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Kilimanjaro: Waterfall & Team Spend Their Last Night in Africa

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | February 06, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Hi! It is our last day on safari and we are back in Arusha doing some last minute shopping. Our next stop is the Dik Dik Hotel to repack, shower and then head to the airport. We will of course be squeezing one more fantastic dinner in as well.

Kikoti Camp was a great place to spend our last evening in Tanzania. The sunset was spectacular and the scenery there is great. This morning we had a nice game drive with tons of elephants playing in the Tarangire River.

I think we are all psyched to head home but it has been a real fun group and everyone has gotten along together amazingly well. All of us will be flying out overnight so for the family and friends following along… See you soon!

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

Elephants in Tarangire National Park, Africa. Photo: Seth Waterfall The RMI Kilimanjaro team's last night in Africa. Photo: Seth Waterfall

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Time to bring it on home Patty. We want the stories! Be safe til we see you.

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Posted by: Bill on 2/6/2015 at 1:27 pm

Safe travel home, Team!! Patty, looking forward to seeing you and hearing all about your African adventure! I am ready for a long run:)
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Posted by: Sally on 2/6/2015 at 10:18 am


Kilimanjaro: Waterfall and Team Explore Tarangire National Park

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | February 05, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Hey this is Seth dropping a quick check in via the satellite phone. We are way out in the bush at Kikoti Camp. Since I checked in last we have had some really great animal encounters.

Right after I emailed yesterday we spotted several rhinos fairly close to the road. That brought our total rhino count for the day up to 5 which is by far the most I’ve seen in a single day. Right after that we pulled up to a male lion next to the road. Our drivers got us into a good position and before we knew it he got up and walked to less than 10 feet from the cars! That was a real treat.

Today we spent the morning driving to Tarangire National Park and had an afternoon game drive. The elephants were out in full force and I’d say we saw well over 100. It was a very hot day though and that keeps the cats in the shade. We didn’t see any of them. Tomorrow we will spend the morning looking for more cats and then head back to the Dik Dik before we all fly home at night.

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Tarangire National Park. Photo: Dave Hahn Elephant in Tarangire National Park. RMI Photo Collection

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Shannon,  so cool!  Can’t wait to see all the pics!  Dee is excited about the elephants!  Melissa

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Posted by: Melissa on 2/5/2015 at 7:59 pm

Hi Team,  Sounds like an exciting day again.  Would love to see all those elephants and lion so up close.  Jan and Sarah   can’t wait to see all the… read more

Posted by: Becky on 2/5/2015 at 7:22 pm


Kilimanjaro: Waterfall & Team Visit Ngorongoro Crater and a Masaai Village

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | February 04, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

It’s been another great day on safari. Today we got an early start and headed to Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area. This is different from the national parks here in Tanzania in that the Masaai people are allowed to continue their traditional way of life in the conservation area but no one is allowed to live in the national parks.
The entrance to the crater is only 15 minutes from our hotel but then we have to drive around the rim to get to a descent road. So along the way we stopped at a Masaai village where they showed us how they organize the village and what their homes are like. It was all very interesting.
After we got down to the floor of the crater we started to see all of the animals that we came for. We did get the chance to see a female lion and her cubs but it was very hot and they we just relaxing in the shade. After that we got to see two fairly active rhinos fairly close to the road and that was a real treat. But I would have to say the best sighting of the day was a few hippos feeding on grass very close to the car.
Now we are headed back to the Plantation Lodge for the night. Tomorrow we’ll sleep in a little and then head to Tarangire National Park and Kikoti Camp which are our last destinations on this trip.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

A lion relaxing in the shade in Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area, Tanzania. Photo: Seth Waterfall Hippos feeding on grass in Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area, Tanzania. Photo: Seth Waterfall An RMI team visits a Maasai Village during their African safari. Photo: Jeff Martin

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WOW!  Sounds like an amazing experience!  Patty, we can’t to see you and hear all about this incredible adventure!!  Take lots of pictures… We love you… Be safe…

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Posted by: Sally on 2/5/2015 at 4:18 am

Patty—-get as many selfies as you can with ALL of the locals… 2 legged and 4 legged as long as it’s legal, and of course safe! Love you! Regina

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Posted by: Regina on 2/4/2015 at 2:11 pm


Kilimanjaro: Waterfall & Team Safari in Lake Manyara National Park

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | February 03, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Hi this is Seth. We are finishing up our first day of safari at Lake Manyara National Park. It’s been a good one with tons of monkeys and baboons, elephants, zebra, hippos, wildebeest, cape buffalo and giraffes. We were especially close to a large group of giraffes at a water hole.
The weather is very warm which is a big contrast to the past week we spent on Kili. It is really nice to thaw out for a bit.
Now we are headed to our hotel for the night and tomorrow we will visit Ngorongoro Crater.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

