Friday
Jan062012

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:‐ 
MEETING & DEPARTURE: 
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. 
 
ITINERARY: 
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.
CAMPING: 
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. 
VEHICLES: 
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. 
FEES: 
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/‐.  
REQUIREMENTS: 
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
Wednesday
Jan042012

6th - 9th January 2012 : Kichwa Tembo

If any one or two climbers would like to join Andrew Wielochowski and Arshad for this trip? You have to be self-sufficient in climbing gear, camping, drinks and food and share the costs for the car. Other costs will be for Park entry, camping, etc.

If only one climber is coming, then he/she needs to be reasonably competent so that he/she can join them on a rope of three, and they may be able to pool the food/drinks.

We shall be leaving Nairobi around 6 am on Friday 6th and back in Nairobi by mid-afternoon on Monday 9th January. Anyone interested should contact Arshad -> meets@mck.or.ke

Thursday
Nov242011

16th - 18th December : Aberdares South to North (Njabini to Mutubio)

 

This trip is a two‐day traverse covering the southern end of the Aberdares Park that is rarely done in 
recent years. Following up on an adventurous trip by Alex involving airplanes assisting with navigation in 
the forest and other colorful tales, the club attempted the traverse. The first attempt was fun but rained 
out below Kinangop. Then a small club group (Jeff and Florian) completed the hike last year. The hike 
passes over two peaks: The Elephant and Kinangop. It starts from the Njabini (formerly called South 
Kinangop) Forest Station and ends at the Mitubio Park Gate on the West side of the Aberdares Park.  
 
We will meet at Njabini Forest Station on Friday afternoon at 5 PM and camp at the trail head on the 
forest road so that we can get an early start on Saturday morning. The forest station is only 1.5 hours 
from Nairobi. Four wheel drives are not required to reach the station, but will be required to reach the 
trail head. Cars can be parked safely at the forest station. We can ferry those who don’t have four wheel 
drive to the trail head. Directions will be sent later. 
 
On day 1, the goal will be to reach the ridge and camp 50 meters below the summit of Kinangop 
Mountain. The trail starts out in the bamboo forest and climbs into open ridge as it reaches the summit of 
The Elephant (3591m). The trail is very obvious up to the summit of The Elephant. 
Figure 1: Trail on the ridge to the The Elephant 
From The Elephant, the trail descends dramatically (200m) to the moorlands between The Elephant and 
Kinangop Mountain. The trail is less distinct in this area, but moves along the principal ridge. In this 
region, mists are common and use of GPS for navigation has been necessary in the past. 
 
Midway to Kinangop, a semi‐permanent water source should be flowing at this time of year with 
excellent water. Depending on the weather, other sources may be available higher up. It should be 
obvious from the prevailing conditions, if water is available higher up. 
Figure 2: The Climb to Kinangop Peak – The furthest peak is the main peak – The twelve apostles on the 
ridge to the right 
We will start to climb from this point up to the ridge with the Kinangop peaks. The main peak is just 
below 4000 meters and is a rocky out crop requiring a bit of scrambling from the open moorlands. We 
will camp on the moorlands just below this summit at about 3900 meters. The night will be cold and 
appropriate sleeping bags, hats, gloves and jackets are required. Last time, ice formed on the top of the 
water in our jerry can. 
Figure 3: From Kinangop Summit looking back along the summit ridge at The Elephant – note the descent 
from The Elephant to the lower ridge between the two peaks. 
Figure 4: A view of Mount Kenya form Kinangop Ridge
One the second day, we will proceed down the ridge to the North in the direction of Mutubio Gate. We 
will be in open country with an obvious trail for 2 hours. Then we will enter the bamboo forest and 
traverse three smaller hills in the course of the day. In our last trip, we followed an obvious line following 
the highest points on the West side of the Aberdares plateau using remanents of an old trial marked on 
the map and game trails.  
Figure 5: The hike follows the ridge through the forest over the three small hills to Mutubio Gate 
 
We have a GPS track for our previous route and will be able to improve on this route. This mid‐section of 
the hike requires good route finding even on bright sunny days! As we traverse the last hill, the train 
becomes distinct and leads us to the gate through mixed brush and open country. As we have a GPS track, 
we should be able to complete this day in 7 to 8 hours if we can keep a good pace. The walking on this day 
is relatively easy, but long. We will need to arrange for at least one car to meet us at Mutubio gate. 
 
