The real deal. Well it's not a K2. But this is a fricken cool mountain. - IT'S GOT ROCK on it! Long expanses of quality rock.
Fly to Narobi cross the equator and head to the trail head. A casual two day hike in gets you to basecamp. There is a pretty darn good hut there at basecamp as it is used for many treking groups that come through regularly. This is the north side of the mountain that I describe as I did not go to the south side. South basecamp I hear is also quite comfy.
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Southeast Face of Nelion (17,021') 5.8 Trad, Alpine, 20 pitches, 1200 feet, Grade III
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Southeast Face of Nelion (17,021') 5.8 International : Africa : ... : Mt Kenya
Mount Kenya is a twin summit massif with a season for each summit. Batian (17,058 ft) is the highest of the rabbit ears; it's regular route is north facing and best done in June & July. The south side regular route of Nelion (17,021 ft) is warmest during January & February. During Nelion season, a three hour traverse can be done from Nelion to Batian and finally back again to the Nelion rappel route. Traversing the Gate of the Mists usually requires either Boots, crampons, and axes ...[more] Browse More Classics in International