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4.0 out of 5 stars MOUNT KENYA, 3 Oct 2013
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Dr S. S. Nagi "Nyrobe" (united kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Mount Kenya (Elmtree Africana) (Hardcover)
This book was first published in 1989, has 156 pages, 11 chapters, 72 beautiful colour pictures and 1 map. JOHN READER was born in London. He graduated to mountain climbing in South Africa, where he lived from 1955 to 1963. He was based in NAIROBI for 10 years, 1969 to 1978, photo-journalist for Life magazine. He published his book about Mount Kilimanjaro in 1983 after climbing it. Then he climbed Mt Kenya and wanted to climb the Ruwenzori, Mountains of the Moon.
The 9 clans of Kikuyu think that their God, Ngai, resides on Mt Kenya(Kirinyaga). The Maasai were here before the Kikuyu and all the Peaks on Mt Kenya are named after their names. The book starts with history of the origin of Man in Africa, food production and African language, covering nearly 40 pages! In 1988, Reader travels from Nairobi to EMBU and then MERU, to head for starting point of the Mt Kenya climb, at CHOGORIA. From here, there is a gradual ascend, the route is very attractive and the entire mountain is visible including the Peaks. They pass through beautiful layers of forests and animal trails, waterfalls and NITHI River. Then, he visits LAKE ALICE, which lies in the eroded crater of Ithanguni. The beech of the lake has pumice pebbles which float on water and drift with the wind. Staying here for 3 days, Reader saw leopard and eland.
Approaching Hill tarns of 5 small lakes in this beautiful spot, Reader finds a lot of rubbish left behind by climbers, in the gorges valley. At the foot of the Temple in Lake Michaelson, staring at the sheer rock face, one could easily get lost here. Passing Simba tarn, Reader heads with struggle towards Kami Hut. The rangers were collecting rubbish left by climbers. Moving onto Two Tarn Hut and then Mackinder's Camp, Reader gets good views of the Peaks and Glaciers. He climbs to Austrian or Top Hut. He sees one man brought down dead and another with broken ankle.
With help from Iain Allan and guide Thumbi, Reader climbs the NELION peak on 30.1.1988 arriving at noon. It took them 5 hours to climb. After taking photos, they slowly descended taking another 5 hours.
Reader narrates the Mt Kenya climb well, enhanced by those beautiful large pictures.
Some other books of interest are:-
(1) Discovery of Lakes Rudolf and Stephanie, 2 Volumes, Von-Hohnel 1891(1968)
(2) Great Rift Valley, Prof Gregory 1896(1968)
(3) Mt Kenya, Rev Dr J W Arthur 1921
(4) Kenya Mountain, EAT Dutton 1929
(5) Speak to The Earth, V Watteville 1935
(6) Upon The Mountain, E Skipton 1943
(7) From Kenya to Kilimanjaro, Truffaut 1957
(8) First Ascent of Mount Kenya, Mackinder 1991
(9) Guide to Mt Kenya and Mt Kilimanjaro, Allan 1991
(10)On God's Mountain, Amin 1991
Having born in Kenya, I found this book interesting.
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