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Kilimanjaro: Waterfall and Team Scale the Barranco Wall

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | January 30, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 13,200'

Hi this is Seth.

The team is all up at Karanga Valley (13,200’). We started the day at a really relaxed pace with a later breakfast than we are used to. After that we enjoyed the views and sunshine, some dancing and a little frisbee while most of the other climbers jammed up the climbing route. After almost the whole camp moved out we climbed up the steep Barranco Wall by ourselves. After a lunch break on top we hiked to Karanga Valley. The cook made us an amazing second lunch in camp which was well received by this crew. Things really get rolling tomorrow as we head to high camp.

I’ll check in when we get there.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall & Team

The Karanga Valley. RMI Photo Collection

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Sending good wishes and positive energy to the entire team and especially to Patty Kudla!

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Kilimanjaro: Waterfall and Team reach Barranco Camp

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | January 29, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 13,000'

Hi from 13,000’ on Kilimanjaro!

Today was a long day on the trail for the team but we did great. It was a little chilly when we woke up at Shira Camp with ice on the ground and some frost. After the sun came up we started to warm up and after the first hour of hiking everyone was in one or two layers of clothing only. We spent about 4 hours getting to our high point at 15,000’ and by the time we reached it the skies has clouded over. No rain or anything for us but it was a bit chilly. It’s warmer down here at camp but the clouds are still in and out. Everyone is feeling just fine and we are all looking forward to heading out again in the morning.

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Barranco Camp on Kilimanjaro. Photo: Dave Hahn

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Kilimanjaro: Waterfall & Team Arrive at Shira Plateau

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | January 28, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 12,200'

Hi from Kilimanjaro! Everyone is up at our second camp, Shira Plateau. We were on the move just after 8:00 this morning and spent about five hours on the trail. We gained over 2,300’ from our last camp so that puts us over 12,000’ above sea level. The altitude hasn’t effected anyone’s appetite just yet, we all wolfed down lunch here at camp.  Our plan from the afternoon is to rest and hydrate up for tomorrow’s big push to the Lava Tower at 15,000’.

That’s all I have for now.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

Porters on the trail to Shira Plateau, the second nights camp on Kilimanjaro.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Great job everyone! Enjoy your adventure Doug - love you. ~Belledonna

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Posted by: Belledonna on 1/28/2015 at 8:03 am


Kilimanjaro: Waterfall & Team Experience Beautiful Weather as They Begin Their Trek

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | January 27, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 10,000'

Hello, we have reached Machame Camp at 10,000ft on Kilimanjaro. We left the hotel just after 7:00 am this morning. The drive to the trailhead was about two hours. That’s a little bit longer than normal but the mountain was so clear this morning that we had to stop and take a few photos. The check-in process was smooth and we were on the trail just after ten. The trail is in great shape and after about six hours of hiking we made it to camp. The cooks are preparing dinner as I type this while the team is out taking photos. Our next stop is the Shira Plateau. I’ll be checking in again from there.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

Seth & Team starting their trek with Kilimanjaro in full view. Photo: Seth Waterfall

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Kilimanjaro: Seth Waterfall & Team Meet Up at the Dik Dik Hotel

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | January 26, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Jambo from the Dik Dik Hotel. The team for this Kilimanjaro trek is all here, packed and ready to go. We’ve got folks from all over the US and even a couple of Canadians.

Everyone seems to have made the long trip from North America without any problem. Although we did have a couple of missing bags, those did arrive so no real worries there.