Giraffes at a water hole in Lake Manyara National Park, Africa. Photo: Seth Waterfall A baboon at Lake Manyara National Park, Africa. Photo: Jeff Martin An elephant at Lake Manyara National Park, Africa. Photo: Casey Grom

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WOW!  Safari looks and sounds amazing!  Patty, I know you are loving every moment!  We look forward to hearing all about this incredible adventure!  Miss you, Love you

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Posted by: Sally on 2/4/2015 at 3:50 am

  Sarah & Jan - hope you are enjoying yourselves. It must seem unreal to have the animals so close.  Will make nice pictures & glad the weather is warmer.… read more

Posted by: Beverly Goodburn on 2/3/2015 at 2:53 pm


Kilimanjaro: Waterfall & Team Descend from Mweka Camp

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | February 02, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Greetings from the Dik Dik hotel. We’re off the mountain safe and sound. This morning we woke up at 10,000’ but now we are back down to a more reasonable altitude.
We meet up for breakfast at 7 AM and everyone had a great appetite for the french toast that the cooks made. Immediately after breakfast the whole support staff gathered around and we handed out the well deserved tips for the crew. Our climb truly would not have been possible without the great food and hard work of the support team. We are all very grateful for all of their efforts.
After that we dropped 4,000’ down to the trailhead where our vehicle was waiting with lunch and cold drinks. This team has a voracious appetite and lunch was gone ASAP.
Now we are all gathering up and getting ready for dinner. We move on our stomachs!
Tomorrow we start the safari portion of the trip and that is always a good time.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

RMIs January 24th Kilimanjaro Team on the summit.  Photo: Seth Waterfall Climbers descending from the summit of Kilimanjaro.  Photo: Seth Waterfall

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Congratulations Patty and team SW!!! Eat early and often! Enjoy every single second and share your pictures so everyone back home can live vicariously through you!!! Hugs and love!

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Posted by: Regina on 2/3/2015 at 8:02 am

Patty and Team,
Congratulations on your summit! Awesome picture and enjoy that safari! You are amazing, beautiful, and so strong!
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Posted by: Arlene on 2/2/2015 at 7:12 pm


Kilimanjaro: Waterfall & Team Summit!

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | February 01, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 19,340'

February 1, 2015 6:00 am PT
Seth here checking in from our last camp on Kili. We are down at 10,000’ and boy does the air feel thick and good. We started our summit push yesterday, technically, with an 11:00pm wake up call. We hit the trail at two minutes past midnight and reached Uhuru Peak (Kilimanjaro‘s summit) at 6:44am. The climb was pretty cold with a strong wind out of the Northeast. The climbers buckled down though and made a great effort in tough conditions.

After returning to high camp we packed up, had a late breakfast and started down to Mweka, our camp. At the halfway point we started to get some rain showers that made the tough trail a bit tougher. True to form though the team rallied and we made camp in good time.
Everyone is relaxing now after a late lunch and looking forward to the hike out tomorrow.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

January 31, 2015 8:00 pm PT
Hey, this is Seth calling from the top of Kilimanjaro! It’s 7:00 a.m. our time. Nine of the climbers went to the summit today. One of our group decided to hang back in high camp and wait for us to return, but everybody else is up here on Uhuru Peak, the very highest point of Kilimanjaro.  The tallest peak in Africa and one of the largest free-standing mountains on Earth. It has been one of the coldest days I’ve had up here. We’ve had a wind blowing at us and put a little rime ice on our parkas and whatnot. But now that the sun’s been up on us a little bit and having fun up here, we’re gonna take finish taking pics and swing back down through high camp and to our camp at 10,000 feet tonight. I’ll check in from there. That’s it from us from the top of Kilimanjaro.

Sunrise at 18,000' on Kilimanjaro. Photo: Casey Grom An RMI team on Kilimanjaro summit day. Photo: RMI Collection Descending through Kilimanjaro's rainforest to the Mweka Gate. Photo: Jeff Martin


RMI Guide Seth Waterfall calls in from Uhuru Peak.

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Way to go Patty!  You did it!  So very proud of you.  Congratulations and safe travel back home.

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Posted by: Dave on 2/2/2015 at 7:41 am

Patty - You did it!!! Congratulations and the best to all on the team. I am very happy for you and proud of what you just accomplished. Watching you persevere… read more

Posted by: John on 2/1/2015 at 10:58 pm


Kilimanjaro: Waterfall & Team Ascend to High Camp

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | January 31, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 15,000'

Hello! We are all up at high camp as of 12:00pm our time. We had a fairly mellow hike up here today. We took another relaxed morning with breakfast at 8:00. Some excitement during breakfast came in the form of a helicopter landing in camp. It circled a few times and touched down twice. Then it stayed on the ground for a few minutes and took off again. That’s the first time I’ve seen a helicopter on Kilimanjaro.

