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Entries By mark tucker

July 15, 2015

Kilimanjaro Climb & Safari

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

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

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 in a minute for YOUR safari!  Love the comments.  Soak up every minute!  xo Allison

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

July 14, 2015

Kilimanjaro Climb & Safari

Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Finish Descent and Prepare for Safari

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

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 there was any doubt!).  Can’t wait to see all of your photos and hear first hand from you about all of your African adventures.  Cheers!  Courtney and Carl

Posted by: Courtney Bergeron on 7/15/2015 at 11:00 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 wonderful these folks from different cultures helped you all to achieve a goal of a lifetime. So thankful for them and all of ya’ll. Prayers for continued safety as you continue to experience a different beauty of Africa!! Hugs, Edi and Tim

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

July 13, 2015

Kilimanjaro Climb & Safari

Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Descend to Mweka Camp after Summit

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.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

On The Map

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 and for bringing all of you along in the great mountaineering tradition he loves. Have a safe trip down. Love, Meg

Posted by: Meg Race on 7/14/2015 at 6:37 am

Woot woot! Congrats guys!

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

July 12, 2015

Kilimanjaro Climb & Safari

Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Reach Barafu Camp

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!

RMI Guide Mark Tucker & Team

On The Map

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

Posted by: Jennifer Wright on 7/13/2015 at 2:10 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

Posted by: Allison Muller on 7/13/2015 at 2:09 pm

July 11, 2015

Kilimanjaro Climb & Safari

Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Tackle the Barranco Wall

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

On The Map

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

Posted by: Jennifer Wright on 7/12/2015 at 11:27 am

Happy 30th birthday mark xxx

Posted by: Emma and Alex on 7/12/2015 at 8:14 am

July 10, 2015

Kilimanjaro Climb & Safari

Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Climb High and Sleep Low

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

On The Map

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

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

Posted by: Edi Cronin on 7/10/2015 at 6:51 pm

July 9, 2015

Kilimanjaro Climb & Safari

Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Enjoy the Views

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

On The Map

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,
Edi and Tim

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

July 8, 2015

Kilimanjaro Climb & Safari

Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Hit The Trail

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.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

On The Map

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

Posted by: Emma and Alex on 7/12/2015 at 8:11 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 did you guys do?) except for Bonny who can’t help but smile. (Was she the informant?) Love to you all. Best wishes for a great climb, from the Lowlanders.

Posted by: Meg Race on 7/9/2015 at 6:43 am

July 7, 2015

Kilimanjaro Climb & Safari

Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Arrive in Africa

The entire team has arrived in Tanzania.  We spent last night at the Dik Dik Hotel in Usa River and have been enjoying the great food and hospitality.
After a leisurely breakfast, part of our team traveled to a local orphanage to pass along some items they brought from the US.  It was well received and very much appreciated.
Our equipment checks went smoothly, thanks to the great preparation made by the team.  We should be all set for our time on the mountain. 
We have experienced a bit of light rain this afternoon and cool temperatures in the lowlands of Usa River at around 4,000’.  Unfortunately it wasn’t warm enough for anyone to appreciate the beautiful Dik Dik swimming pool. 

We will get to bed early tonight to help recover from our long flights and so that we are rested and ready to head into Kilimanjaro National Park tomorrow morning.

Stay tuned,
RMI Guide Mark Tucker

That was nice of you guys to stop at the orphanage. I look forward to the rest of your trip!

Posted by: Jessica on 7/8/2015 at 7:00 am

Hello to Tuck, Peter, Bonnie and the Rogers Clan.
I’ll be keeping an eye on you guys!


Posted by: Larry Seaton on 7/7/2015 at 6:29 pm

May 3, 2015

Mt. Everest Southside

Mt. Everest: Kathmandu & Beyond

Rain, thunder and lightning continued late into the Lukla night, but we all felt pretty confident that the dawn would bring perfect flying weather… Which it did.  We were up at 5 AM and over to the craziness of Lukla International Airport by 6 AM.  At around 7 or so, a twin engine prop plane came in with the right letters and numbers on its tail and we pushed our way through the crowd to catch our flight.  That flight was blissfully uneventful and by 7:30 we were just another batch of tourists in Kathmandu... Rubbernecking from our van to catch whatever signs of quake damage we could see on the way to our comfortable hotel.  A casual observer could easily go unaware of the tragedy unfolding in the country around us… things are quickly returning to “normal” for those with means in the capital.  The hotel was jam-packed with correspondents, camera crews, diplomats and a few grubby climbers.  We met a number of our guide friends -some of whom had ambitious and worthy plans to go out to remote villages to do what they could to save lives, and some of whom, just like ourselves, intended to get out of the country as soon as possible so as not to require care and feeding from an already over-stressed society.  Our team passed the afternoon resting, cleaning up, exploring and reconnecting.  I was lucky enough to connect with the legendary Miss Elizabeth Hawley for the team’s all important post-climb interview.  As expected, there wasn’t much to relate in terms of climbing goals achieved… none-the-less, we chatted for a delightful -and perhaps a bit melancholy- hour over the continuing challenges of these contemporary Everest seasons.
Back at the hotel, our team assembled for one final evening together, with a couple of toasts and a fine rooftop dinner.  We were not even remotely cold or uncomfortable, we weren’t in danger and we had a rising and beautiful full moon to entertain us.
Tomorrow we’ll scatter to ride a number of bigger and faster aircraft toward our own homes.  Thank you for following along in this challenging season.  We each feel extremely fortunate to have come unscathed through extraordinary circumstances.  To this point, we’ve had the convenience and satisfaction of placing cash directly into the hands of those who’ve suffered… from this point onward, we’ll try to match the generosity of those at home… Making considered contributions to responsible aid organizations benefiting all Nepalis.

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

Dear Dave, your post have been a blessing to me. I have been praying for all of you, and for the sherpa and their family, also for the people of Nepal.
Have a safe trip back home! God Bless You all, Pastor Sylvia Joplin

Posted by: Pastor Sylvia Joplin on 5/4/2015 at 4:12 pm

Glad you and your team are safe and finally on your way home. Your blog has been extremely informative and I’ve looked forward to reading them and of your previous exploits. You may not recall but back in 1990 as a way to thank the team at VM sports medicine for rehabbing your leg you took a small group of us up Mt Rainier. I was in that group and you had me rope lead behind your lead. I applaud you on all your accomplishments and look forward to reading about many more. Stay safe.

Posted by: greg faulkner on 5/4/2015 at 11:27 am

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