- This week BDL spoke to two friends, Peninah Macharia and Mercy Wanjiku who shared their treasured hiking experiences and nuggets.
Highly elevated lands have always been priceless havens for those seeking solitude and heightened pleasures, and with the pandemic, hiking has attracted new recruits.
This week BDL spoke to two friends, Peninah Macharia and Mercy Wanjiku who shared their treasured hiking experiences and nuggets. Perfectly complementing one another, Ms Wanjiku is an optimistic ball of sunshine and rainbows and Ms Macharia is reserved, firm and careful.
Because walking along the trails is also perfect for conversations, this is a friendship that began and blossomed among the wonderful sights and sounds of nature, the calming atmosphere, and the awe-inspiring views once at the top.
Mercy Wanjiku Gituma, 36, Managing Director at Meticulous Marketing
How did you discover hiking?
By chance. In August 2020 our Rotary club had an outdoor event which was postponed. Since I had set my mind to being outdoors, I paid for a Ngong’ Hills hiking trip I had come across earlier.
What’s was most memorable?
Some hikers in our group sipped water from a fancy bag pack which I later learnt is called a water bladder. I really thought these hikers were too lazy to fetch a water bottle from their backpacks.
Why hiking? Surely, there are other activities less gruesome.
The simplicity of it all. The only task is to put one foot in front of the other and clear the mind. The 13km Ngong Hills hike made me realise that I was unfit. This pushed me back to a regular fitness regime.
Hiking was also a call to challenge one’s self. The hiking group I joined had a hiking calendar of 13 summits with the goal being Mt Kenya’s Lenana point …….