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Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Move to High Camp

Yet another nice weather day here on Kilimanjaro. We are looking down at a sea of clouds below us but it’s all clear up here at 15,000’ Barafu Camp, our high camp. After a nice breakfast the team took yet another big bite out of the mountain.  After just a few hours of walking we are situated less than one vertical mile from the top of the “Roof of Africa”. We have been eating, lounging and trying to not get too excited about the adventure ahead tonight. We spent some time this afternoon readying for our climb, putting fresh batteries in the head lamp,a gallon sized lunch bag, boots dried to perfection, special saved pair of summit socks pulled out and put in position.  We are planning for an 11:30 pm wake up call. A lot of preparation and sacrifice has gone into getting us all here. Thank you all back home for the support on this great adventure.  We will have an early dinner then it’s into the tent for a few more hours of rest before we begin our summit attempt. The mountain has been very friendly so far and a we have a high level of confidence for it to continue for another 48 hours. Wish us luck!

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

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We are so excited and happy for all of you !!!! Congrats !! The beach misses you ! xxxoo JC and LB

Posted by: JC and Lizzie on 7/30/2016 at 7:28 pm

Woop woop!!  So excited.

Posted by: Cassie evering on 7/30/2016 at 12:08 pm

Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Climb the Barranco Wall

We slept in an extra hour this morning for two reasons. Firstly, it gave us some extra rest in preparation for our summit attempt. Secondly, it allowed the rest of the teams at camp to break trail up the great Barranco Wall this morning so we could avoid “rush hour” on the wall.The 800 feet of solid handholds made the ledge scrambling a blast. With the assistance of our local staff, everyone made for a safe ascent of the Barranco Wall. Once atop the wall, we made a long traverse under the dramatic views of the the hanging glaciers and rock buttresses that make up the top of Kilimanjaro on our way to Karanga Camp at 13,160 feet. We are knocking on the door of the summit and the weather continues to be perfect!  Yeah!

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

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Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Descend Into the Barranco Valley

Up early for a crisp and clear day at Shira Camp. Perfect climbing conditions all day long. Kibo, Kilimanjaro’s main peak towering over us during the 2,500-foot climb to well over 14,000 feet . A nice gentle grade up to our high point for the trip, then down, down, down, down the Barranco Valley where we are for the night. Glaciers, tall cliffs, giant ice runnels are the view from camp. Pictures at sunset are going to be awesome.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

On The Map

Thinking of you guys!!  Love you.

Posted by: Cassie evering on 7/28/2016 at 9:09 am

Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Arrive in Shira Camp

A good night for sleep with a couple folk still adjusting to time zone change. There were amazing stars last night. Woke up to perfectly clear sky’s views of the big top ahead. Sizable chunk of altitude gain in half the distance of yesterday but still gained us 2,500 feet in elevation. As you can imagine fairly steep right out of the gate but every one handled it well. The environment changes dramatically from a lush forest to a more alpine feel. A big finish to the day, traversing out to the west, complete opposite from where we will travel tomorrow across ancient lava flows that have created a broad flatland between Kibo-Kilimanjaros main peak and Shira, its western satellite. Our home for the night.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

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Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Hit the Trail

Our departure from the Dik Dik Hotel was right on time. A couple hours of travelling and we arrived at the Machame Gate of Kilimanjaro National Park. We spent a bit of time getting organized and sorting out climbing permits before setting out into the cloud forest at 6,000’ plus. Over the course of five hours, 4,000’ in elevation gain, and 20,346 steps we arrived at our first camp on the mountain: Machame Camp. Throughout the day we had beautiful views of the mountain and perfect climbing conditions. The whole team is doing well and everyone is glad to have started the climb.

The dinner bell is about to ring so I better run…

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

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Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Meet at the Dik Dik Lodge in Tanzania

Hello from the Dik Dik Lodge. Everyone has arrived.
Before lunch we met for our orientation meeting and gear check. We then spent the afternoon finalizing and preparing our gear for the mountain.
Now we are all set for Kilimanjaro!  Once we finished dinner is off to our rooms to finish last-minute packing or a bit more Internet time.
The plan is to meet up for breakfast at 6:30 am and be ready to go by 7:30. We have a couple of hours driving to the national park and it’s good to be early.
All the gear looks good and tents and food are all set to go. The team is starting to get excited. We are all looking forward to getting the climb under way.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

Good Luck Jim & Hunter from all of us at Floorco.

