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No Picnic on Mount Kenya – from prisoner of war to mountaineer


No Picnic on Mount Kenya – it’s one of the great travel tales of the 20th century but it seems more like an adventure story. In 1938 Felice Benuzzi graduated from law school in Rome and joined Italy’s Colonial Service, who posted him to Ethiopia as part of Italy’s occupying force.

World War II kicked off and the British turned up in 1941 and soundly defeated the Italians. Benuzzi became a prisoner of war in a camp in Kenya with a view of Mount Kenya. The view inspired Benuzzi and two comrades to break out in 1943 and attempt to climb the mountain (with very little equipment and food, and the British forces pursuing them.)

I cannot give away the ending of this true story but it’s special.

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