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Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team Celebrate at the Dik Dik Hotel

Posted by: Casey Grom | July 20, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Congrats to this team!

It was a fantastic climb of Kilimanjaro yesterday and everyone did great and it was wonderful to be on top with the whole team.
It took us a little more than seven hours to reach the summit. The sky was full of stars and the weather was nice, although it was a little cold on that last stretch I have to admit.
After spending about 20 minutes on top and getting plenty of summit photos, we made our way quickly back to camp where brunch was waiting and then descended all the way to our last camp. It was a long, but rewarding day for everyone.
This morning we had a quick breakfast and got packed up one last time, then our wonderful staff gathered to bid us farewell and sang a few traditional Kilimanjaro songs.

We are currently relaxing back at our lodge where everyone has enjoyed hot showers and a delicious celebration meal.

It’s time for a little sleep before we head out on a much deserved safari!

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

Breakfast post Kilimanjaro summit. Photo: Casey Grom Kilimanjaro celebration dinner at the Dik Dik Hotel. Photo: Casey Grom Traditional Kilimanjaro songs sang by the staff as they say farewell. Photo: Casey Grom

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Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team Summit!

Posted by: Casey Grom | July 18, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 19,340'

Hello everybody back home. This is Casey Grom calling in from the Roof of Africa. We had a beautiful day today. In fact, every climber made the summit today, so we had a 100% success. Everyone’s doing great. We are a little chilly up here right now because there is a strong, cold breeze, but everyone’s in good spirits. We’re doing well and just finished taking a bunch of photos. We’re gonna be heading down here real soon, so we’ll check in again later this evening when we get down. It’ll be sometime late this afternoon, probably in about ten hours or so. We’ll, hopefully get a picture out to you guys as well. Bye.

RMI Guide Casey Grom

Sunrise at 18,000' on Kilimanjaro, Africa. Photo: Casey Grom July 18th, 2015- Casey Grom & team 100% on top of Kilimanjaro! Photo: Casey Grom


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Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Say Farewell to Africa

Posted by: Mark Tucker | July 18, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Mark Tucker calling from the Kilimanjaro Airport. We are all moving in the direction of home: a couple to Zanzibar and some are off to England. We have been knocking it along the old, dirt trail. We got a shower in and a five-course meal at the Dik Dik and have been having a gas. It’s amazing how time just compresses when you’re enjoying yourself so much. Unfortunately we haven’t been able to communicate with you due to some challenges in the connectivity world. But overall, I hope you guys have been kept up to date. Everybody’s doing great. We had a wonderful summit and a fabulous safari, hate to leave Africa. But we have so many great memories and the team has had a lot of fun. Thanks for following along and we’ll talk to you next trip.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

Kilimanjaro,


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Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team at High Camp

Posted by: Casey Grom | July 18, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 15,000'

Hello again everyone!

It was another beautiful day here in Africa with clear skies and a gentle breeze that kept the temperature perfect for climbing. We have left Karanga Camp and moved up to our high camp that’s called Barafu. This camp sits on a ridge line around 1,000 ft, which eventually leads to the summit of Kilimanjaro. It’s a relatively large camp spread up and down the ridge and we are sharing it with all the other climbers using this route, I’d guess that there’s around 70 other climbers here with us.

Everyone is doing very well and we are excited to start our climb early in the morning. The team will have a early dinner and If all goes according to plan we hope to have breakfast and be hitting the trail right around midnight. We’ll have a nice slow pace that should take us around eight hours to reach the summit. So keep your phones handy as I said one lucky climber will get to call home from the “Roof of Africa”. That will be around midnight for those on the east coast.

Wish us luck!

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

The trail leading to High Camp on Kilimanjaro. Photo: Jeff Martin

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Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team Travel the Great Barranco Wall

Posted by: Casey Grom | July 17, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 14,500'

Jambo everyone!

Things are going well and the team is doing great here on Kilimanjaro.
Today the team had a leisurely start as we wanted the sun to warm us up before our only semi-technical part of the climb. The trail out of camp starts off relatively mellow and then quickly ramps up as we ascend the great Barranco Wall.  It’s truthfully not as intimidating as it looks, but when does a thousand-foot cliff ever look easy. Thankfully the route winds its way up the cliff through ramps and small rock steps and eventually on to easier terrain. Everyone did a great job of taking it easy and I actually think they all enjoyed the challenge we had. We took a break on top of the wall to enjoy the views then slowly made our way to the next camp here above the Karanga Valley.
It was a relatively short day for us as this will be our last camp before we move up to our high camp tomorrow.


