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Climbing Mt.Kenya, attempting Point Lenana (4985M): The story behind the glory

As I had previously mentioned in part one of my Mt Kenya experience, I suffered from a terrible stiff neck on the first night of the hike which messed my whole experience-ish. The nights were severely cold and at some point I felt like I wasn’t going to make it.

I was so tired of this mind game, the never ending rocky slope, the kilometers that kept piling and a tough journey that came with no title! I was done. Completely. I wished everyone the very best and decided to just make it to the T- junction that led us to Lake Michaelson; our next camp.

Several attempts to start summiting proved futile until something strange happened.Determination.

I started walking slowly following the other guys footprints. There was no one in sight. The only option I had was to keep going.

I was barely moving, but I covered some distance.

After about an hour, I saw the first lot from our group crawling back. They had summited!They had an accomplished look on their faces but the exhaustion was evident as well. They were not talking much.

Somehow discouraging but I never gave up hope.I kept at it. It was probably going to take me three hours to go up,come down and catch up with the rest.

They were not sure I’d make it back on time with the moody weather. I was not sure either.

As I made the second turn up behind a huge rock, I saw Abbas; the leading guide. He was carrying two bags and encouraged me to go up. I mean if Abbas cheered me on, it was doable.

I crawled, sat, walked, stood but pushed on.

As I made it to the second turn, I saw Charles.

Charles was the other guide. He gave me painkillers the day I could barely walk. When he saw me, his eyes lit and he gave the warmest smile ever, stretched out his arm took my bag and held me.

‘I have met a guide who’s told me they left you struggling to come up, but they are not sure you’d make it past the fifth step! That you’ve struggled to make it this far, I will take you to the summit. I don’t mind going up for the second time. You are truly resilient.’ He told me.

Who wouldn’t get renewed strength with such encouragement? I had to make it.

Surprisingly enough, I did remarkably well thereafter.

Charles was heaven sent. I don’t know how he did it but the next thing I saw was Lewis glacier which is the largest remaining glacier but is quickly receding, I could see the Austrian hut; the camp set up by the Austrian Alpine Club, clouds, Batian and Nelion peaks stood there majestically as well, then alas! a ladder that led to Point Lenana! I instantly forgot everything else. I no longer had the neck and muscle pain. I smiled sheepishly at myself. If only I was this patient with myself always.

The fast receding Lewis glacier.
One moment there are no clouds, the next time its clouds all over.
Still can’t figure out where all this strength came from…

Snow 🙂

Batian checking me out…

At this point, I cared less about catching up with rest. I mean, I was at the summit, the view was breathtaking, Charles was there with me, I was the highest standing Kenyan in Kenya on both feet at that time and I had my camera! What more could I had asked for?

The final climb…
Well, seems like the victory pose world over…
The Bible at the summit.

Never seen such beauty before.
….Go where eagles fly…
The most deserved break!

I went, I saw, I conquered. Victory tasted so good!

Were it was not for Charles, I probably I would not have summited.

Me and Charles!
Charles…the friend with a golden heart.

There you have it! Summiting wasn’t easy, but I did it anyway.

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20 photos that will inspire you to visit Mount Kenya.

Summiting Mt.Kenya was one of the items in my 2017 travel bucket list. I knew I was going to tick it off my list but had no idea how and when exactly.

As luck would have it,I met Duncan of Xtrym Adventures  in a Fam trip organized by The Kenya Tourism Board and as they say,the rest is history.

After the Mt.Kenya Easter 2017 Edition,I am strongly convinced that it is one of the best local tour companies I have gone on a trip with.

Here are 20 photos taken during the hike  that should inspire you to look up Xtyrm Adventures for the next expedition.

Sunset as you approach Old Moses camp from Sirimon gate.
Batian Peak as seen when  approaching Shiptons camp using the Sirimon-Chogoria route.
When they say clear,clean spring water I guess this is what they meant.
The summit from a far.
The never ending valleys and tarns.
More peaks and tarns.
Sun kissed Batian Peak.
Lake Michaelson as seen from what the guides call the gate.
Tiny Lake Harris
Couldn’t get enough of Lake Michaelson.
Vivvian Falls.
Camping at Lake Michealson.
Just chilling and enjoying the scenic view.
Found the grass growing on the rocks intriguing.
Scenic, isnt it?
More tarns, valleys and eye catching landscape as seen from Lenana peak.
Sweet Victory…see mum, I made it to Lenana Peak!
Glacier between Lenana and Batian peaks.
The great gate a commonly referred by locals.
Whenever you see these kind of grass in the mountains, be sure the place has not be polluted one bit!
I was not sure whether this was fog or clouds… but I told my friends I touched the clouds..he he.

Look out for a comprehensive post about the Mt.Kenya hike shortly.

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