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Mount Kenya

Good good times!!!

all seasons in one day 25 °C

Time to update you all…sorry its taken so long!!

So I left my group early on Monday 11th and traveled to Tsavo to meet my new group who I will be climbing Mount Kenya with. The following day we travelled to Nanyuki which is around Mount Kenya and even though the drive was very long with a few rather unpleasant toilet stops it was worth it when we got there.

The next day we spent getting used to the altitude, in the day it is very hot because we are so close to the equator but at night it got really cold.

The next two days we were there we spent acclimatizing so we went for a short walk and then rested, it was quite good but we couldn’t go far because the elephants were really close and we didn’t fancy taking our chances against them!

The first day of the mountain was fairly easy we only walked for 3-4 hours and we had a really funny experience with the elephants at the beginning, as we set off the porters threw our bags down and ran back towards us…good times!

The first night we stayed at Old Moses huts and there was 8 of us to a room, the beds were so comfy and I had an extra sleeping bag so I was happy! The second day we were up early to walk the 15km up and down hill to our next camp Shipton’s. The walk was long, we got rained on and some people walked very very slowly but we made it in the end and the scenery was worth it!!

We spent a day at Shipton’s acclimatizing (4200m altitude) but I found it quite boring and was ready to summit earlier. I was one of the lucky ones who didn’t get altitude sickness and I just wanted to keep walking and walking!!

The day we went to the summit we got up at 1am and had some coffee before starting the final leg. The walk itself wasn’t too bad but my headtorch failed me and I had trouble seeing which was probably a good thing when I fell trying to help someone and then someone was sick on me but I found it funny! We got to the top just in time to see the sunrise which was absolutely amazing and I got news that I have raised even more money for Headway Guernsey which is super!

The way down was funny, I was sliding everywhere on the rocks but thanks to the poles I managed to stay upright. We walked all the way back to Old Moses huts again where we spent the night before getting back to Sirimon Gate.

When we got back to our base camp we managed to get a hot shower for the first time since I have been In Africa but then since then we don’t even have enough to flush the toilet because there is such a water crisis, people in the valleys are dying because of it!

The day after our climb we went to Ol Pejata where we saw chimps, hippo, elephant, warthog, zebra, buffalo, giraffe and loads of other things and I got to stroke a white rhino which broke wind just before I got close…good times!

Deciding to the climb Mount Kenya was probably one of the best decisions of my life, I have had so much fun, met great people and I will definitely be climbing in the future!!!

Posted by rachel.don 01:10 Archived in Kenya Tagged foot

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