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Entries By seth waterfall


January 15, 2016

Kilimanjaro Climb & Safari

Kilimanjaro: Seth & Team Ascend the Barranco Wall

Jambo! This is Seth checking in from Karanga Valley. Only one more day to high camp!

We have broken out of our daily pattern of clear mornings and rainy afternoons. Today it was cloudy and with rain showers all day. Even though we are not having ideal weather the team is in very high spirits.

Everyone did great on the Barranco Wall this morning. We let most of the people in our last camp get out early and then started up the 800-foot wall. The bottom part of the wall has some really fun scrambling and we all had a blast climbing through that section. We were lucky in that the rain held off until we topped out on the wall.

We hovered around 13,000’ all day and the terrain is really cool at this elevation. It’s right at the edge of where plants live and so sometimes it looks like a barren waste land. But then you turn a corner and there can be a giant heather forest. It’s great trekking here.

Light showers started up after we topped out on the wall and continued to build into a real rainstorm as we pulled into camp. Our tents are nice and dry though and the cook made us a great pasta lunch. We are doing good.

I’ll check in again tomorrow from our high camp.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

On The Map

Bobby- we are so proud of you!  Just a few days until you can sip tequila!
Love Annie, Grace, Davis and Susan

Posted by: Susan Gallagher on 1/16/2016 at 7:28 am

Annie and team,
I have only seen Kilimanjaro from a distance;  cannot imagine the extraordinary experience of being on that awesome mountain and climbing towards the top!  Thinking of you today and tomorrow, hoping for fair weather, safety, and boost of energy as you near the summit.  Thanks for staying in touch through these blogs and photos!

Posted by: Helen (Gillette) on 1/16/2016 at 7:01 am


January 14, 2016

Kilimanjaro Climb & Safari

Kilimanjaro: Seth & Team Move into Barranco Camp

Well we have definitely established a rhythm with Kilimanjaro. It was very nice and sunny again this morning and at 9:30am the clouds started building. By 1:30pm it was raining heavily again.

The only thing different from yesterday is that we were out on the trail when the rain hit. It was only for about an hour so not a huge deal really, but it sure is nice to be in a dry tent now.

We covered the longest stretch f the whole trip today, other than summit day and everyone did a great job. We also reached a high point for every climber here at 14,900’. That’s always a fun thing.

Now we have two easier days and after that we go for the summit.

That’s all for now.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

On The Map

I am in awe of each of you!  Know you are happy to have a few of the high days behind you before summit.  Bobby you and all of the team are in my thoughts and prayers each step of the way!  JoAnne H

Posted by: Joanne H on 1/15/2016 at 10:18 am

Congrats on reaching a new high in climbing. Didn’t know it rained that much there.
Hope you are having the time of your life. Stay safe.

Love, VaLinda

Posted by: VaLinda Novak on 1/15/2016 at 7:58 am


January 13, 2016

Kilimanjaro Climb & Safari

Kilimanjaro: Team Checks in from Shira Camp

Hi from Shira Camp at 12,500 ft on Kilimanjaro. It’s currently raining cats and dogs!

We started the day under clear blue skies, had a great breakfast and were hiking by 8:30 in the morning. The clouds started to build at around 9:30 but we had sun breaks for our whole hike.

The terrain was fairly steep right from the start but every one handled it well. The vegetation was very different from the lush rain forest we were in yesterday. As we gained altitude the fauna had a more alpine feel that corresponds to our high elevation.

After we arrived at camp the cooks made a great lunch and while we were eating the rain started. It is nice to be in camp for it so we can rest and relax with the sound of raindrops on the tents.

One of our climbers would like to say hello to Mrs. Price’s second grade class. Thanks for following along with our climb.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

On The Map

Woo Hoo Eileen!
L&D is keeping tabs on your journey!  We are excited and impressed at your sense of adventure and climbing skills!  Looking forward to hearing all about your adventure upon your return!

Posted by: Anne & Christine on 1/14/2016 at 10:44 am

Love “tagging along” on your trip - here’s to the journey! Cheers to Team Fuller and everyone else…onward ho… Wishing you all amazing sights and sounds, sweat and laughter… ;)

Posted by: Jiffy Page on 1/14/2016 at 6:25 am


January 12, 2016

Kilimanjaro Climb & Safari

Kilimanjaro: Seth & Team Arrive in Machame Camp

Jambo!

We are all up at our first camp and everyone is doing good. Dinner ended a little while ago and the team has headed off to the tents for a long night of rest.

We got an early start this morning with breakfast at 6:30 and we were on the road just after 7:30.  It took us about two hours to drive to the national park gate where we spent some time getting organized and sorting out the climbing permit.

Once we were all checked in, we started our trek through the rain forest. Everyone on the team was excited to get going and we spent the next several hours hiking and chatting as we gained about 4,000 vertical feet.

Everything went smoothly except for about five minutes of rain right before we hit camp. That’s no problem for this team though and anyway our tents were nice and dry inside when we arrived.

Tomorrow we climb up to the Shira Plateau. I’ll check in again from up there.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

On The Map

Tell Annie all of us are thinking of her and are so proud of her!!

Posted by: Dianne Burd on 1/14/2016 at 8:28 am

What exceptional athletes! Enjoy the journey, the memories will last a life time.

