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  • "This being great news to me, I pressed Kivoi for further information. He said, 'You will see both mountains at some distance from my hamlet, when there shall be a clear sky. It is ten days' journey from here to the white mountain in Jagga [Kilimanjaro], but only six to that of Kikuyu [Mount Kenya].'"
    • Johann Ludwig Krapf, Church Missionary Intelligencer (vol. i) pg 452, 1849-50
    • Written by Krapf in his diary on 1949-11-26, the day he found out of the existance of a second, and still larger, Kiima ja Jeu [mountain of whiteness] [than Kilimanjaro].
  • "The Sky being clear, I got a full sight of this snow-mountain... It appeared to be a gigantic wall, on whose summit I observed two immense towers [Batian and Nelion], or horns as you many call them. These horns, or towers, which are at a short distance from each other, give the mountain a grand and majestic appearance which raised in my mind overwhelming feelings."
    • Johann Ludwig Krapf, Church Missionary Intelligencer (vol. i) pg 470, 1849-50
    • Written by Krapf in his diary on 1849-12-03 when the weather finally allowed him to see Mount Kenya for the first time.
  • "As I stood entranced at this fulfilment of my dearest hopes [of seeing Mount Kenya], I drew a great sigh of satisfaction; and as I said to Brahmi, 'Look!' and pointed to the glittering crystal, I am not very sure but there was something like a tear in my eye."
    • Joseph Thomson (1968). Through Masai Land (3 ed.). London: Frank Cass & Co Ltd. 
    • Thomson was the second European to see Mount Kenya. By the time he did some people were begining to doubt Krapf's reports.[citation needed]
  • "As pious Moslems [sic] watch with strained eyes the appearance of the new moon or the setting of the sun, to begin their orisons, so we now waited for the uplifting of the fleecy veil, to render due homage to the heaven-piercing Kenia."
    • Joseph Thomson (1968). Through Masai Land (3 ed.). London: Frank Cass & Co Ltd. pp. pg 222. 
  • "This peak [Batian and Nelion], as in the case of Kimawenzi, without a doubt represents the column of lava which closed the volcanic life of the mountain, plugging or sealing up the troubled spirits of the earth... and now the plug stands forth, a fitting pinnacle to the majestic mass below."
    • Joseph Thomson (1968). Through Masai Land (3 ed.). London: Frank Cass & Co Ltd. 
    • Thomson accurately inferred the geological history of Mount Kenya from a distance.
  • "The gradient of the western slopes of Mount Kenya is very slight, whilst on the east it is so gentle as to be almost imperceptible, so that there the masses of snow extend far southwards, and give the impression of a grand and lofty glacier-covered plateau."
    • Lieutenant Ludwig von Höhnel; Count Samuel Teleki (1894). Discovery of Lakes Rudolf and Stefanie. London: Longmans. 
    • Count Teleki's expedition was the first European one to set foot on the mountain. The quote describes the view during the approach.
  • "The Kenia crater must be from 10,000 to 12,000 feet in circumference, and the bottom, which is pretty uniformly covered with snow and ice, is some 650 feet lower than the rim."
  • It was eighty miles away from us, but it stood out sharp and clear on the eastern skyline.
  • "While cutting a way through the bamboos we suddenly stumbled upon a block of lava... As I examined it, my interest was roused; for its grooved and rounded surface suggested that it had been carried to its present position by ice."
    • John Walter Gregory (1968). The Great Rift Valley. London: Frank Cass & Co. Ltd. 
    • It was hard to believe at the time that ice could have come as low as 3,000 m (10,000 ft) on the equator.[citation needed]
  • "Another trait of the Zanzibari character was shown at the same camp. In the morning the men came to tell me that the water they had left in the cooking-pots was all bewitched. They said it was white, and would not shake; the adventurous Fundi had even hit it with a stick, which would not go in. They begged me to look at it, and I told them to bring it to me. They declined, however, to touch it, and implored me to go to it. The water of course had frozen solid. I put one of the pots on the fire, and predicted that it would soon turn again into water. The men sat round and anxiously watched it; when it had melted they joyfully told me that the demon was expelled, and I told them they could now use this water; but as soon as my back was turned they poured it away, and refilled their pots from an adjoining brook."
  • "'That is all very well for wajuzi (lizards) and Wazungu (white men), but Zanzibari can't do that.' was his verdict. 'You'd better come back, master,' he cried; 'I promised to follow you anywhere, but how can I, when the path stands up on end?'"
    • John Walter Gregory (1968). The Great Rift Valley. London: Frank Cass & Co. Ltd. pp. pg 174. 
    • Gregory's porter Fundi refused to go scrambling; Gregory had to do the first ascent of Mount Höhnel alone.
  • "Then, with his hands together before him, he [Fundi] began to pray... he thanked Allah for having enabled him to come where neither native nor white man had every been before, and to stand on the edge of the great white fields he had seen with Dachi-tumbo [Count Teleki] from afar. He assured Allah that he was now more anxious to return in safety to the coast than he had ever been before, so that he might tell his friends of the wonders he had seen."
    • John Walter Gregory (1968). The Great Rift Valley. London: Frank Cass & Co. Ltd. pp. pg 178. 
    • Fundi was Gregory's favourite porter and the first African to reach the glaciers on Mount Kenya.
  • "After the prayer was over, I told Fundi to go onto the glacier. He went a few steps farther, and then, with a pleading look, said, 'No farther, master; it is too white.'"
    • John Walter Gregory (1968). The Great Rift Valley. London: Frank Cass & Co. Ltd. pp. pg 178. 
  • "He [Fundi] put on the boots—under protest, but absolutely refused to keep them on. As he also declined to allow me to put nails into the soles of his feet (his hide would probably have held them),... whatever snow-work was necessary would have to be done alone."
  • "The mountain-top is like a stunted tower rising from among ruins and crowned by three or four low turrets, upon which we sat, feet inward... We dare, however, stay only forty minutes—time enough to make observations and to photograph—and then had to descend, not from any physical inconvenience due to the elevation, but for fear of the afternoon storm."