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Entries By mark tucker


Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Explore the Ngorongoro Crater

We spent the day cruising for wildlife in a caldera. Ngoronoro Crater didn’t disappoint. There was fairly heavy cloud glued to the crater rim in the morning when we were working around the circumference, but as we dropped into the interior, we got under the weather and enjoyed fine visibility. We saw vast quantities of wildlife including herds of wildebeest, cape buffalo and zebra. There were hippos galore and dozens of colorful birds. The big male lion stole the show as he ambled down the road right next to our vehicle. We finished in the forested area and had the luck of observing a large female lion hanging in a tree taking a nap. Life in the bush is good. The team continues to persevere despite the fine dining and very comfortable rooms. More adventures ahead tomorrow!

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

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Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team at Lake Manyara National Park

The big payoff starts and the dividends are fabulous. We had a great afternoon at Lake Manyara National Park. We successfully shifted gears from mountain living to wildlife viewing. We were on the road just after 8:30 and a few hours later pulled into the park. We had lunch just inside the gate where we had our first visit with a troop of baboons. They were very interested with our lunch boxes and for good reason, once again Barking Zebra providee us with a fantastic assortment of goodies that fuels the furnace to get us through to our next feast, definitely not starving on this trip. We started the game drive where the roof of our Landcruiser is modified to open up and create great sighting of all the animals which were everywhere. Under an hour drive from the gate puts us at the Plantation Lodge just outside the gate of tomorrow’s park. Very, very, very comfortable here. Even if you didn’t come down from a big mountain you would feel the same way.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

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Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Back at the Lodge Post Summit

Round trip complete! Back in the lodge where we started a week ago and it feels great.
We enjoyed recounting our adventure during a nice dinner out on the patio. We awoke early this morning and were treated to yet another scrumptious breakfast and lots of fresh Tanzanian bold coffee. After that we had a really fun closing ceremony with the Barking Zebra staff. Awesome job from start to finish. These guys took such good care of us and a pleasure to spend time with on Kilimanjaro. There was a small matter of a three-hour hike to the park gate, but it was enjoyable with no rain in the mystical descent through the cloud forest. The sights and sounds were amazing. Lots of happy campers after a hot shower and looking forward to sleeping in a bed.
Tomorrow we start our safari; it’s going to be a blast.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

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Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Arrive at High Camp

We have just pulled into high camp, Barafu Camp, located at 15,000’ on Kilimanjaro. Our tent sites are on the low side of camp so I’m calling the elevation 14,900’. We have been moving as one cohesive unit which will make the climb tonight go really smooth.
There are a few clouds around making for good pictures and still allowing great views of the upper mountain.
We are up here with plenty of time to rest, fuel up and prepare for the summit push ahead tonight. Repacking our gear and making high calorie lunches in between naps is in store for us. The team is in great shape and we are all fired up and ready for our summit attempt.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

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Grandma Barbara, so proud of your successful climb. Love you.

Posted by: Meryl on 8/12/2017 at 10:35 am

Yay! We love you! Enjoy the view from the top.

Posted by: Haley on 8/12/2017 at 10:35 am


Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Climb Barranco Wall, Ascend to Karanga Camp

The group is doing great after a strong showing on the trail today. We are at Karanga Valley which sits at 13,100’ and is our last stop before Kilimanjaro’s High Camp.
We tackled the Barranco Wall this morning and had a very smooth ascent up the steep slopes. When we were about 2/3 of the way up we could look back down on last night’s camp which looked like a camp for ants. The rest of the way felt like it was a dance off with a bunch of ups and downs.
A few clouds made for very comfortable climbing conditions and a picturesque setting. No sooner did we arrive to camp than a two minute rain shower began, luckily we had our tents for shelterr and more big mountain story when we get home.
We’re all relaxing now before dinner and tomorrow we head up to Barafu camp at 15,000’.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

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Absolutely wonderful to be able to see where your team is. Hello and love to Jen Girard and Geoff Melrose.

Posted by: Brenda on 8/12/2017 at 10:46 am

Very exciting!! Wishing you all a successful climb to the top!

Posted by: Wendy on 8/12/2017 at 3:49 am


Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Ascend to Barranco Camp

The team has moved camp once again and everyone is doing well. It was a big day ,more than six hours and everyone handled it well. We left the Shira Plateau a bit after 8 am and had a steady ascent for 2,500’ right out of camp at a steady grade. Our high point of just below 15,000’ was right about noon then we had a constant descent to our new camp here at Barranco Camp at just under 13,000’. We are looking forward to another great dinner provided by the Barking Zebra staff and then a good night’s rest.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

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Hi from Seattle - go Jen and Geoff!  All is well with Cisco!

Posted by: Laurie Pike on 8/10/2017 at 2:14 pm

Happy Birthday to Geoff Melrose!  From the Bolton’s

Posted by: Rhonda Bolton on 8/10/2017 at 9:43 am


Kilimanjaro: Tucker and Team Reach Shira Plateau

We had fantastic weather making for a fantastic day. We are so happy it is silly! Out here in the office we could not have had a better day. This morning we had a steep start right out of the gate but no problem for the “A team”. There are a couple scrambling sections, and the team took it bite for bite, chewed it well.  Thanks to the amazing work of our porter and our Camp and meal were waiting when we arrived. We now sit at Shira Camp, just over 12,000’. We had a great lunch now are relaxing and letting our bodies adjust to our new altitude.

Tomorrow we will head up to over 14,000’. and then down in to camp at just below 13,000’. Stay tuned!

RMI Guide Mark Tucker & Team!

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Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Hit the Trail

All is well at Kilimanjaro Camp 1; otherwise known as Machame Hut. We are already at 10,000 feet for our first night on the mountain. Interestingly 10,000 feet here is still below tree line, whereas on Mt. Rainier 10,000 feet is way above tree line and glaciated.
The hiking today was great with a little cloud cover, which helped with very pleasant temperatures and not a whole lot of mud to get here. We are still recovering after our team member Barbara’s 75th birthday party last night. We have a real fun group, everyone was chatting away between themselves and with our African guides who will accompany us the whole time up the mountain. We spent a total of about six hours on the trail and combined with jet lag should make for good sleeping tonight.

Until tomorrow,
RMI Guide Mark Tucker

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Happy birthday to Geoff Melrose.  (8/10).  Good climbing to all.

Posted by: Peter melrose on 8/9/2017 at 8:59 pm

Good luck Andrew and Nik!

Posted by: Steve Martin on 8/9/2017 at 8:48 am


Kilimanjaro: Tucker’s Team Arrives in Tanzania

Jambo!
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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