Posted by: Floorco on 7/28/2016 at 1:56 pm

Go for Guys !!!!!

Posted by: Uncle Chuck on 7/26/2016 at 8:07 am

Kilimanjaro: Tucker and Team Wrap Up Their Time in Tanzania

Sipping tea on the porch of our luxury tents, watching the bush wake up around Tarangire National Park is pretty darn peaceful. Before heading back to the Dik Dik Lodge, we spent some more time game viewing in the park. If you’ve never been to Tarangire, some day try and get there; you won’t be disappointed! After our game drive, we made a quick stop in town for a few last minute gifts, some might even have your name on them! Back at the Dik Dik, we had one last fine meal before saying our good byes. The next stop for the team is Kilimanjaro International Airport to begin flights home. This trip has been filled with great experiences that have created memories to last a lifetime. I’m going to miss everyone…until our next trip together!

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

Thank you, Mark, for taking care of our loved ones on what I know was an awesome experience.  It was so great to have your blog so we could keep up with you all on the trip.

Posted by: Odette Hankins on 7/22/2016 at 11:39 am

Kilimanjaro: Tucker and Team Tour Tarangire National Park

Right now I’m watching a gigantic, large tusked elephant tearing apart an acacia tree just a few feet away from the porch of my stilted tent platform in the full moon light. Funny how a creature that large could literally sneak up on our digs for the night here at Kikoti camp, just outside Tarangire National Park. It has been another perfect weather day with just enough clouds and breeze to keep the bush land from being too hot. After an hour of driving we stopped for a tour of a Masai Boma. It’s very interesting and always amazing to see the hearty souls living in the traditional style. Another hour put us in the park where we enjoyed just amazing landscape and crazy plant life. If that wasn’t enough throw a couple thousand animals in the mix. We ended the day with a most flavorful bounty back at camp. Tomorrow we have another half day on safari in Tarangire as we make our way back to the Dik Dik.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker & Team

Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Explore the Ngorongoro Crater

From huge elephants to tiny chameleons, the Ngorongoro Crater was a game viewers paradise. We kept to the timeline and made our way to the crater nice and early. So did a bunch of other folk, it was all good, spending time at the visitors center enjoying exhibits and baboons around the truck made waiting for the permitting process to enter the park easy. Happy to do anything to help keep this amazing place well managed. We descended a couple thousand feet into the crater to brisk but clear weather. Herds of zebra, gazelle, wildebeest, cape buffalo, to name a few, were in all directions. Some big game spotting of lions, huge elephants and a couple of rhinos made great additions to our camera rolls. Another delicious lunch in the bush by the hippo pool rounded out the day nicely. We are now back at the Plantation Lodge being pampered one last night. We move on to our final park tomorrow. 

Bye for now,
RMI Guide Mark Tucker

It all sounds amazing and thrilling.  I can’t wait to see all the pictures.

Odette, Taylor’s mom

Posted by: Odette Hankins on 7/20/2016 at 1:48 pm

Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team’s First Safari Stop - Lake Manyara

Early up again. Why not, it’s vacation. Your going to get home exhausted from the travel halfway around the world, so give it your all while here. We traveled a few hours from the Dik Dik Lodge to Lake Manyara, located in the Great Rift Valley. The first of three national parks we will visit on our safari. The introduction to our new challenge, sitting instead of hiking was well received. Nice four-wheeled Landcruisers carried us from one group of animals to the next. Hundreds of creatures near and far, above and below, right and left, fascinated the whole team with little interruption. We are now at the Plantation Lodge being very well taken care of in luxurious surroundings. We have positioned ourselves just outside our next park, Ngorongoro Crater, the eighth wonder of the world. Up early again. Why not, it’s vacation!

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

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