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Kilimanjaro: Hahn & Team Arrive at Barranco Camp

A wind started up in Shira Camp last night, rattling the tents and nerves but not knocking down anything vital in the process.  Once we were up and about in the cool morning air, we knew a little steady breeze wouldn’t stop us from our day’s mission.  We were on the move at 8:20 and before long we’re stripping off hats and gloves and superfluous clothing layers.  The walking was much easier than on the last two days, even if it was at progressively higher elevations.  We all found the rock and vegetation surrounding us to be remarkably similar to the sagebrush mesas of Northern New Mexico -home to the majority of the team.  Once again, we were above a sea of cloud and once again Kibo was free of cloud and shining in the distance.  This time though, the distance was steadily reduced as we walked directly toward Kilimanjaro’s central peak and hanging glaciers.  After just two hours, we’d managed to surpass all altitude records within the group, save one.  Alexis had been higher in Peru.  All others were breaking new ground as we hit 15,200 ft at the Lava Tower.  We had a great lunch in the sun up there, checking out the formidable slopes of the Western Breach and the giant frozen waterfalls below the remnant glaciers.  And then we got cruising downhill toward Barranco Camp and its lush gardens of Lobelias and Senecios.  We dove back into cloud to hit camp at 13,000 ft. but were granted a stupendous evening look at our surroundings as the clouds broke at sunset and a giant moon rose over the fabled Barranco Wall -tomorrow’s first goal. 
A big shout out from the team to Grandma Yoohoo!  All is well in Tanzania tonight. 

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

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Watching Sunset on the Sandias, remembering Peru, and thinking of you all on this long, challenging and beautiful journey. Savor every moment! Love, Z’s Gramma Jude

Posted by: Judith Roderick on 8/6/2017 at 7:20 pm

Good luck Sarah Sauce on the Barranco wall tomorrow, you can do it!

Posted by: Deon on 8/6/2017 at 11:11 am

Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Finish Safari and Head Home

The loop is complete. We are back at the Arumeru Lodge after a whirlwind Safari. We had a fine night in the bush of Tanzania. In those remote tented camps with all of their creature comforts prepared us well for our last safari. A delectable breakfast started our way back out through the park. Cloud cover did not lend to animal cover since we once again were overwhelmed by the abundance of game to be seen. A whole pride of lions doing some snacking was a wonderful touch to send us on our way. Took about three hours of us having to put up with nice smooth pavement to get us here. Repacking, showers, and of course more food has the team in good shape for travels abroad tonight.
The new stories from trips like these last a lifetime and we are all excited to get home and share them.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

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Kilimanjaro: Hahn & Team Ascend to the Shira Plateau

The clouds blanketed Machame Camp for much of the night and we even had brief periods of rain… all of which made it feel wonderful to wake to crystal clear skies in the morning.  We were just on top of thick layers of cloud, but finally we had unobstructed views of Kibo (Kilimanjaro’s main peak) above. 
We ate breakfast and marched out of camp at 8:20, immediately encountering a steep and rocky trail up through a forest of giant heather.  There were large numbers of porters -ours and those of neighboring teams- balancing loads on their heads as they wove through the straight up stream of morning traffic.  The clouds rose up and swallowed us again for several hours as we steadily gained altitude.  Up around 12,000 ft we broke free again and had a better look at the exotic giant scenecios among the heather.  16,000 ft Mount Meru became visible to the west as another island in the cloud sea.  We began a traverse along shelves of lava with the boys keeping a sharp eye out for crystals among the ancient flows.  The gang easily handled a few steeper steps and we reached a high point of 12,800 ft before dropping down into Shira Camp at 12,500 ft.  Then it was an easy and peaceful afternoon of eating napping eating and eating some more.  We were treated to a magical evening as the
  sun dropped into the clouds out beyond the Shira Plateau and the moon and stars took over at entertaining us. 
Everybody is happy and healthy tonight and getting easily into the rhythms of camp and climbing life. 

Best Regards
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

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Fascinated with your journey through an area that I have long found to be very interesting.  Safe and enjoyable trip to you all!

Posted by: Hal H. on 8/4/2017 at 11:35 pm

Wonderful trekking along with Super Team Taos.

Posted by: Yolanda Deveaux on 8/4/2017 at 4:25 pm

Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Tour the Tarangire National Park

Yesterday’s visit to Ngorongoro Crater, considered by many to be the eighth wonder of the world, was a memorable experience. The crater is almost exactly 100 square miles and we did fine work of covering a big chunk of it. Today we left our lodge and traveled to Tarangire National Park. A bit of shopping on the way and a stop at a Masaai Village turned out to be a lot of fun. The local village opened their huts up for a visit from the team.  These kind and gentle people shared their history and way of life. The rest of the drive took us through the park having to weave around hundreds and hundreds of elephants, zebras, gazelles, cats, and giraffes to name a few. A mild day with some cloud cover made for a pleasant game drive. We are in a luxury tented camp that pretty much knocks your socks off. Life is not to tough out here in the bush and the team is having a blast.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

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Kilimanjaro: Hahn & Team at First Camp

