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Kilimanjaro: Okita & Team Prepare for Climb

A long day was had as we reviewed our climb to come and covered some important ideas that will make our big adventure as safe, successful and fun as possible.
Kilimanjaro is a great mountain to get ones feet wet on given its non technical nature, but the fact that it’s seven days long does present a bit of a steep learning curve for us in many ways.
We’re all ready now for the climb to begin tomorrow! The hard work of today was nicely softened by massages for all coordinated by brother Brad. Such a great idea!
We’re looking forward to a big day tomorrow and finally getting underway.
All for now from the comforts of the Arumera River Lodge. Next stop, the flanks of Kilimanjaro.

RMI Guide Brent Okita

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The Parella family wish you all a great climb and a wonderful 50th birthday to Anne!

Posted by: Carin Parella on 7/20/2017 at 4:16 am

Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Call from Summit, Check in from Mweka Camp

June 18, 2017
Thick air and mild temps surround the team at this moment. A different story just a few hours ago when we were standing on the summit of Kilimanjaro. We are all settled in here at the 10,000’ Mweka camp the last stop before we leave Kilimanjaro National Park tomorrow. We started the climb around midnight under clear skies and a mild breeze . It was pretty cold the last couple of stretches and a few of the team climbed with their down parkas on which we usually put on at our breaks and take off when climbing. Seven hours later we were on the summit of Kilimanjaro, the Roof of Africa, with beautiful weather and a very elated team. It’s a big climb and a long descend.  We didn’t arrive to this camp till after 3 pm with a tired team. Everyone did great and the stories are already starting to fly. I am going to roust the napping guys soon so we can all enjoy another great meal which is currently getting set up in the dining tent. All is well on the hill.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

Please listen to the audio link below from the team calling from the summit of Kilimanjaro.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker and team call from the summit of Kilimanjaro with Father's day greetings.

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AWESOME GUYS!! So proud of you for making it to roof top of Africa!!
Wish we were there!
teri and Mike

Posted by: teri Steichen on 6/18/2017 at 7:52 pm

way to go all of you. Happy Father’s Day ! have a safe descend and come home soon. love to you all!

Mom and Dad Free

Mimi and Granddad

Posted by: Mom and Dad Free on 6/18/2017 at 1:15 pm

Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team at Barafu Hut Readying for Summit Bid

The clouds disappeared last night and stars were out in full force. We left the Karanga Camp a bit after 9 and landed here at high camp right at noon. Lunch went well at 15,000ft and we have been busy preparing for the summit push tonight. Preparations, which seem to be a long time ago back in the states, are paying off here with the team in fine shape along with a great attitude. Some down time in the tents for now before an early dinner then a good nap right into early wake up call around midnight. Weather is nice- fingers crossed. I will try and give a call from the summit tomorrow.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

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So proud of you all. please stay well and safe.


Posted by: Mimi on 6/17/2017 at 11:24 am

Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Climb Barranco Wall, Ascend to Karanga Camp

We are experiencing a bit of wet weather, a cloud mist almost rain here at Karanga camp 13,000’ on Kilimanjaro. We did not let the weather spoil the climb today for it held off until we arrived at camp. The infamous Barranco Wall would not have been as much fun this morning had it been wet but with perfect conditions and a strong team we cruised up the wall in about 30 minutes first thing this morning. After a couple more stretches on the trail, we arrived to a great lunch as usual with camp all set upon arrival.  What a nice way to rough it! The team is resting now in our tents until the next meal. All is well here on Kilimanjaro.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

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Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Ascend to Barranco Camp

We enjoyed yet another perfect day of climbing. After a nice four course breakfast at the Shira Camp the team shoulder their packs and ascended to over 14,500’, a high point for all team members.  After a nice break and taking in some great views above and below we then had to descend into our new camp, Barranco. Situated in an amazing valley at just under 13,000’ we are here enjoying more fantastic vistas. As usual our fabulous local outfitter had camp and snacks all set upon arrival. We have had a few intermittent showers of a mixture of snow and rain but overall it’s not too bad. Everyone is doing well and we are enjoying our time on the mountain. 

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

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Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Begin Their Trek

A great day in the mountains . We had a nice breakfast then a two-hour ride to the Kilimanjaro Park entrance. The check in process went smooth as can be and off we went to start uphill. Clouds but no rain made for perfect conditions.  The team crushed it and here we are at 10,000ft in our very comfortable dining tent. A big shout out to all the moms out there. Your boys are a-ok.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

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Thanks Mark! Boys, take good care of your dad up there…he is old.
Love you!!

