Shipton made the first ascent of Nelion, and Sommerfelt accompanied Shipton on the second ascent.
Tilman made many first ascents of peaks with Shipton in 1930.
Mount Kenya is a major water tower for the Tana river which in 1988 supplied 80% of Kenya's electricity using a series of seven hydroelectric power stations and dams.
Earlier Iron Age investigations in Kenya concentrated on the Lake Victoria Basin and the coast of Kenya, mainly focusing on origins and technological aspects of iron, with brief statements on economies. Kenya region was part of the British Institute of East Africa “Bantu Studies Project” which was primarily established to conduct research related to Bantu speakers culture.
Named after Ernest Carr, who discovered the Carr Lakes and erected two huts on the mountain.
So when they asked the name of the mountain, they were given the name 'kiima kya kenia'.
During this project, both Kwale ware (a Bantu speakers pottery) and Gatung’ang’a/Maore pottery (makers unknown) were found in the same archaeological contexts in both Mt. Although it could not be ascertained that the same cultural groups made Gatung’ang’a and Kwale ware, it was generally assumed that Gatung’ang’a ware is a pottery of Bantu speakers.
This innterpretation does not only have consequences on pottery chronology, and inhabitants of the region but also it has effectively obscured studies related to Iron Age economies of Mt.
Kenya region since the economy of Bantu speakers is generally accepted as cultivation.
I have demonstrated that, Gatung’ang’a pottery might not be a product of Bantu speakers using excavated archaeological materials from Kiburu, Kangai and Kanyua sites in Mt.
Kenya region, and other Iron Age materials excavated earlier.