Posted by: Laura Hartstone | 11 January, 2010

Let it Snow, Let it Snow…and Let them Summit!!!!!

Wildlife and Livestock

The mountain unveiled itself for a half an hour this morning, but was cleaverly camouflaged with the white clouds behind it. The peak was white. Not only was it completely covered in snow, but the weather forecast doesn’t look like things will let up for another night or two. The team sent a message at 6:15am this morning stating:

Our sun dances are not working yet. The rain persists and snow arrived this morning. All well regardless and en route to summit tonight.

The message was soon followed by an update from Paul, the head guide on Mount Kenya. He said,

All are fine. Very wet mountain though!

Paul Kanja - Head Guide Mount Kenya

By mid-afternoon the sun came out for the first time. The peak became clearly visible again around 5pm – covered in snow.

Mount Kenya from Base Camp - 5pm Monday

Originally, the 2007 challenge was chosen to take place in January after much research on climbing seasons and weather patterns year round. However, scientists are estimating that for East Africa, climate change is already making an impact. The short rains that typically fall during November and December are not light and steady as they are characterised to be. Rather, many parts of East Africa are seeing masses of rain in clumps, rather than a steady two months.

It is difficult to complain about the precipitation this year as it was needed so badly. Though it is not the best for climbing, we can all be grateful that it has arrived for the people, plants and wildlife in the region.

In just 6 hours, around 3am, the team will depart from their current location at Shipton’s Camp (alt 4200 m) to head for the summit (alt 4985m).

They will don every article of clothing they have carried, most importantly gloves, balaclavas and gaitors – Thank you Outdoor Research!

And lets hope they don’t forget their down jackets and ski pants – Big thanks toDare2Be Craghoppers.

It will likely take them 4 hours to reach the summit, and another 2 to get down to the next camp, MacKinders (alt 4300m). We expect to hear from them at MacKinder’s next and until then, can only say …

Climb on ladies and climb for conservation!!!

Ema Checking Blood O2 Level of Niamh

Ema Checking Blood O2 Levels of Niamh


  1. Love the updates! Ladies, you are all AWESOME!! We are sending positive energy your way!

    Best Regards,
    LeeKei, Patrick, Brady, & Dean Ellicott

  2. What changes:heat to snow! Boo, hope you’re fine. Good luck to you all.

  3. love reading the updates and wish yall the best. love, mom and dad( nol and cleve)

  4. iBelieve…you are doing great! Sending prayers your way for safety, energy and warmth! -Hanne

  5. Yeah!!! Adventure hiking! Wishing you guys the best… you’ve got support and positive energy coming your way from every corner of the world 🙂

  6. Dear niamh ,Great to see you having your blood test.keep well wrapped up on final push.hope the snow recedes and you get a rush of energy from the sun to get you to the top.Keep well and come home safe ,love mam & Dad

  7. Thinking of you girls on summit night!! Wishing you a safe and warm summit – good luck!

    PS – should have warned you about the bathroom at the summit camp. that baby is where our team got the term “hellbox.” EPIC!

  8. You ladies rock!!! Good luck with the summit and be safe. I wish you all the best.

  9. Gosh, thinking of you..damn its snowing!! Brr…

    All I remember from this summit day/night was hurling my guts up the entire time and feeling like death for hours on end.

    You just have to keep pushing. Best of luck!!!!!!

  10. Rock on ladies!! Best of luck on all the climbs, and I hope you get to see more from the top of Kenya than we did. Trek safely and I hope you are all as inspired by the people you will meet along the way as I was.

  11. Keep on keeping on girlfriends! We’re with you in spirit. Hope the sun shines on the summit.


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