Hiking Mount Kenya

 

“It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves” Sir Edmund Hillary

As 2016 came to end I felt the insatiable need to challenge myself, to push myself outside my comfort zone and well quite frankly usher in the New Year with a slight sense of accomplishment as opposed to the nausea of a hang over. Mt Kenya, the highest mountain in the land was calling my name. And I responded with absolutely zero preparation, a quick dash to mutumba to buy some mountain climbing gear and a couple of phone calls arranging a guide. The stage was set and boy I had no idea what I was in for.

As 2016 came to end I felt the insatiable need to challenge myself, to push myself outside my comfort zone and well quite frankly usher in the New Year with a slight sense of accomplishment as opposed to the nausea of a hang over. Mt Kenya, the highest mountain in the land was calling my name. And I responded with absolutely zero preparation, a quick dash to mutumba to buy some mountain climbing gear and a couple of phone calls arranging a guide. The stage was set and boy I had no idea what I was in for.

 

The expedition took 5 days 46 kilometers and a team of 1 guide plus 5 porters to summit 4985 meters to Lenana the third highest peak on the mountain. With the company of Mr. Adventure (Peng Chen) my other half, we took on this gruelling experience and emerged barely able to walk and sore in places we didn’t even know existed.

 

With reference to sir Edmund Hillary “it is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves” I certainly emerged with a truer understanding of my endurance and capabilities. When you’re faced with a seemingly never ending series of tortuous mountain faces and nothing but your two feet to conquer, learn a thing or two about what you can do when you put your mind to it.

The rolling foothills of Mt are home to some of the most beautiful and varying landscapes. With each day’s hike you experience the landscape evolve from luscious green grasslands, to jagged rock faced mountain faces.

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Interested in an absurdly challenging but incredibly rewarding experience:

CLIMBING COMPANY: Batian’s View

www.batiansview.com

Peter Kafuna 0722757304

They arranged the entire trip from the guide, to porters, food and transport.

PREPARATION:

Bring warm clothes lots of them. Layer up and waterproofs too.

Climbing shoes are an absolute must!! Trust me the more socks the better.

A bit of endurance training prior will make all the difference between bearing through and excelling past your discomfort.