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Entries By mark tucker

Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Celebrate at the Dik Dik Lodge

Our team just finished an amazing feast and celebration at the Dik Dik Lodge after a very special seven-day adventure. Easy hike out of the 10,000ft Mweka Camp this morning under clear skies and nice, dry trail conditions. My team didn’t need me for any coaching or inspiration, these hardened mountaineers were horses heading to the barn. Had to stop at the park gate about 6,000ft, pick up a whole bunch of summit certificates, then sign out to mark the the team as officially down and clear of the mountain. Game viewing of some of the finest parks in all of Africa starts tomorrow. Sleep is sounding pretty good right now.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Summit!

Jambo! Mark Tucker checking in from Uhuru Peak, the top of Africa. Under perfect conditions, we have a group of intrepid mountaineers on the summit. A great climb.  I couldn’t keep up with these guys. Everybody on top. We are doing great, having a gas, looking forward to getting down to the low camp. All is well, everybody sends their best. I don’t know how many pictures we can take, but we’re doing it, so we’ll check in later.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

RMI Guide Mark Tucker calls from Uhuru Peak, the Roof of Africa.

On The Map

Congratulations from Chicago!

Posted by: Tricia on 9/26/2016 at 4:04 am

Have a safe descent.

Posted by: Evan and Grace on 9/25/2016 at 2:01 pm

Kilimanjaro: Team Moves to High Camp

Hello from High Camp, Barafu, at 15,000’ on Kilimanjaro -

A left camp and made our way up hill to our High Camp.  There are a few clouds above us but we aren’t going to worry about that for now.  We are settling in to camp and getting ourselves ready for summit day.  The creature comforts provided by our great local outfitter The Dik Dik Lodge continues to help make life a bit more manageable. We will have an early dinner before checking our gear and re-packing one more time before we try to get a few hours of sleep before our summit attempt.  Wind, clouds and cool temps is the report for now but it’s not unusual to wake up to a clear, calm night for the climb. The team continues to do an awesome job and are all in great shape for the push tonight.

Wish us luck!  We will check in soon from our summit attempt!

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

On The Map

Nicole & the team have a successful & great adventure to the summit… All my thoughts are with you… Lou

Posted by: Lou Walter on 9/25/2016 at 8:54 am

Good luck team, go Jen!

Posted by: Allan on 9/24/2016 at 10:26 pm

Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Climb to Barranco Camp

It was breezy all night and thru out the climb as we traversed along the west side of the mountain today. Dramatic clouds below on the Shira Plateau stayed around until the wind died down. We were hiking thru the highland desert zone among large volcanic boulders up to well over 14,500’ when we began the big descent into tonight’s camp Barranco at 13,030’. The south side of the mountain begins to unveil the dramatic upper mountain and a scattering of the beautiful giant groundsel tree not found many places on this planet is making an appearance. The team worked hard to get here and are glad to be sitting at the dinner table getting ready to begin another great mountain meal together.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

On The Map


You are almost to the top. Keep up the hard work, Grace and I are rooting for you from RPI. I want to hear those pressure breaths from the other side of the globe!

Posted by: Evan and Grace on 9/23/2016 at 5:16 pm

Sounds like an amazing adventure! Can’t wait to hear about it in person. Also, congrats on the personal altitude record Mom!

Sending lots of love from Somerville :)

Posted by: Alexander and Hoagie on 9/22/2016 at 6:30 pm

Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Climb The Shira Plateau

We left Machame Camp 9,890’ in cloudy skies but only for a short stretch. The gnarled trunks of the giant heather disappeared and we entered yet another zone, the moorland. After ascending a wide ridge we gained the broad and sloping Shira Plateau at about 12,570’ and nearly three miles later we gained beautiful views of Kilimanjaro’s upper slopes and Mt. Meru, our near by neighbor, standing at about 15,000’. A fine hot lunch and beautiful camp site greeted us upon arrival at Shira Camp.

