This was at about 15,000 feet [4,572 meters]. It had been pouring rain and cloudy, so we had no idea where we were. We were a bit dazed from the altitude and a bit worried about which way to go.
Then suddenly the clouds split open, and we saw the full massif of the central part of Mount Kenya for the first time. Directly ahead is Batian, Mount Kenya's highest point at 17,058 feet [5,199 meters].
This was our fourth day of hiking but first full view. It was really amazing to see the glaciers and the snows in the same way Benuzzi had seen them 60 years before from his prison camp. —Contributing Editor Matthew Power