Looking up at sunrise from Top Hut on Mt Kenya towards Nelion, one of the twin peaks of Mt Kenya; August 1978.

Almost the roof of Africa!  Nelion stands at 17,021 feet, while the other peak, Batian, rises to 17,057 feet.  These two peaks are separated by the wonderfully named Gate of the Mists, and they are the tallest peaks in Africa second only to Mt Kilimanjaro, which is nearby in neighbouring Tanzania, and which soars to over 19,000 feet.

What was it like being up there on Mt Kenya?  Well, taking this photo, it was extremely cold – I remember having trouble changing the lenses on my Olympus OM-1 SLR; they were very stiff to twist off, presumably due to the intense cold having slightly contracted the metal.  Getting up to this altitude on the mountain required no rock climbing skills, it was simply a long walk, made more strenuous in its later stages by the decreasing oxygen content of the air – but after a day or so at these altitudes, breathing became easier.  We were up there for several nights, sleeping in the various mountaineering huts around the peaks; and my abiding memories of those huts concern the rats which ran over and around us every night as we slept!

Click onto the “early morning” tag (below) to see more images from the early hours of the day.

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Technique: OM-1 with 28mm Zuiko lens; Agfa CT18 colour slide film, rated at 64 ISO; Lightroom.


I’m re-posting photographs that I took in Kenya over 30 years ago.  You can find more context here .  Click onto the “Archive Kenya” tag (below) to see more of these film images from Kenya.


About Adrian Lewis
Photographer - using mono, colour and combinations of the two - many types of subject, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous, trying new ideas, working in multiple genres. And I've a weakness for Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.


  1. bluebrightly says:

    Oh, rats in mountain huts, no thank you! 😦 We’re having a cold snap here and the other day I had the same problem changing lenses with the OM-D EM-1. Between frozen fingers, maybe the dry atmosphere and the super cold, it was challenging. I wish I’d climbed a few mountains when I was younger….


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Well, that’s the thing, I certainly would have trouble climbing small hills now, let alone mountains! I find it sobering, in the lucid intervals between consuming quantities of Belgian Strong Golden Ale you understand, to realise that I shall never have the overall physical abilities that I once had and took so much for granted, and that this change will only increase as time passes. Just how profound can I get >>> better have another Strong Golden Ale to make up for it … 🙂


  2. colors are popping here


  3. Wonderful memories, making that green-eyed monster of jealousy pop his ugly head out – til you got to the rats!!!

    Great stuff, bud.


  4. krikitarts says:

    I presume that the indigenous rats had adequate fodder elsewhere and that they didn’t feel any need to enhance their diet with the opportunity provided by your fresh presence. What a memory!


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      I hadn’t thought about what they eat. There was quite a bit of garbage around the huts, and maybe they go after other small mammals / invertebrates too. LOL! not sure I could weather those sorts of nights any more! 🙂

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