The team continues doing well and we are having a good time.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

On The Map

Joe - you got this!  Can’t wait to hear the details!

Posted by: Dana Klein on 9/23/2016 at 9:42 pm

Keep on keepin’ on

Posted by: Tyler Klein on 9/22/2016 at 5:27 pm

Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Begin Climb

After a nice breakfast at the Dik Dik Lodge, we sent a few final emails and we were off to climb Kilimanjaro. A couple hours later, after a stop at the market and registering with the National Park it was time to start the climb. We left the cultivation zone behind and traded it in for a lush cloud forest. The team climbed well to our next zone the Heather and Moorland. We are camped here at 10,000’ with an outstanding view of the mountain and incredible weather. It is time to crawl in to the tents and get some rest before the next challenge tomorrow. The team is doing well and we will continue to check in as we ascend Kilimanjaro.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

On The Map

Go Jen Go!

Posted by: Allan on 9/21/2016 at 2:38 pm

Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Ready for the Mountain


I had so much fun on the last Kilimanjaro climb, I decided to stick around for one more. The last of the team arrived this afternoon. Equipment is checked, the group gear is in place and our ride in the morning is all set.  Great looking moon on the rise as I make my way to set down for the night.  All is good here, hope there as well.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Finish Their Safari

Early adventure through Tarangire as we made our way back to The Dik Dik Lodge. The team put a good dent In the waffle iron before we left the Kikoti property. It’s those little things that really make a difference out in the bush and a good waffle can set the tone for a fine finish to an amazing Safari. How appropriate to see our little mascot, the Dik Dik, just before leaving the park, a touching send off if you ask me. Some gear shuffle, a shower and one last delicious dinner here at the lodge before the team starts making their way home. A few will visit Zanzabar, others a stop in Amsterdam. Overall a feeling of accomplishment rounded out with a nice sense of connection to the basic elements of nature are packaged nicely for the travel abroad. Sad to have it come to a close, excited to start yet another chapter in the book of life soon!

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Shop for Souvenirs & Enjoy Tented Camp

We had a few things to accomplish today so we set out early to shop the local markets.  We found masks, bowls, knives, salad forks, necklaces, paintings, carvings made of soapstone, bone, ebony and rosewood.  We also shopped for Tanzanite, the beautiful blue stone found only in this country. We visited a Masai village and took a grand tour of their community.  Then made a stop for treats and drinks to enjoy while we traveled along.  We entered Tarangire National Park and encountered a large herd of wildebeests. We took a break and enjoyed a picnic lunch in the bush followed by a pleasant afternoon of driving the roads of this amazing park looking for more animals.

Tonight is our last night in Africa and we get to spend it at the beautiful Kikoti Tented Camp.  I can hear some animals snorting just off my porch.  There is a bright moon illuminating the night, I think I’ll go check it out.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Explore the Ngorongoro Crater

Another good day of African hospitality. We ate so many crepes at breakfast I figured the Land Cruisers were going to have a tough time hauling this load of intrepid bush game viewers in and out of the Ngorongoro Crater. The clouds engulfed the crater rim all morning making for a cool game drive to start. Also creating a surreal atmospheric event of tumbling clouds down the walls and dissipating before reaching the valley floor. It looked so much like Jaws Maui Hawaii breaking on a 200 foot day. I was longing for my what surfers call a “Rhino chaser” surfboard, specially made for large swell waves. I can’t believe I didn’t pack some wax. How ironic, for in fact that was the main focus of today the elusive Black Rhino. During the hunt for the Rhino so many other creatures got in the way that camera batteries were getting drained quick. Thank goodness for the back up battery. We returned to the lovely Plantation Lodge in the early evening to enjoy the fabulous grounds we call home for one more night. No crepes tonight but another four courses of fine dining will have to do. Maybe waffles in the morning to mix it up before we head to our next National Park, Tarangire. All is well with the team. Having a gas, wish you were here.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

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