Wednesday
Aug312011

Saturday 3rd September : Climbing Cave Party from 9 AM

The climbing cave is nearly finished. We are ordering more mats and making a few improvements. Many have noted that the new climbing cave walls have a slippery finish and that the holds have a tendency to spin. We thought to refinish the plywood with a textured paint containing sand. We are having a work party on Saturday to remove the holds, prepare the surface and test some paint options. If you enjoy climbing on walls, come down and give a hand. When the cave is complete, it will be a nice activity for meeting nights and weekends.

Contact: j.mariner@cgiar.org

Friday
Aug262011

Suppernight 30th August 2011 : "Grossglockner" by Arshad Khan

Grossglockner, at around 3,800m, is the highest mountain in Austria and climbing it involves alpine style techniques with ropes, crampons, etc. Der Johann is one of the most spectacular and technically difficult “klettersteig” in Austria, as it goes up a 900m cliff on the side of the 3000m high  Mount Dachstein. Join Arshad as he describes the joys of climbing in Austria.
Don’t worry about hustling and bustling for cooking and preparing or quickly eating before joining the traffic on the way to the clubhouse!!! The outside caterer who provided us with finger licking-good food last supper night will be back at it, hoping that at least 30 hungry people turn up!
So come hungry, without remorse of not having prepared anything, and excited. He will offer you a choice of:
Mixed Salad
Garlic Bread
Mash Potato
Grilled Veg (Aubergine, Courgette & Carrots)
Assorted Pasta with a choice of:
                Veg Arabiatta
                White wine mushroom sauce (veg)
                Bolognese
                Chicken in white wine mushroom sauce
at the bargain price of K.Shs 500/-  (650/- for non-members)
Friday
Aug122011

27, 28 & 29 August, 2011 : Silali with Jan

Silali is a ‘sleeping’ volcano near Kapedo, about 70 km North of Lake Baringo. It lies South of the Suguta valley, the part of the Rift Valley which stretches North up to lake Turkana.

More info

Final details to be discussed on Tuesday 23 August at MCK - Dive Club or contact Jan, J.NAESSENS@cgiar.org

Tuesday
Aug092011

14th August : Beginner's climb

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 j.mariner@cgiar.org

Wednesday
Aug032011

29th August - 11th September : Rwenzori

Two weeks in Uganda - trekking in the remote, quiet, amazing Rwenzori’s, with optional add on at the end to visit Gorillas.  Costs will be around USD 1,000 - 1,200 plus transportation, any equipment hire, accommodation before / after the trek.  Optional Gorilla Trekking can also be added.  If you are interested please contact Jo and Liz by 9th of July.  We will send round more details to you and be asking for a deposit to make your booking.   To reserve your place send an email to:  jo@jozbike.freeserve.co.uk AND were.elizabeth@gmail.com  with your name, email addresses, telephone number. PLEASE NOTE THAT WE HAVE TO BOOK YOUR PLACE BY THE END OF JULY – WE NEED USD 200 DEPOSIT FROM YOU to reserve your place!
Note, alternative dates may be possible from 22nd August if enough people are interested in those dates instead.
See draft info - we are still gathering final costs, which will depend on how many people are coming and how we travel.
Wednesday
Aug032011

3-6 September : Mt. Kenya, up Sirimon, down Narumoru

4 Days Trip To Mt.Kenya, up Sirimon and out Naromoru Route, from 3rd to 6th Septmember. The dates may be changed slightly if there is significant interest. The logistics for the trip will be done by Hiram.

Day 1 - Drive from Nairobi and leave the cars at Hiram’s place for safe keeping. We'll then take a 4WD to drop us at Sirimon gate 2650 metres where we will start our hike. It is a 10 kilometre hike to reach at Old Moses camp 3300 metres.
Day 2 - Start the hike, walk through the moorland and on to Mackinder valley to reach Shiptons camp at 4200 metres.
Day 3 - Rise early in the morning to go for the summit point, Lenana 4985 metres, then walk to Mackinder’s where we’ll spend the night.
Day 4 - Walk down to met station. Pick up from there back to Nairobi.

 

Get in touch with Miano, mianonjoka@gmail.com , by 8th August 2011 if interested.

Wednesday
Aug032011

Mountain Rescue Course

Felix Berg, professional mountain adventurer and Mt. Kenya speed climbing champion (and Ex-MCK member) has kindly offered to teach Mountain Rescue Techniques on Mt Kenya for about 1 week in early August. The course will involve climbing and self-rescue, so experience of leading trad / building anchors is required. The maximum number of participants is 10.

 

Further details may be found here.

 

For those wanting to participate, contact Kirsten via kikus.martin@gmail.com or Felix at info@summitclimb.de for further details.