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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Kilimanjaro: Waterfall & Team Summit!

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | January 18, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 19,340'

January 17, 2015 - 8:25 pm PT
Hey, this is Seth checking in from the summit of Kilimanjaro! We are on the Roof of Africa. We had a great day, just clear skies and no wind was the story. A little bit chilly. Also, not very people on the route, so we actually were on top by ourselves for a solid 10 or 15 minutes before the next group came up, which is a total treat and a first for me. Everybody is feeling great, feels like we want to get back down to some thicker air. We are gonna head on down right now. Actually everyone has ditched me and I’m going to go catch up. That’s it. We’ll check in from high camp when we get back down. All is well in Africa.

11:32 pm PT
Hey, this is Seth checking in again. We have all returned back to high camp, safe and sound, although all are a little bit tired. We are going spend some time packing up, get some food on board and then we’re going to head to our last camp for this Kili climb. Should be down there sometime mid-afternoon and then tomorrow we’ll be walking off the mountain. That’s it for us. We’ll check in again tomorrow.

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Sunrise on a Kilimanjaro summit day. Photo: RMI Collection The RMI Kilimanjaro January 10th Team on the summit, January 18, 2015.  Photo: Seth Waterfall


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Seth checking in once the team is at high camp after Kilimanjaro summit.

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Kilimanjaro: Waterfall & Team Reach High Camp in Style

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | January 17, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 15,000'

It has been another great day on Kilimanjaro. The weather has been fantastic and the crew has been getting stronger as we have climbed higher. I’ve been telling the team that this mountain can be cold but I don’t think they believe me any more.

We are at high camp now which gives us about 12 hours to rest and fuel up for the summit push. Our crew has selected a great camp site with nice tent sites and that will really help us relax before the climb.

I will check in again from the summit if all goes well!

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

The RMI Kilimanjaro January 10th Team below the Barranco Wall.  Photo: Seth Waterfall

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Kilimanjaro: Waterfall & Team Climb the Barranco Wall to Karanga Camp

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | January 16, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 14,500'

Hello from Kilimanjaro! Today was just one of those nice and pleasant days in the mountains. We started out with our normal morning routine of breakfast and packing. But instead of getting right on the trail we hung back and watched the whole camp get packed up. Our big objective of the day was to climb the Barranco Wall and if we set right out for it, we would be in a big traffic jam on the steep rocky wall. By letting literally everyone get out of camp before us we were able to climb the route by ourselves. It was great.

After topping out on the 900-foot wall we had another two hours on the trail before camp. We arrived here at 1:30 and have had a nice relaxing afternoon. Soon it will be time for dinner and off to bed. Tomorrow we are headed to high camp!

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An RMI team on the Barranco Wall, Kilimanjaro. Photo: Seth Waterfall Enjoying the views in the Karanga Valley, Kilimanjaro. Photo: Seth Waterfall

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Recent Images From Kilimanjaro

  • Elephants in Tarangire National Park, Africa. Photo: Seth Waterfall
  • 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