Our hike was super smooth and everyone is doing well with the altitude. We are about to have lunch and discuss the climbing plan. After that we’ll relax, get an early dinner and then wake up and climb.

If all goes well, my next check in will be from the summit.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

An RMI team at a rest break overlooking Kilimanjaro. Photo: Seth Waterfall The trail leading to High Camp on Kilimanjaro. Photo: Jeff Martin

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Sending good thoughts and prayers from the mountains in Whisller to the BIG mountain in Africa. So excited for you! You are the perfect example of setting goals and coming… read more

Posted by: Regina on 2/1/2015 at 8:43 am

Patty Kudla & Ernest Hemingway linked for eternity! Go Patty go. Can’t wait to hear that you saw the face of Africa from the top. Best to all the adventurers… read more

Posted by: Bill on 2/1/2015 at 8:42 am


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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WOW!!  You will soon be on the summit!!!  YAY!  Patty, thinking of you as you soon ascend to the top of Africa!  It looks AMAZING!  Wish I were there!  Eat… read more

Posted by: Sally on 1/31/2015 at 1:34 pm

Very soon now & you will be Summit bound. So exciting! May the sunshine and clear skies crown your BIG accomplishment! Go Team! Go Carrie! Xoxo

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Posted by: Mom & Dad on 1/31/2015 at 10:18 am


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.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall & Team

Barranco Camp on Kilimanjaro. Photo: Dave Hahn

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Congrats Patty and team! “Jambo” from Bill. Huge hugs and love on this magical day and every other day in between. Regina

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Posted by: Regina on 1/30/2015 at 5:15 am

Sending positive energy to the whole group.  Good luck to all, especially Jessie & Will.

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Kilimanjaro: Waterfall & Team Arrive at Shira Plateau

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | January 28, 2015
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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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Way to go Patty!  Hope you have a safe trip home…can’t wait for all the details!  xoxo Sandi

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Posted by: Sandi on 2/2/2015 at 3:58 am

Hi Lourdes my love. I hope you are having a blast. Can’t wait to see you!!!!! I’m waiting for the new updates of your trip. Love you. Luis!!!

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  • The RMI Kilimanjaro team's last night in Africa. Photo: Seth Waterfall
  • Tarangire National Park. Photo: Dave Hahn
  • Elephant in Tarangire National Park. RMI Photo Collection
  • A lion relaxing in the shade in Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area, Tanzania. Photo: Seth Waterfall
  • Hippos feeding on grass in Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area, Tanzania. Photo: Seth Waterfall
  • An RMI team visits a Maasai Village during their African safari. Photo: Jeff Martin
  • Giraffes at a water hole in Lake Manyara National Park, Africa. Photo: Seth Waterfall
  • A baboon at Lake Manyara National Park, Africa. Photo: Jeff Martin
  • An elephant at Lake Manyara National Park, Africa. Photo: Casey Grom
  • RMIs January 24th Kilimanjaro Team on the summit.  Photo: Seth Waterfall
  • Climbers descending from the summit of Kilimanjaro.  Photo: Seth Waterfall
  • Sunrise at 18,000' on Kilimanjaro. Photo: Casey Grom
  • An RMI team on Kilimanjaro summit day. Photo: RMI Collection
  • Descending through Kilimanjaro's rainforest to the Mweka Gate. Photo: Jeff Martin
  • An RMI team at a rest break overlooking Kilimanjaro. Photo: Seth Waterfall
  • The trail leading to High Camp on Kilimanjaro. Photo: Jeff Martin
  • The Karanga Valley. RMI Photo Collection
  • Barranco Camp on Kilimanjaro. Photo: Dave Hahn
  • Porters on the trail to Shira Plateau, the second nights camp on Kilimanjaro.  Photo: RMI Collection
  • Seth & Team starting their trek with Kilimanjaro in full view. Photo: 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
  • Elephants and baobab tree in Tarangire National Park. Photo: Seth Waterfall
  • Giraffe crossing in Tarangire National Park, Africa. Photo: Seth Waterfall
  • Kikoti Camp in Tanzania, Africa. RMI Photo Collection
  • Elephant on Safari. RMI Photo Collection
  • A lion walks along side our team's game viewing truck. Photo: Seth Waterfall
  • Zebras at Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania. Photo: Seth Waterfall
  • Sunrise on a Kilimanjaro summit day. Photo: RMI Collection
  • The RMI Kilimanjaro January 10th Team on the summit, January 18, 2015.  Photo: Seth Waterfall
  • The RMI Kilimanjaro January 10th Team below the Barranco Wall.  Photo: Seth Waterfall
  • An RMI team on the Barranco Wall, Kilimanjaro. Photo: Seth Waterfall
  • Enjoying the views in the Karanga Valley, Kilimanjaro. Photo: Seth Waterfall
  • Our camp at the foot of the Barranco Wall, right below Kilimanjaro's southern face. Photo: RMI Collection