Though the evening was filled with clouds, by early morning they had cleared. Stars were visible and by the time the sun was rising, there was not a single cloud to be seen.
The hike to the summit Point Lenana, is no easy feat. Scree slopes, chilling winds and rocky scrambling will take advantage of you at every moment possible. Mental determination and stamina are needed to keep from turning back.
Prior to their summit bid a text was received from the team saying:
The whole team has arrived at Shiptons camp at 13,800ft. Tonight we will be heading up to the summit so wish us luck! Our team has grown very close and we are pumped for 3am!
To prepare the team, the guides woke up each team member at 2:30am and prepped them with tea and biscuits before heading to the trail. The climb up will be relayed by the team on the next blog when they are down the mountain.
At 7:20am the following text came through:
Have replaced self-doubt as we have successfully climbed Mt Kenya for conservation. One down, two to go!
To confirm everyone had made it to the summit and to relay their health status, Ema, their head guide sent the following message:
All summited. Everyone in good spirit. Few headaches but otherwise fine.
As the team descends, their headaches will cease. Unfortunately due to heavy snowfall this year, their route down entails a detour. A very steep and exposed ridgeline has made the guides uneasy, so they will circumnavigate part of the peak to detour around it. From there, they will continue down from Lenana 4895m (16355 feet) to Met Station at 3050m (1000ft). It will be a grueling day – but their accomplishment is sure to keep them energized for the hike down.
Well done ladies!!!!!!!
Meet the rest of the team…
And did we mention they are being filmed?!…
Posted by Laura Hartstone