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Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Climb High and Sleep Low

Posted by: Mark Tucker | July 10, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 13,030'

It was a BIG day, but not so enormous for this tough team. We woke up early and put in a solid six hours of climbing in good style. At one point on the trail we reached just under 15,000 ft, our current trip high point. We are now at 13,030 ft at the Barranco Camp. The plan of climbing high and sleeping low is in place for acclimatization and seems to be working well; everybody is in good shape. The upper mountain towers above us at this camp and the beautiful weather will make for a fantastic sunset tonight.

Tomorrow we tackle the Barranco Wall as we continue our ascent of Kilimanjaro. We will check-in and let you know how that goes.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

The upper slopes of Kilimanjaro as seen from Barranco Camp. Photo: RMI Collection

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Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Enjoy the Views

Posted by: Mark Tucker | July 09, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 12,570'

Battery recharge accomplished! It is so important to be good at resting when climbing a big mountain; and boy can this team sleep!

How about a perfect weather day? It was tough but that is what we had to deal with today. Fantastic views of the upper mountain got the teams attention as we continued our journey upward on Kilimanjaro. It sure looks like along way up and it is so we are taking it one day, one stretch, and one step at a time. In addition to the jaw dropping views, the team spent today’s climb focusing on their fundamental climbing techniques.

We are now settled into our camp at 12,570’ on the Shira Plateau. Adjusting to this kind of altitude is always a challenge but this team is up for it. No headaches, good appetites, and great attitudes confirm that this team is doing well and enjoying the climb.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

RMI climbers ascending the Shira Plateau. Photo: Seth Waterfall

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Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Hit The Trail

Posted by: Mark Tucker | July 08, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 9,890'

Gortex was the outfit of choice when we arrived at the Kilimanjaro National Park Entrance Gate this morning. Lucky for us, the rain stopped and we had nice conditions as we climbed through the rainforest on Kilimanjaro’s lower slopes and the giant heather in the Moorland Zone to reach Machame Camp. The team did well and we’re all our tucked in for the night at ~10,000 ft on this beautiful mountain.

Jet lag still prevails and we are looking forward a good night’s sleep for our first night on the mountain. We will check in again tomorrow with our progress towards the Roof of Africa.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

The RMI July 5th Kilimanjaro Team ready to hit the trail. Photo: Mark Tucker The RMI July 5th Kilimanjaro Team with their team vehicle. Photo: Mark Tucker

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Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Arrive in Africa

Posted by: Mark Tucker | July 07, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

The entire team has arrived in Tanzania.  We spent last night at the Dik Dik Hotel in Usa River and have been enjoying the great food and hospitality.
After a leisurely breakfast, part of our team traveled to a local orphanage to pass along some items they brought from the US.  It was well received and very much appreciated.
Our equipment checks went smoothly, thanks to the great preparation made by the team.  We should be all set for our time on the mountain. 
We have experienced a bit of light rain this afternoon and cool temperatures in the lowlands of Usa River at around 4,000’.  Unfortunately it wasn’t warm enough for anyone to appreciate the beautiful Dik Dik swimming pool. 

We will get to bed early tonight to help recover from our long flights and so that we are rested and ready to head into Kilimanjaro National Park tomorrow morning.

Stay tuned,
RMI Guide Mark Tucker

Visiting the Ojamaa Orphanage in Tanzania. Photo: Chelsea Hall Children jump roping at the Ojamaa Orphanage. Photo: Chelsea Hall Reading with the Ojamaa Orphanage children in Tanzania. Photo: Chelsea Hall The Rogers Kilimanjaro team dinner at the Dik Dik Hotel, Tanzania. Photo: Madison Cronin

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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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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.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall and Team

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

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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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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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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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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


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Recent Images From Kilimanjaro

  • 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
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  • 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
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  • The entrance to Kilimanjaro National Park. Photo: RMI Collection
  • Climbers en route to the summit of Kilimanjaro.  Photo: RMI Collection
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