Hi. I've signed up for this one and be pleased to chat. Take a look at ColumbusDirect.com for alternative travel insurance, they offer cover very comparable and often better cover than the Exodux insurance link; you can select a 'high altitude walking' option.
Also, for the Visa, go to the Tanzanian High Commission website where you can download an application form and deal direct for £38 without the additional £25 fee.
I recently received a couple of tips from someone who did the same route with Exodux last year. Firstly, It can be very dusty during the 4x4 vehicle transfers. Secondly, The climb is not serviced with sealed bottled water and it is advisable to take a water sterilisation kit.
Do note that Exodus has a 10% discount deal with Ellis Brigham for kit
My current training is a regular schedule of exercise, walking and cycling. Alan
Hi there, am doing a kili rongai/zanibar trip earlier in the month but thought I'd check out your thread for any advice. Much obliged for the water sterilisation pack tip.
Hi guys, I'm flying out on the 25th Sept. Is anyone doing the same trip?
Trying to get everything together and realising I have hardly done anything! I'm gonna hire a sleeping bag as they sound pretty good for £25 and to buy a really good one seems a lot. Just bought my boots which cost a bomb but are well comfy!
Would be good to hear from people on the same trip
Sorry I didn't reply sooner. I've been doing the Amalfi Coast trip the last week for a bit of pre-training and it was really good, lots of good work for the legs and getting the boots worn in.
I'd definitely recommend hiring a sleeping bag as it's a lot cheaper and they said it is rated to -10c for comfort and -18c for extreme, plus it comes with a liner. I've just bought my poles off ebay, only £13 - a lot cheaper than I'd seen in the shops and they're £8 to hire so thought I might as well get my own. Kind of fretting about the rest of the stuff though, like what kind of thermals/fleeces and stuff to buy. Still a while to sort it out though.
How old are you guys out of interest? I'm 24 myself
hi steve lucky you back from the almafi coast ..i am 39 and daren is in his early 40s am going to rent a sleeping bag cannot believe the cost of buying one i had my yellow fever vaccanation last week but had a reaction to it so left me down for about five days so no training begining to fel better now so hopefully get back to doing a bit of training this week ...i believe the whole trip is booked up so im told there are 8 men and three women so looking forward to meeting up and having a great experience...keep in touch
Damn, sorry to hear about that. I'm having mine done on Saturday so I hope I don't get the same, heard it makes you feel pretty shitty.
Are you going to be taking Diamox? I think I'll take some with me just in case
yes am definetly taking it want to give myself every chance to get to the top lol..as concerns vaccanation nurse said that 25% of people get the same symptoms as i did...but am beggining to feel a lot better now do you live in london or will you have to travel far to get to heathrow...
Will you be taking Diamox the whole time then? I just didn't really like the sounds of the side effects so I might just take some with me in case I start feeling ill.
I live in Kent so it's easy enough for me, what about yourself?
Have you found any good deals on clothing? I've been looking around and it all seems so expensive
everything is so expensive !! got my down jacket on e-bay for £70 and a few other things from nomad store as we get a 15% discount and borrowed a few things but i cannot believe how much the trip is working out at ...and then at the end we have to tip the porters and guides looking at some of the blogs thta is another big expense ...still am really looking forward to it not many people on our trip are using the forum which is strange compared to other trips ...but hopefully there all nice people ..lol
Yeh does add up to a lot.
Not sure why no one else is on here, maybe they are technically challenged haha. What jacket did you get?
I'm going to check out some jackets at the weekend at Cotswold Outdoor. I told them I'm doing my climb for charity (Alzheimer's) and they gave me 20% off of my boots and anything else I wanted! Pretty sweet
I handed in my Visa application today, was well quick and there was hardly anyone there!
Just returned from Kili, all the group made the summit, appreciate the 'unknown quantity' bit but half the group took Diamox when we were at altitude and had been experiencing symptoms (mainly headaches), it acted as a miracle cure and we were all perfectly ok within hours of the first tablet, as long as you can tolerate the tingling/pins and needles side effects. Saw another group at the hotel who had already made it and they all swore by it too! After paying this much money to get there, a little boost won't go amiss!
Enjoy and good luck!
Thanks for the info guys.
I got my Diamox yesterday and the nurse said to either take it prophylactically or when you start feeling ill and it will take a few hours to take effect, not like what Wikipedia says "a day or two." I think I'd prefer to do it that way because otherwise if you take it from the start and feel bad then you don't know if it's the diamox or not. But if the only side effects are pins and needles and urinating a lot I think I can handle that!
I have also read that it can help regulate your breathing when at altitude which helps a lot with sleeping so I suppose I'll just see how it goes. I think I'll do a trial run next weekend for a day to see what it's like, how'd you get on with that Martin?
Had the Yellow Fever jab yesterday as well and luckily feel fine so far :)
Good to hear from you Alan, are you going on the trip alone like myself?
I'm in Orpington. Yeh I was told the same thing but was given a rough demographic, it's a nice mix really and I'm glad there's people around the same age as me as I'm 24.