Posted by: Molly/Mom on 6/14/2017 at 1:24 pm

Hi 3 Toms and Meyer!! Good Job and wish we were there with you guys!
Looks fantastic!

Posted by: teri Steichen on 6/13/2017 at 7:18 pm

Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Meet in Arusha Tanzania

Our team has gathered in Tanzania and everyone is looking good and is ready for our adventure.  We took it easy today but we did spend time organizing and packing our gear for our climb of Kilimanjaro.  We may have also enjoyed a nice afternoon nap to help recover from our international flights.
It has been a pleasant first day for our crew, the sunshine has peeked through the clouds a bit and we did have a little rain, but that’s to be expected.  We are being well taken care of here at the very nice Arumeru River Lodge. It is tranquility at the foot of Kilimanjaro but we are looking forward to getting onto the mountain tomorrow.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

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Hi 3 Toms and Meyer ,

look out each day to see how you all are doing. so fun to receive Mark’s posts. hang in there, stay well, have fun :) so proud of you all!

Love you,

Mom ( Mimi )

Dad sends his thoughts and prayer too.

Posted by: Mimi on 6/14/2017 at 12:06 pm

Hey 3 Toms and a Meyer!

I am looking forward to following you up the hill…in spirit! In the wise words of Cele S., with whom I climbed my first mountain, just put one foot in front of the other and you will be at the top before you know it!

Love you guys!

Posted by: Nancy on 6/13/2017 at 9:55 pm

Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team Enjoy Listening to the African Night

Hello everyone -

We spent yesterday touring Tarangire National Park which is known for its abundant elephants, in fact, it normally has more per square mile than any place on earth. However, with all of the rain Tanzania has been receiving lately, there weren’t nearly as many gathered around the river that flows through Tarangire, but we still saw a few. They have had the luxury of having many watering holes to chose from. There were plenty of other animals as usual, and we got really close to a few big Giraffe, which was amazing. We end our day at a remote and off grid camp called Kikoti. It’s a tented camp that boarders the park with elevated structures that are screened in and allow the night sounds of Africa in.
After yesterday we decided to make an early departure today to increase our chances of seeing Cheetahs and Leopards, they still eluded us.
It’s been a memorable experience for everyone and great friendships forged. But finally it’s time to return home to our families.

Missing all of our family and most of our friends -
RMI Guide Casey Grom

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Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team Enjoy Great Game Viewing in Ngorongoro Crater

Today we visited the famous Ngorongoro Crater, and considered by many to be the 8th wonder of the world. The crater is what remains of a once massive volcano that erupted and collapsed on itself, leaving behind a giant caldera that’s almost exactly 100 square miles. Every time we’ve visited the crater it’s been excitingly different, and today was the same.
We were able to see many lions, some close enough that they actually stopped to smell the tires of our Safari vehicles. However, we were safely inside our vehicle, yet it was extremely exciting to be so close!
As we made our way around the Ngorongoro crater we saw tons of other wildlife, zebras, Cape buffalo, wildebeest, jackals, Giselle, countless raptors and many other large birds. It was quite a day to say the least, and I’m certain one that won’t be forgotten by anyone.
We wrapped up the day with a visit to a Maasai village just outside the crater rim. The Maasai people are a nomadic tribe that have lived here for more than 500 years among the wildlife, while raising the cattle that sustain them. The team spent time visiting the homes of these kind and gentle people, with tour guides who shared their history and way of life.
We finished the evening here at the plantation lodge and are looking forward to what tomorrow may bring as we head to Tarangire National Park.

RMI Guide Casey Grom

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Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team Game Viewing at Lake Manyara National Park


Today was the first day of safari for us and we headed east to visit Lake Manyara, which is known for its tree climbing lions, flamingos, and more than 400 different species of birds.
The day started with a slight sprinkle of rain, and slowly increased to nearly a full-on downpour. Thankfully the weather broke and we had a really nice rest of the day viewing the wildlife that hardly seemed to notice us, despite being only feet away at times.
We didn’t manage to see any of those famous lions, but we had a very close encounter with elephants. Nothing dangerous, but they passed close enough that we could have almost touched them.
We did manage to see wildebeest, zebras, Cape buffalo, giraffe, hippos, baboons, impalas and so many birds we lost count. It was a pretty nice introduction to the incredible bio-diversity that Africa has, and everyone enjoyed the day riding around in our safari vehicles.
We finished the day spending a few hours relaxing and exploring the grounds of our amazing lodge, the Plantation Lodge. Clearly, we are no longer “roughing it”.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and the Safari crew

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