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.
Monday
Aug012011

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

Wednesday
Jul272011

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.
Tuesday
Jul262011

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
Monday
Jul252011

26th July : Supper night

Don’t worry about hustling and bustling for cooking and preparing or quickly eating before joining the traffic on the way to our next MCK Supper & Slideshow Night!!!
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. We will offer you a choice of:
Grilled Beef Fillet (with BBQ sauce)
Chicken Tikka
Mixed Veg in Mexican Sauce
Buttered Vegetables
Plain rice
Mexican Salad
Fruit Salad
at the bargain price of K.Shs 500/-  (650/- for non-members)
And besides the culinary delicacies (starting at 8.15pm), we will also of course have some visual delicacy:
"Sierra de Gredos" @ 9.00pm
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.
For any info, contact Jeffery Mariner j.mariner@cgiar.org
Karibuni
Wednesday
Jul062011

15th - 17th July: Climbing and hiking in Kichwa Tembo

INFORMATION: (by KWS, Tsavo West Customer Care)
Tsavo West has a varied topography and a diverse array of habitats. Most of the northern sector is Acacia-Commiphora bushland, with scattered trees such as Baobabs (Adansonia digitata) and Delonix elata. There are numerous rocky outcrops and ridges, and, towards the Chyulu Hills, ash cones and lava flows - some of them very recent (240yrs). In the Ngulia area, a range of craggy hills reaches around 1,800m. The southern sector consists of open grassy plains (Jipe Plain)
Climbing – Kichwa Tembo's silhouette rises conspicuously, exaggerating the apparent topography of the park.  Kichwa Tembo is great for rock climbers.
Hiking – The 'Shetani' lava flow, a black lava flow of 8 km long, 1.6km wide and 5m deep, is a remnant of volcanic eruptions which were subject to tales of fire and evil spirits among local communities. The communities named the flow 'Shetani' meaning devil in Kiswahili after it was spewed from the earth just 240 years ago. A cave with two large openings and one ancient tree growing between them is located near the centre of the outflow, offering an excellent trail for nature lovers. The volcanic cones of the famous ‘five sisters’, Chaimu crater and Chaimu Hill are also ideal for hikers. Magnificent Mzima springs are the ‘must visit’ point in Tsavo.
Checkout the following web-pages: 1 and 2
Notes:
Transport
People interested in coming will have to arrange car pooling individually. Please let me know if you have space and willing to give others a lift. You will require an off-road vehicle to access the camp- site area and to move around the park. We can meet at 1400hrs on Friday afternoon at the Mtito Andei, Tsavo West National Park entrance.
Park entrance fees / guide
Safari card – you require a valid Safari card to access entry into Tsavo West National Park. If you do not have one, you can get a temporary or permanent card at the main gate at Mtito Andei Tsavo National Park entrance. Remember, proof of residency and citizenship is requirement at the Park Gate. All rate are applicable for 24hrs of continuous stay in the Park.
Park Fees – Citizens 300/-, Residence 1,000/-, Non-residence $60/- per person per day.
Camping Fees – Special camp site – Weekly one-off fee of 7,500/- (spilt by number of people).
Plus camp fees: Citizens 400/-, Residence 500/-, Non-residence $40/- per person per day.
Ranger/guide – 3,000/- per day per each guide. Recommended group more than 5 - two rangers.
Car entrance fees – 300/- per day (6 seater and below, otherwise 1,000/- for over 6 seater.
Itinerary
Arrive Friday afternoon/evening at camp site, somewhere near Kitchwa Tembo area. Intend to go out with an early start on Saturday, climbing easy routes, or going hiking towards the caves and the surrounding area. Hike/climb all day with a packed lunch and only get back for sundowners and sunset. Plan is to leave Tsavo Sunday after late breakfast.
What to bring / Gear
Water – You should be self sufficient to cater for yourselves, including drinking and washing water.
Enough to support for number of days you intend to stay.
Food – As above.
Gear – For those climbing, if you do not have your own climbing rack/gear, you can hire out climbing gear from the club house on club night (Tuesday) through Catherine (MCK caretaker). For those hiking – please ensure you bring good hiking boots, a 'panga' to possibly slash your way through the thick bush, head lamp/head covering if you want to do some cave explorations, a day pack for your lunch, snacks, water, sun screen, cameras, etc. We will have to create a common area for washing/shower/toilet in order to reduce our footprint in the area.
Contact: Ivy, imutiso@yahoo.com
Wednesday
Jul062011

12th July : MCK Quiz Night

Let your inner geek shine through at the 2011 MCK pub quiz.
 
This is your annual chance to prove how smart, worldly, informed, clever, hip, and nerdy you are all at the same time.  Panicked during your last beginner climb? Failed your dive test? Sucked at the Rhino Charge? Withdrew from the Lewa Marathon?  This brains-not-brawn event may be just the ticket for you to regain any remaining self-respect.  Teams will be from 4-5 members and, as usual, are highly recommended to be mixed in as many ways as possible (age, nationality, etc).
 
Andrew Gremley