We are spending the remainder of the day relaxing and enjoying the royal treatment by our gracious staff here on Kili.

As usual we’ve had a trivia challenge that one lucky winner will receive a satellite phone call from the summit. It won’t happen until we reach the summit, but that’s not too far away. I’ll let everyone know when that might happen on tomorrow’s dispatch. So stay tuned!


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An RMI team climbing the Barranco Wall. Photo: RMI Collection

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Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Visit Ngorongoro Crater

Posted by: Mark Tucker | July 17, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

A conservation area and a World Heritage site, Ngorongoro Crater, a large volcanic caldera is recognized by one private organization as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa- the unparalleled beauty of one of the world’s most unchanged wildlife sanctuaries.

Teams Top Ten for today-

*Infant elephants in a large group doing their thing
*Hippos in the pool doing their thing
*Our 4th of the Big 5 the infamous black rhino
*Serval cat walking along side us for as long as we liked seeing prey on point
*Zebra cuddling with head on bum of other
*First sighting of ostriches in the wild
*The tiny vibrant colored sunbird in contrast with the Kori Bustard the worlds heaviest flying bird
*Our great local staff of drivers ability to pick game out of the bush
*A warthog that must have been to beauty parlor with beautiful swept back hair and double tusks
*Elephant in a tussle trumpeting as we leave the viewing area hearing them for a while after

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

Hippos at Ngorongoro Crater, Africa. Photo: RMI Collection

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Mt. Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team Ascend Lava Tower and Descend to Barranco Valley

Posted by: Casey Grom | July 16, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 12,800'

Hello from Africa everyone
Today the team woke to a beautifully clear sky above the valley clouds, and it was a warm day as we made our way from camp directly into the sun and heading straight at Kilimanjaro. Once again we made good time across the Shira Plateau stopping for breaks and that endless line of porters headed to our next camp.
As we headed uphill everyone was astonished at the beauty of Kilimanjaro and the remnant glaciers still hanging on. Our climb took us up and over a landmark called Lava Tower which sits at just under 15,000ft and lays beneath the massive and steep southern breach wall. As usual we stopped to enjoy the wonderful view and then slowly made our way back down into Barranco Valley. The trail weaves its way between rocky outcrops, giant groundsels and the massive, yet strange Senecio trees that look like something out of a Dr. Seuss book.
We are currently relaxing in our camp which has amazing views not only of Kilimanjaro but also of the valley below us. It’s indeed my favorite camp of the trip.
Dinner will be ready soon, so that’s all for today.

All is well!

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

Looking down at Barranco Camp from Lava Tower, Kilimanjaro.  Photo: Casey Grom Looking toward the summit of Kilimanjaro from Barranco Camp.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Mt. Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Enjoy Their First Day on Safari

Posted by: Mark Tucker | July 15, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Today we traveled to Lake Manyara.  It was the first day of our four day safari through Tanzania and we had a great day.  Here is what the team had to say about our day in the bush.

TOP TEN LIST

One comment about today?

1. The hippos fighting in the pool - Peter
2. The first sighting of a herd of Zebra right next to our vehicle - Chelsea
3. Observing the silver billed horn bird take a dust bath - Bonny
4. Take off and landing of a huge flock of yellow billed storks - Mark
5. Taking in the sights of land and people on the highway while standing up with head out off open roofed Land Rover - Nate
6. Baby Baboon riding on the back of it’s mother, with cute ears - Elizabeth
7. Bargaining skills of local guys trying to sell a necklace - Jonathan
8. Vista of the Great Rift Valley from on top of the escarpment - William
9. Diversity of wild life in the field of vision at one moment - Allidah
10. The over easy eggs at breakfast - Madison

Zebras at Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Kilimanjaro: Grom & Team Wind Their Way To Shira Camp

Posted by: Casey Grom | July 15, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 12,570'

Hello again everyone!

