18th - 19th February 2012 : Lukenya Climbing and Camping

We have a weekend of climbing and camping coming up at Lukenya on Saturday February 18th and Sunday February 19th with overnight camping at the summit on the night of the 18th.

The 18th will be a climbing practice and training day starting from 9:30 AM. We foresee two groups:

  • A beginners climbing area with top ropes set up for those with no experience or who are very new to climbing to get some experience. 
  • A trad climbing group for those new to traditional lead climbing involving the placing of protect and building of anchors. For this group we will arrange for one or two experienced climbers to join in the climbing to provide guidance and tips.

At the end of the day, we will adjourn to the summit camping area. Those interested in camping will need to form small groups and arrange, tents, food and cooking. We will arrange for two security personnel and the cost of security will need to be shared among those camping. 

On Sunday the 19th, the Mini-dash will be held. See attachement.

If you are just planning to come for either or both of the day events (not camp) you should be prepared with lots of water, a picnic lunch, hats, sunscreen, etc. For the training day, we will bring all the shoes, harasses, helmets, ropes, etc needed. The training day is free for members and 400 Ksh for non-members. Personal gear (harnesses, shoes and helmet or any combination thereof) are rented at one charge of 300 Ksh for the weekend per person. 

Contact for the Training Day and Camping: Jeff Mariner


12th February : Esakut with Jeff

Esakut is a lovely hill just behind the Ngong Hills. A greak hike with good views down to Magadi.

Meet at 7am at Dormans coffee at Galleria Shopping center on Langata Road (at the junction of Langata and Magadi road) 

Come with enough drinking water, lunch, money (small change) to pay for guide and other day hiking stuff.

Contact Jeff Mariner 


Upcoming Meets

Reminder - 2012 Subscriptions are due. Pretty soon only paid up current members will be on email list.
Also note that you can pay your subs, buy calendars and MK maps in Westlands!!. Contact Nikunj
Plan your dates for these meets.
January 28th - 29th - Oldonyo Orok (near Namanga) - Contact Bettie Naeku
January 31st - Suppernight. Short movie on the history of rockclimbing at
February 3rd - 6th - Mount Kenya - Round the peaks circuit - Contact Miano
February 12th - Esakut - Contact Kamal Shah 
February 18th - Rock Climbing Training (Beginners?) @ Lukenya with overnight camping - Contact Jeff Mariner
February 19th - MiniDash @ Lukenya (Rock Climbing Competition) Contact Spencer Morley 
March 17th - 18th - Maxi Dash (Rock Climbing Competition) and overnight camping in Hell's Gate (Rain Date: 31st March)
March 25th - Annual General Meeting - AGM (MCK)
March 17th - 25th - Ruwenzori - Contact Liz Were
April (?) - Bouldering near Kibwezi/Makindu - Contact Ivy Mutiso
April 5th - 10th (Easter weekend +2) - Northern Kenya to Baio, Nyiru. Contact Arshad Khan
October - Rock Climbing and Hiking in Spain -  Contact Jeff Mariner
Like to go anywhere else? Let us know.

2nd to 5th February : Mt Kenya - Round the peaks

2nd February - Leave Nairobi at around 1pm to be at Met Station by 5pm where we'll camp for the night. One can either camp or stay at the bandas there.

3rd February - Hike up Teleki valley to MCK Rescue Hut or Two Tarns.

4th February - Hike around the peaks, camp somewhere

5th February - Hike down and drive back to Nairobi

We can talk more about the itinerary on suppernight, January 31st. If you need a porter or equipment, we can arrange with Hiram, let me know well in advance.

Interested? Contact me by 1st February 2012.



23rd to 26th February : Mutubio to Satima with Alex and Jeff

Following up on the recent trips to the Aberdares, the first, from Shamata to Satima, the second, from Njabini to Mutubio, Alex and Jeff will do the missing link, from Mutubio to Shamata.

23rd afternoon  - drive from Nairobi to camp at Mutubio
24th  - hike from Mutubio to “middle of nowhere” campsite
25th - hike from “middle of nowhere” to Satima campsite
26th - hike from Satima to Shamata top camp
If we get enough interest + separate leader then we can help to setup a second group that can repeat the Shamata to Satima hike...
So let Jeff(j.mariner at cgiar dot org) + Alex(alextibwitta at alspride dot com) know if you are interested in the 3 day traverse or the 2 day out and back please.
They will be at the club on 10th January to discuss this...



