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Forest Challenge 2017

Outdoor enthusiasts will be happy to learn that East Africa Wildlife Society in conjunction with Kereita Wilderness has announced the 2017 forest challenge.

Just as a reminder, the E.A Wildlife Society Forest Challenge is a conservation awareness event that uses fun outdoor sporting activities within the forest to engage and attract people to forests. This, in turn, raises awareness for the need to rehabilitate water towers and other critical forest sites.

This event is now in its fourth edition. It will feature diverse obstacles for the participants with varying levels of difficulty. The lined up activities include: Balloon Reach, Slippery Hill, Dark Tunnel, Mud Crawl, Spider Web, Name Search, and Ditch Walk.

Cost

Individual Ksh. 4000
5 Member team Ksh. 18500
10 Member team Ksh. 35000

Rates include: Transport to and from Kencom Bus station, entrance fees to Kereita forest, bottled water, fruits, and snacks.

Not included: personal effects and gearInline image 1

So, will you be the first to the thrill of the zip line?

Programme of the Event

Day: 9th December 2017
Time Activity
8.00am Caravan Departure from Nairobi
10.00am – 10.30am Arrival at Event Venue
10.30am – 11.00am Team Rules and Safety Instructions
11.00am – 3.30pm Forest Challenge 2017
3.30pm – 4.30pm Speeches, Awards Presentation and a Brief Tree Planting Ceremony
5.00pm Departure to Nairobi

For booking and registration, contact: 0734 600 632, 0722 202 473 or communications@eawildlife.org

 

 

Checklist for trekking Kilimanjaro

For most Kenya outdoor enthusiasts, the ultimate is to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro. Many people considering trekking Kilimanjaro ask what the best route is. “Best” can mean anything. But perhaps most people asking this question mean which route guarantees success.

Marangu route should be the easiest route to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro. But it has the worst success rate because climbers are least prepared. The Marangu route takes you at a gentle pace through rain forests, moorlands and the alpine desert at the saddle between Kibo and Mawenzi.

To ensure success summiting Kilimanjaro, one needs to anticipate the difficulties and make plans to surmount them.
These are:
1. General fitness
2. Endurance fitness.
3. Altitude

1. General fitness: Establish that the body is fit enough to withstand sub-zero temperatures and other vagaries of outdoor living for five to six days. It is also important to note the body’s ability to adapt to the abrupt change of diet. Hand in hand to this is the mental attitude and willingness to go through it.

2. Endurance fitness: In general the body should be able to withstand four contiguous days of uphill walking for five to six hours daily while carrying about six Kilograms of gear. This calls for strict regimes of exercises that can be done in the house, field or gym, such as cardio, squats, jogging, treadmill or skipping rope.

3. Altitude: Hiking and trekking at least once every two months preferably in altitudes over of 2500 metres e.g. Ngong hills, Longonot, Oldonyo sabuk, Kinari forest, Elephant hill, Kipipiri, mount Kenya (preferably to Leanna point) will give the body the much-needed acclimatisation.
It is important to deliberately choose at least one wet season hike in order to test rain gear.

Below is a list of items that one needs to collect and test in advance in order to make the climb as friendly as possible.
I have used the key below to rate the items

Key
**** Crucial to have
*** Important to have
** Good to have
* luxury

ITEM Description QTY Cost (Ksh) Total cost(Ksh)

