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
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
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
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
"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.