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Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Camped at Shira

Posted by: Mark Tucker | August 08, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 12,500'

Shira Camp is our new home for the night. At 12,500 ft it is nice to still see bushes and grasses. Don’t let life forms other than humans fool you, it is a very harsh place to be. Unlike places like Alaska where the latitude away from the Equator keeps plant life well below here.

It was nice to see the whole team at breakfast this morning healthy and happy . For some, it was was a new experience spending the night in a tent at 10,000 ft. Before we turned in, a discussion about strategy for the night and talk of what we can do to help adjust to the altitude paid off. Another day of perfect weather for the climb and it couldn’t have gone smoother. Incorporating the same techniques used on all these big hills went very well with a team of strong climbers arriving at Camp 2 right on schedule.

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Hiking to the Shira Plateau on Kilimanjaro. Photo: RMI Collection

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Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Begin Their Trek

Posted by: Mark Tucker | August 07, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 9,800'

What a great day in the mountains. The team was like clock work getting out of the lowlands. A pleasant drive to the Machame Gate where our climb began. Not too hot or cold, no rain just some broken clouds as we moved up the mountain in great style and all arriving at Camp 1 in fine shape. The usual perfect support by our fabulous outfitter the Dik Dik, best outfitter for a climb of Killimanjaro. We worked a lot on technique, and talked about strategy for the future throughout the day. We are all fed and down for the night. Awesome moon above and the summit clear and calling. How many times can I climb this beast and still get such a thrill. It’s crazy, you have to make the time to do this one for sure!

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Kilimanjaro Trailhead. Photo: RMI Collection Our first night's camp located at 10,000' in the Giant Heather of Kilimanjaro. Photo: Jeff Martin

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Mt. Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Arrive in Africa!

Posted by: Mark Tucker | August 06, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

RMI Guide Mark Tucker and Team called to check in from the Dik Dik Hotel in Arusha, Tanzania. The team has enjoyed a little R & R after long international flights; everyone is well rested and ready to start trekking. After a gear check this afternoon the bags are packed and ready to hit the trail in the morning.

Follow along with us on the RMI Blog and they make their way to the Roof of Africa!

The Dik Dik pool. Photo: Jeff Martin Bird of Paradise on the Dik Dik grounds. Photo: Jeff Martin

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Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Visit the Maasai Village and Ngorngoro Crater

Posted by: Mark Tucker | August 01, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Being on safari is nature at its most basic form. To see the food chain in the realm of nature makes you ponder on life itself. You take away a certain fresh outlook on the meaning of life on these safaris. And to see the living prehistoric creature that is near extinction, the rhino, keep the wheels spinning. We had a chilly start to the day up in the cloud forest on the flanks of the Ngorongoro Crater. We decided to stop in at a Maasai Boma or village where for 20 dollars each they gave us warmth in one of their cow dung huts with its dirt floor, no chimney, wood-burning modular homes. We got out of there pretty quickly but left with the flavor and fragrance of a life a bit different than ours. Nice folks and enjoyed the visit. The clouds eventually burnt off to a picture-perfect day in the bottom of the crater, the Eighth Wonder of the World. Yes the trigger finger took a bit of a warming up but no animal, bird, or plant escaped the lens of these safari pros. We even had some shots taken with out a memory card due to some rough roads and a bit too over excited at the chase of the perfect picture. Lots more opportunity for photos tomorrow as we move to yet another amazing park in Africa.

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A rhino in the Ngorongoro Crater, Africa. Photo: Seth Waterfall An RMI team visiting the Maasai Village. Photo: Casey Grom

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Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Begin Safari

Posted by: Mark Tucker | July 31, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

This is not any surfing safari, although that doesn’t sound too bad either. Our goal is not to catch the perfect wave, but it is to find the perfect sighting of so much wild game on a beautiful day. I’ll take it. We forced ourselves to leave one lovely lodge to end up at another. We are at the Plantation Lodge situated midway between Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro Crater, which is the location of tomorrow’s safari. The team did well making the transition from climbing to safari. Although that trigger finger took a hit today taking so many pictures, I have confidence it will pull off some amazing shots tomorrow.

