Outdoorer Stories

Real experiences from people who’ve found their peace, healing, and freedom in the great outdoors

My childhood experiences were holding me back from going out there

Hiking and being in the outdoors was never my thing. The first time I went hiking was back in campus, which was 100% inspired by peer pressure. While I discovered that I loved adventure, I knew I would only enjoy this while in my ‘safe space’ — something that curtailed my adventurous spirit. It was… Read more “My childhood experiences were holding me back from going out there”

Grace Nyoro

My only resolution for the year 2021 was: do hard things!

I came across the #beginnertomtkenya program in December 2020, at a time when the pandemic had brought my business to its knees. I badly wanted to sign up for the program amidst these mixed emotions. I decided to not wait for things to get better, so I went ahead. My family and friends… Read more “My only resolution for the year 2021 was: do hard things!”

John Nasio

Point Lenana was the starting point; this is now a lifestyle.

I am from a seven-year lull of life — feeling lost and numb and not even knowing myself. I couldn’t even answer the question, “Who are you?” I decided to do something about it in December last year. I knew I loved walking long distances, hiking, and adventure, but where to start? On December 12,… Read more “Point Lenana was the starting point; this is now a lifestyle.”

Wamaitha Mwangi

I did it for my epilepsy

I had retrieved into a cocoon for far too long, constantly worried about my next seizure, if it would happen in public or if it would kill me. Joining the #beginnertomtkenya program meant that I was putting myself out there — into the public and into the woods, where help might have taken… Read more “I did it for my epilepsy”

Majid Nderitu

Through adventure, I have found myself

I grew up as a reserved little girl who would not leave her comfort zone. I was shy but cheeky. I wanted life as stipulated by society—go to school, find a job, settle down, and have kids—in that order. However, life happened. I fell into depression; lost a lot of weight. The gym became my… Read more “Through adventure, I have found myself”

Phanice Olasia

I returned to the big mountain with no expectations. But I won!

I returned to Mt. Kenya precisely one month since my last failed attempt. I was on a mission to deliver a clear message to my epilepsy: I was no longer afraid of it, and I was not going to let it win. These past four weeks have had me working on my pace, breathing, and… Read more “I returned to the big mountain with no expectations. But I won!”

Majid Nderitu

We have walked side by side, quite literally, for about 140km throughout the program

Hiking has never been a thing for my wife and me, although I’ve toyed with the idea of climbing Mt. Kenya before. It wasn’t until I stumbled upon Outdoorer online in April and signed us up for the #beginnertomtkenya program. I thought to myself, “If I don’t do it now when… Read more “We have walked side by side, quite literally, for about 140km throughout the program”

Daniela & Joshua Orwa

My true accomplishment was reaching the summit of my potential

If you told me a few years ago that I would be this outdoorsy person jumping from one mountain to another like some adrenaline junkie, we would have both laughed out loud. When I first started this journey, I was going through a phase in which I felt the need to do something extraordinary for… Read more “My true accomplishment was reaching the summit of my potential”

Valarie Nyabera

I did it to honor my father

When I lost my brother, I got a lot of piercings. When I lost my other brother, I got a tattoo and more piercings. But when I lost my dad, I got lost. 💔 A piece of me died the day he did. I tried to find my solace in alcohol, sleeping pills, anxiety pills,… Read more “I did it to honor my father”

Caroline Gateri

I don’t think I have had as many conversations with God as I did while on this trek

Climbing Mt. Kenya in 2021 was nowhere in my plans for 2021. In fact, I remember on my birthday in January, a friend suggested to a few of us that we climb Mt. Longonot and I thought that was so funny! This must have, however, stuck in my mind, as towards the end of January,… Read more “I don’t think I have had as many conversations with God as I did while on this trek”

Serah Chavangi

Hiking keeps me sane and fit.

At the start of 2020, I was restless, I wanted to do something new, but I didn’t know what. The world was beginning to talk about COVID-19 and how those with underlying issues would be at risk. At the time, my daughter was unwell, and my mum is diabetic. I was not in a good… Read more “Hiking keeps me sane and fit.”

