KAPE 2 KENYA 2012 -Making Mountains Metaphors
My name is Kai Fitchen, I'm 18 years old and I like to climb big mountains.
On the 15th of April this year I left Cape Town for a 5 month expedition which took me across 5 countries to the very chilly and technically difficult peak of Batian, Mount Kenya's highest point. This 14,000km adventure which I called KAPE 2 KENYA 2012 was an environmental and youth initiative which strived to promote the message of sustainability by empowering young people in particular, focusing on the beauty and importance of where and how they live. Therefore, en route to Mt. Kenya I stopped at schools, doing activities with the kids which focused on the importance of understanding what exactly "sustainability"entailed. I only travelled by basic public transport which aimed to encourage the ideals of carbon neutral travel.
KAPE 2 KENYA has opened my eyes to the beauty and challenges facing East Africa. From trekking through the 40 degree haze of the Namib desert, to climb Spitzkoppe; to the iced up cracks and a -25 bivy on Africa's Second highest peak! From heaving myself on and off dusty, cramped and humid taxi's with 40kgs of gear on my back to cliff jumping on Lake Malawi! And then, having to do crowd control in tiny classrooms in the middle of nowhere. This has been my Life. And what a fantastic time it has been. So much so, Im planning another BIG adventure. But before I get ahead of myself, I would like to share all the joy and excitement of the past 5 months, and hopefully inspire other people to think first about travelling sustainably on our own continent before pushing off 'abroad.'
I blogged as much as possible, where ever I could get some sort of connectivity and I have loads of information on www.kape2kenya.com.