YDEP reaching new heights

 The peak of Mount Kenya

The peak of Mount Kenya

 Aurora and Jørund at the Old Moses Camp

Aurora and Jørund at the Old Moses Camp

Hello, we have been high up into the air and just got down from climbing Mount Kenya. We started our trip up Mount Kenya on a Saturday from Nairobi. The drive took four hours and we started walking from the Sirimon gate at 2650 to our base camp by the name of Old Moses camp at 3200 m. We walked for 3-4 hrs, 9 km and had a 860 m. ascent. It is the least used of the three main routes, but features the most gradual ascent profile and best acclimation options and above all the most interesting since its on the drier side on the mountain. The route passes through impressive Yellowwood forests in the lower reaches and features abundant wildlife and beautiful alpine scenery higher up.

 The valley leading to the Shipton Camp and the peak

The valley leading to the Shipton Camp and the peak

 Jørund with a bushy plant

Jørund with a bushy plant

 The valley leading to the Shipton Camp and the peak 2

The valley leading to the Shipton Camp and the peak 2

 Bright colours

Bright colours

From Old Moses camp we walked 8 hrs, 14km and had a 900m ascent to the Shipton Camp, which lays just beneath the peaks. Next morning, we left at 3 am. up a steep stony quarry that cuts through a cliffs in a zig-zag pattern. It was snowy, there was thin air and the view was incredible. We arrived after about 4 hours at point Lenana at sunrise. Afterwards, we descend down to Shipton Camp. We had breakfast and walked further 6 hours down to Old Moses Camp for dinner and overnight. The next day we went back to Nairobi. 

 Shipton Camp

Shipton Camp

 Aurora's alternative way of warming her feet

Aurora's alternative way of warming her feet

 Aurora is struggeling to reach the top

Aurora is struggeling to reach the top

 Successful sunrise

Successful sunrise

 Closer to the top, just 20 steps to go 

Closer to the top, just 20 steps to go 

 Jørund's pose of victory 

Jørund's pose of victory 

 Aurora's pose of victory

Aurora's pose of victory

 Aurora and Jørund at the Lenana peak which is 4985 meters above sea level

Aurora and Jørund at the Lenana peak which is 4985 meters above sea level