Hi, I am on the Stok Kangri climb in ladakh leaving UK 31/07/09... would love to hear from anyone else on this trip as i am travelling alone!
There are four of us from in and around Dundee booked on this trip as well. Looking forward to meeting you.
Hi Myself and Alice will be joining you lot for a crazy 8 days.
Has anyone bought crampons yet ?
Also are you buying sleeping bags and sleeping mats or renting them?
Should be a great laugh. What do you think about losing our guide?
would be great to hear from anyone.
Mark and Alice
Anybody out there?
Mark and Alice
Hi, Only 7 days to go, its starting to become a reality now.
We'll be taking our own kit from other trips out with us.
See you all soon
Yes, i cant believe it is only 1 week to go - I am starting to get nervous now!
I totally agree with you Alice and Mark - it is the altitude that will be the greatest challenge on this trip. Unfortunately I know that i suffer from altitude sickness.... one day at a time though i guess!! There will definitely not be any races where i am concerned! As for the snacks - i have already bought a kilo of snacks/sweets to take (mainly due to the fact that i find it hard to eat at altitude so i get very fussy!). How are you finding the weight limit of 12 kilos? I think i will struggle to stick to this with all of the gear that we need to take. Are you planning to use the Exodus kit bags? I think I will be using my rucksack instead as it has a bit more room and is easier to carry. I already have crampons that i bought for a previous trip so i have not had to hire anything. It sounds like you have found a good place to hire from though. It seems that Stok Kangri is quite warm at the moment so i am really hoping we wont need to use them.... my winter boots are very uncomfortable!
Are you all on the group flights from Heathrow? I do not work far from the airport so will be coming straight from work... not sure if thats a good thing!
Cant wait to meet you all!
We are Harriet and Nick, daughter and father - looking forward to meeting you all and exchanging notes on how it was possible to get down to 12 kg. We've done a dummy pack of essentials, and are still over the top. Snacks and camera are non-negotiable, so it's the sleeping bag that gets left behind, apparently.
We've been recommended Diamox for altitude sickness, and our GP has prescribed it for us.
First unexpected challenge is the British Rail strike next Friday - we've had to switch to coach to get down from Ipswich.
Hi All, only a few days to go and i think it has finally sunk in that we are going! I tried packing at the weekend and my rucksack is 15kilos without the climbing gear... are we all experiencing this problem?! I literally have nothing but essentials so I guess I will just have to be over the limit. Plus the rusack will be lighter when i start eating the snacks!
I am not sure about the diamox as i have heard realy bad reports about the side effects. Also, it is not licenced for use for altitude sickness in the UK as not enough studies have been done... and there is also the argument that the drug masks the symptoms of altitude sickness so you do not realise you are getting ill until it is possibly too late and you are very sick. Does anyone else have any information on this? are you all planning to take this? I think i'll take some tablets as a last resort, as they can be used to make you feel better just so you can get off the mountain quickly.
Thats a pain about the trains - i am glad i am just relying on a taxi (although the M25 could be interesting on a friday evening!).
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