Tuesday
Jan172012

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
Lukenya.
February 3rd - 6th - Mount Kenya - Round the peaks circuit - Contact Miano
Njoka
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. meets@mck.or.ke
Tuesday
Jan172012

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. mianonjoka@gmail.com

Miano.

Tuesday
Jan102012

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...

 

Tuesday
Jan102012

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. 
Requirements
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. 
Costs 
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
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