Slideshow (27 photos)

Tsavo (Kenya), Kitchwa Tembo (map)

During a break in the drive, Gitau repairs the engine


Some final sandy pits are crossed before we find a suitable camp site


Super dense jungle on the approach to our camp site


Chris asking for directions and explaining what we're doing. Rock climbing seemed very foreign to the locals.


Chris and Corporal Bulge look around for a suitable place to camp…preferable not next to the river where all the big game are


Corporal Bulge shows Chris the fresh lion tracks; we're not gonna camp here


Forest canopy above our tents


Adjusting the hat for the photo


Jim and the Corporal examine the fresh hippo tracks near the camp site (Copyright © Chris Yenkey)

The lower summit of Kitchwa Tembo. We climbed the highest rock formation on the left. (Copyright © Chris Yenkey)


Another view of Kitchwa Tembo (Copyright © Chris Yenkey)


The ridgeline has endless opportunities for climbing


Our camp below Kitchwa Tembo


The approach to the east face of Kitchwa Tembo was some of the thickest bushwhacking I've done. Afterwards, I threw my pants and socks into the garbage.


More bushwhacking


The approach was harder than the climbing…at least more effort


Covenant: Finally up at the col, we can start our climb up the large obvious spire


Covenant: We soloed the ridge up to the base of the final spire, about 5.5 or so


Covenant: At the base of the final spire, Chris pulls the vegetation away from the mouth of the chimney


Covenant: Chris arrives at the top of the chimney. This feature was unprotected for more than 100', and about 5.7 in difficulty.


Covenant: On the summit (Copyright © Chris Yenkey)

Covenant: Rappelling ths chimney on the descent


Covenant: On the descent, we swam across the opening of this crevass, fully supported by cactus and other vegetation (Copyright © Chris Yenkey)


Thick jungle on the approach (Copyright © Chris Yenkey)


Displaying the skin of a cobra (Copyright © Chris Yenkey)


Covenant: Serious heat and not enough water (Copyright © Chris Yenkey)


Covenant: Approaching the summit (Copyright © Chris Yenkey)