Slideshow (45 photos)

Tsavo (Kenya) (map)

We saw this leopard on our drive through Tsavo West

Cool lizard

Hippo with bird


Acacia trees; the vegetation here is very thick, making good cover for animals and bad for safaris

Red elephants (actually, just normal elephants covered in red soil) and a small baby elephant


Another view of the leopard we saw

  Elephant Rocks

These corners are known as Elephant Rocks. The route we climbed goes up between the two huge corners.


Chris poses with the corporal's weapon, about 40 lbs


Ivory Corner: Chris arrives at the P2 belay


Every time I wanted to take a photo, the corporal would point as if giving instruction

View from our approach to Elephant Rocks

  Kitchwa Tembo

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)

  Mombasa Road

On the road south out of Nairobi; this section was especially bad


Our truck broke down just about every time we drove anywhere; this is the first of many repairs


One of a thousand breakdowns alongside the road


Crowded shops alongside the road


Our second breakdown delayed us getting to the Tsavo entrance; we entered the park after dark as a result


More breakdowns on a modest hill; complete engine overhauls going on


Crowded truck traffic on the Mombasa Road