Matthew Pritchard is a Welsh former pro-skater who achieved worldwide fame on the MTV show Dirty Sanchez. He is now an ultra-athlete and a passionate vegan cook.
Discovering fitness turned Matt’s life around. Since 2011 Matt has run half and full marathons, single, double and triple Ironman distance events along with many other self-set challenges.
In 2015 he became vegan after discovering that many ultra-athletes choose a plant-based diet for health reasons. Veganism re-ignited his passion for cooking (he trained at catering college) and saw him start his own YouTube cooking show “Pritchard’s Proper Vegan Cooking”. In 2019 he became the presenter of the BBC’s first vegan cookery show, Dirty Vegan. His first cookery book of the same tiles was published to accompany the series.
About Kenya Tri-Adventure
The Kenya Tri AdventureTM expedition is a jam-packed adventure challenge – we cover more than 200km, across 3 disciplines in just 7 days! The expedition consists of five days of trekking Mt Kenya (4985m), two days of scenic mountain biking through game reserves and a half day of exhilarating rafting on the Tana River. We also incorporate two wildlife safaris (one evening and one early morning drive) and a night of camping inside a game reserve!
Each day on the route offers a new challenge with something different to enjoy as you move through the picturesque Kenyan countryside. Kenya is a country of tremendous diversity; landscapes vary from glaciated mountains with snow-capped peaks, to dense forest and flat desert plains.
Along this journey you will learn about Kenyan culture by chatting with our local guides. Kenyans say that; ‘You will arrive as a visitor and leave as a friend’! Kenya is famous as a destination for being home to Africa’s “Big Five” (Lion, Elephant, Rhino, Leopard and Buffalo which we have plenty of opportunity to see in their natural habitat). What many people don’t realise is that Kenya also offers some of the best adventure sport in the world which you will get to sample throughout your stay.
The five-day hike takes us to the summit of Mount Kenya (4985m). Known as Kere Nyaga – Mountain of Brightness, an ancient dormant volcano and Africa’s second highest mountain. Long overshadowed by Tanzania’s Mt. Kilimanjaro, trekkers are starting to take notice of this beautiful glacial peak. The 66km route takes us through a variety of habitats such as dense bamboo and rainforests which are rich in wildlife including elephant, buffalo and monkeys. At the higher elevations we may be lucky enough to spot the rock hyrax, the nearest living relative of the elephant.
The two-day cycle section covers a distance of 106km through a very scenic route in the Kenyan countryside. The terrain is varied with many fun downhill sections as well as some tougher climbs. For the most part we will be riding on dirt roads with very little traffic. Between the two days of biking we camp in a game reserve and go on evening and morning wildlife safaris. The park is stocked with lion, rhino, elephant, hippo, leopard, giraffe and a whole host of other game. The highlight of this experience is going to sleep listening to some of Africa’s biggest game outside your tent!
The Tana River stretches for 1000km and is the longest river in Kenya. It is a drop pool river so makes for an exciting day of white-water rafting. Experienced guides will provide you with the paddle skills you will need to safely get through the many rapids along a 16km stretch including one called ‘Can of Worms’ due to its four 90-degree bends in quick succession. The main river is surrounded by stretches of thick forest with fig and palm trees. These forests are filled with interesting birdlife and often shelter buffalo, elephant, hippo and crocodile as well as a host of smaller, shyer antelope and primates.
About Matt Pritchard’s Kenya Tri-Adventure
There are a number of added extras Matt is offering on his adventure. They are all optional, but we would love you to partake in them all.
Training Weekend: Matt will be hosting a pre-departure training weekend in Snowdonia closer to departure. You will also meet an expedition leader, expedition doctor and your fellow adventurers! On the training weekend an experienced expedition leader will be giving a full expedition brief, leading two training hikes and offering expert advice on all aspects of the expedition including training, equipment, weather etc. You will need to register for the event once you have booked your place via the Earth’s Edge booking portal. Training weekends are included within the price of the trip, food and accommodation required for the training events are not included.
Kenya Tri-Adventure Training Programme:Three months prior to departure Matt will send everyone a 12-week training program designed to assist participants in their physical preparation for the challenge ahead.
