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


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.

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.


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.

13th August : Climbing wall party

Calling all climbing wall users! On Saturday we will meet at the new club house to take down the climbing wall at the old club house. Tools will be available, but bring hammers, pry bars and wrenches suitable for dismantling the wall that you might have. We will then take the pieces back to the new club house and take a break to get some exercise in the new climbing cave. 

Questions and confirmations to Jeff at j.mariner@cgiar.org


Piga Picha : Photography Competition

Themes: Outdoors, Animals, Mountains, Climbing and Nature. 
Members of both MCK and the Dive Club are eligible to participate. One can submit a maximum of 5 photos.
Deadline for submission is Midnight, July 31st 2011.
Send photos (over 800 dpi) via e-mail to meets@mck.or.ke with the subject: MCK Photo Competition 2012
All qualifying photos will be presented and voted by members during an MCK evening at the clubhouse on August 9th
Selected photos will be featured in the MCK calender 2012. Target is to have the calenders ready by end of September 2011.

Upcoming Events

July 26th - Slideshow - Gredos Mountains
August (?) - Bouldering near Kibwezi, overnight. Contact Steven Bennet
August 9th - Calender Photo Comp - Photo selection slideshow at Clubhouse 
August 14th - Beginners Climb - Lukenya. Contact Jeff Mariner
August 20th - 21st - Mt. Suswa, Hiking & Camping. Contact Spencer Morley
August 26th - 28th - Silali (North of Baringo). Contact Jan Naessens
August 29th - September 11th - Rwenzori. Contact Elizabeth Were
August 30th - Slideshow on Grossglockner (highest mountain in Austria)
September 3rd - 6th - Mt. Kenya. Contact Miano Njoka
September 11th - Olmuntus, Hiking (Day Trip). Contact Nikunj Shah
September 17/18th - Intermidiate Climbing - Lukenya. Contact Jeff Mariner
October 1st - 2nd - Kitui Hill. Contact Greame Watson
October 20th long weekend - Ndoto Mountains. Contact Napolean Iberi
November - Member Gear Auction
December 24th - 31st - Northern Kenya perhaps Kulal or Horr Valley. Contact Arshad Khan
December - Christmas Party
Like to go anywhere else? Let us know. meets@mck.or.ke