Clothing

Raincoat or poncho with hood**** Waterproof enough to keep off heavy rain 1 7,000.00 7,000.00
Warm jacket**** Water resistant and breathable- can be made of down, Thinsulate or fleece. Down and fleece dry much faster than wool 1 15,000.00 15,000.00
Long Sleeve thermal vest*** 3 2,000.00 6,000.00
Short Sleeve Shirt, light-weight, moisture-wicking fabric 5 2,000.00 10,000.00
Waterproof trousers, breathable (side-zipper recommended)*** 1 8,000.00 8,000.00
Hiking Pants (convertible to shorts recommended)**** 1 9,000.00 9,000.00
Long Underwear (moisture-wicking fabric recommended) 2 2,000.00 4,000.00
Underwear (boxers or briefs)*** moisture-wicking fabric recommended
choose something that allows you to change in the presence of women
3
Gloves, warm (waterproof recommended)**** 1 1,000.00 1,000.00
Brimmed Hat, baseball cap for sun protection*** 1 500.00 500.00
Warm Headwear**** Fleece or woollen cap. If you choose one that covers the sides and neck then you don’t need the balaclava and scarf 1 1,000.00 1,000.00
Balaclava or scarf** 1
Hiking Boots**** High cut, warm, waterproof, broken-in, half or one size larger to allow wearing excess socks. 1 15,000.00 15,000.00
Gym shoes, trainers or sneakers*** To wear at camp 1 4,000.00 4,000.00
Socks**** Thick, woollen or fleece. You might want to get a pair to use when testing boots 6 200.00 1,200.00
Gaiters** Effective in keeping water, pebbles out of your shoes and the lases in place 1 1,500.00 1,500.00

Equipment

Sleeping Bag*** rated +10 to +35 0F.
Go for mummy type (with hood) as opposed to rectangular because it fits close to the body leaving less chance for cold spots.
1 7,000.00 7,000.00
Headlamp, with extra batteries**** for summit night 1
Rucksack*** Enough for porters to carry your equipment in. Kili porters are allowed to carry only 15 Kg of your gear. Line it with garbage bags for extra water resistance. Use stuff bags to separate things e.g. socks and underwear, sleeping bag, toiletries, T-shirts, rainwear, used clothes etc. 1 5,000.00 5,000.00
Backpack**** with waterproof cover for you to carry items you may require during the day and delicate items like electronics and glass. 1 5,000.00 5,000.00
Sunglasses or Goggles*** Snow blindness can be catastrophic after Gilman’s point. Test glasses that you can wear on your spectacles 1
Vacuum flask* To carry hot water to use after 5000 metres 1
Camel-back water pouch*** Two litres capacity. Your potter can carry the extra water 1 2,000.00 2,000.00
Small Towel*** lightweight, quick-dry 1
Stuff bags* to keep gear dry and separate e.g. a pouch each for shoes, socks and underwear, sleeping bag, wet towels, garbage, T-shirts, rainwear, used clothes etc. 5 200.00 1,000.00
Other
Toiletries****
Prescriptions***
Sunscreen***
Lip Balm***
Hand Sanitizer***
Toilet Paper***
Wet Wipes***
Snacks, light-weight, high calorie, high energy (optional)***
WC liner*
Pencil and Notebook, miniature, for trip log (optional)*
Camera, with extra batteries*
Power bank* from 10000mAh. Keep devices in Aeroplane mode to conserve power. 1 10,000.00 10,000.00
Book reader/ePad*
Board game (if in a group)*
Cost
The direct cost of the trip from Nairobi are as follows
To JKIA and back 1 10,000.00 10,000.00
JKI-JRO return ticket 1 40,000.00 40,000.00
JRO-Moshi and back 1 9,000.00 9,000.00
Trip Charges covers hotel accommodation, accommodation on the mountain, porters salaries, food, travel to the park gate 1 40,000.00 40,000.00
Tips for sharing with your climb partners per the whole trip.
– Support Crew sh300-sh400
– Cook sh600-sh800
– Chief Guide/guide sh1,000-sh1500
– assist Guide sh600-sh800
1 4,000.00 4,000.00
Statutory Requirements
Passport
Yellow fever Papers
For prep hikes https://www.facebook.com/groups/hikerske/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/123821337675197/
For hiking gear www.nairobisportshouse.com
www.kingscollection.co.ke
http://www.sportsdirect.com/
https://www.thenorthface.com/
https://www.jumia.co.ke
http://www.yaya-centre.com/?portfolio=extreme-outdoors

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