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Kilimanjaro: Tucker’s Team Arrives in Tanzania

Just tracked down the last missing bag so the whole team and gear are here.
We are packed and ready to go to Kilimanjaro tomorrow.
Everyone minus one arrived late last night and after a few hours of sleep, we met up for our first meeting and then a session on packing our gear for the next week on the mountain.
We spent the afternoon finalizing the preparation. Tomorrow we will get up at 6am and depart for the mountain around 8am. We have a five-hour climb to get to camp so a busy day ahead. With not a lot of clouds tonight, we watched the lunar eclipse. The weather looks good for now.
All is well with the team.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

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Thinking of you all as you get started on this amazing climb!

Posted by: Rhonda Bolton on 8/8/2017 at 7:48 am

Happy Birthday Barbara!! We love you and hope you and Ben have a wonderful trip!

Posted by: Christy Ramineni on 8/8/2017 at 7:15 am

Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Finish Safari and Head Home

The loop is complete. We are back at the Arumeru Lodge after a whirlwind Safari. We had a fine night in the bush of Tanzania. In those remote tented camps with all of their creature comforts prepared us well for our last safari. A delectable breakfast started our way back out through the park. Cloud cover did not lend to animal cover since we once again were overwhelmed by the abundance of game to be seen. A whole pride of lions doing some snacking was a wonderful touch to send us on our way. Took about three hours of us having to put up with nice smooth pavement to get us here. Repacking, showers, and of course more food has the team in good shape for travels abroad tonight.
The new stories from trips like these last a lifetime and we are all excited to get home and share them.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

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Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Tour the Tarangire National Park

Yesterday’s visit to Ngorongoro Crater, considered by many to be the eighth wonder of the world, was a memorable experience. The crater is almost exactly 100 square miles and we did fine work of covering a big chunk of it. Today we left our lodge and traveled to Tarangire National Park. A bit of shopping on the way and a stop at a Masaai Village turned out to be a lot of fun. The local village opened their huts up for a visit from the team.  These kind and gentle people shared their history and way of life. The rest of the drive took us through the park having to weave around hundreds and hundreds of elephants, zebras, gazelles, cats, and giraffes to name a few. A mild day with some cloud cover made for a pleasant game drive. We are in a luxury tented camp that pretty much knocks your socks off. Life is not to tough out here in the bush and the team is having a blast.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

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Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Check in From Ngorongoro Crater

Hello Mark Tucker checking in from the Ngorongoro Crater event. A little IT problem, but we’re going to get that worked on in the morning. Just wanted to let you know that everybody’s doing great. Had a wonderful day down in the crater. Saw thousands and thousands of animals up close and in person. It was a wonderful day; everybody had a gas and we’re heading to Tarangire in the morning. We’ll get you back in the loop on the dispatches. All is well here in Tanzania.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

RMI Guide Mark Tucker from the Ngorongoro Crater.

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Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Visit Lake Manyara National Park

Safari time at Lake Manyara National Park. The drive into the park took us a couple hours. The animals were out in force and a few clouds helped keep the temperature nice. Our all wheel-drive Land Cruisers took us comfortably very close to thousands of native creatures. This was a pretty nice introduction to the incredible bio-diversity that Africa has, and everyone enjoyed the day. We had a nice lunch in Campsite 1 but no tent time for the team on phase two of the trip. Our lodge has received thumbs up from all. Very comfortable here at the Plantation Lodge, and the dinner could not have been better. Up early for our next park in the morning.

All is well here in Africa,
RMI Guide Mark Tucker

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Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Celebrate Success!

Yesterday we had a wonderful albeit long day climbing to the roof of Africa The team woke at the enjoyable hour of 11 pm to clear skies and a light breeze. Chilly to say the least at 15,000 ft. We had a brief midnight breakfast of oatmeal hot drinks and biscuits Hitting the trail right around midnight We climbed in hour increments with 15 minute breaks in between. Which we’ve been doing every day thus far. The weather started out fine but the higher we climbed the wind would increase. By the time we hit the crater rim about 19,000 ft it was a bit chilly but we were prepared and ready for all conditions.The climb took about 7 hours reach the top, the sun had risen shortly before reaching the top to help warm us and boost morale after climbing through the night. Once there we hugged each other, enjoyed the view and took plenty of pictures. It was a true test of endurance for most of the crew and I’m really proud of everyone! We descended back to high camp had a quick lunch , repacked and continued further down the mountain, where we had dinner and then headed to bed for some well deserved sleep.

