The town of Nanyuki at the base of Mount Kenya is bustling with farmers, mountain guides/porters, shopowners and even the British Army who use the the mountain for training prior to assignments in Afghanistan. Just outside of town, giraffe and elephants roam the wild lands. School children rush into their classrooms, often never receiving the opportunity to explore the wondrous animals that tourists travel miles to see. Farmers work daily to provide for themselves and their family, to live in coexistence with this wildlife and preserve their resources for future generations. Laikipia Wildlife Forum assists communities to promote conservation.
All of these thoughts and images are kept close to the minds and hearts of our team as they push on another day up Mount Kenya. A message came in from the team at 9:30am this morning that read:
Good morning! We are on the trail and everyone is pretty good. We will send an update in a few hours. It’s cold!
No more word has come in from the team or the guides, as they have likely climbed out of mobile reception into the Shipton’s valley. From here they will leave to head to the summit, Point Lenana, in just 6 hours!
Rain clouds have engulfed the mountain this afternoon, and though the lower slopes are still visible, it is likely that the team is experiencing some form of precipitation, be it snow, sleet or rain. Let’s all do a sun dance and send them our energy and support as they take on their first peak!
And in the meantime meet a few more team members…
The team will be notified of all donations that are made on the website while they are on the mountain. Donate now!
Posted by Laura Hartstone