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Mount Kenya climb Day 1

It’s an early morning start as I head to the hotel to pick up the climbers.  We meet at the hotel’s reception and introductions are made.  I brief the climbers on matters of safety, diet, health, drive time, weather, and generally what to expect on the mountain.  This discussion continues on the four hours drive…

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Mount Kenia trek Day 2

I wake up early and assemble all the helpers at the kitchen so that breakfast is prepared early enough as we are going to have a long day.  We set up the table and by 7 am breakfast is ready.  I wake the climbers and show them to the table.  It’s quite a meal comprising…

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Mt Kenya Climbing Day 3

We passed the night without disturbance, and rose with the sun.  Mount Kenya’s peaks glitterd superbly in the sky. It was a good night’s sleep except for a slight disturbance around 3am when another party headed off to attempt Point Lenena but I can’t really recall falling back to sleep to wake up at  7.00am!  I am out of…

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Mt Kenya Climbing Day 4

My team and I are up by 6.00am and we start preparing breakfast so that by 8.00am we will all be out of camp.  Today we are doing the peak circuit.  This is one of the most exciting trekking routes not only in Kenya but in East Africa. This is surely going to be a…

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Mt Kenia Climb Day 5

This is the peak assault day.  I and the helpers wake up at 4.00am and start preparing a simple breakfast of Tea and Biscuits.  By 4.30am the climbers are woken up  At this point I’m busy making sure they are all dressed  right and that they don’t forget their cameras!  For the peak assault, I’m going…

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Monte Kenya Climb Day 6

This is our final day on the mountain.  After breakfast I go to clear everything at the park gate as the helpers pack up everything. From here we then descend leisurely through the wild bamboo forest for two hours to the 10km mark. We see buffaloes and elephants on the way. We then catch a vehicle for…

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Mt Kenya trek – Day 1 Moses Camp

At 8.30am, we were collected from our hotel by Evans Mwangi (our guide), Frances (our cook), Frederick (the driver of our 4×4) and a couple of passengers to drop off en-route. The journey involved a quick stop at the equator (sign marking this at the point) for photo opportunity and puncture repair! We also stopped…

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Mt Kenya trekking Day 2

Breakfast at 6.30am, none too soon if you went to bed at 9pm (extremely healthy appetites became a feature of our climb and the food was great). It was another glorious day. We departed for what was to be a long day but it was fine. Most of the walk consisted of gentle climbs through…

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Mount Kenya Acclimatization day

This day was spent climbing higher up to acclimatize for the following day’s climb to Point Lenana. We climbed 300m to a height of 4,500m and then back down again for another night in Shiptons camp. Unfortunately, one of our gang got very bad altitude sickness and was bed-ridden with terrible headache and nausea. Remember…

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