I got the kit bag the other day, do we have to use it or is it just complimentary? Because I'd rather use a rucksack type bag I think, be easier to carry
Hi guys, i'm john and i'm flying out of heathrow on friday 25th sept to climb kili on the rongai route. I think it's the same trip as you guys so if it is...pleased to meet you! Had my yellow fever jab today and as yet i feel good, yay!!
Let me know if it's the same trip as you guys and i'll look out for you all at the airport!
Yeh mate, it's the same trip :) Whereabouts you from?
Can't believe it's just 10 days until we go now, seems like I've still got so much to sort out! Anyone else doing it for charity? I'm raising money for Alzheimer's for my nan, should be an extra motivation for me!
Want to wish you all a fantastic trip. Been looking at your comments which have been very helpful -
many thanks. I and a friend fly out on 3rd October, do the short safari and then go fo it on Kili.
hi steve and alan and all sorry i havent been able to answer your replies but have had the flu for over a week now but feeling better ...only a short time to go now very exciting ...went to the embassy yesterday for my visa and was told they close tuesday and wedenesday afternoons and if i wanted my visa fastracked for today i would have to pay five pounds extra has anyone had this experience...also my doctor refused to give me diamox so had to go private to get a perscription ...but at least all sorted now..
That's fantastic i'm pleased that i've found some other people that are climbing this mole hill lol!
I'm from Grimsby which is on the east coast so i'm getting the train down to heathrow on friday...i can't beleive it's nearly time to go :-)
Can i ask you guys how much money you are taking with you to spend and are you taking US dollars?
Sorry mate i forgot to mention that i'm raising money for the british heart foundation
Thanks for your tips Kev and well done mate on your climb, lets hope our group is as successful eh.
Well i think i'm ready for this challenge but i'm sure there will be something that i need when i get there. I'm like you sparkes leaving things till last minute, somehow feels better lol.
Do you wanna look out for each other at heathrow and grab a coffee before the flight guys??
What you guys doing for your main bag then? I know we've gotta take the Exodus one but I'm thinking I might leave it empty and try and fit it in my large rucksack to use when we get there as I don't really fancy carrying it around plus it will be hard to recognise them if everyone uses them as their main bag! What did you do Kev?
Good idea to meet up mate. Anyone on Facebook?
You had the same idea as me steve, i'm gonna try and put my rucksack into the big black bag for when it goes on the plane and then take it out on the other end.
I tried on all my clothes today which i'll be wearing on the summit climb...wow!! it's quite hard to move about with somany layers on but i'm sure when we're up there in the freezing cold it'll be a godsend!
I'm on facebook mate...john tomlinson...
Yeh I tried all mine on and certainly felt toasty :)
There's a few of you on there mate. Add me up:
The bag is packed and i am ready to roll, just gotta put the toothbrush in friday morning. Can't wait now getting really really excited, just wanna get there now and conquer!!
I've requested your facebook profile Steve so we'll get that sorted then i can look out for ya at the airport and grab a beer :-)
That's a bit annoying about the hired sleeping bags as I've hired one myself, nevermind!
Can't believe you've packed already mate, I still have some stuff to buy! I've added you on Facebook, think I'll stick to water at the airport though ;)
Nice one, I'd go tomorrow if i could haha.
I've got it all packed but i know i'll be getting it all out on friday morning to double check i've got everything! Changed some money yesterday so that's another job done, just need to get some batteries and snacks and hey presto, done. I don't even wanna add up everything i've spent on this trip cos i know it's a small fortune but i keep telling myself it's a once in a lifetime experience and you can't take it with ya so might aswell spend it!
Did you get any sponsorship from local companies to help with your equipment?
I know what you mean, I've spent so much money on stuff I really don't want to know what the grand total would be!
I didn't get any sponsorship for that no, you? I've had a lot of help from my company, Capita though with organising various things. The total will be well over £1,000 once it's all in which I'm really pleased with :)
its good to see everyone is getting excited ...just went to get the last few things got home and then remembered other stuff i needed to get lol...looking forward to meeting you guys at the airport and will seek you all out in facebook now
john found 399 of you on facbook which one are you lol
wow, that's great it definately helps to have people helping out on the financial side isn't it.
I got various donations from different companies like bags, coats, sunglasses and money so i'm over the moon with all the help i got. Raised quite a bit of money for charity through my club too.
Just keep thinking about the trip now and how cool it's gonna be! Been reading a lot on this diamox stuff and read through the comments earlier. I'm not taking any with me just because i don't really know much about it and when i asked my doc he nearly bitch slapped my ass out the office so got the feeling he didn't want to give me any haha.
Have you solved the bag dilemma yet mate?
Hi Martin, thanks for searching me out on facebook, i'm the one doing a flying kick in the air, add me and we can get a face to the name.
If it's any easier mate just go on www.gfkc.co.uk which is my website.
I'm seriously excited about this trip now with only 1 day left i just hope i haven't forgot anything!!
Any good tips about water treatment. Iodine or Chlorinr or nothing????????
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