The 2016 SLIK trip includes a four-day hike to one of Kenya’s most amazing locations, Mt. Kenya. Reaching an elevation of 17,055’, Mt. Kenya is the second highest mountain in Africa. Students will follow the popular Naro Moru track as they slowly ascend the mountain. To keep pack weight to a minimum, the group will sleep in huts and have the support of porters helping to carry the group’s gear. The pace of the hike will be slow so each hiker may become accustomed to the physical work at a higher elevation. The ultimate goal is reaching the summit of Pt. Lenana at 16,355’, the highest point one can reach without technical climbing gear. This is a challenging hike as the group begins in the mountain’s forest and moves through several distinct ecological zones before reaching the upper region of rock and ice. No previous hiking experience is necessary but participants must be ready for long days on the trail and the possibility of rain and cold weather. No special gear is needed and Batian’s View is able to provide the necessary clothing, sleeping bag, and sleeping pad. It is highly recommended that students bring their own boots that they have already broken in and are comfortable wearing for long hikes.