Not long ago, in June, while scaling Mt. Longonot, an idea was born. And this was my first attempt at getting as many people as I could on a mountain.
On the 24th of July, 2016, I along with 6 other people (including the facilitator) made it on top of Mt. Olesekut.
As per the rules, we set off a little past 7am. We had three first-timers with us, and their spirit and positive attitude were admirable. I was concerned, at the start, about two people in particular, a quinquagenarian and the other was asthmatic. However, they both did wonderfully and made it up and back down the mountain with little difficulty.
The drive to the destination was a dusty and bumpy affair. The road meandered past the Ngong Hills (I have never seen the Ngong Hills that close up), but not before passing Corner Baridi (Cold Corner – aptly called because of the cold air there).
The turn off to the mountain came past a memorial marker for J.M Kariuki (a politician who was assassinated in 1975 and whose body was found around that area), and the dirt road continued until we came to a small Manyatta where we parked our car, for a small fee.
We then proceeded to walk towards the hills, beginning our hike. The path was different compared to Longonot, which personally, I found much easier.
Olesekut is located towards the south of The Great Rift valley in Kajiado district, which is predominantly occupied by the Masaai, a semi-nomadic tribe in Kenya. It forms part of the Oloroka massif. The hike starts of at the plains near Ole Sayeti and soon turns into hilly terrain with rocks and boulders. The hill leads to another plain, which forms the base of Olesekut. It then winds its way up onto the ridges which presents a magnificent view of Kajiado and the Ngong Hills.
As mentioned, the climb was mostly across loose rocks and boulders. The temperature on the day of the climb was warm, and the grasslands were more Savannah. The climb was gradual, and everybody maintained a good pace. We managed to get up to the summit a little past noon (that is after three hours of climbing). After which we took time for lunch and a short break before starting on our descent, which was a tad difficult due to the loose rocks that were precarious in some places.
Our guide, Paul, a Masaai from a neighboring village ensured that we got up and back down safely. I even got christened into a Masaai lady, with my Masaai name being, Naserian, which in Maa (local Masaai dialiect) means PEACE.
The trip was a success. Everyone was elated and excited about the next one. It was a perfect mixture of team effort and positive vibes.
Looking forward to our next one! And with even more people on board. Look out for details on how YOU can be part of this amazing adventure!!!