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Climbing Mount Kenya Photos

Sixty-four years later, writer Matthew Power and photographer Bobby Model retrace one of climbing's most extraordinary escapades.
Photograph by Bobby Model

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We spent a few days in Nanyuki, the town at the end of the rail line at the base of Mount Kenya. This is where POW Camp 354 once was, and where Felice Benuzzi and his friends were held in 1943. The British weren't terribly worried about people escaping because there was nowhere to go. They were practically on the moon.

This man is walking near the original site of the camp. That barbed wire fence is a cattle pen now. There is nothing left of the camp today, but I'm sure its wood, barbed wire, and corrugated iron have been recycled for other purposes.

Contributing Editor Matthew Power

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Editor's Note: Sadly, photographer and expert climber Bobby Model sustained serious head injuries while he was in Cape Town, South Africa in June 2007. As this issue went to press, he was undergoing treatment in a New York City hospital.

Bobby's stellar work has appeared in many
Adventure assignments, including tracking Gustave, the killer croc of Burundi, exploring Libya, and going deep inside Iran before the most recent political turmoil erupted.

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