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One of the many definitions of luxury is ‘something hard to obtain’. Whether it be expensive goods or extraordinary experiences luxury can come in many forms. That is why I am writing about my experience of climbing one of the largest mountains in the world, Mount Kenya. Larger then any mountain in Europe Mount Kenya actually tops to be the second highest mountain in Africa, just one step behind the famous Mount Kilimanjaro.

Climbing a mountain, understandably, may not sound the most luxurious of experiences to many readers but it was an opportunity to challenge myself. Luxurious living should lead to opportunities to challenge yourself both physically and mentally, as it is only through these experiences that you learn about your full potential and are able to exceed your expectations.

While the experience was difficult, (having to wake up at 2 am to climb the summit to have a view of Kenya from its highest point at sunrise was not one of my favourite moments), the views and scenery were exceptional. From the rolling landscape filled with alpine fauna to the peak where the rocky outcrops where pictured in front of lashings of pinks and oranges from the sunrise, the climb certainly provided an alternative scene to the normal picturesque savannah landscapes. Slightly different from my usual mountain views while skiing in Lech and Courchevel (and there certainly was no ‘après-climb’) the experience is certainly one I will always remember.

 

The first base camp: where we spent our first night and acclimatised to the high altitude

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On the way up from Old Moses Camp

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Alpine fauna

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One of the many steep valley climbs

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View out towards the base

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A rather misty view of Kenya

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The summit: consisting of three peaks.

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A rather misty view of Kenya

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Mountain terrain

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Second Base Camp: Shiptons at 4250 meters

 

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Sunrise on the summit

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Walking down

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The summit after the climb

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