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Kilimanjaro: Justman & Team Experience Wildlife on first day of Safari

Posted by: JJ Justman | August 15, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Team Orlando just enjoyed their first day of our African safari! We spent the day with camera in hand watching elephants, zebras, hippos and much much more! I really would like to write more to describe everything but I’m going to be selfish…because Africa is Awesome! I’m outta here because I’m going to join the team in a glass of wine while we watch the sunset at the Plantation Lodge.

RMI Guide JJ Justman & Team

Elephants on safari in Africa. RMI Photo Collection

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I’m so jealous! What a beautiful experience for all. So exciting!
Love to Thom and Kara.

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Posted by: Judy Heinchon on 8/15/2015 at 11:36 am


Kilimanjaro: Justman & Team Celebrate Their Summit

Posted by: JJ Justman | August 14, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

RMI Guide JJ Justman checked in from the DikDik in Arusha. Team Orlando is off the mountain and celebrated their successful summit of Kilimanjaro by swimming in the hotel pool and enjoying live music.

Tomorrow the team heads to Lake Manyara for their first day on safari.

Team Orlando celebrating on the summit of Kilimanjaro. Photo: JJ Justman

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Kilimanjaro: Justman & Team Start Descent

Posted by: JJ Justman | August 13, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 15,200'

Hey, everyone. This is JJ Justman calling from Kilimanjaro with Team Orlando. Sorry for the summit call way up high; it was havoc. There were a ton of people and for some reason they all wanted to hoot and holler and have a big party while I was trying to send my dispatch. We had a great summit day today; the team did just a fantastic job. Actually, I’ve had all the great climbs here on Kilimanjaro but this team just did an incredible job getting up and down in style. We’re back at Barafu Camp, the high camp here at 15,000’. We’re actually packing up and we’re heading down to what we call Mweka Camp at 10,000’ and that’s going to be our last night in the mountains, in the forests here of Kilimanjaro and then we’re heading out tomorrow back to the hotel. Everyone says hello to friends and family. Again, everyone reach the summit today. There’s no doubt it’s a great way to do this climb. And we’re now looking at our next objective of just kind of resting, relaxing, having a little bit of a fiesta, and then heading onto safari. So we’ll stay in touch with all of you. Stay tuned tomorrow, I’ll send a bunch of summit photos and we’ll talk to you again from Tanzania. Take care everyone.

RMI Guide JJ Justman


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To Thom, Kara and friends from team Orlando
So proud of all of you. We were with you every step of the way!
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Posted by: Judy Heinchon on 8/13/2015 at 10:50 am

To Team Orlando .....  Mr Lista asked if u got a call from President Obama ?

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Posted by: Jeff Lista on 8/13/2015 at 8:36 am


Kilimanjaro: Justman & Team Prepare for Summit Bid

Posted by: JJ Justman | August 12, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 15,200'

Hey, everyone. This is JJ Justman with Team Orlando here on Kilimanjaro. We’re at high camp at the Barafu Camp at 15,200 feet.  Everyone is doing really, really well.  We had a nice day to get up here to high camp.  We are hydrating, resting, taking it easy, organizing gear. Weather is looking very nice. Some happy clouds here in the late afternoon, and we are really looking forward to a beautiful summit day tomorrow.  So stay tuned, and we will hopefully, keeping the fingers crossed, which I’m thinking things are going to be great. We are all going to be standing on top of Kilimanjaro. We’ll give you a call from the summit.  Take care everyone.  Thanks for following along.

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The trail leading to High Camp on Kilimanjaro. Photo: Jeff Martin The tents lit up at Barafu Camp for a midnight start on the summit bid. Photo: RMI Collection


RMI Guide JJ Justman calls in from Barafu Camp.

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Congrats to all making it to the summit!  I am excited for you all, and look forward to pics. Ya’ll are awesome!!
XOXO

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Posted by: April Winchester on 8/13/2015 at 5:48 am

Congrats to all.  Can’t wait to hear about tomorrow!  Enjoy the journey, be safe!
Beth

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Posted by: Beth on 8/13/2015 at 5:21 am


Kilimanjaro: Justman & Team Conquer the Barranco Wall

Posted by: JJ Justman | August 11, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 13,000'

Hey, this is JJ Justman. We are checking in from Karanga Camp here at 13,000+ feet on Kilimanjaro with Team Orlando. We’re doing great. We’re heading to high camp tomorrow. We had a beautiful day of climbing the Barranco Wall, which was pretty exciting. Actually the team is bummed that some of the rock scrambling and a little exposure is over, but everyone is feeling great!

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An RMI team climbing the Barranco Wall. Photo: RMI Collection Karanga Camp on Kilimanjaro, Africa. Photo: RMI Collection


RMI Guide JJ Justman checks in from Karanga Camp.

