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In 2012, @pedromcbride went to Mt. Kenya…

In 2012, @pedromcbride went to Mt. Kenya with @kimhavell, @francothepapa, and others to tell the story of East Africa’s iconic water tower. The trip brought us nearly to the top of the mountain, nearly hit by lightning, and all the way down to the arid lands of Samburu National Reserve whose lifeblood – the Ewaso Ng’iro River – flows from the slopes of Mt. Kenya. The result was the film, The Water Tower, which is now available online through @outsidetelevision #outsidetvfeatures. See our film and many more great films with a free, 7-day trial at (see clickable link in my profile) | In this photo by @pedromcbride, I’m moving along the final summit ridge of Kenya and into a nasty lightning storm where the rocks hummed, and we were scared. #liveyouradventure

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Mount #Kenya, Africa’s second highest peak, is…

Mount #Kenya, Africa’s second highest peak, is stunning beautiful, and also critical to the nation’s #water supply: an estimated 70% of the country’s fresh water comes from the peak and its surrounding moorland and montane forest areas. For the Ewaso Ng’iro River – which feeds northern Kenya’s Samburu National Reserve – the number is even higher, with more than 90% of its water emanating from Mount Kenya. It’s no surprise that the glaciers of the mountain are rapidly disappearing; as with the only other glaciers in Africa (on Kilimanjaro and in the Rwenzori), Kenya’s glaciers are fading fast due to climate change. But, a new study in Cryosphere (shared by @glacierhub) finds the cause of this recession to be a bit surprising: it’s not due to increasing temperatures, but rather to decreasing precipitation. While that may seem to be an unimportant distinction, it has huge implications for East Africa (the case is the same in the Rwenzori and on Kilimanjaro) which is seeing an ever-drier climate and big jumps in desertification. For those living in the shadows of these peaks, this new finding means not only less water storage capacity in the region’s glaciers to carry through the dry season, but drier, tougher, and shorter wet seasons as well. | In this photo, sunrise casts soft light on Mt. Kenya’s jagged summits as seen from the slopes of Point #Lenana, a popular satellite peak of the mountain for trekkers. #liveyouradventure #mountainpartnership #welovemountains #climatechangeisreal #climateaction #mountkenya #bestmountainartists #travelstoke #worldcaptures #sunrise #getoutthere #glaciers

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In the arid north of #Kenya, not…

In the arid north of #Kenya, not far from the border with #Somalia, #water is everything. The lifeline of the region is the #Ewaso #Ng’iro River which brings water from the slopes of Mount Kenya to this parched landscape. The glaciers on the mountain – and their meltwater – keep the river flowing even in the dry season. In fact, Mount Kenya supplies some 70% of the fresh water for the entire country. But, like so many around the world, its glaciers are rapidly melting in the face of #climatechange; like its neighbor, #Kilimanjaro, the glaciers of Mount Kenya will likely be gone in a matter of decades. When the glaciers are gone, the Ewaso will be gone, too, and with it will go the sole water supply for countless animals – #elephant, #lion, #cheetah, etc. – and the #Samburu people who live there. Yet another example of how much #MountainsMatter, whether we can see them or not. If you care about mountains, about preserving them and their ecosystems, please sign the petition (link in profile) to get the @unitednations to consider mountains and climate change. | In this photo, elephants play in the muddy waters of the Ewaso Ng’iro River in Samburu National Reserve. #COP21 @welovemountains #mountainpartnership #mountain matters #Ewasonyiro @elephants_save @elephantsamburu @pedromcbride @kimhavell @francothepapa @sabadouglashamilton

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Mount #Kenya, #Africa’s second highest peak, supplies…

Mount #Kenya, #Africa’s second highest peak, supplies some 70% of the nation’s water. It’s also important spiritually, believed to be one of the abodes of #Ngai, the good of the #Maasai and #Samburu people.

But, Kenya’s glaciers are dwindling, it’s storage capacity diminished. By 2050, its snows will be no more.

Support our mountains on this International Mountain Day…and every day!