Today we woke at 6:30 feeling good, had breakfast, then enjoyed a goodbye song and dance from gracious crew of porters, cooks and guides numbering 55. We finished the celebration by handing out well deserved tips and then hit the trail one last time. It took a little under three hours to reach the park gate a short drive to where the team had lunch then hopped aboard our bus for the ride back to the lodge. Finally we are safe and sound, a little cleaner after an amazing 7 day journey up and down Kilimanjaro.

The team is looking forward to safari which starts tomorrow.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker & Team

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Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Summit!

On Saturday, July 29th at 9:15 pm PST, RMI Guide Mark Tucker called from the Kilimanjaro summit!  Please click the link below to listen to the call.

Update 7:44 am PST:
The team is all here at the last Camp Mweka. At about 10,000ft it is very comfortable compared to where we have been recently. It was a tough day and everybody is in tents resting before our last dinner on the hill. Everybody did great and is in good health. More details tomorrow.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

RMI Guide Mark Tucker calls from the Roof of Africa

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Pongezi Annie & Phillip!!!  The view looks amazing. 
Have a great adventure!

Posted by: Åsta on 7/30/2017 at 8:03 pm

Congrats & Way to Go to everyone on the team for summiting Kilamanjaro!!
Glad to hear it was a safe trip!

Hope you all will have lasting memories of this trip.

- Mike Gary (Kevin’s brother)

P.S.  Happy belated birthday, Kevin! :)

Posted by: Mike Gary on 7/30/2017 at 7:34 pm

Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Move to High Camp

It was a short and uneventful move from Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp,which is our launching point for the summit. The team did great and we arrived in right around three hours. Perfect weather, in fact a bit hot with how intense the sun is here at around 15,000ft. Not much atmosphere above us to filter the sun. We’ve had our summit talk where we discussed our plan and the team’s strategy for tomorrow. Final packing is taking place. Relaxing and of course eating is the job for the rest of the day, then early dinner, off to bed for more rest. Weather permitting, we’ll be up at 11pm, have breakfast and hit the trail around midnight. As per usual I’m expecting the ascent to take around eight hours, breaks included, to the Roof of Africa.
My goal will to give a call from the top of conditions allow.
The team is in great shape and high spirits.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

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What a way to start a new day!  Cheers to all of you.

Posted by: Anna Marie McCormick on 7/29/2017 at 11:22 am

Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Ascend the Barranco Wall

Today the team did a fantastic job climbing the intimidating looking Barranco Wall. It is the technical hurdle of this expedition and everyone did great. Everybody enjoyed the challenge; of course, the porters made it look easy as they climbed the wall with their loads carefully balanced on their heads.
Once above the wall we took a well-deserved break to enjoy the valleys below and the peak above. Yet another day of great hiking conditions. We are now at about 13,000ft at the Karanga Camp. High camp tomorrow and the team is looking good.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

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Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Enjoy Views en route to Barranco Camp

It was clear and cool last night with temperatures right around freezing.  Our team kept warm with hot water bottles and warm sleeping bags.  We left Shira Camp and slowly climbed uphill before we started our traverse over to Barranco Valley across the volcanic plateau and just below the remaining glaciers that cling to Kilimanjaro’s slopes. As we approached camp we were all amazed to see the giant groundsels and famous senecio trees that look like something out of a Dr Suess book. Once again we pulled into camp and our stellar crew had camp all set up and were ready with hot drinks and snacks after a solid six hour day. The team is in good shape and ready for the Barranco wall which sits just above camp and will be our first objective as we continue up hill tomorrow.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

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Enjoy this special time together!! Looks so exciting.  Be Safe and send pics!! xxoo

Posted by: Aunt ME & Uncle Gene on 7/28/2017 at 5:44 pm

Way to go Annie, Philip, and team!  It is warm here in Minnesota.

Posted by: Kay Weaver on 7/28/2017 at 10:43 am

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