So here's the deal - a group of 18 people will be taking a journey up Mt. Kenya this December, which is the second tallest mountain in Africa. Why are they doing this? Because they are all from a church called newhope that is passionate about putting hope into action, and works in a town in Kenya called Thika, and is rennovating a community center called the Hope Center! This group of 18 decided to raise at least $1 for every meter climbed (4,985) and call it a Hike for Hope to benefit the Hope Center as it serves an impoverished area serving children and students, as well as serving as a vocational training center for women transitioning out of human trafficking!
But we knew going to Kenya and climbing a mountain wasn't for everybody, so that's why there's a virtual Hike for Hope option to walk, run or hike 3.6 miles in support of the team (or 36 miles the same distance the team will be hiking with the EXTREME option), with a portion of registration fees going to the Hope Center! No passport required! You can join their journey virtually HERE!
Want to meet the team? Click HERE!
Here's the team's itinerary if you want to know more about their trip!
They will depart Raleigh-Durham on Friday, December 27th, and meet up with Shon and Denis (Kenya team leads) on Saturday, December 28th – Travel to Thika, spend time at Hope Center, with some great hands-on projects with community children and teens and an official ground breaking ceremony for Matthew's Garden, as well as a celebration dinner.
On Sunday, December 29th – After early morning worship at newhope Kenya, the team will travel to Mt. Kenya, Enter at Sirimon Gate. Hike uphill through the forest which becomes heath land, hike to 3300m and overnight at Judmaier Camp. (3-4 hours, 9km, 860m ascent)
Monday, December 30th – Hike from Judmier Camp, cross Ontulili River and uphill to Mackinders Valley where there are panoramic views up the valley, overnight at Shipton Camp at 4200m. (6-7 hours, 17km, 900m ascent)
Tuesday, December 31st – Spend the day acclimatizing. Walk to Kami Hut down to Hauseberg Lakes, then back to Shipton Camp for overnight, early bed.
Wednesday, January 1st – Leave at 3am up steep quarry that cuts through cliff, with arrival at Point Lenana at 6:30am for sunrise. After sunrise, descent down to Mintos hut for 2 hours for breakfast, and then down another 20km for 4-5 hours to Mount Meru Bandas for dinner and overnight at 2950m.
Thursday, January 2nd – Descend 2 hours, 15km to forest clearance and spend the afternoon in community activities at a school in a Maasai village and then to catch transfer to showers and to Sweetwater Camp at Ol Pejeta Conservatory.
Friday, January 3rd – Morning outdoor activities at the conservatory, followed by travel to Nairobi with additional stop at Hope Center for celebration. Late departure from Nairobi airport.
Saturday, January 4th – Return travel, arrive in RDU late afternoon.