Mt Kenya - through the Vertical Bog & above the treeline


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February 9th 2020
Published: March 7th 2020
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Naro Moru Route, Mt Kenya
We packed our bags and had a tasty cooked breakfast in time to set off at 7am for our hardest day of uphill. We started by retracing our steps from yesterday afternoon up the track, then turned off onto a footpath through the Hygenia forest and then out onto the more open heathland before climbing through the dramatically named 'Vertical Bog' (not that dissimilar from many peatbogs back home.

The first half of the day’s walk was the steepest and after lunch it levelled off a bit through more open areas of tree heathers and lobelias (including Lobelia deckenii & L. telekii) fading into grassland in the Teleki Valley. There were lots of vole-runs through the grass – made by mice I was told. We arrived at MacKinders Hut, on an outcrop of moraine at 4200m, around 2:20pm after 10km of hiking.

Again we were given tea, popcorn & biscuits & had a lounge in the sun before another excellent supper and bed. Tonight we put our mats next to each other and our bags piled at the edges to try to keep more heat in! The nights are cold on the mountains & we were wearing
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several layers of clothes to bed as well as our thermal sleeping bag liners! It was very windy which was loud in the tent so we didn’t get a great night’s sleep.


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Water Lobelia

Naro Moru Route, Mt Kenya
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Lobelia

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Everlasting flowers

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Taking a break...

Naro Moru Route, Mt Kenya
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Water lobelia

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Tree heather

Naro Moru Route, Mt Kenya
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Hiking the Teleki Valley

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Teleki Valley

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Here I am!

Naro Moru Route, Mt Kenya
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MacKinders Camp

Naro Moru Route, Mt Kenya


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