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Africa, Kilimanjaro Trek, Mount Kenya Rock-Climb and Trek, Wild Game Safari News August 2007

Africa, Kilimanjaro Trek, Mount Kenya Rock-Climb and Trek, Wild Game Safari News August 2007

1 August - 20 August, 2007
Dispatches:
 
23 August, 2007

Photo by Felix Berg.

Dear mountain friends,

Our 2007 August Mt.Kenya and Kilimanjaro climb was a full success. Mechthild decided to travel to Zanzibar after the tiring climb of Mt. Kenya and the rest of the team made it to the top of Kilimanjaro.They are:
  • Benjamin Rush, sleeping at Gillman's point, Uhuru peak at 6:00am
  • Gisela Jansen, Gillman's point 7:00am
  • Ursula Berg, Uhuru Peak 8:00am
  • Patrick Breuning, Uhuru Peak 8:00am
  • Heike Hinze, Uhuru Peak 9:00 am
  • Guan Yu-Wang, Uhuru Peak 9:00am
  • Felix Berg, Uhuru Peak 9:00am
  • with assistance of our local guides Issac, Julius and Imanuel.
Now Benjamin and Guan are relaxing on Lamu beach. The rest of us spent two days in Ngorogoro Crator and at Manyare Lake on classical safari and are heading back to Germany today. I myself will go up Mt.Kenya again for some more technical climbing.

Best regards form the Summitclimb Africa team,
Felix Berg
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12 August, 2007
 
 
Our trip to the mounatin was blessed by lots of rain. Rather pushing than driving our Land Rover up the Sirimon route we lost one day on the mountain. Even so our climbing group, that is Benjamin, Juan, Patrick, myself and our local Kenyan guide Charles could make a successful ascent of the N-face Standard route (a 600m climb, upto 5.6/7) of Bation (5199m). Starting at 4:30 at Shipton's hut (4200m) it took us till 11 at night to get back.

On the next day Ursula, Mechtild, Gisela (almost) and Patrick hiked upto Pt.Lenana (4970m) while Heike, who summited the day befor, and the rest of climbers went straight to our next camp Minto's hut. Then we descended down the Chogoria route with it's scenic views of the mountain and the Gorges. After a night at the Mt.Kenya lodge / Chogoria bandas we had to walk 10km down the road due to the wet and muddy conditions. Only there our vehicles could pick us up to drive out the next 20km for us to finally reach Nairobi.
While today our group went to enjoy the Amboseli national park on a classic safari I have to organize the last arrangements for Kilimanjaro -coming up next.
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5 August, 2007

Our 2007 trekking and climbing expedition to Mt.Kenya and Kilimanjaro started with all our members having arrived safely to Nairobi today. We are a mid-sized group of 8 members:

  • Felix Berg - Expedition Leader, Germany
  • Patrick Breuning, Germany.
  • Gisela Jansen, Germany
  • Heike Hinze, Germany
  • Mechthild Pape, Germany
  • Ursula Berg, Germany
  • Benjamin Rush, USA/Taiwan
  • Juan Yu-Wang, USA Taiwan

We will spend the next three weeks to climb the two highest mountains of east Africa Mt.Kenya (5199m) and Kilimanjaro (5895m). We will pass by Hell's Gate, an amazing national park with a lot of non-predator-wildlife and 200m high volcanic rock sculptures, to get used to our outdoor equipment and practice our rock climbing skills. After that we drive to Nanyuki, where we will start trekking up the Sirimon route to reach Shipton's camp (4200m) at the base of Mt.Kenya within two or three days of superb hiking. Our trekking group will surround the beautiful twin peaks of Nelion (5189m) and Bation (5199m), while our climbing group will try to climb Bation by the 20 pitch N-face standard route with some rock sections of grad 5.7.

After descending the scenic Chogoria route we will pass by Nairobi to reach Amboseli national park. That is the park with the highest density of elephants in the world and hopefully we will see many other of the fascinating African wildlife as hippos, giraffe, gazelle, lions and various birds. Afterwards we plan to climb Kilimanjaro -with 5895m the highest mountain of Africa - via the Rongai route. Well acclimated from Mount Kenya we plan on camping at the summit plateau at 5600m -a once in a lifetime experience.

The planned itinerary in detail is:

  • 3 August 2007, drive out to Lake Naivasha, exploration Hell's Gate National Park
  • 4 August , 2007, drive to Nanjuki, base Mt Kenya, trekking on Mt Kenya (Sirimon route)
  • 5 August, 2007, trekking on Mt Kenya (Sirimon route)
  • 6 August, 2007, trekking on Mt Kenya (Sirimon route)
  • 7 August, 2007, rest day on Mt Kenya, optional Climbing or trekking
  • 8 August, 2007, climbing or high trekking on Mt Kenya
  • 9 August, 2007, climbing or high trekking on Mt Kenya
  • 10 August, 2007, trek down from Mount Kenya (Chogoria route)
  • 11 August, 2007, return drive to Nairobi, day of organizing and tourism in Nairobi
  • 12 August, 2007, drive to Amboseli wildlife park, do a game drive in afternoon‑evening
  • 13 August, 2007, game viewing in Amboseli park in morning, afternoon drive to Tanzania
  • 14 August, 2007, early morning drive to Kilimanjaro, begin of trekking on Kili (Rongai route)
  • 15 August, 2007, trek Kili (Rongai route)
  • 16 August, 2007, trek Kili (Rongai route)
  • 17 August, 2007, trek Kili (Rongai route)
  • 18 August, 2007, climb Kilimanjaro summit, Uhuru peak
  • 19 August, 2007, hike down from Kili, night in hotel, Moshi
  • 20 August, 2007, return drive to Nairobi, re‑enter Kenya
  • 21 August, 2007, end of expedition

We will update you on our process by calling in and sending further dispatches.

Are you getting excited for our Africa Trip?

Here is the site: http://www.cybernet2.com/africa_explore/index.htm

Best regards from Nairobi,

Felix Berg back to top

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