Anyone out there going on the Annapurna Base Camp trek staying in lodges etc, departing 9th April?
Would be good to hear from you.
We're out here and yes we booked for the same trip. Just trying to get all our gear together - came across a problem with the iodine water purifier tablets/drops so have had to for the Chlorine Dioxide tablets which I have been assured are ok.We shall be flying down from Manchester as we are in Lancashire and picking up with the rest of the folks at Heathrow. Where abouts are you ffrom??/
Jools and Mike Ready
Good to hear from some-one else on the trip. I'm flying down to Heathrow with BA from Manchester and joining the group flight there, so look out for the Exodus bags. Still to get my iodine etc. Got some last time at an outdoor shop in Huddersfield. Looking forward to meeting you and the rest of the group
Hi Brian - Good to hear from you. They have booked us on a British Midland flight from Manchester to Heathrow which we are not to happy with as it means a five hour 40 minute wait at Heathrow - so might have to do a bit of retail therapy while we're there!
I wrote to Exodus and to Lifesystems as I have been unable to source any iodine and all the outdoor shops are now pushing the Lifesystems Chlorine Dioxide as the iodine has been taken off the European market. These are the replies I had which are somewhat reassuring.
Exodus:Personally I have no problem with iodine but, as it's not available in the UK these days, I normally just opt for some chlorine based treatment and some taste neutraliser to counter the taste.
With regards to chlorine dioxide chemical treatment as a means of water treatment, many studies and reviewers have investigated its efficacy against pathogenic bacteria and the protozooan cysts and viruses entrapped in bacterial biofilms with very positive results. The success can be attributed to its ability to penetrate the depths of any biofilm through the oxidation process, a characteristic that cannot be matched by iodine or chlorine. Also consider that an increasing number of waterborne intestinal illnesses are resulting from bacteria (despite the increasing hype about viruses and protozoa) such as Enterococci (common in areas where stock animals are allowed). After reviewing virtually every water treatment technology on the market (both chemical and physical), Lifesystems believe that Chlorine Dioxide is the treatment of choice. This has been tested in clear mountain streams, mucky pond water, farmland and international waters known to be contaminated with amoebic pathogens and other forms of dysentery. For more contaminated or suspect waters, Lifesystems do recommend doubling the dose and/or the contact time, but for most locations in the Western world, the standard dose and contact time is usually sufficient.
All the Best, Jools
Hi Jools and Mike.
The big black bag arrived on Saturday so now I can start filling it and checking the weight etc. Think I've got eveything bar the trots treatments. Off to Snowdonia now for a week so hopefully can get some hillwalking in.
Hi Brian, Jools and Mike
We are also booked on the Sanctuary trip. Brian I see that you are doing some last minute shopping in Huddersfield, we live in Huddersfield so may be neighbours. We are driving down to Heathrow and hope we don't have any problems. Bags have also arrived but I imagine we will just use an old one. Have not done anything yet about the packing but I did book the parking today. Hope you are all keeping well and hope to see you all in near future. Brian if tou are Huddersfield based and want to meet up for a drink before we go my e-mail is email@example.com
All the best
Chris and Ange
Hi chris and Ange
Good to hear from you. I live at Greetland, between Elland and Halifax. I got a cheap flight to Heathrow but its with BA so if they are on strike I might be scrounging a lift, hopefully they won't be. If I get chance I'll email you re the drink, I'm away on a first aid course this weekend and on holiday next week up at Port Mulgrave near Whitby. Looking forward to the trip and meeting you, looks like we've got a few 'Northerners' on the trek.
Hello Jools,Mike,Chris and Ange.
As you say, not long to go, can't wait. I've been to 4000 mt a couple of years ago on a trip up towards Everest. Took Diamox with me but didn't need it though one member of the group did but KE provided it. Taking the stuff again just in case. Been upping the fitness with some long walks up in the Dales one in desparate weather on Ingleboro. Cut back on my usual running as I did not want to risk any muscle injuries etc. The 14kg is a bit resticting wonder if they'll weigh the bags, took more last time. Look forward to meeting you all.
Looking forward to meeting everyone. We are driving down to Heathrow on Friday from Rotherham. That's Dave and Kath. Our daughter, Debbie, is also coming along and she comes from Huddersfield! First time in Nepal, not sure what to expect. Been up to more than 4000 before on a couple of occasions and seem to manage pretty much okay. Killi wa a different story however! Is anyone else going on the Chitwan extension? Starting to get things together for packing. Cant' wait. See you all soon.
Kath, Dave and Debbie
We have been upto 5400m in Equador and similar in Ladach, never taken the tablets but have had lots of garlic soup on trek. As yet we have not started packing but we are seriously thinking about it. Doing up the daughters house is impinging on any serious preperation for this trip but I feel confident all will be well, as in life it's got two chances. May the force be with us.
All the best and see you soon
Hi Kath, Dave and Debbie
Also driving down on Friday will wave if we see you. We live in Fixby ,Huddersfield so Debbie might be a neighbour. We are not doing the extension but are really looking forward to the trip. Safe journey down.
Take care all the best
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