The Dirty Vegan: Matt would like to send everyone in the group a signed copy of his cookery book “The Dirty Vegan”. Matt will also cook a Vegan BBQ feast on the last night of the expedition. Only vegetarian food will be served while on the expedition. Pritchard is going to complete the expedition on an entirely vegan diet. You are welcome to do the same if you wish. When completing your medical declaration form on your Earth’s Edge account please declare any dietary requests.
Team Facebook Group: Matt would like to invite you to a private group where you can meet each other, share pictures, share progress and get excited about this trip of a lifetime. Members of the Earth’s Edge team will also be in the group to help us with anything that we need!
School Visit: We will organise a visit to a local school on the last day of the trip. We would ask that you collect appropriate school supplies in advance of the trip and that you bring these supplies with you to be donated to the school.
Tree planting: We are planting three native trees on your behalf in December 2021 in an effort to reduce your carbon footprint. If you would like to plant more, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Each extra tree costs £1.
Arrive in Kenya.
Arrive in Nairobi in the evening and check into our hotel.
Nairobi to Sagana, 3 hrs driving.
After breakfast, we drive for 3 hrs to the river camp on the banks of the Tana River. When everyone has got their bearings, there will be a briefing on the following days activities. Overnight camp.
Chogoria (2200m) to Chogoria Gate Camp (2950m), 5 hrs trekking
Drive to Chogoria to meet our porters. Enter the forest at 2200m and trek for five hours till we reach the Chogoria Gate Camp.
Chogoria Gate Camp to Lake Ellis (3500m), 8 hrs trekking.
Today’s route sees us emerge from the rainforest to reach our campsite at Lake Ellis. Along the way, we take in a valley of amazing waterfalls and steep landscapes.
Lake Ellis to Mintos Hut (4200m), 7 hrs trekking.
Enjoy stunning views on the trek to the Mintos hut. We enjoy a relaxed afternoon in preparation for tomorrow’s summit day. Overnight camp.
Summit Day! 12 hrs trekking
Trek from Mintos to Lenana (4,985m) and then down to Shiptons camp for a rest before continuing to Old Moses Camp.
Old Moses Camp to Ol Pejeta Game Reserve, 2 hrs trekking & 6 hrs biking (50km)
Trek for two hours walk to meet our bikes at the Sirimoni Gate. The cycle is mostly downhill or flat and we arrive in the afternoon. We then go on the first of our safaris! Our campsite is located inside the game reserve so we go to bed listening to some of Africa’s biggest game just outside your tent!
Ol Pejeta Conservancy to the Tana River, 6 hrs biking (56km).
After an early morning game drive, we cycle for 56km to where we meet the main road, from here we finish the last 40km by bus.
Tana River, 4 hrs rafting.
We start with some easier rapids and then finish with some exciting class IV drops. Celebratory Vegan BBQ in the evening.
Tana River to Nairobi.
We enjoy a relaxed morning before visiting a local school. We later transfer to the airport in Nairobi.
The Kenya Tri-Adventure is one of the best ways to experience all that Kenya has to offer. It has so much more to offer than people realise, so we decided to compile some facts about this amazing country!
Facts about Kenya
Kenya is located in East Africa and because of its location on the equator, the sun rises and sets at almost exactly the same time each day, 5:30 am and 5:30 pm.
The two official languages in Kenya are English and Swahili, although there are dozens of other languages spoken in various parts of the country.
Kenya gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1963.
Kenya shares Lake Victoria, the world's second largest freshwater lake, with Tanzania and Uganda.
After coffee, Kenya’s biggest income generator is tourism. For the Kenyans, however, coffee is considered an export product, not something for local consumption. The local favourites are tea and beer.
Kenya features many national parks and wildlife reserves, with safaris being a popular activity for visitors.
Four different ethnic tribes live around the mountain. The Gikuyu tribe build their huts with doorways facing the mountain, as they believe it to be God’s throne on Earth.
Facts about Mount Kenya
Mount Kenya is the highest mountain in Kenya and the second highest in Africa, after Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.
The mountain actually has three peaks which include; Nelion (5188m) and Batian (5199m), but the third peak – Point Lenana (4985m) is the only one accessible to trekkers.
Mount Kenya is a volcano, about 3 million years old, whose base diameter is about 120km. The last eruption was over 2 million years ago.
The country actually takes its name from Mount Kenya and not the other way round!
The first recorded ascent of Mount Kenya was in 1899 by Halford Mackinder, a British explorer and geographer.
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