Dear EverestNews.com, Thanks for
letting us tell the story of Mt. Kenya. We were lucky enough to have 9 members
of our team on the summit on the 18th of January between 1:30 and 3:30pm.
Here is what Jack Moyer has
to say: "After a well earned rest day, I'd like to report the many summit
achievements that were earned yesterday among the climbing contingent of our
SummitClimb group. 9 of us from Kenya, Europe, North America, and the Middle
East made the summit of Nelion in very favorable weather conditions: neither
snow nor rain were encountered during the entire day of climbing, quite an
unusual set of conditions as those who have climbed Mt. Kenya can attest to.
Making the summit of Nelion
was particularly meaningful for me as it is the second attempt on Mt. Kenya
for myself. Five years ago I had done a self-organized climb from the north
approach and encountered pretty much the opposite set of conditions and
outcomes. During that attempt there was the usual rain-sleet-snow combo
everyday, and that along with the need for an unanticipated bivy only made for
a second attempt sometime in the future.
Well, yesterday I was finally
able to make the summit of this equatorial mountain, and did this in the
company of an array of clients and guides from all over the world. Among the
members of the SummitClimb group are people from Canada, Germany, Holland,
Kenya and the US, and the professions and backgrounds among all the people
here are equally as varied and interesting.
Dan as well as the other
leaders of this SummitClimb trip have all made considerable efforts to insure
both a great climb on Mt. Kenya and memorable trekking of the Circuit Route
around the massif itself. The climbing guides especially, Felix, Arnold,
Charles and Peter all were amazing in their knowledge of mountain craft,
experience and, shall I say, their patience.
We trek out to the Naro Moro
park gate tomorrow and then drive onwards to Nairobi, where most of the group
will get organized for the safari and Kili trek that follow. I'll be leaving
the group before the safari to return to the reality of my job in Saudi
Arabia, though I shall do so with the satisfaction of having achieved a long
delayed goal on such an outstanding mountain.
Regards and good luck to the
rest of the SummitClimb group heading onwards to Kili,
1. Arnold abseiling down Mt.
Kenya at the end of the day.
2. Group resting at Bailey's
Bivy at 5000 metres.
3. Don and Leonard after they
made a second attempt.
4. Martha climbing up while
an Italian belays a climber above. This photo was taken on the final pitch
below the summit.
5. The bivy hut at the summit
with Charles standing beside.
6. Here are several of our
climbers on the summit of Mt. Kenya at 5188 metres. From left to right:
Charles, Arnold, Sylvia, Martha, and Peter.
7. Charles and climbers on
the traverse to McKinder's Chimney at 4800 metres.
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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