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South Picnic Tree

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South Picnic Tree is the parking at the end of the track which goes left past the school. This is the best spot for easy access to a range of crags, including Boulder, Archway, Egyptian, Cave, Fig Tree, Jacob's Ladder, Cemetery, Sentry Box, Bee Buttress, Square Crag, etc. Edinburgh Castle, Upper Cliffs, Gumshoe and Window Buttress can also be accessed from here but access from the campsite is often easier and quicker.

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Access issues inherited from Lukenya

Lukenya is owned by the Mountain Club of Kenya and entrance is free for members. Non-members have to pay for daily membership (KES400 for Kenyan citizens, KES800 for others, payable by Mpesa Paybill No. 880926, account: guest fee). No commercial groups are allowed without prior agreement from MCK. Some climbs are occasionally off-limits when eagles are nesting (in particular Eagle's Nest Face). If this is the case it is normally communicated on a notice in the sign-on book at the gate, through a climber Whatsapp group and on the relevant page on theCrag. There are many other wild animals that call Lukenya home, including a resident leopard, snakes, hyenas. In general, these will all stay well out of your way, but be aware at night and avoid confrontations with bigger grazers like giraffes or eland. This is a wild place, so treat it with respect, pack out any rubbish, and bury human waste at least 30 cm underground (bring a spade or trowel!).

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Approach

Drive into the school and turn left past the animal enclosures, through a gate. Turn left again and follow the school fence back towards Mombasa Road for several hundred metres to the natural end of the track.

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Ethic inherited from Lukenya

Lukenya is mostly trad, with some specific sport crags. No bolting is allowed without special permission from the Mountain Club of Kenya - get in touch with them if you think you have spotted a sport route, think there should be an extra bolt on a climb, see some degraded equipment, etc. Avoid cutting down any vegetation beyond a few bush branches - if you think a particular tree poses a real danger to climbers please bring this to the attention of MCK. Don't harass any of the local, sometimes rare wildlife.

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