Anyone else out there booked on this trip?
I've toyed with the idea of this for ages and finally decided to just bite the bullet and go for it. I'm really excited (and also filled with a little trepidation)! If anyone who has already done this trip happens to read this, any advice you can offer on training for the trek would be greatly appreciated.
You would think that we have all been training for a year but we are not that sensible and now we are all on panic training!! I have some friends who have done it and they say you walk really really slowly so it does not matter that we are not 'mountain goats'. Mark and I did the Inca Trail in 96 but the altitude was not a high. What sort of training have you been doing? Have you done this type of thing before?
Well, I've had a bit of a panic on the last few weeks. My knee packed up 2-3 weeks ago, which means that my plans of upping my training came to nothing and it's been touch and go as to whether I could go on the trip. My knee is better now, but I'm still not doing much training yet on my physio's advice. My daughter tells me that I don't need to worry as she did the Everest Base Camp trek with next to no preparation, but at 18, I think she has the benefit of youth on her side! So, I think that I will be the person trailing waaaaaaaaay behind you all, bringing up the rear.
Re anti-malarials - I'm taking them. I've had malaria before (as a child) and it almost killed me, so even though the risk is small, I'm not prepared to take it.
Hi Glenda, I'll be joining you on the trip on the 2nd with my friend Quentin. We both went for Malarone as an anti-malarial, its a bit more expensive but you don't need to take it for so long before and after. The nurse at your local surgery should be able to give you sound advice and get the prescription sorted with your doc, if you go for an alternate drug you might need to start taking it anytime now.
Hi everyone, I'm Chris and will be joining you on the 5th along with my Mum's husband, Jim. This is the first time that either of us has attempted anything like this and are feeling a little apprehensive now! In preparation for this expedition we both tackled the UK National 3 Peaks earlier this year, in Septemeber. However, neither of us have done much since then - so you're not the only ones feeling unprepared!!
Jim and I are both taking Malarone too and have also been prescribed altitude sickness tablets (Diamox) by the docs. I came down with 'Man Flu' on Xmas Day and so have been doing my upmost to get over it in time! Finger crossed!
We're both looking forward to meeting you next week - hopefully without the sniffles!
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