The Beginner’s Climb is intended as a first introduction to rock climbing, but is generally a fun day for all. Climbers of all levels and those just wanting to try the sport are encouraged to come out and enjoy a day at Lukenya. Members of the club put up top ropes at Lukenya and provide coaching for new comers. Everyone gets a chance to do several easy climbs. No prior knowledge or experience is needed. Simple rope skills such as how to tie in and how to belay are taught and practised. The club provides all equipment that is required including climbing shoes in most sizes, harnesses, etc. Everyone does need to bring two liters of drinking water, a hat, sun screen and lunch as required for a day in the bush. The Beginner’s climb will start at 9 AM at the South picnic tree.
On the Tuesday night August 9th, there will be a short introduction climbing given at the club which describes the different types of climbing (top rope, leading, etc.), the basic types of equipment and a few basic concepts on how things work. This is optional, but useful start.
Lukenya is located along the Mombasa Rd on the left as you head towards Mombasa. It is between the turn to Athi River and the turn to Machakos. It is a hill with a number of rock faces just to the side of the road. It is 36.6 from the Nyayo roundabout to the left hand turn to Lukenya.
Use the access road labeled ‘new access track’ on the map. This means you must pass through the Lukenya Academy gate. There should be an askari and people around to direct you to the MCK climbing area.
There is a 300 Ksh charge for gear for those requiring shoes /harness, etc. and an additional daily membership charge of 400 Ksh for non-members.
Questions and confirmations to Jeff at firstname.lastname@example.org