and mongooses, impalas, waterbuck, elan, Zebra, giraffes, elephants, baboons and monkeys.  Until we rolled out of the park entrance at 11 AM and reluctantly left Tarangire.  Adamson and Makubi piloted the Landcruisers along the dusty, busy two-lane toward Mt. Meru and Arusha.  On the outskirts of town, we stopped for a picnic and a perusal of the Cultural Heritage Center.  We pulled into our home away from home, the Arumeru River Lodge at 3PM.  Showered, repacked and regrouped.  We had an early dinner together and chased out to Kilimanjaro Airport as the sun got low.  Now we are in 17A and 42K, etc… winging our way to Amsterdam, where we’ll split up… but only until the next adventure together.  It is too good a team to lose… random reunions in beautiful places are in order. 
Thank you for following along. 

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

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As always Dave, enjoy following your wonderful adventures. Hope to see you at the St. B in the future.

Posted by: Bob Iles on 8/13/2017 at 11:38 pm


Kilimanjaro: Hahn & Team Visit Masai Village, Enjoy Safari

Another long, but amazing day out on the safari circuit for the Taos team.  We had a relaxed 9 AM departure from the Plantation Lodge.  Adamson and Makubi took us to a Masai village for a brief tour.  We danced a little,  jumped high, and got inside some small, earthen dwellings to understand how this prominent Tanzanian tribe lives without modern conveniences. Then it was on to Tarangire National Park.  Before long we were deep within this immense network of winding dirt roads, baobab trees, twisting river valleys and animals animals animals.  We no longer stopped for individual zebras and wildebeest, since we were seeing thousands of them.  After the hundredth giraffe and the five hundredth elephant, we started reserving our picture snaps for the babies in the bunch.  We covered mile after mile, exploring and watching out for wildcats, water bucks, elan, impalas and gazelles.  Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro Crater were each wonderful, but both were discreet areas with natural borders hemming them in.  That isn’t the case with Tarangire.  We could see wildlife spread out to the horizons in all directions… the Africa we’d dreamed of.  By day’s end, we pulled into Balloon Camp, an excellent “tent” hotel out in the bush with armed guards to escort us from one tent to another.  Those guards stood vigilant as we enjoyed an outdoor campfire and sumptuous barbecue buffet under the stars (and clouds).  No lions, leopards, or cheetahs intruded on our wonderful dinner but we are still hoping they’ll come for breakfast.  It will be our last morning of Safari and we are still excited to see just what might be out there.

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

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Kilimanjaro: Hahn & Team Game View in the Ngorongoro Crater/Caldera

Even on vacation, it was worth getting up early today to get over to Ngorongoro Crater.  We left Plantation Lodge at 7 AM and were up on the crater rim just 90 minutes later.  It was cold, cloudy and windy, but we figured things would be a little more user friendly down in the “crater”.  Technically, it is a caldera… not a crater.  And animals like a good caldera, apparently.
We got down inside and the weather was indeed better, but it never got exactly “good”.  We wore jackets and sweaters (which is par for the course at 7000 ft) but we still opened up the top of our Landcruiser and rolled down the windows.  Immediately, we encountered zebras, and then more zebras.  Wildebeest and then more wildebeest, Cape buffalo by the dozen, Kori bustards and Secretary Birds and ostriches.  And then we saw lions.  Four big fully maned males lounging about and one female who seemed a bit more restless.  We watched hippos doing what hippos do (not much) some more lions, hyenas, jackals, elephants, eagles, vultures and several flavors of gazelle.  We saw tons of animals and kept constant watch out for more.  We came up empty in our rhino search, but that happens.  Not many of them left to see in Tanzania.  Adamson and Makubi, our extremely knowledgeable driver/guides took us all over the crater/caldera.  We climbed back up the steep walls around 4 PM with most everybody a bit sleepy.  Which worked out fine because we were back frolicking in the swimming pool and sipping coldies by 5 at the Plantation Lodge. 
We’ll be well rested and ready for another deluxe safari day tomorrow. 

Best Regards
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

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Still enjoying every moment of this marvelous adventure! Thank you for sharing.    BIG HUGS

Posted by: Yolanda Deveaux on 8/11/2017 at 6:34 pm

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