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Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Say Farewell to Africa

Posted by: Mark Tucker | July 18, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Mark Tucker calling from the Kilimanjaro Airport. We are all moving in the direction of home: a couple to Zanzibar and some are off to England. We have been knocking it along the old, dirt trail. We got a shower in and a five-course meal at the Dik Dik and have been having a gas. It’s amazing how time just compresses when you’re enjoying yourself so much. Unfortunately we haven’t been able to communicate with you due to some challenges in the connectivity world. But overall, I hope you guys have been kept up to date. Everybody’s doing great. We had a wonderful summit and a fabulous safari, hate to leave Africa. But we have so many great memories and the team has had a lot of fun. Thanks for following along and we’ll talk to you next trip.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker


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Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Visit Ngorongoro Crater

Posted by: Mark Tucker | July 17, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

A conservation area and a World Heritage site, Ngorongoro Crater, a large volcanic caldera is recognized by one private organization as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa- the unparalleled beauty of one of the world’s most unchanged wildlife sanctuaries.

Teams Top Ten for today-

*Infant elephants in a large group doing their thing
*Hippos in the pool doing their thing
*Our 4th of the Big 5 the infamous black rhino
*Serval cat walking along side us for as long as we liked seeing prey on point
*Zebra cuddling with head on bum of other
*First sighting of ostriches in the wild
*The tiny vibrant colored sunbird in contrast with the Kori Bustard the worlds heaviest flying bird
*Our great local staff of drivers ability to pick game out of the bush
*A warthog that must have been to beauty parlor with beautiful swept back hair and double tusks
*Elephant in a tussle trumpeting as we leave the viewing area hearing them for a while after

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Hippos at Ngorongoro Crater, Africa. Photo: RMI Collection

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What adventure!  All my life I have dreamed of what you are actually doing.  With so little time left, don’t sleep,  Allison and I look forward to hearing every detail… read more

Posted by: Carl on 7/17/2015 at 12:44 pm

Mt. Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Enjoy Their First Day on Safari

Posted by: Mark Tucker | July 15, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Today we traveled to Lake Manyara.  It was the first day of our four day safari through Tanzania and we had a great day.  Here is what the team had to say about our day in the bush.


One comment about today?

1. The hippos fighting in the pool - Peter
2. The first sighting of a herd of Zebra right next to our vehicle - Chelsea
3. Observing the silver billed horn bird take a dust bath - Bonny
4. Take off and landing of a huge flock of yellow billed storks - Mark
5. Taking in the sights of land and people on the highway while standing up with head out off open roofed Land Rover - Nate
6. Baby Baboon riding on the back of it’s mother, with cute ears - Elizabeth
7. Bargaining skills of local guys trying to sell a necklace - Jonathan
8. Vista of the Great Rift Valley from on top of the escarpment - William
9. Diversity of wild life in the field of vision at one moment - Allidah
10. The over easy eggs at breakfast - Madison

Zebras at Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Carl and I went on our own safari to Highclere Castle today.  Not only is the Castle breathtaking, but the grounds are truly amazing. BUT, I think I would trade… read more

Posted by: Allison Muller on 7/16/2015 at 11:12 am

Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Finish Descent and Prepare for Safari

Posted by: Mark Tucker | July 14, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

As I write, the band is cranking here at the Dik Dik. We had a great departure from the mountain this morning with perfect weather…..again.

What a packed week we had up on the Roof of Africa?! To be a guest in a foreign county is something special and this group shined at embracing the local staff as friends, not just someone for hire. The local staff were all so much a part of our success; it was tough to say goodbye. The time you spend on these big mountains is extreme in many ways and you always learn something about yourself and others. It’s a special and hard to describe experience.

Tomorrow we will continue to cut a swath through Tanzania as we head over to Lake Manyara National Park for our first day on safari. We’re pumped!

Don’t forget to kiss the Blarney before you’re next adventure!
RMI Guide Mark Tucker

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Congratulations to the invincible group of 10!  We have been reading about your progress with great interest and are glad to know all went well with the climb (not that… read more

Posted by: Courtney Bergeron on 7/15/2015 at 10:00 am

Team!!! What a great group you have been to all who have helped this climb be so successful. It speaks volumes for who you all are as human beings. How… read more

Posted by: Edi Cronin on 7/14/2015 at 6:37 pm

Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Descend to Mweka Camp after Summit

Posted by: Mark Tucker | July 13, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 10,000'

Our team reached the summit of Kilimanjaro this morning in good style and we have now arrived at Mweka Camp at 10,000 ft for our last night here on Kilimanjaro.  This group I have had the pleasure to climb with excelled in all phases while on the mountain. I have a high level of confidence they will be able to handle phase two, our game viewing safari. But for now we will enjoy a well deserved night’s rest and tomorrow make our way down the to the trail head.

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Climbers en route to the summit of Kilimanjaro.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Congratulations to all of you - what a great family outing - much bigger than the usual picnic. Thanks to your dad for making this experience and these memories possible… read more

Posted by: Meg Race on 7/14/2015 at 5:37 am

Woot woot! Congrats guys!

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Posted by: Amelia Muller on 7/13/2015 at 6:53 pm

Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Reach Barafu Camp

Posted by: Mark Tucker | July 12, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 15,000'

Another day of nice weather…YEAH! A few hours of hiking and here we are at Barafu Camp at 15,000 ft. The team got busy upon arrival preparing for the early morning departure from here toward the summit, sorting through the stay and go gear since we will come back thru this camp on our way down from the summit. We all pooled together our favorite treats and made up some tasty looking lunches. We took a short hike up to get familiar with the start of the climb that will confront us with our alpine start from High Camp to the summit of Kilimanjaro.