#DIM14 #welovemountains #climatechange #internationalmountainday

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The Water Tower film on Mount Kenya

In July, 2013, Jake Norton led a Challenge21 Expedition to Kenya to climb Africa’s second highest peak, Mount Kenya. In addition …

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The Water Tower Film Trailer from Kenya Expedition

Our expedition film on Mount Kenya – called The Water Tower – is finished, thanks to great work by teammate and filmmaker Pete …

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Mount Kenya – Africa’s 2nd…

Mount Kenya – Africa’s 2nd highest peak – produces some 70% of Kenya’s fresh water, and is the primary source of water for 7 million people, countless acres of agricultural land, and millions of animals in this East African nation. But…the water tower is changing. Its glaciers are receding drastically, and increasing demands on its runoff are stressing this already-challenged watershed.
In July, 2012, Challenge21 traveled to Kenya to climb the mountain and understand its past…and future. Here’s the trailer from our film, “The Water Tower”, which tells the story of Mount Kenya. Shot and produced by Pete McBride (@pedromcbride) [with a little help from me], it’s a great film – enjoy! And, thanks to our teammates and friends @kimhavell, @julieshull, @francothepapa, Dudu Douglas-Hamilton, and more for helping make it all happen!

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An aerial view of Mount Kenya, the second highest peak in Africa. © Jake Norton / MountainWorld Photography.

The Water Tower: Reflections on Challenge21 on Mount Kenya

It’s now been a full year since we launched Challenge21’s first expedition – the Rwenzori. In that time, through climbs …

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Big Happy Birthday (yesterday) to @pedromcbride, a…

Big Happy Birthday (yesterday) to @pedromcbride, a guy who I admire in myriad ways for his spirit of adventure, passion for telling critical stories about our world, dedication to water and rivers, and all around good nature. We’ve spent some fun times together, from lightning storms pinning us down with @kimhavell and @francothepapa high on Mt. Kenya to epic blizzards on the Gangotri, fetid waters in Agra, and 45 days of following the Ganges source to sea with @davidcmorton. Pete always keeps a smile on his face through it all, allowing the adventure to continue and the story to be told – a skill that few possess. Happy Birthday, Pedro, and here’s to many more adventures to come! | In this shot, Pete jumps a supra-glacial stream high on the Gangotri Glacier as we retreated from a late-monsoon storm in 2013. #happybirthday #liveyouradventure @eddiebauer #bestmountainartists

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As I sit here on a windy…

As I sit here on a windy November day, filling out my ballot for the midterm election, I find myself lost in thought, reflecting on the year past, the experiences had, and the murky vision of the future…my future, your future…my kids’ and your kids’ futures…our individual and collective futures. For me, it’s been a typically busy year, with travels across the country and the globe. I’ve been fortunate to visit old haunts and new locales, to sip tea with old friends and break bread with new ones. I sat with a Catholic nun in rural Guatemala and walked with an imam toward the Bishkek Central Mosque. I laughed and sipped chiyaa with an 80 year old sadhu in Kathmandu and talked over plates of ugali with Pentecostal preachers and community workers in Kenya. I’ve sipped coffee and nibbled a donut with Trumpers in Evergreen and had beers with Berners in Boulder, sharing conversation about that which unites us rather than that which divides. I’ve sat with my friend Luis – an undocumented Mexican who’s been a hard working, dedicated member of our society for 25 years – discussing the state of our world and the futures of our children; I’ve done the same with my friend Kelemu – who spent 14 years in Kakuma Refugee Camp before finally getting permission to come to the USA with his daughter – and works harder and longer and with more dedication than most, happy to be here and contribute to the fabric of our country. In all these travels and conversations and experiences, the commonality throughout has been simple, profound, and abjectly obvious: there is far more than unites us all than that which divides. The nun and the imam, the sadhu and the preachers, Luis and Kelemu, the Trumpers and the Berners and me…at the end of the day we all want the same essentials: a better tomorrow for ourselves and our families, the chance for a future of promise and opportunity, a life and a world with less war and conflict. But none of that is visible unless we are willing to drop the veil of partisan rancor, to abandon false division based on melanin or faith or flag, and instead open our minds and our hearts to the reality that we all breath the same, (continued in comments)

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