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Kilimanjaro: Waterfall & Team Hike Through the Barranco Valley

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | January 15, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 12,800'

The team has arrived safe to our third camp. We are in the beautiful Barranco Valley. Today we set high points for everyone on the trip. We spent the morning climbing up to the ‘Lava Tower’ at 15,000’ and then descended the trail to camp. We spent just under seven hours hiking today so the group is all a little tired. We should all sleep well tonight!

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Our camp at the foot of the Barranco Wall, right below Kilimanjaro's southern face. Photo: RMI Collection

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Kilimanjaro: Waterfall & Team Reach Shira Plateau

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | January 14, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 12,000'

Greetings from the Kili team!

We are up above 12,000’ at the Shira Plateau. It’s not very crowded on the mountain and our camp is set nicely to the side of the main sites. The trail was a little slick today but not too muddy and the team handled it well. The weather was warm again so the five and a half hours we spent hiking was pleasant. The food has really been excellent so far and everyone has been really surprised at how good the whole operation is here on Kilimanjaro. We are all relaxing now before dinner and then we’ll get fueled up for a big day tomorrow.

That’s all for now.

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Hiking to the Shira Plateau. RMI Photo Collection

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Kilimanjaro: Waterfall & Team Reach Their First Camp

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | January 13, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 10,000'

Hi there, this is Seth checking in from 10,000 feet on Kilimanjaro. Everyone is doing well after our first day on the trail.

We started early at the hotel, with breakfast at 6:30 this morning. I arrived a few minutes early but I was still one of the last ones to arrive. This is a motivated bunch of folks.

The drive to the trailhead was relatively uneventful but checking in at the national park entrance took a little longer than usual. The small delay was quickly forgotten after a few minutes of hiking. Everyone agreed that it felt great to stretch the legs after all the traveling.

The weather was great for the hike and we are hoping that carries over for the rest of our time on the mountain.

That’s all for now.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

The January 10th, 2015, Kilimanjaro team at the Machame Gate. Photo: Seth Waterfall

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Kilimanjaro: Seth Waterfall & Team Arrive at the Dik Dik Hotel

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | January 12, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Jambo! Our first Kilimanjaro trip of 2015 has begun.

Everyone came in on the same flight late last night and most of us slept in a bit this morning. We all managed to get together before lunch for a team meeting followed by a gear check. In the afternoon we all packed our stuff to get ready for the mountain. We had some thunder in the afternoon as well but it never rained at the hotel. The temperature is nice and warm and that bodes well for a nice hike tomorrow.

I’ll check in from our first camp tomorrow.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

The January 10, 2015, Kilimanjaro team meeting. Photo: Seth Waterfall Our rooms at the Dik Dik Hotel, near the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Photo: Jeff Martin

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Kilimanjaro: Waterfall & Team’s Safari Comes to an End

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | September 12, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Safari is over and that means the trip is coming to a close.  We are all in a bus headed back to Arusha.  We’re planning one more shopping mission before heading back to the Dik Dik Hotel to get ready for our flights. Everyone is scheduled to fly out tonight.

It’s been a great adventure that was capped off by a wonderful evening last night and a really nice morning game drive.  We got extremely close to some elephants and got a great look at a female leopard.  Everyone’s still having a blast but the idea of heading home to our friends and family is taking hold. Hopefully our travels homeward are all as smooth as the rest of this trip has been.

I would like to give a big thanks on behalf of both my climbing teams this summer to the staff of the Dik Dik Hotel and tour operations and the RMI support team. The program here is excellent and everyone has really enjoyed their time in Africa.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

Seth Waterfall's team headed back to Arusha. Photo: Seth Waterfall

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Mt. Kilimanjaro: Team Spots Leopard to Round Out Big 5

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | September 11, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Just another great day on safari. Today we rounded out our ‘Big 5’ sightings with an up close look at a leopard. This elusive cat is always a tough one to get but we were lucky today for sure.  We are spending our last night in Tanzania out in the bush in Kikoti Camp and tomorrow we finish the trip with a.morning game drive and evening flights.  We pack the action in until the last minute.

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Kikoti Camp, Tanzania.  Photo: Jeff Martin Team members at Kikoti Camp, Tanzania.  Photo: Seth Waterfall

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Mt. Kilimanjaro: Team Enjoys Great Wildlife Viewing in Ngorongoro Crater

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | September 10, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Day two on safari is going great!  We are down in Ngorongoro Crater and the wildlife viewing is as good as ever.  The team is taking to the safari life like a fish to water.  Everyone is also psyched that we didn’t have to pack our back and move locations for the first time in over a week.  That’s about all for now.

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Big cat in the Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania.  Photo: Seth Waterfall

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Mt. Kilimanjaro: Team Explores Lake Manyara National Park

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | September 09, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Safari has started!  This morning we met for breakfast and then headed out through the edge of Maasai country to Lake Manyara National Park.  We have just finished with lunch and are about to head through the forested region next to the lake.  This is the home of the tree climbing lions so hopefully we’ll be lucky enough to see some.

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Kilimanjaro: Waterfall & Team Back to Dik Dik Hotel

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | September 08, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Hello from the Dik Dik!  We made it down and out of Kilimanjaro National Park today.  It’s nice to be back inside a place where they have cold drinks.

The group moved off the mountain in good spirits and our lunch at the park gate was excellent as always.  Our legs were tired from the long climb when we awoke but the pull of getting back to comfortable living got us up and moving by 8:00.  The crew has been wonderful all week and today was no different.  They made a great breakfast that sent us downhill in style.

Now we are shifting gears; getting ready for safari.  I just checked in with the drivers and everything is all set for the morning.  That’s it for now.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

The Dik Dik Hotel pool area. Photo: Seth Waterfall

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Mt. Kilimanjaro: Team Descends to Mweka Camp at 10,000ft.

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | September 07, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 10,000'

Hey, this is Seth checking in from Mweka, it’s our last camp on Kilimanjaro.  We came off the summit after my last call in and had a nice hike down to our high camp at Barafu.  Then had a nice breakfast and rolled down here to our last camp.  It was quite the hike, the last few miles are always tough on tired legs. Everybody is safe and sound down here.  We are looking forward to a little dinner and then a long nights sleep, well deserved.  Tomorrow we head back to our hotel and then we are off on safari.  We will check in again from the Dik Dik Hotel.  All is well here on Kilimanjaro.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall


RMI Guide Seth Waterfall checks in from Mweka Camp after descending from the summit of Kilimanjaro.

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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