In June and July 2010 Philippa and I travelled in East Africa riding mountain bikes from Nairobi to Dar es Salaam. Some of the off road tracks took us through territory rarely visited by travellers enabling us to meet with the tribal people of the land and witness wildlife outside game parks.
The main purpose of the expedition was to make the eighth of The Fine Line Project sculptures on one of the peaks of Mt Kenya, Pt Lenana, altitude 4985 metres.
The sculpture was made with the help from our porter James Mwangi Gathoca by gathering frozen snow from patches remaining in the shade of the summit rocks. It was left overnight to freeze again so that it could be shaped before dawn next day when it was photographed.
Due to climate change permanant snow and ice on equatorial mountains like Mt Kenya is disappearing fast. This is bringing devastating consequences to the surrounding ecology and human populations that rely on the water from the mountains.