Adele is currently in Argentina in Aconcagua National Park leading a trip for Jagged Globe. Her progress can be followed here and on the Jagged Globe website.
Posted on 16 Jan 2012 by adele
Kenya at its best! 15th Jan 2012
On the 11th January Nick , Aine, Chris, Giddy, Simon and Adele all met back up in Nairobi for their final meal before going their separate ways
The journey started at the Met sation where the team enjoyed the shade and acclimatised in style.
The plan was for everyone to make their way up to Pt Lenana and then for Simon, Nick Aine and Adele to climb tthe two Majestic summits of Mt Kenya Neilion and Bation.
With a team of twelve Kenyan pórter and guides and Giddy from Tanzania operation Mt kenya began to take shape.
On the 5th January Christopher topped out on Pt Lenana an amazing achievement for his first mountain summit outside the UK
On the way to Pt Lenana
Summit success for Christopher and the rest of the team.
It was now time for Christopher and Giddy to descend and enjoy a safari whilst the rest of the team prepared for their climb.
After spending a day carrying a load to the top of 1 o clock Gully and familiarising themselves with the mountain it was then time to make a summit push.
On the traverse towards the Rabbit hole
Fantastic climbing but hard work with big packs the team climbed together using all the tactics in the book.
Team work, hauling sacks, sharing the lead and looking after each other the team of four made it to the Howell bivi just before dark. Exhausted but elated this small tin hut provided a great sanctuary.
Taking Refuge in the BIvi.
At 6am the doors were opened and the stove on to make a brew. Dirty petrol did not help the process but just enough water melted for the traverese of the Gates.
Excitedly we moved along the ridge and descended into the Gates for a truly amazing Alpine experience
Aine in the The Gates of Mist.
After another pitch of snow and a brilliant rock pitch with Simon in the lead everyone whopped as they stood on the top of Bation. Cheers from the Kenyan team back at the Austrian hut echoed up the mountaion and yet again a few tears were evident.
Simon and Aine on the top
Looking Back to Neilion
The way back was just as exciting and after a bit longer than expected the team made their way back to Neilion and then made an abseil descent back to ground level. Very tired but very happy Operation Mt Kenya had been a success.
Posted on 15 Jan 2012 by adele
Kenya update 2: Success!
Adele texed today to say that the Expedition had sucessfully summited both Neillon and Bation.
Posted on 10 Jan 2012 by adele
Adele texed today to say the Team had spent a day load carrying and were heading for the mountain tomorrow to begin the ascent. However this will depend on the weather which so far has not been too good.
More to follow
Posted on 07 Jan 2012 by adele
Happy New Year!
Adele texed from Kenya this morning to wish everyone a happy New Year and to say the team would be at Mackinder camp tonight at 4000m.
More news soon.
Posted on 01 Jan 2012 by adele