The food and tents are packed, the crew is ready and the weather forecast is looking good. It is pretty much all systems go. I’ll check in again from the mountain.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

Our rooms at the Dik Dik Hotel, near the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Photo: Jeff Martin The Dik Dik Hotel pool area. Photo: Jeff Martin

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Kilimanjaro: Waterfall & Team Finish Safari and Journey Home

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | January 23, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Hi, this is Seth. We are all back at the Dik Dik Hotel where the team is getting set for the flight home.
We woke up this morning way out in the bush at Kikoti camp. After a great breakfast we split the group in two. Half the team went quickly back through Tarangire National Park and spent some time at Peace-Matunta Orphanage and school. The other half tried to find some leopards but they proved to be elusive. The elephants and giraffes were out in full force, though, so all was not lost.
We are all back together now and after an early dinner I’ll be taking everyone to the airport where they will depart for the USA. As for me however; I’ll be starting another trip shortly and that means another journey up Kilimanjaro and more wildlife viewing in Tanzania’s beautiful national parks.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

Elephants and baobab tree in Tarangire National Park. Photo: Seth Waterfall Giraffe crossing in Tarangire National Park, Africa. Photo: Seth Waterfall

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Kilimanjaro: Waterfall & Team Enjoy Safari and Kikoti Camp

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | January 22, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Hey There this is Seth calling in from Kikoti Camp.

The internet is down here and there is no cell phone coverage, so I am calling in from the sat phone. We have had a great day on safari.  Right after getting into the park we just happened upon three lions one male and two females. Literally within 30 seconds of being inside the National Park. We’ve seen about 150 to 200 elephants today and a bunch of giraffe. We got so close to an elephant, I could almost reach out and touch it!  It was a great way to wrap up the trip. Out here at Kikoti camp it is nice and secluded. We’ve got the whole place to ourselves. They have accommodated us nicely, great folks out here. We looking forward to catching the sunset at the fire pit and saying goodbye to this trip.  Everybody is going to be flying out tomorrow. We have a little bit of safari going on in the morning and then it is off the the hotel in Arusha, the Dik Dik. Everybody will get cleaned up, have some dinner and then all catch our flights home. 

Great trip, good times!  I’ll check in again tomorrow.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

Kikoti Camp in Tanzania, Africa. RMI Photo Collection Elephant on Safari. RMI Photo Collection


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Kilimanjaro: Waterfall & Team Take Advantage of an Early Start for Fantastic Game Viewing

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | January 21, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

What a great day on safari! The crew all rallied for an early start to Ngorongoro Crater. The weather started out a little cool but we didn’t have any of the rain like yesterday. After stopping at a Masaai Village we dropped down to the crater floor. We hit the jackpot pretty quick when a huge pride of lions popped up out of a creek bed right by us. After that we got really close to some hippos and even caught a glimpse of the elusive black rhinoceros. All in all a really fantastic day.

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A lion walks along side our team's game viewing truck. Photo: Seth Waterfall

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Kilimanjaro: Waterfall & Team Visit Lake Manyara National Park

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | January 20, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Seth here, checking in on our first day of safari. We left the Dik Dik this morning in a total downpour and we were all a bit nervous that our luck with good weather had run out.  By the time we reached Lake Manyara, however, the rain had stopped. The moisture has actually kept the dust down so riding with the top of the vehicle open has been no problem. The game viewing has been pretty solid for our ‘warm up’ day. I would say the hippos were the most impressive animals we saw but we got the closest to some zebras. Tonight we will stay at the Plantation Lodge and tomorrow we’ll visit Ngorongoro Crater.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

Zebras at Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania. Photo: Seth Waterfall

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Kilimanjaro: Waterfall & Team Descend to Mweka Gate

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | January 19, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Jambo! The team is off the mountain, safe and sound. Summit day, yesterday, was really great but it sure was nice to reach the end of the trail today. The weather has continued to hold up great for us. We had a little rain last night but it didn’t hit until we had all finished in dinner and retreated to our tents. This morning we had an early breakfast and got on the trail by 8 am. This team descends very well and we all made it down by 11 am. We are headed back to the Dik Dik Hotel for some very needed showers before safari starts tomorrow.

On a family note, Jason C’s wife and children met us at the park gate, he was literally running down to meet them and they would like to wish Esther a happy birthday.

One more shout out to Mrs. Sadler’s class at Midlothian High.

Here’s a pic from the summit!

That’s all for now.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

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