Rose Wahome

I’ve had so many naysayers in my life always telling me NO because of the weight I carry.

I am still in awe at what one can achieve when one puts their mind to it. I’ve had so many naysayers in my life always telling me NO because of the weight I carry. When I came across the #beginnertomtkenya program, I had never hiked a day in my life and had… Read more “I’ve had so many naysayers in my life always telling me NO because of the weight I carry.”

Linda Ngoni

I did a thing; I summited the third highest peak in Kenya, Point Lenana.

I did a thing; I summited the third highest peak in Kenya, Point Lenana. At the summit, my emotions had the best of me! I cried deeply; tears of gratitude — of unlocking my mountain, my emotions, and my courage! On my last birthday, I told myself that I would start hiking to get to… Read more “I did a thing; I summited the third highest peak in Kenya, Point Lenana.”

Fatma Said

When I set out to scale Lenana Peak, nobody believed I could make it

I have always wanted to push myself beyond my physique. When I set out to scale Lenana Peak, nobody believed I could make it — myself included; but what is ambition if it doesn’t scare you? I have been pushed out of my comfort zone and set out a clear plan for fitness, and had… Read more “When I set out to scale Lenana Peak, nobody believed I could make it”

June Mutwiri

I did not grow up an outdoorsy child

I barely played any sports in school, and I was the quintessential nerdy introvert, who preferred staying indoors instead of playing ‘Bano’, ‘Brikicho’, Stuck in the mud’ or heaven forbid, ‘Cha Mama na Cha Baba.’ 🙈 Fast forward to adulthood, and I started making small intentional steps toward self-awareness, healing, and self-re-discovery. It is in… Read more “I did not grow up an outdoorsy child”

Nicole Kimani

Mine was a journey of kindness to self

Being kind to myself. This statement got a new and real meaning over the last 3 months as I prepared for the Mt Kenya climb! Being the extrovert I am, the limited movement and contact with people since the pandemic was hard for me. The adjustment was crazy but staying safe was the number one… Read more “Mine was a journey of kindness to self”

Muthoni Mwaniki

I did it for my 50th birthday; I climbed Mt. Kenya.

So much more than that, I conquered myself, one hike at a time. When I chanced upon the #beginnertomtkenya program and signed up, I thought I was crazy. My friends thought I was crazy. I had never been active most of my life, let alone setting my feet on a hiking trail. I… Read more “I did it for my 50th birthday; I climbed Mt. Kenya.”

Antonina Kandie

I started my journey with nothing short of the hope that I will follow through and be strong

I hesitated to share my story because every time I thought of writing it, I got emotional. I am in awe of where I started and, more so, where I am going. I started my journey on a board: no money, no energy — just a heart on fire and a desire to prove to… Read more “I started my journey with nothing short of the hope that I will follow through and be strong”

Stacey Ritho

I got to summit Mt.Kenya, and the experience was surreal!

Before this year, I had never hiked a day in my life; it is something I always wanted to do but never got started. Last year I lost a dear friend who had become family; it hit me hard, as I had never experienced death so close. It made me realize how fragile life is:… Read more “I got to summit Mt.Kenya, and the experience was surreal!”

Ruth Wangari

I now, more than ever before, believe that we are limitless

I grew up on the slopes of Mt. Kenya, where I was lucky to see the majestic mountain every day of my early life. In 2004, my dad retired from the military and we moved back to the village. My daily view changed. I relocated to Nairobi in 2005 in search of employment. As I… Read more “I now, more than ever before, believe that we are limitless”

Doreen Kinja

We have always realized the importance of friendship as a married couple and this brought us closer and strengthened our friendship.

We may not have summited Lenana but we made deeper achievements and long-lasting memories both as a couple and individuals. The nights were cold and long — I was unable to sleep all 3 nights — but I remained resilient and marshaled all the energy I had, and pushed to the limit, with Eric beside… Read more “We have always realized the importance of friendship as a married couple and this brought us closer and strengthened our friendship.”

Yvonne and Eric Owiti