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Climbing Africa's Second highest Peak Mar 12, 2005
Mount Kenya is Africa's Second highest peak after Kilimanjaro, also known as Africa's "other Roof". Located in Mount Kenya National Park, it is a perfect mountain for the amateur climber. It is the highest mountain in Kenya, a pride for the Kenyan People and an a tourism attraction. For the avid mountain climber, this is a 4 day climb in and out. It is categorized as a strato volcano which means it was formed by the opening of larger gaps in the earth's crust (the rift valley). For thousands of years covered in Ice, the erosion process has caused a white layer of rock at it's peak: Batian.
Mount Kenya National Park is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve that became part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. The population around the park constitutes mostly the Kikuyu people and they are agriculturalists.
There are various itineraries for climbing mount Kenya. The most popular one is the Batian Route which takes you to the summit. Other routes include:
1. The Mount Kenya Route
2. The Chagoria Route
3. The Lenana Route
Recommended items to bring:
1) Warm clothing because at a little of 10,000 feet it gets cold.
2) Other warming gear like rain coats, warm hats, gloves, socks, O' my god please do not forget to carry socks, your feet will turn black, I mean really black. I'm already black, can you see my feet turning black? well they did.
3) Some altitude sickness medication, lip balm and sunscreen if you have delicate skin: O yeah it does get hot up there and the sun will burn you even at that altitute.
4) A camera and plenty of memory sticks or films if you are using the traditional cameras. Peter and I lost our camera at about 9,000 feet. We never made it to the peak, I could not continue.
5) A little training in rock climbing, hiking long hours, running would make the climb much easier and more enjoyable.
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