Today we are feeling great and
resting on Mt Kenya at the 4200 metre McKinder camp, in the Teleki valley. One
of our members, Jorge Winkler, spent a night with Patrick and Gideon cooking
for him in a good tent at Picnic Rocks (3500 metres) then decided to go down
to the Met Station today at 3000 metres. Jorge is ok and Gideon is with him. 5
of us went down to talk to Jorge today, but he and Gideon had already
descended when we arrived. Jorge made the wise and cautious decision to rest
at low altitude.
We will be
resting here at MckInder Camp for a few days, getting used to the altitude and
exploring around the area. We will also be doing some great treks and climbs
as a warm up for our summit circuit trek (2 days of breathtaking trekking
above 4000 metres) and climb to the summit of Mt Kenya (16 pitches of good
rock). Its an extremely beautiful place. We have seen almost no other groups,
a total of six foreigners and a few porters today. Mt. Kenya really is off of
the beaten path. Yesterday was quite rainy in the afternoon, but today the
weather was better and it was dry and beautiful with intermittent rain and
hail nearly the entire day. We will keep you posted through the next days with
many further updates.
Photos coming soon.
following our story!
Kenya 2006 Dispatch Index
Background is below
The Northeast face of Mt. Kenya, as seen from Shipton's Hut (4200m). Nelion
Summit (5188m) is actually on the left, even though the higher top, Bation
Summit (5199m), seen here on the right, looks lower. Whichever one you
climb, either is a worthy objective. (Photo: David Wallis) Rock climbing the
rift volcanoes, of which Kenya is one. Photo has been tilted for effect.
Beckers: Germany and Tanzania.
Germany and Kenya. (leader)
Coster: Holland and Kathmandu. (leader)
Johnson: USA. (doctor)
Hennepe: Holland. (leader)
Mazur: England and USA. (leader)
USA and Saudi Arabia.
Winkler: USA and Germany.
Mt. Kenya, Safari, and
11 January and July, 2006,
Arrive Nairobi, Kenya. Buy double entry visa on arrival.
12 January and July, 2006, rest, organization, and tourism day in Nairobi
13 January and July, 2006, drive out to Mt. Kenya, start trekking
14 January and July, 2006, trekking on Mt Kenya
15 January and July, 2006, trekking on Mt Kenya
16 January and July, 2006, trekking on Mt Kenya
17 January and July, 2006, Climbing or high trekking on Mt Kenya
18 January and July, 2006, Climbing or high trekking on Mt Kenya
19 January and July, 2006, Climbing or high trekking on Mt Kenya
20 January and July, 2006, trek down from Mount Kenya, return drive to Nairobi
21 January and July, 2006, day of organising and tourism in Nairobi
22 January and July, 2006, drive to Amboseli wildlife park, do a game drive in
23 January and July, 2006, game viewing in Amboseli park in morning, drive to
Arusha, Tanzania in afternoon. Buy Tanzania visa at border crossing. Stay in
Arusha or Moshi in a hotel that night.
24 January and July, 2006, In Arusha or Moshi for organizing and tourism
25 January and July, 2006, early morning drive to Kilimanjaro, begin trekking
26 January and July, 2006, trek Kili
27 January and July, 2006, trek Kili
28 January and July, 2006, trek Kili
29 January and July, 2006, trek Kili
30 January and July, 2006, return drive to Nairobi, re-enter Kenya with double
entry visa purchased on arrival in Nairobi
31 January and July, 2006, departure for home.
Jon Pratt in front of the West Face of Mt. Kenya. This photo was taken
from McKinder's Hut at 4200 meters. The left hand, snowy mountain, is Mt.
Kenya and the right hand, rock spire, is Point John (4883m). The obvious
snow gully in the center of Mt. Kenya is the Diamond Couloir. (Photo:
Dave Wallis on Point Lenana (4985m), looking towards the Nelion Summit
(5188m). The Normal Route follows the left skyline. Point Lenana is an
easy trekking peak. (Photo: Jon Pratt)
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