Batian (true summit of Mt....

Batian (true summit of Mt. Kenya) as seen from Nelion. One should plan for at least 3 hours to cross the Gate of the Mists (the deep gap between them), summit, & return to Nelion. 7 January, 2006

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Diggler

Diggler - Feb 8, 2006 12:18 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Africa!

Thanks, Doug! Didn't really get that good of a view of the Diamond Couloir while walking past the upper portion of it @ the Gate o' the Mists (drops down quite steeply), & our approach & descent routes were both on the other side. Nice shot of you on Logan on your profile, BTW. Are you still planning on attempting the Cassin this spring/fall?

gordonye

gordonye - Feb 10, 2006 6:16 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: Africa!

Thanks, dug! I posted this picture of a view down the couloir from Gate of Mists, but the couloir proper was not visible because of the steepness.

ben jammin

ben jammin - Feb 8, 2006 3:45 am - Voted 10/10

Foreshortening

A note to aspirant Mt Kenya climbers: Batian looks a lot steeper and more intimidating in this view from Nelion than it really is in practice. Profile views of the Gates of Mist (e.g. here or here) show a truer picture.

Diggler

Diggler - Feb 8, 2006 12:06 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Foreshortening

However, considering the short distance between Nelion & Batian (~150m, if that, and only 50m or so descent to the notch between the 2), the fact that at least 3 hrs should be allocated to getting to Batian & back from Nelion attests to the fact that it's somewhat more than a scramble as well ;-)

alti_addict

alti_addict - Jan 12, 2009 5:03 am - Hasn't voted

Foreshortening

More than a scramble? Definitely a technical climb then and not possible to go up without gear?

Diggler

Diggler - Jan 12, 2009 6:58 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Foreshortening

Well, it's all relative... Let's just say that if you've gotten that far (to see Batian from Nelion), that you should have the requisite skills (& necessary equipment) to complete the climb :) From Nelion to Batian via Gate of the Mists involves (usually) a full rope-length rappel, steep drop-offs with incredible exposure, exposed & delicate snow climbing, & some moderate rock climbing.

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