Rurimeria Hike- 23rd September 2017

DSC02762If I have said this once, I have said it many times and I will say this again, same hike different experience every single time. There is no way you can replicate an experience. It is impossible. Many things change;

  1. Group members
  2. Support team
  3. Personal characteristics
  4. Environmental conditions
  5. And many more that I will not name.

No matter how much you try to hold things constant, it is simply impossible to re-experience an experience.

So there I was again, back to Rurimeria Hill after having successfully slayed it in January this year. I was lucky enough to have 2 repeat climbers and they can testify to the above- you cannot repeat the experience.

This time around we tried to leave Nairobi a little early, and the Mountain Slayers did me proud. They were there on time and ready for their adventure. 4:30 am. That in itself shows the commitment of the hikers. The drive to Rurimeria is a good 3 hours away and people took the time to catch up on sleep while others simply caught up (we rarely see each other between hikes)

IMG-20170925-WA0029After eating the birthday cake courtesy of our partner- Valentine Cake House, we loaded the support team into the van and drove for another 45 minutes to the start point. We had a quick brief, shared out the awesome Alpen bars courtesy of our other partners- Weetabix EA and off we went. It did not take us even one hour to fall into groups of the super-fast (those guys move at sonic speed) the average hiker and the guys who have the most fun- the sweeping team.

Rurimeria has a very sharp incline at the beginning and it absolutely knocks the wind out of you. It is a pretty rude shock but the thing is to pace yourself and power through. There are many tricks to pace yourself, some include taking photos of the amazing scenery and my favourite is ‘beating’ stories. Perfect excuse to pause as if you are thinking of the response when in actual fact you are breathing!

DSC02772The Aberdares were amazing this time around. They gave us fantastic mountain weather. It not only rained but we had hailstones pelting us as we tried to navigate our way up the numerous false summits.

Here is the thing, without proper pacing and fuelling your body, soon enough you will begin to feel sick (altitude sickness is real any height above 1,000M from where you originate from) and the only way to manage the sickness is to rest and descend. We do not have much time to play around with on a day hike so once your body starts to resist, the only option is to descend. During long hikes (over a series of days) this can be managed by rest and fuel and then moving on at a pace that does not punish the body.

The interesting thing about dealing with adults is that even though they don’t know, they pretend to know and therefore suffer the effects of not following the team leader’s advice.

IMG-20170926-WA0002After a whopping 9 hours (for the sweeping team) we were back to base- frozen to bits but happy to have had an interesting day out. The advance team made it back in 11hours. Big up to them! Seeing that we were turning into popsicles as we waited for them, one of the slayers managed to rustle up some tea from the neighbouring homes which we kept hot and used to receive the advanced team. Never has a cup of tea been received with that much gratitude.

IMG-20170924-WA0060All in all Rurimeria was as tough as it had promised to be but as beautiful as I remember it to be. I am already looking forward to the next hike! If you want to be a part of this team of hikers, drop an email to info@mountainslayers.com and find out how you can connect with the Mountain Slayers Kenya.

Author: mountainslayerskenya

The world is God’s gift to us. To enjoy a gift, you need to unwrap it. Mountain Slayers seeks to unwrap this gift through exploring various destinations in Kenya, East Africa and the world at large. There is no better way to interact with the world than on foot- 'One step at a time' Our tenet as Mountain Slayers- Kenya is; ‘Treasure and nourish relationships’  Relationship with God  Relationship with Self  Relationship with others  Relationship with the environment

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