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Diani Rotarian Wambui Ngunya reports about the "Everything
is Possible" Hike to impressive Point Lenana on Mount Kenya

NANYUKI -- Special report on Climbing Mount Kenya by Rotary Club of Diani President Wambui Ngunya:

SAA Vickram Korla (@ 61), Regional Director of Operations , Neptune Group of Hotels and I (President Wambui Ngunya, Lawyer (@ 52) recently went to Mount Kenya and were blessed with a beautiful summit morning on 17 May 2019 at 09:39 am.

It was awesome. A sight that can only be described adequately by actually seeing it.

Quite simply, photographs do not do the Mountains justice.

However, one might ask why go through the fatigue, cold and stress of going up a Mountain in the first place.

Let me just state the Mountains (the capital "M" is intentional) is a very good teacher; a metaphor on life itself - and if you heed the lesson, then "everything is possible".

A lesson on successful living is "Have a mind that is open to everything and attached to nothing".

How does the Mountain teach you this?

True story: SAA Vickram and I (who had climbed Mount Kiliminjaro in October 2018) were briefed on summit eve that we would begin the "Dawn Attack" from Shipton camp to Pt. Lenana (standing at 4985 meters), Mt. Kenya at 03:00 am on 17 May 2019.

The hike to the summit would take between 3-4 hours and we would see sunrise from the summit.

The hike back down to Shipton camp would take about 2 hours and following a rest of about an hour we would hike down to Old Moses camp, a hike of about 5 hours where we would spend the night before exiting the Mt. Kenya National Park mid-morning on 18 May 2019.

So, here is how it really went.

We took off for Pt. Lenana at about 03:30 am and the hike took longer than expected reason being it had not rained on the Mountain for some time so the scree (gravel like terrain-or alpine dessert) was very loose.

One would take two steps forward and slide back a step in some instances which is quite exhausting.


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Rotary Club of Diani President Wambui Ngunya [left] stands at Point Lenana on Mount Kenya together with Neptune Group of Hotels Regional Director of Operations Vickram Korla.
We could have given up right there because at dawn, we were only a quarter of the way to the summit.

But no; you adjust, have a piece of chocolate for energy, drink some water to re-hydrate and move on….step- by step- by step!

What was to be a 3-4 hour hike took 6 hours.

We summited at 09:39am; but what a summit.

The sky was clear, we were on top of the world literally and could see clearly towards Isiolo, Chogoria, Embu, Naro Moru and Nanyuki.

After taking some memorable photos, it was time to head down… hey, what goes up must come down.

Now this trek was to take about 2 hours.

Again because of the loose scree, it was a slow descent to avoid sliding and falling.

It took 4 hours to get back to Shipton camp at about 2:00 pm.

Once again we needed to adjust our mind-set because we still had a 5 hour hike to Old Moses camp.

Thus, after a light lunch and a short rest, we packed our bags and left Shipton at about 3:50 pm.

We walked in daylight until about 6:50 pm and then we had to pull out our head-lamps and continue the rest of the way-not in total darkness-under a beautiful full moon.

After dark, the going gets slower so we arrived at Old Moses camp at close to 11:00 pm, 7 hours plus later.

That day we walked a total of 26 km at varying altitudes – from Shipton camp (4200M) to Point Lenana (4985M) and back down to Old Moses (3300M).

The main reason for doing this climb was to pass on a message that SAA Vickram and I think will be helpful, not just to Rotarians, but all who take a minute to read this article:

• You can set time-lines/ goals/ agendas in your life HOWEVER in order to succeed, you do need to be flexible.

Have an open mind to everything and be willing to adjust your course to get to your goal.

• That night walk was beautiful-I have climbed the Mountains a number of times but never under a full moon.

It was magical.

Yes, we were tired after a long day but who could have envisioned this?

Take hardships in your stride, they do not last forever… and you never know what you will see on your journey.

• Dr. Wayne Dyer says: "Have a candle within you an imaginary candle flame that burns brightly regardless of what goes before you.

"Let this inner flame represent for you the idea that you’re capable of manifesting miracles in your life" – in short, never let your dreams die.

Don’t worry about your ‘crazy’ idea.

Remember schemes that sometimes seem outrageous end up being the most wonderful success-think outside the box.

• Appreciate every day this gift you have – yes it is a gift – called life…. and do not waste it.

Remember if you put your mind to it, and have the right attitude, everything is possible.


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