Mt. Kenya is the second highest and second most climbed mountain in East Africa. Mt. Kenya is a much different mountain which contains nearly 40 peaks, most of which require rock climbing equipment and experience. Nelion (17,021 feet) and Batian (17,057 feet) are the preferred peaks for extreme climbers. Point Lenana (16,355 feet) is the highest peak that can be reached without any technical equipment or skills. Mt. Kenya is also known for several good ice routes, particularly Diamond Couloir and the Ice Widow route. However, in recent years the changing climate has produced unfavorable conditions for most of the ice routes.