Posted by: Kat Malcom on 1/13/2016 at 6:57 pm


January 11, 2016

Kilimanjaro Climb & Safari

Kilimanjaro: Seth Waterfall & Team Gear Check and Ready for the Mountain

Hi,

Seth here. We are all finished with dinner and everyone is off to their rooms to finish the last bit of packing before we head out to the mountain tomorrow morning.

The plan is to meet up for breakfast at 6:30am and be ready to go by 7:30. We have a couple hours of driving to the national park entrance 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 trek under way.

I will check in again tomorrow from Camp 1.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

Slow down Eileen… :-)  I hope you are having an amazing adventure!  Whoop, whoop!!!!

Posted by: Mark on 1/14/2016 at 5:58 am

To the brave and the bold, have a safe and happy adventure that many will dream of but few will undertake.  Safe and happy travels to all!  Tell Bobby – Love you from Mom

Posted by: JoAnne Hemphill on 1/12/2016 at 9:58 am


January 10, 2016

Kilimanjaro Climb & Safari

Kilimanjaro: Waterfall & Team Gather in Tanzania

Jambo! I’ve just returned from the airport with the last of the arriving climbers for our first Kilimanjaro Climb of 2016! Everyone has made it and although there were some delays along the way all the bags are here.
The crew is a mix of folks on their own and some that have been friends for a long time. Either way we will all be turning into a big team starting with a meeting and gear check in the morning.
After that we are off to the mountain. Wish us luck.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

Eileen: Stay safe lady and have fun!!!! Can’t wait to hear the stories when you get back!! What an adventure. Looks awesome!

Posted by: Lizanne on 1/18/2016 at 8:02 am

Annie D, enjoy every second! You inspire me!

Posted by: Julie Muniz on 1/12/2016 at 5:23 am


August 16, 2015

Kilimanjaro Climb & Safari

Kilimanjaro: Waterfall & Team Wrap Up Trip

Hey, this is Seth. We are all headed to the airport to catch our flights home. We’ve had a great trip and today was no exception. In the morning, as we returned through Tarangire National Park, we got very lucky and saw two leopards . It was a great cap on what had already been a wonderful trip. Everyone is excited to go home but we all wish we could be on safari forever!

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall


August 15, 2015

Kilimanjaro Climb & Safari

Kililmanjaro: Waterfall & Team Enjoy Tarangire National Park

Hello from Kikoti Camp. We have just finished a wonderful evening around the fire pit complete with Maasai dancing and a BBQ dinner. Kikoti is am amazing place to finish our trip. Today we toured Tarangire National Park and it didn’t disappoint. We were extremely close to elephants and giraffes and we got lucky and spotted a pride of lions lounging in the shade if a tree. The best thing about Tarangire though us the sheer number of animals. It was pretty much non stop the whole time. The talk at dinner was about how much fun the trip has been and that’s because this group has really made it non stop laughs the whole time.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall & Team

Thank you for the updates and leading the team, Seth.  Hope everyone has a safe trip home.  We can’t wait to hear the stories!

Posted by: Anne Coats on 8/15/2015 at 5:49 pm


August 13, 2015

Kilimanjaro Climb & Safari

Kilimanjaro: Waterfall & Team Enjoy Lake Manyara

Jambo!

Today was a great kickoff to safari. We piled our sore bodies into the trucks at 9 am and headed out towards Lake Manyara National Park. We shopped and lunched along the way and at about 1:30 pm we started the game drive. We were treated to lots of monkeys, baboons, elephants, and giraffes amongst other animals. My personal favorite, the African Fish Eagle was out in force as well. We are checked into the Plantation Lodge for the next two nights. It’s a real treat to not have to pack a bag in the morning. We are headed to Ngorongoro Crater tomorrow morning so I’ll check in again when we get back.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

Spectacular!
Hug a baby elephant for me!
love and stay safe..

Posted by: Andrea/Mom on 8/15/2015 at 12:51 pm

Hi Llex and all!  What a great second half of your adventure!  We’re enjoying the news and wonderful pictures!  Love you!  Mom and Dad

Posted by: Jan Amos on 8/14/2015 at 4:56 am


August 12, 2015

Kilimanjaro Climb & Safari

Kilimanjaro: Waterfall & Team Are Off the Mountain

Greetings from the Dik Dik Hotel. We are all off the mountain safe and sound.
This morning we woke up with the sun just before 7. After some crepes and porridge for breakfast we hit the trail. It was a little slick and muddy from the rain yesterday but everyone was motivated to get down to the trailhead so it didn’t slow us down. Once we reached the road it was drizzling so we just jumped in the truck and drove back to the hotel.
Now we are taking turns showering, having lunch and packing for safari. Tomorrow morning the second phase of the trip starts, but tonight we are going to celebrate a great time on Kilimanjaro.
Here is a summit pic from yesterday.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

Congratulations on your successful climb.  What a great opportunity and adventure to travel to Africa.  Look forward to seeing you and hearing more about your trip when you return home.  You are in our prayers.

Posted by: Aunt Tout & Uncle Russ on 8/13/2015 at 10:49 am

Llex and all, Have fun and safe travels on the safari!  Love you!!!!  Mom and Dad

Posted by: Jan Amos on 8/13/2015 at 6:40 am

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