Climbing Tropical Ice on the Equator
People frequently ask us what the origin of our name Tropical Ice is, well the following will explain.
100 miles north of Nairobi stands the most beautiful mountain in Africa, and the equator runs through the middle of it. There were once eleven glaciers on the mountain, and now there are only mostly patches left.
In 1974 Ian Howell and I made the second ascent of the Ice Window Route on Mount Kenya. The climb begins at 15,000 feet, and ends on the summit of the mountain at 17,058 feet. To climb the Ice Window Route then was to enter an ice fairyland. The route ascends a narrow ice couloir immediately right of the Diamond Couloir, to a large cave under the looming Diamond Glacier, where a curtain of enormous hanging icicles must be hacked into to offer a “window” to be squeezed through onto the lip of the Diamond. It is breathtakingly exposed.
I later climbed the route a second time with the American climber, Rick Ridgeway. Rick works for the Patagonia company, and he took these photos of me modeling some prototype gear. The photo inside the deep cave, before we carved out our window, is marked with a circle on the black and white picture of the South Face of Mount Kenya.
Truly a magnificent experience on Tropical Ice!
“GIVE YOURSELVES SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO”
We all need a horizon in our world, especially after what we’re going through; make yours India, February/March 2021! We will be operating two of our fabulous Wild India! safaris next year. We already have some people booked on them…join us. Treat yourselves! Let’s face it, we deserve it.
Wild India! 2021
February 14th – March 4th
March 7th – March 25th
Don’t forget GREAT WALK OF AFRICA 2021 walking safari…dates are:
7th February – 20th February
28th February – 13th March
6th June – 19th June
20th June – 3rd July
4th July – 17th July
18th July – 31st July
1st August – 14th August
15th August – 28th August
29th August – 11th September
12th September – 25th September
26th September – 9th October
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