27th to 29th January : Ol Doinyo Orok with Bettie 

Ol Doinyo Orok means "the black hill" in Maa. It is situated in between Namanga and Maili tisa towns, about 285km from Nairobi. It’s a wide range of mountains, the lowest peak to the highest  peak ranging from 1300m to 2548m.
Hiking across the whole range would take approximately 4days, we'll do a 7 hour hike.
There are nice views at the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Mt. Meru, Mt.Longido, Lake Natron, Lake Magadi, Oldonyo Lengai and Ngorongoro National Park. You will also get a chance to see wild animals like gazelles, elephants, baboons, snakes etc. There is a stream that flows from the hill that provides water to the community which has water ponds where one can swim. 
ID or Passport.
Tents, sleeping bags, climbing shoes, gloves,cap, trousers ,sunscreen ,sun glasses, binoculars, 
“camera”(optional)T‐shirts, food, water, swimming costume and torches. 
2 Guards ‐ 4000 each a day. 
Porters – 4000 each optional if required  
2 Kenya Forest Service guards‐ 4000 each a day. They will be required for safety incase of attack by wild animals.
No camping fees required. 
5000 shillings for Mzee Dickson who has been organizing everything and also he is the community chairman of Ol Doinyo Orok Forest Reserve.
We'll spend the first night at Mzee Ole Kisia homestead. The next day we will camp at the peak of Ol Doinyo Orok. We'll start the hike early in the morning because it’s very hot during the day. 
If anyone will be driving please let me know. There is also the option of using public transport. If anyone might require it please do let me know. A seat on a 10 seater shuttle costs Sh450 one way. The shuttles are very good and are driven with care. 
Departure 3.00pm on Friday at Capital Centre along Mombasa road.
Contact Bettie - naekubettie at gmail dot com

14th and 15th January : Suswa with Gloria

Those who wish to join in for Camping and Hiking to Mt. Suswa  on the above dates, please note the 
following information:‐ 
Saturday 14th January  at Java, ABC PLACE along Waiyaki Way.   Departure from the venue at 10.00am. 
So those wishing to take breakfast, please drive in an hour earlier so that we do not delay. 
The drive will take about 3 hours. We take the Nairobi Nakuru highway and turn off on the Old Naivasha 
road.  At Mai Mahiu, we will turn left on to the Narok road and pick up the guide. At this juncture,  we 
will form the convoy and anyone who is driving should know how to get from Java at ABC place to the 
Narok road turn off in Mai Mahiu.   After the big satellite earth station, we will turn left on to a series of 
unpaved roads that lead up into the crater.  
On arrival at the caves, we can take a break for  lunch and explore some caves.  Please bring a torch for 
the cave visit and the Baboon Parliament!   After lunch, we drive further into the Caldera and  see how  
the Maasai make water from the geothermal steam and then proceed to the campsite on the rim of the 
inner crater.    
If there are a few hours of daylight left anyone with rock climbing/mountaineering experience and gear 
could attempt to descend into the inner crater to the island. Anyone who wants to do this should come 
with adequate gear and a panga.  The rest will set up camp for overnight stay.  We will camp on the rim 
of the crater. 
Early next morning we will take an easy hike up to the summit. This should take 2‐3 hours.   The 
experienced climbers can do the hike round the crater which should take approximately 9hrs.  After 
lunch, we return to Nairobi.
The campsite has no water (carry your own),  but the Maasai will provide firewood for a few hundred 
shillings.  There may be washroom facilities and no danger from animals. Please  organise cooking 
arrangements with the other people riding in their cars. Every vehicle needs to be self sufficient in terms 
of camping and cooking gear. As a general principle, a guide has been organized,  but this is not a guided 
tour and people are responsible for their own situation, safety, first aid kits, medication, etc. 
You need a vehicle with a bit of clearance to get up the track from the Narok road to the crater. It does 
not have to be 4wd, but is good to have a sturdy vehicle.  We will know the weather and condition of 
the tracks nearer the time.  We will car pool and anyone who has extra space in their car should reply to 
all stating how much space they have. Anyone who needs a ride should reply to all requesting for space 
in a vehicle.  You may organise yourselves and share out the cost of the fuel. 
Suswa is community managed so the enforcement of the fees can differ.  So far the known estimated 
rates are as follows:‐ 
Conservation Fee  Kshs 500/‐ per person per day  
Vehicle Fee     Kshs 500/‐ per vehicle 
Camping Fee    Kshs 500/‐ per person 
Guide Fee     Ksh2000/‐ for the whole group  (estimated and to be divided equally) 
MCK Guest fees for Non‐Members  ‐ Kshs 400/‐ per day which makes Ksh800/‐ plus the above. 
Therefore Non‐ Members coming with their own vehicle will pay all the fees i.e,  
Kshs1000+500+500+200+800 = Kshs3000/‐.  
Please feel free to email me for any questions you may have.   I will require your  full names,  mobile 
numbers and vehicle description (make,model,color,reg) of everyone who is driving  in advance in order 
to plan ahead.  Deadline to let me know if you will be coming is Tuesday, January 10th.
Happy Hiking! 
GLORIA - genieglo at gmail dot com