on 28 June 2012
This book was first published in 1943, has 222 pages, 31 B/W photos and 4 maps. ERIC EARL SHIPTON was born on 1.8.1907 in CEYLON(Sri Lanka), his father was a tea planter, who died when Shipton was 3 years old. Aged 8, he was brought to London for education. His 1st encounter with mountains was at the age of 15 and after a visit to Norway, he started climbing seriously. In 1928, he went to KENYA as a coffee grower and climbed Nelion Peak in 1929. After the 2nd world war, Shipton in 1951, climbed Mt Everest. His marriage to 'DIANA' was a failure. After receiving the CBE, he travelled a lot and in 1976, while in BUTAN, he fell ill and returned to England and was found to suffer from Cancer, and he died on 28.3.1977.
Shipton wanted firstly to go to UGANDA and climb the Rowenzori Mountains, however, he stopped in Kenya at the base of Mount Kenya, he was amazed by its beauty. Arriving from MOMBASA to NAIROBI, he had already learnt more about Mt Kenya. Shipton teamed with his friends WYN HARRIS and GUSTAV, to climb Mt Kenya, but they only had 3 weeks. They left Nairobi to CHUGORIA, east of Mt Kenya. The Maasai porters took their luggage up. At 8,000ft, they entered the bamboo zone. The reached Carr Wooden Hut and met VIVIENNE DE WATTEVILLE. Out of the forest, they reached Mackinder Valley and could see the peaks of Batian and Nelion.
Their climb on this north-east face resulted in defeat. Then, they tried via Lewis Glacier. From here, they could see Mt KILIMANJARO. Then, they climbed the face of Nelion and reached its summit, followed by the summit of Batian. 2 days later, they climbed the peaks again. After climbing down, they took a truck to Nairobi. In 1930, Shipton climbed Mt Kilimanjaro and Mwenzi. Later, he teams with TILMAN, to climb Mt Kenya from the west, near NANYUKI. They made their base camp in a cave at 14,000ft. They managed to climb Batian Peak and on their way down, also made to the top of Nelion Peak. After enjoying their climbs, they climbed more peaks, before descending. Then, they headed to Nairobi.
The rest of this books chapters are on the Alps, Rowenzori Mountains, Everest, Nanda Devi, Shaksgam and Karakoram expeditions.
Some other books on Mt Kenya are:-
(1) The First Ascent to Mt Kenya, Mackinder 1991
(2) Kenya Mountain, EAT Dutton 1929
(3) No Picnic on Mt Kenya, F Benuzzi 1953
(4) Mt Kenya, Reader 1989
(5) Facing Mt Kenya, J Kenyatta 1938
(6) Guide to Mt Kenya and Mt Kilimanjaro, Allan 1991
(7) Great Rift Valley, Prof Gregory 1896
(8) Snow Caps on the Equator, Boss/Allan 1986
(9) From Kenya to Kilimanjaro, Truffaut 1957
(10)Discovery of Lakes Rudolf and Stephnie, Von-Hohnel, 2 Volumes 1894
Having born in Kenya, I enjoyed reading this book.
Read and ENJOY.
on 9 April 2016
In Upon that Mountain, Eric Shipton, the famous mountaineer, gives his own account of the ascent of Mount Kenya and the great Everest and Nandi Devi expeditions which followed.....
Itis divided into the following sections :
Mountains of the moon
Everest 1935, 1936, 1938
This small wartime book tells of Shiptons greatest adventures. Shipton began climbing in the Alps. In 1928 he went to Kenya as a coffee grower, and first climbed Nelion, a peak of Mount Kenya in 1929. It was also in Kenya's community of Europeans that he met his future climbing partners Bill Tilman and Percy Wyn-Harris. Together with Wyn-Harris and Tilman he climbed the twin peaks of Mount Kenya. With Frank Smythe, Shipton was the among the first climbers to stand on the summit of Kamet, 7816 metres, in 1931, the highest peak climbed at that time.
Shipton explored the 'Blank on the Map' north of the Karakoram with Tilman. Shipton was involved with most of the Mount Everest expeditions during the 1930s and later, including the 1935 Mt Everest expedition. The book was very popular, one of the few mountaineering books published during WWII,