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An elephant at Lake Manyara National Park. Photo: Casey Grom Panoramic view at Lake Manyara National Park. Photo: Jeff Martin

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Kilimanjaro: Tucker and Team Finish Descent and Prepare for Safari

Posted by: Mark Tucker | July 30, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

We are getting ready for dinner here just outside of Arusha in the lowlands of Tanzania. Everybody is healthy and happy. It’s crazy to think where we were just yesterday—what a great climb. We moved up the hill like clockwork. I was very impressed by the strength, both mental and physical, by one and all during such an arduous task.

This morning we had a nice walk in the cloud forest, and yes we were in the clouds. It was so lush and pretty. After reaching the Mweka Gate and having lunch, we said farewell to our local staff and a “thank you so much” to the staff of the Dik Dik Hotel—one of the best outfitters for Kilimanjaro. They offer great support and I will defiantly use them again. How about next week? Is that soon enough? But first I will spend a few days on safari game viewing with the team. We’ve made some great memories already and more are yet to come. I will do my best to keep you in the loop on phase two of the “A Team” in East Africa.

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Mt. Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Descend to Mweka Camp

Posted by: Mark Tucker | July 29, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 10,000'

Hello!
I hope our phone call from the summit was received.  We had a great climb and are now checking in 10,000’ later. All is well here at the Mweka camp, our last camp of the climb. What a night for the summit. The temperatures were chilly, but there was very little no wind and lots of sunshine, you can’t complain about that. The team did great up and down. Sixteen hours is a long day for anyone, so we are feeling a bit beat up right now.  But we are all healthy and happy.  We will wake up early tomorrow for a short three hour descent to the Mweka gate where we will meet our vehicle and driver.  Once we load up, we will leave the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate and head back to the Dik Dik Hotel.  The lap of luxury awaits.

Kilimanjaro, 19,340',  The Roof of Africa.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Mt. Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Call from the Summit

Posted by: Mark Tucker | July 29, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 19,340'

Mr. Mark Tucker here on the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro a beautiful day and a fantastic team. Everyone wants to say hi to the family.
Hey -With Mark Tucker and “Tuck’s Tucklings” on the summit of Kilimanjaro.  It’s a beautiful day up here.
Hey it’s Maryann standing on the summit of Kilimanjaro – it’s pretty awesome.
We are having some fun.
Hey it’s Laura here on top of Africa.  Hello to everyone back home.
Well we are going to wrap it up and start working our way downhill in a good safe manner.  And we will check in from Mweka Camp at 10,000’.  That is 9,420’ below here.  We are doing great.  Thanks for checking in.

Climbers make an alpine start toward the summit of Kilimanjaro.  Photo: RMI Collection The views and glacier near the summit of Kilimanjaro. RMI Collection


RMI Guide Mark Tucker and the July 21st Team call from the summit of Kilimanjaro.

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Mt. Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Tucked in at High Camp

Posted by: Mark Tucker | July 28, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 15,000'

Hello from 15,000’ on Mt. Kilimanjaro.

All our team is here at High Camp, Barafu Camp (15,000’), in great shape and ready to go. We left from Karanga Camp this morning and made it to our new camp in good time. We enjoyed another nice lunch from our mountain staff and spent time organizing and packing up to make our early morning departure quick and easy. Here at Barafu Camp life is good. There are a few clouds around but that is not unusual and we are in hopes of a clear windless night ahead. We had a relaxing afternoon with lots of tent time, putting our feet up and drying out the boots, reading, writing, and maybe a bit of cards. We are taking it easy and making sure everyone is rested and ready for our upcoming adventure.
We will try and give you a shout out from the Roof of Africa tomorrow.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

Barafu Camp situated at 15,000 on Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania.  Photo: Jeff Martin Kilimanjaro Barafu Camp as climbers ready for their alpine start to the summit.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Mt. Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Ascend the Barranco Wall

Posted by: Mark Tucker | July 27, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 13,000'

Hello!
We are checking in from high on Mt. Kilimanjaro. Here in the alpine desert there is a stark reminder that only the heartiest survive at this altitude. That is just what we are doing and in great style, mind you a hearty group we are. After a great climb of the famous Baranco wall early this morning led to the traverse below the southern side of the summit massive. We had intermittent clouds that made for nice climbing to the Karanga Camp. The Diamond, Balletto, Heim, Decken, and Kersten glaciers loom just above reminding us that we still have a ways to go. The team continues to do well, all is good

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Climbers and porters ascending the Barranco Wall on Kilimanjaro, Tanzania.  Photo: Dave Hahn Ascending to Karanga Camp with the Karanga Valley below.  Photo: Jeff Martin

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