Welcome to the Mountain Club of Kenya

The Mountain Club of Kenya is a non-profit members club for people enjoying the outdoors in Kenya and beyond. Members get together to hike, rock climb, and scale mountains.

Join us for trips outdoors, or to one of our social events on the second and last Tuesdays of the month in Nairobi. See the upcoming meets here.

New Lukenya guidebook online

You can now find all the info regarding climbing in Lukenya online on theCrag.com!

This project took lots of work by Fish, Ian and other MCK members. We’re currently working on Hells Gate.

We also need photos for the topos, so please send them our way. And let us know of any inaccuracies or routes missing.

Remembering John Temple

John Temple, May 2015, by Arshad Khan

Former MCK member John Temple passed away in the UK on New Years Eve, after a battle with cancer. John was in his 80s. Iain Allen writes: “John was a major MCK contributor during the 70s, 80s and 90s, and spent a great deal of time on Mount Kenya, making the first ascents (with Ian Howell) of the Diamond Buttress Original Route, and the Northern Slabs Route, both on Batian. John also did many first ascents of bush climbs in Kenya’s remote regions. On Kilimanjaro, John made the first ascents of the Breach Wall East End (with Tony Charlton) and the Breach Wall Balletto Icefield (with Dave Cheesmond).” In addition to his many climbing accomplishments, John is also remembered for his heroic rescue of an injured climber from Shipton’s Notch on Mt. Kenya.

MCK is indebted to John for his contributions to climbing in Kenya and we are deeply saddened by the loss. Our condolences to all of John’s family and friends. If you would like to leave a tribute or remembrance for John, please do so here:

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Hugh Alexander from Kirkmichael, scotland wrote on March 14, 2019:
John leaves a large gap. A great man and a great friend. Obituary here: http://www.uncommonsolutions.org/DJTmemoriam.htm

Tribute to Ian Howell

Ian Howell on Mt Kenya; by Terry Burke (June 20th 1987)

Ian Howell on Mt Kenya; by Terry Burke (June 20th 1987)

It is with heavy hearts that we inform you that Ian Howell has passed away surrounded by family on November 26, 2018 in Bath, UK at the well-earned age of 82.

Ian pioneered many climbing routes in Kenya, including at Lukenya, Hell’s Gate, and Mt. Kenya. Astonishingly, he single-handedly built the bivouac hut on the summit of Nelion, in the process completing 13 solo ascents of Nelion in a few week period of 1970.

Longtime climbing partner Iain Allan writes: “He was a climbing force, such as we’ve never witnessed here before… I was privileged to share so many of these climbs with him.” Ian’s impact on Kenyan climbing was enormous and will continue to be felt for generations to come.

We are deeply indebted to Ian for his contributions to climbing in the country, and saddened by the loss to his family, his friends, and the MCK Community.

Please feel free to share stories or testimonies about Ian Howell below. We will keep this page on the MCK website.

 

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Two Girls, Two Days: A Mt. Kenya Climb

Bingaman and Marohasy at Vivienne Falls on the Chogoria Route up Mt. Kenya on Day 1 of their two-day summit push.

MCK members, Lindsay Bingaman and Caroline Marohasy, summited Mt. Kenya’s Point Lenana via the Chogoria Route in just two days this past July, without guides or porters. Lindsay wrote about the trip beta, shenanigans they got into, and other insights in a three-part blog post, with the hope that their story will inspire other women to pursue their outdoor adventure goals, and / or provide advice to those looking to follow a similar route on Mt. Kenya. Read their amazing story here:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3 

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