All is well here on Kilimanjaro after a good nights rest. Today the team woke at 7 am to coffee and tea being served at our tent doors by our gracious staff. We had breakfast with healthy serving of fresh fruits, bread, assorted meats and cheeses, and fried eggs. After filling our bellies we hit the trail shortly after 8 am and slowly made our way along the ever winding trail towards the Shira Plateau. Our team did great on the rocky trail as we ascended higher up the mountain, stopping to take breaks and let the never end line of porters pass us.

It took about 5 hours to reach our new camp, which our staff had already set up before our arrival. Clearly we are not roughing it too much!

Everyone is doing well and seems to be enjoying the climb thus far. We’ll spend the next few hours resting in our tents and taking in the splendid view we have from just over 12,000’.

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RMI Climbers hiking the rocky trail along the Shira Plateau of Kilimanjaro. Photo: Seth Waterfall

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Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Finish Descent and Prepare for Safari

Posted by: Mark Tucker | July 14, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

As I write, the band is cranking here at the Dik Dik. We had a great departure from the mountain this morning with perfect weather…..again.

What a packed week we had up on the Roof of Africa?! To be a guest in a foreign county is something special and this group shined at embracing the local staff as friends, not just someone for hire. The local staff were all so much a part of our success; it was tough to say goodbye. The time you spend on these big mountains is extreme in many ways and you always learn something about yourself and others. It’s a special and hard to describe experience.

Tomorrow we will continue to cut a swath through Tanzania as we head over to Lake Manyara National Park for our first day on safari. We’re pumped!

Don’t forget to kiss the Blarney before you’re next adventure!
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Recent Images From Kilimanjaro

  • The RMI July 25th Kilimanjaro team on the summit, Uhuru Peak, on August 2nd.  Photo: Casey Grom
  • Barafu Camp on Kilimanjaro. Photo: Jeff Martin
  • Climbing Kilimanjaro from Shira Camp to the Barranco Valley.  Photo: RMI Collection
  • RMI Climbers on the rocky ridge leading to the Shira Plateau on Kilimanjaro. Photo: Seth Waterfall
  • The start of the Trek on Mount Kilimanjaro. RMI Photo Collection
  • The Dik Dik Hotel rooms and grounds.  Photo: RMI Collection
  • The Kilimanjaro Team gathering for dinner at the Dik Dik Hotel, Tanzania. Photo: Casey Grom
  • Elephant mama and baby at Tarangire National Park, Africa. Photo: Casey Grom
  • An abundance of giraffes were seen at Tarangire National Park, Africa. Photo: Casey Grom
  • Kikoti Camp, Africa safari. Photo: Jeff Martin
  • Game viewing in the Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania.  Photo: Casey Grom
  • Hippos in the Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania.  Photo: Casey Grom
  • Visiting Maasai tribe members that live near the Ngorongoro Crater.  Photo: Casey Grom
  • The RMI Team enjoying lunch in the bush at Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania.  Photo: Casey Grom
  • Exploring Lake Manyara National Park on day one of game viewing in Tanzania.  Photo: Casey Grom
  • Game viewing in Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania.  Photo: Casey Grom
  • Breakfast post Kilimanjaro summit. Photo: Casey Grom
  • Kilimanjaro celebration dinner at the Dik Dik Hotel. Photo: Casey Grom
  • Traditional Kilimanjaro songs sang by the staff as they say farewell. Photo: Casey Grom
  • Sunrise at 18,000' on Kilimanjaro, Africa. Photo: Casey Grom
  • July 18th, 2015- Casey Grom & team 100% on top of Kilimanjaro! Photo: Casey Grom
  • Kilimanjaro,
  • The trail leading to High Camp on Kilimanjaro. Photo: Jeff Martin
  • An RMI team climbing the Barranco Wall. Photo: RMI Collection
  • Hippos at Ngorongoro Crater, Africa. Photo: RMI Collection
  • Looking down at Barranco Camp from Lava Tower, Kilimanjaro.  Photo: Casey Grom
  • Looking toward the summit of Kilimanjaro from Barranco Camp.  Photo: RMI Collection
  • Zebras at Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania.  Photo: RMI Collection
  • RMI Climbers hiking the rocky trail along the Shira Plateau of Kilimanjaro. Photo: Seth Waterfall
  • The entrance to Kilimanjaro National Park. Photo: RMI Collection