Hot Rock in Africa - Kenya

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Lukenia

Lukenia is a excellent crag about an hour from Nairobi down the Nairobi-Mombassa road.


Me and Eric climbing

Me climbing

Frog Crag

This extensive sport climbing crag (named because a Frenchman 'found' it apparently!) is on Masai land. We managed to put several new route including the hardest sport route in Kenya


The truck at the wild campsite where we stayed at frog

Simon on the first ascent of Susi Crack (F7a+)

Simon on the first ascent of Susi Crack (F7a+)

Me attempting to redpoint Susi Crack (F7a+)

Me attempting to redpoint Susi Crack (F7a+)

Rich Heap on the first ascent of the hardest sport route in Africa - Masai Burning (F7c+)

Rich Heap on the first ascent of the hardest sport route in Africa - Masai Burning (F7c+)

Hell's Gate

Hell's Gate national park has some awesome scenary and equally awesome climbing!


Looking up towards the pinnacle at the bottom of Hell's Gate

The pinnacle at the bottom of Hell's Gate

Poi

Poi is a huge, breadloaf shaped mountain in North West Kenya. Three of it's sides are made up of 800m cliffs and there are only three routes on the whole thing. It is possible to scramble up the fourth side which is what I did while two groups attempted the easiest line (still around E5!)


Some local Sambura children in our truck with Kyle looking on

Going up the ridge to the top of Poi

Me on the top of Poi

A bush fire on the top of Poi seen from about 2 miles away

Mt. Kenya

The grand finale to the expedition was Mt. Kenya. I tried to do the Grand Traverse with Max, however bad weather and my inexperience meant that we didn't do it.


The first view of Mt Kenya from the Chogoria walk in

Some of the outlying peaks from the Chogoria walk in

An outlying peak from the Chogoria walk in

Our first bivi by a small lake on the walk in

Max and Dave by the first bivi

The moon over the first bivi

Point John - the last peak on the Grand Traverse

A very snowy Mt. Kenya. The local rangers said that there hadn't been that much snow for 10 years.

Max with the local rangers who put us up after we retreated (by abseiling 400m) from the route