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Sunrise must have been breathtaking! You guys rock!
Llex I can’t wait to hear all about it when you return to Orlando!

Heather

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Posted by: Heather on 8/12/2015 at 6:04 am


Kilimanjaro: Justman & Team Move Into Barranco Camp

Posted by: JJ Justman | August 10, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 12,800'

Hey, this is JJ Justman with Team Orlando on Kilimanjaro. We reached the Barranco Camp at just over 13,000 feet. We had a great day getting up here and the team is doing well. We are going to settle in, have dinner and move on from there. Thanks for following along.

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Far above treeline approaching Lava Tower on Kilimanjaro. Photo: Jeff Martin


RMI Guide JJ Justman calls in from Barranco Camp.

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  Go go JJ…Waltero from IN / Aconcagua…Did I tell you you are my new favorite cinematagropher !

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Posted by: Waltero on 8/11/2015 at 6:37 am

The view looks amazing! Enjoy it while you can. Glad everything is going so well. The relaxation will be necessary for another strong climb tomorrow. Hope to see a few… read more

Posted by: Colton on 8/10/2015 at 9:05 am


Kilimanjaro: Justman and Team Reach Shira Camp 12,570’

Posted by: JJ Justman | August 09, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 12,570'

Team Orlando arrived at Shira Camp 12,570 feet. Today hiked the trail which became steeper and rockier as the vegetation thinned away. The gnarled trunks of heather disappeared and we entered the moorland, the grasses and rocky terrain unique to Eastern Africa,

After we ascended the wide ridge we gained the Shira Plateau. We descended a few hundred feet along the edge and into our camp that is tucked among sparse vegetation and volcanic rock bands.  We have beautiful views of Kilimanjaro’s upper slopes as well as Mt Meru.

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The views from Shira Plateau on Mount Kilimanjaro. Photo: Seth Waterfall

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Following you Ninja Llex! Safe travels all!
143! :)

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Posted by: Heather on 8/10/2015 at 4:09 am


Kilimanjaro: Justman & Team Enter Kilimanjaro National Park and Establish First Camp

Posted by: JJ Justman | August 08, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 9,800'

We traveled to Kilimanjaro National Park today. We registered with the Park and we began our climb. We left the cultivation zone where bananas and coffee plants abound and we entered the forest zone. The lush rainforest of Kilimanjaro’s lower slopes were covered in mist.

The trail, which is an old jeep trail, soon narrowed into a beautiful trail that winded through thick vegetation and enormous trees. We kept an eye out for the elusive Blue and Colobus monkeys but they were hiding from the rain.

As we approached Machame Camp we left the forest zone and into the Heather and Moorland zone. We saw some heather that is over 30 feet tall! It’s nice to be at 10,000 feet and the team is doing great!

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The Machame Gate entrance to Kilimanjaro National Park, Tanzania.  Photo: RMI Collection Our first night on Kilimanjaro, Machame Camp, at 9,800 ft.  Photo: Jeff Martin

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Kilimanjaro: Justman & Team Visit a Local Orphanage

Posted by: JJ Justman | August 07, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Today our Orlando Kilimanjaro Team slept in after a long flight. We organized gear and got ready for our upcoming climb. After lunch we explored the area and visited an orphanage where the beautiful children of this area touched our hearts. Please visit tupendanechildren.org.

JJ Justman and his Kilimanjaro team visit a local orphanage. Photo: JJ Justman

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Love the updates! So excited for all of you! Have a fantastic time and be safe! Xo

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Posted by: Jamie on 8/8/2015 at 6:08 am

Dale and team, wishing you all the very best!  How you are ELL having fun and taking it in!!

To the young folks. Take care of Mr Dale!!!

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Kilimanjaro: Justman & Team Arrive in Tanzania

Posted by: JJ Justman | August 06, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Kilimanjaro...Kilimanjaro!!! Team Orlando is in full effect!! The entire team flew together to Tanzania and we just finished a great dinner. I am going to let you know why I love guiding here in Africa…The People!
It has been two years since my last trip here and as soon as I arrived I was welcomed with the kindest smiles and warmest hugs. Our local staff are like family to me and it’s so nice to see how lovely they treat our teams.

We are so happy to be here!!

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RMI Guide JJ Justman greeted with a big smile in Tanzania. Photo: JJ Justman Team dinner at the Dik Dik Hotel, Tanzania. Photo: JJ Justman

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All smiles after arriving, continue your great adventure and enjoy!!  keep posting pics, they’re wonderful.
Be safe~all

April Winchester (xoxo Whitney)

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Posted by: April Winchester on 8/7/2015 at 7:46 am


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