Two brothers, David (29) and Stephen (28) Heylings from Gloucestershire, have raised nearly £1500 for Karibuni Children by becoming the first Britons to conquer Mount Kenya on two wheels and cycle down. The feat has only ever been achieved before by the Swiss Hansjörg Rey with Canadian Richie Schley in 2004.
They overnighted near Nanyuki before cycling to Old Moses Hut (10830 ft) where they spent a day acclimatising. Baboons were seen on route, as was evidence of elephant and buffalo. By choosing to use the Sirimon Track, they had a gradual approach to ‘base camp’ at Shipton’s Hut (13800 ft) before the final gruelling climb to Point Lenana (16350 ft). The climb began at 3 a.m. in crisp, clear moonlight under a myriad of stars, part cycling and part carrying their mountain bikes on their backs. Point Lenana was reached at sunrise at 6 a.m. with huge views across Kenya and a temperature below -10°C. Their father, who accompanied them on foot, was then given cards to celebrate his 66th birthday with the singing of Happy Birthday and the Kenyan national anthem. Stephen said “We are delighted to be the first Britons to cycle to the top of Mount Kenya and to raise so much for the Karibuni Children”. You can visit their website at www.bikesonkenya.com