It’s nap time now before our early dinner then we will take another short rest before starting our summit attempt. The team continues to do well, wish us luck!

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Barafu Camp on Kilimanjaro. RMI Photo Collection

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Well done. Have a great safari. Love to all. Jen.

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Posted by: Jennifer Wright on 7/13/2015 at 1:10 pm

Congratulations to all of the Rogers clan!  We are so proud of you all.  Have a safe journey down the mountain.  xo Carl and Allison

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Posted by: Allison Muller on 7/13/2015 at 1:09 pm

Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Tackle the Barranco Wall

Posted by: Mark Tucker | July 11, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 13,160'

Can we have a couple more beautiful days please?! I don’t like to beg but if we can continue with weather like this we would greatly appreciate it.

A nice lazy start to the day was our plan in order to miss the traffic while climbing the Barranco Wall. The Barranco Wall is a series of rock bands just out of camp that gets your attention and requires your hands from time to time. At the top of the Wall we took some photos and gave each other some high fives before continuing on our way. We then traversed below the upper mountain for a couple hours to end up at Karanga Camp (13,160’) for the night. Camp is situated on a bit of a slope but our staff did a fine job of finding some pretty flat ground for the tents.

We continue to adjust both mentally and physically to this extreme environment; we’re meeting the challenges head on. This team did there homework, taking training to heart prior to the climb and the investment is paying off. What a great group to climb with on Kilimanjaro!

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

RMI climbers ascending through the Karanga Valey on Kilimanjaro. Photo: Seth Waterfall

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Hope Mark had a great birthday and that the climb today went well. Lots of love to you all.

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Posted by: Jennifer Wright on 7/12/2015 at 10:27 am

Happy 30th birthday mark xxx

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Posted by: Emma and Alex on 7/12/2015 at 7:14 am

Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Climb High and Sleep Low

Posted by: Mark Tucker | July 10, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 13,030'

It was a BIG day, but not so enormous for this tough team. We woke up early and put in a solid six hours of climbing in good style. At one point on the trail we reached just under 15,000 ft, our current trip high point. We are now at 13,030 ft at the Barranco Camp. The plan of climbing high and sleeping low is in place for acclimatization and seems to be working well; everybody is in good shape. The upper mountain towers above us at this camp and the beautiful weather will make for a fantastic sunset tonight.

Tomorrow we tackle the Barranco Wall as we continue our ascent of Kilimanjaro. We will check-in and let you know how that goes.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

The upper slopes of Kilimanjaro as seen from Barranco Camp. Photo: RMI Collection

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Whoo Hoo! 13,000 ft and climbing so excited for you all can’t wait to see the summit photo. Go team go! Xox

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Posted by: Diane on 7/11/2015 at 6:00 am

Go team go!!! Everyone is doing great!! Sounds as if ya’ll are having great weather. Stay strong and know that ya’ll are all loved very much!!!
Edi and Tim

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Posted by: Edi Cronin on 7/10/2015 at 5:51 pm

Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Enjoy the Views

Posted by: Mark Tucker | July 09, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 12,570'

Battery recharge accomplished! It is so important to be good at resting when climbing a big mountain; and boy can this team sleep!

How about a perfect weather day? It was tough but that is what we had to deal with today. Fantastic views of the upper mountain got the teams attention as we continued our journey upward on Kilimanjaro. It sure looks like along way up and it is so we are taking it one day, one stretch, and one step at a time. In addition to the jaw dropping views, the team spent today’s climb focusing on their fundamental climbing techniques.

We are now settled into our camp at 12,570’ on the Shira Plateau. Adjusting to this kind of altitude is always a challenge but this team is up for it. No headaches, good appetites, and great attitudes confirm that this team is doing well and enjoying the climb.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

RMI climbers ascending the Shira Plateau. Photo: Seth Waterfall

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Great report. Go team go!!! Keep up the awesome job!!! Glad ya’ll had beautiful views and great weather. Prayers for safety and good health sent your way. Love and hugs,read more

Posted by: Edi Cronin on 7/9/2015 at 6:07 pm

Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Hit The Trail

Posted by: Mark Tucker | July 08, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 9,890'

Gortex was the outfit of choice when we arrived at the Kilimanjaro National Park Entrance Gate this morning. Lucky for us, the rain stopped and we had nice conditions as we climbed through the rainforest on Kilimanjaro’s lower slopes and the giant heather in the Moorland Zone to reach Machame Camp. The team did well and we’re all our tucked in for the night at ~10,000 ft on this beautiful mountain.

Jet lag still prevails and we are looking forward a good night’s sleep for our first night on the mountain. We will check in again tomorrow with our progress towards the Roof of Africa.

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The RMI July 5th Kilimanjaro Team ready to hit the trail. Photo: Mark Tucker The RMI July 5th Kilimanjaro Team with their team vehicle. Photo: Mark Tucker

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Love the pictures and hearing where you are on the climb, looking forward to the next instalment

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Posted by: Emma and Alex on 7/12/2015 at 7:11 am

Mark’s blog is great - didn’t know we’d get pictures too! Y’all look like a scout troop standing by the bus after a ‘dressing down’ by the scout leader (what… read more

Posted by: Meg Race on 7/9/2015 at 5:43 am

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