It is a moderately demanding hike requiring a full pack and as it is a traverse through remote forest and 
moorlands, the group will need to stay together. It is very worthwhile. Two rangers will be required and 
to our knowledge, porters are not available. Given the weather, we should not need to carry extra water, 
so pack weights should be moderate. Those interested will need to arrange shared tents and high altitude 
cooking stuff to keep weight down. We suggest you informally form groups for that. 
 
Having completed Satima from the North Gate, and Njabini to Mutubio Gate, the next outing to be 
consider is a traverse of the Aberdares from one‐end to the other! 
 
Costs: Usual Park Fees payable in cash at Njabini. This is entry for two days and camping fees. Check the KWS website for fees for your personal situation (Citizen, residents, tourists, etc). We will need two rangers, this will be 12,000 KSH divided between the participants.   
 
Contacts are Jeff Mariner j.mariner@cgiar.org and Alex Tibwitta alextibwitta@alspride.com

 

Tuesday
Nov222011

29th November : MCK and Dive Club gear auction

MCK and Dive club gear auction will be held on the last Tuesday of November at 9pm clubhouse. Members will be selling their old, and new stuff at bargain prices. This may be your chance to purchase hard to get (in Kenya) gear!! Cash only, at the fall of the hammer. 
So far we have: Hiking Boots, climbing shoes, cold weather clothes, ropes, camp stoves, waterproof matches, dive tanks, regulators, masks & more....
Those who have stuff to sell, kindly let me know ASAP to help in planning, meets@mck.or.ke

 

Tuesday
Nov082011

18th - 20th November : Kipipiri Camping and Hiking

 

Plan is to meet at ABC place on Friday afternoon and car pool. It's a 2.5 hours drive to the campsite. The road is ok and a 4wd is not necessary unless it rains heavily. Camp site is near the Muthubio gate of Aberdares National Park. 
We will leave early on Saturday morning for the hike. The hike is said to be gradual but long.(therefore we need to be there on Friday) 
Camp at the same site on Friday and Saturday. 
You must be sufficient with self-camping. Will let you know later for the availability of water and other facilities. There will be a charge for camp site and a guide(s). 
Let Hiroko and/or Miano know if you would like to come by 15th Nov. via e-mail.  If need a ride, indicate so. 
Hiroko sugimotohiroko@gmail.com 
Miano  mianonjoka@gmail.com

 

Tuesday
Nov082011

Upcoming Meets

Plan your dates for these meets.

November 18th- 20th - Kipipiri, Aberdares. Contact Hiroko Suimoto
November - Member Gear Auction. Details sent out in a separate email 
December 9th -12th - Joint NSSAC/MCK Annual @ the Coast - Details sent out in a separate email
December 24th - 31st - Northern Kenya to Baio, Nyiru & perhaps Kulal. Contact Arshad Khan
December 24th - 31st - Kilimanjaro, Machame Route. Contact Rupen Shah 
January 14th - 15th - Mt. Suswa (maybe round the crater!) - Contact Varsha Gloria
February 19th - MiniDash @ Lukenya (Rock Climbing Competition)

March 17th - 18th - Maxi Dash (Rock Climbing Competition) and overnight camping in Hell's Gate
March 25th - AGM (MCK)
 
Like to go anywhere else? Let us know meets@mck.or.ke

 

Tuesday
Oct252011

25th October Supper night slideshow : Sierra de Gredos by Jeff

Central Spain in Summer and Winter

Sierra de Gredos is an easily accessible regional park about 2 hours to the East of Madrid and not far from the walled city of Avila. The region boasts fine alpine lakes and rugged peaks. Great hiking, several climbing areas with routes of all grades, ice climbing and mountain skiing are all available in season. A variety of refuges from simple shelters to huts with meals is available. Good guides are available for training and leading trips year round.

The presentation will describe a series of trips in both summer and winter to visit two of the principal valleys, El Circo de Gredos and La Garganta de Bohoyo, and peaks such as Almanzor (2,592 m) and La Galana in El Circo.