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having stayed at the Umbwe Cave camp, we moved on through the steep jungle
that changed into giant heather when we reached higher altitudes. We were
lucky arriving with the sun at the rocky Barranco camp. The next day we moved
up the beautiful and fun to do Barranco wall towards the last water point at
Karanga camp. Here we were pleasantly surprised with a great roast-chicken
with french fries lunch by our African staff. After this we continued our way
up to the high Barafu camp at 4600m.
camp most people leave at midnight to climb to the summit by sunrise and
return the same day. Some of us chose this way to go up Kili, while the rest
of us left the next morning and went to sleep in the Crater at 5800 metres.
amazing sunset and sunrise, and a night trying to sleep in the thin air, we
reached the summit around 7 am on the 29th of January.
own the Mweka route during the next two days, and arrived in Arusha on the
30th of January.
posh night at the Impala hotel and a bit of nightlife, we took a bus to
Nairobi on the 31st.
would not have been complete without seeing a family of 6 giraffes by the
exciting journey came to a close on the 1st of February, and now we are flying
like to send our best regards and thanks to everyone at EverestNews.com, as
well as our families, friends and colleagues. Thanks for following along and
we look forward to telling further stories of adventure in the mountains soon.
from all of us at the Africa contingent at SummitClimb.com Cheers for
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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