The Taos Team crushed it today, hitting all the targeted times for being up and packed and ready to roll out of the comfy Arumeru River Lodge.  We hit the road at 8:15 and rolled along in our bus under cloudy skies.  We never did catch a glimpse of the well-camouflaged Kilimanjaro, but the cruise through corn fields and villages was interesting none-the-less.  As the road climbed higher we seemed to be passing thousands of banana trees mixed with coffee shrubs.  Finally, at the 5,900 ft park entrance -the end of the road- we were simply in a thick and foggy rain forest.  After a bunch of paperwork, at long last we were properly permitted, in place and ready for walking.  We began shortly after 11 AM.  The gang, accompanied and coached by an all star cast of local guides, gained altitude steadily.  In fact, we came up 4000 feet in six miles, taking just five hours.  The clouds were with us all day but that seemed to keep things comfortably cool.  The trail was a little greasy and muddy from recent rains, but we got through without a slip. 
We arrived to find our camp already built by our capable staff.  After moving in, we got together in the dining dome tent and had an afternoon tea and then a sumptuous dinner while we chatted and laughed. 
Philip, our lead guide, gave a thoughtful talk and laid out plans for tomorrow’s journey. 
All agreed that day one was a great success.  Tyrone, in particular, wanted his pal, Makaela to know he was thinking of her and that the climb was going forward as planned. 

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

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There’s Sara always with the best and brightest smile!  Best of all to the whole team❤️!

Posted by: Andrea and Scott on 8/6/2017 at 5:29 am

Good luck everyone, it’s really amazing!
Sarah, I enjoy reading about your climb from my couch with my glass of wine. Miss you :)

Posted by: Fiona on 8/6/2017 at 12:24 am

Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Check in From Ngorongoro Crater

Hello Mark Tucker checking in from the Ngorongoro Crater event. A little IT problem, but we’re going to get that worked on in the morning. Just wanted to let you know that everybody’s doing great. Had a wonderful day down in the crater. Saw thousands and thousands of animals up close and in person. It was a wonderful day; everybody had a gas and we’re heading to Tarangire in the morning. We’ll get you back in the loop on the dispatches. All is well here in Tanzania.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

RMI Guide Mark Tucker from the Ngorongoro Crater.

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Kilimanjaro: Hahn & Team Prep for Climb

Today was the perfect catch-up day.  We had a leisurely breakfast at the Arumeru River Lodge and then got down to business for a little while with a team meeting.  We discussed the climb to come and how to prepare for it.  Those preparations didn’t take very long and equipment checks were easily completed by lunch.  The team took walks through the park-like grounds to see the monkeys, tortoises, exotic birds and dik diks that roamed freely about.  Low clouds kept things pleasantly cool but prevented us from catching a glimpse of Kilimanjaro.  Our gang enjoyed the swimming pool, which made up -somewhat- for the limited views.  By evening, with all in order for the adventure to come, we simply ate, drank and relaxed… laughing over shared memories of our previous adventures.

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

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Go Zach! Can’t wait to hear more and share with Maddy and the rest of the crew here in Italy. All the best!!!!

Posted by: Erin on 8/3/2017 at 9:32 am

So excited to be part of your journey by following this blog! Wishing all of you the most amazing time on this epic adventure!

Posted by: Nedra on 8/3/2017 at 4:45 am

Kilimanjaro: Hahn & Team Arrive in Tanzania

Everyone and everything made it through.  Through Amsterdam, through immigration, through customs, through the baggage carousels.  We’ve got a climbing team ready to begin the Kilimanjaro odyssey.  These folks all know one another… a good number are related… and absolutely everybody was ready to sleep at midnight when dinner broke up.  Long flights and lots of movies, miles and time zones between Taos, New Mexico, USA and Usa River, Tanzania.  We’ll dive into the details of getting set to climb -tomorrow. 

RMI Guide Dave Hahn

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Lots of eyes on you guys, green with envy and sparkling with vicarious excitement.

Posted by: Ann Blake on 8/2/2017 at 7:11 am

Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Visit Lake Manyara National Park

Safari time at Lake Manyara National Park. The drive into the park took us a couple hours. The animals were out in force and a few clouds helped keep the temperature nice. Our all wheel-drive Land Cruisers took us comfortably very close to thousands of native creatures. This was a pretty nice introduction to the incredible bio-diversity that Africa has, and everyone enjoyed the day. We had a nice lunch in Campsite 1 but no tent time for the team on phase two of the trip. Our lodge has received thumbs up from all. Very comfortable here at the Plantation Lodge, and the dinner could not have been better. Up early for our next park in the morning.

All is well here in Africa,
RMI Guide Mark Tucker

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Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Summit!

On Saturday, July 29th at 9:15 pm PST, RMI Guide Mark Tucker called from the Kilimanjaro summit!  Please click the link below to listen to the call.

Update 7:44 am PST:
The team is all here at the last Camp Mweka. At about 10,000ft it is very comfortable compared to where we have been recently. It was a tough day and everybody is in tents resting before our last dinner on the hill. Everybody did great and is in good health. More details tomorrow.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

RMI Guide Mark Tucker calls from the Roof of Africa

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Pongezi Annie & Phillip!!!  The view looks amazing. 
Have a great adventure!

Posted by: Åsta on 7/30/2017 at 8:03 pm

Congrats & Way to Go to everyone on the team for summiting Kilamanjaro!!
Glad to hear it was a safe trip!

Hope you all will have lasting memories of this trip.

- Mike Gary (Kevin’s brother)

P.S.  Happy belated birthday, Kevin! :)

Posted by: Mike Gary on 7/30/2017 at 7:34 pm

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