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Kilimanjaro: Waterfall & 100% of Team on the Summit!

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | September 07, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 19,340'

Hey this is Seth calling from the summit of Kilimanjaro.  We have every single last member of the team up at Uhuru Peak.  That’s 100% of us 11 plus 5 great African guides.  It’s a nice day, clear skies all night long. The rain we had before, the last two days, just disappeared. There is a cloud deck down below us. We just had the nicest summit day.  Everybody is doing great and we’re gonna head back down.  We have a long drop, it’s about 9,000 feet down to our last camp.  And then we are on safari. We will check in when we get to our last camp.  Ciao.

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The August 30th Kilimanjaro team on the summit at 19,340 ft.  Photo: Seth Waterfall The sunrise over Tanzania as seen from summit day on Kilimanjaro.  Photo: RMI Collection


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Kilimanjaro: Waterfall & Team Prepared for Summit Bid

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | September 06, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 15,000'

Well, we have made it to Kilimanjaro High Camp and it has stopped raining.  Those are two really good things.  The upper mountain has a fresh dusting of snow and some clouds are still swirling around but all-in-all it’s a pleasant day.

We had lunch here in camp after a short day on the trail. Now everyone is resting and organizing gear.  We are planning an early dinner and bed and then we’ll be off to the summit!

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The trail leading to High Camp on Kilimanjaro. Photo: Jeff Martin An RMI team at a rest break overlooking Kilimanjaro. Photo: Seth Waterfall

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Mt. Kilimanjaro: A Wet Day on the Trail to Karanga Valley Camp

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | September 05, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 12,800'

Hello from Karanga Valley on Mt. Kilimanjaro.  It’s been another wet day here on the mountain but the crew pulled off a fine performance on the trail.

We actually awoke to sunny skies and after a nice breakfast we relaxed around camp.  The plan was to let the majority of the other teams move up the steep Barranco wall before we set out.  This worked out nicely and although clouds had moved in we ascended in relative privacy.

At the top of the wall it began to mist and by the time we reached camp it was full on raining.  The rain has continued through the afternoon.  We’re looking forward to the normal sunset clearing and the move to high camp tomorrow.

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Climbers ascending the Barranco Wall on Kilimanjaro.  Photo: Seth Waterfall Karanga Camp, 12,800', on Kilimanjaro.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Mt. Kilimanjaro: Team Ascends to Barranco Camp

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | September 04, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 12,800'

Jambo! This is Seth checking in from Barranco Camp at about 13,000’ on Kilimanjaro.  It was a cool and showery day on the trail today.  We started with some mixed clouds and sun but after a couple of hours it started to sprinkle. We were dry at lunch but by the time we made it to camp it had started to rain.  No big deal though as our tents are dry and the cooks are preparing another great meal.  Tomorrow is a short day over to Karanga Valley.

That’s it for now.

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Climbers on Kilimanjaro en route to Barranco Camp.  Photo: Jeff Martin Barranco Camp on Kilimanjaro, 12,800ft.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Mt. Kilimanjaro: Team Enjoying the Trail to Shira Plateau

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | September 03, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 12,200'

Hi there, we are on the trail about 20 min from our second camp on Kilimanjaro, Shira Plateau camp.  We have been in the sun all day but now the clouds are back.  Everyone is moving right along and is getting used to the daily pattern on the mountain.  Tomorrow we head off to 15,000’ and then down to the Barranco valley.

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The RMI Kilimanjaro August 30th team on the trail to Shira Plateau Camp.  Photo: Seth Waterfall

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Kilimanjaro: Waterfall & Team - Day One on the Trail

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | September 02, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 9,800'

Hello from Camp 1 on Kilimanjaro!  We had a nice hike today.  We started with an early breakfast at the hotel and then we piled into the big ‘Unimog’ and drove to the park entrance.

After checking in there we hit the trail.  Since we were in a cloud from the start, the hike was very pleasant temperature-wise.  Once we reached Machame Camp, the sun broke out and we had a great view of the upper mountain.

Everyone’s getting settled into their first night on the mountain and looking forward to tomorrow’s trek to the Shira Plateau.

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Kilimanjaro Trailhead. Photo: RMI Collection Our first night's camp located at 10,000' in the Giant Heather of Kilimanjaro. Photo: Jeff Martin

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Seth Waterfall & Team Meet, Greet, and Prepare for Kilimanjaro

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | September 01, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Jambo!  Our trip has begun.  The group has been filtering in over the last couple of days. Today at breakfast was the first time we were all together as a team.  We spent the day going over info about the trip, in general, and the mountain, specifically, and then I had a look at everyone’s gear.
Everything is looking great and we are set for an early departure tomorrow.  Kilimanjaro came out of the clouds right at sunset and I was able to snap a pick from the top of the water tower here at the hotel.

I’ll check in from Camp 1 tomorrow.

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Kilimanjaro from the top of the water tower at the Dik Dik Hotel. Photo: Seth Waterfall Our rooms at the Dik Dik Hotel, near the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Photo: Jeff Martin

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Mt. Kilimanjaro: Team Returns to Arusha, Ready to Fly Home

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | August 29, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Hi this is Seth along with the group.  We are on the way to the airport after a great last day on Safari.
We awoke this morning in Kikoti Camp and after a great breakfast we hit the road.  We traversed back through Tarangire National Park and were lucky to catch a few more glimpses of a pride of lions.  After that we made our way back to Arusha, did some shopping and came back to the Dik Dik Hotel.
Everyone has had a great trip but after two weeks away, I think most everyone is excited to return home.  As for me I am sticking around for another trip and I am really looking forward to heading back up on the mountain.
I’ll be checking in again soon!

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Accommodations at the Kikoti Camp while on safari in the Tarangire National Park, Tanzania.  Photo: Jeff Martin

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Mt. Kilimanjaro: Game Viewing in Tarangire National Park

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | August 28, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Mambo poa…  We are full on safari pros now.  We left the Plantation Lodge at a relaxed pace this morning and after a couple of quick shopping missions we made it into Tarangire National Park.  This is the ‘Garden of the Elephants’ and true to its name we have already seen about 50 of them before lunch.  We are going to make our way through the rest of the park this afternoon on our way to Kikoti Camp.  I’ll check in again tomorrow.

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The team enjoying lunch in Tarangire National Park.  Photo: Seth Waterfall Watching the sunset from Kikoti Camp after game viewing in Tarangire National Park, Tanzania.  Photo: Seth Waterfall

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Mt. Kilimanjaro: Team Explores the Ngorongoro Crater

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | August 27, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Hi this is Seth.  We are spending the day in the vast Ngorongoro Crater.  The animal viewing here is excellent and we’ve already spotted our first lion of the trip.
Everyone’s legs are almost completely recovered from summit day but its still nice to relax in the vehicles.  We’ll be staying in our same hotel tonight before making the switch to Kikoti Camp tomorrow.
That’s it for now.

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The Kilimanjaro August 16th team at the Ngorongoro Crater.  Photo: Seth Waterfall Looking down into the Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania.  Photo: Seth Waterfall

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