I have booked onto this trip recently and getting pretty excited at the prospect now, would be good to say hi to anyone else who is coming along or who haqs done it before.
Also having read the trip notes I am torn between what boots to take with me and certainly don't intend to take two, I have a pretty sturdy pair of scarpa rangers and some rigid scarpa mantas that are great with crampons but bit clunky for general trekking, anyone any suggestions? Or what footwear are you all planning on taking?
Catch you soon
i have registerd for the trip , flying from my home in australia, i'm excited but also a lttle nervous about what to expect.
Good to hear from you. Thats some lenthy flying for you then, hope you have some time in the UK to recover before jumping on the flight to nepal? I was in Oz last sept for a while and the flight home was a killer for me (prob not helped by end of holiday blues)
Have you done much trekking or climbing at altitude before?
Hmm just re read that mail and guess you are not flying via UK from Oz to Nepal, as you may have noticed geography is not my strong point.... haha
in answer I have not done a lot of trekking or altitude " hence the nervousness !! ) I have been a runner /jogger for many years (too many years ) and have completed several marathons and triathlons etc and was hoping that my little bit of fitness would hold me in stead . I had a couple of freinds that went to Nepal last year and reccomended this trip.Anyway hopefully it will be an experience to remember (no doubt it will be )
I haven't done anything similar for a few years now and have got a little slack on the fitness front in the last year but hopefully can make a bit of a dent in that before the off, looking forward to it very much though.
See you soon
Cheers for the reply . I have been reading , listening , watching etc all I can .Off to Perth next weekend to buy my warm gear etc . I am quite a nervous flyer , not that I tend to let it stop me travelling . At least now I'm not concerned with the flying just the 18 days when i get there !!! .
I live in quite a flat farming area in WA and am looking for some steep ascents , I'm off to the stirling ranges this weekend , so I'll try out my boots and water bottle .I'm thinking 40c is going to be somewhat different to what we will experience in Nepal .
Also looking very much forward to the trip
Just to say I paid up the balance today. Have done a few high altitude trips with Exodus before, but not currently that fit, so slightly concerned !
Sounds like a good company to go with then if you have done a few trips with them, which is reassuring! I'm in the gym three times a week at the moment and trying to get out at least once every wknd to tackle a good sized climb but still feel I have a way to go before I'm happy but hey ho there is still almost 2 months left to get back up to speed, anyway good to hear from you
How's everyones training going .this end is basically Running swimming , running swimming ,
Am very much looking forward to the experience .
Hi Dean, I am in the gym 3 times a week at the moment and out walking both days at the wknd doing as much hill walking as possible, feeling pretty good as long as I can avoid getting one of the many coughs and colds that are going around right now.
Is anyone else taking any diamox? I have never used it before but then again I have never been at altitude for longer than a week at a time before, has anyone else got experience with taking this medication?
Hi Dean, Hi Steph,
Not taken diamox before, so sorry can't help. Training hasn't been as much as I hoped..gym 2/3 times pr week and only now getting ome weekend walks in.
...in all ...rather nervous !
Steph & sally
my doctor in Perth has given me diamox and has suggested I see how I go prior to taking and has suggested it is quite good to use if symptons of altitude sickness develop and can help relieve quite quickly rather than taking just in case !. The nurse at his surgery suggested a tablet morning and evening commencing a day or two prior to commencing trek !! so i guess I'm none the wiser but I think I will listen to the doc and just see how I go.
As far as training goes because I live in a small wheatbelt farming area and the region is quite flat i have just been doing what I've done for years ,only just stepped it up a bit over the last couple of months .So I'm hoping to at the least be as fit as I can be prior to the trip .
Anyway not long to go now , I will catch up in Kathmandu in a few weeks
I've just signed up to this trip after realising I can get three and a half weeks off work for the price of twelve days Leave, yeeaaah! I've done some climbing in Bolvia last year and did Kili the year before but other than that have no experience of high altitude trekking. I always carry Diamox but have never felt the need. Deano, I'd agree with the first advice you got, wait and see how you get on I reckon. As for flying, did you know Lukla is the most dangerous airport in the world? Glad to hear your flight fears are past you Deano :-D As for fitness, I emerged from Christmas half a stone heavier and, with three weeks to go, it doesn't sound like I'll be any competition to your performance! Looking forward to meeting you all and keep me posted on your progress. Cheers
P.S. I'm flying Etihad from Heathrow and will arrive about an hour and a half behind the rest of you fyi.
P.P.S. I'm taking 3 Season hiking boots as recommended in the bumff. Might take some slip-on studs for the glacier but baggage weight may mean I just wing it.
I have a couple of freinds that flew into lukla last year.They are aware of my dislike of flying and just to reenforce your comments they bought around a video of the take off and landing to make me feel a little more uneasy !! . I do have a lonely planet guide that says the lukla airport record is a lot better than the record suggests !!!! .
To recognise me , you will notice the 6' 3" male that does an impression of stone !
I do have chemical assistance supllied by my freindly doctor !! .All jokes aside I cant wait to get there , so I will catch up with you in Kathmandu Colin , I fly from Perth April 14 to bangkok then Kathmandu April 15
Getting very close now to "the off" . I am really looking forward to finally getting onto the plane next thursday and starting the adventure . I arrive in Kathmandu April 15th a day before the UK party so will have a little time to look around and take in a little bit of the local culture.
I Look forward to meeting everyone sometime on the 16th.
Yeah, got my jabs, got my boots, got my sunnies - should be okay. Still need to get my Exodus kit bag so will pester them to post it to me pronto. Looking forward to fresh air, excercise and good company. See you all a week Saturday, cheers.
P.S. Just found out that a friend of mine has trekked in this area and he says the paths are pretty good, which makes things easier. He also said the teahouses are plywood affairs but pretty good quality so it might not be as off the beaten track as I'd initially thought!
I will pack this weekend, I've been putting my kit together over the last couple of months. I must say I've been guided by adventure/trek wear shop owners and what I've been reading on this site also a couple of freinds that went to nepal a couple of years ago.I am finding it a little difficult to picture what it's like in very cold weather. We are just coming out of a record hot summer in Western Australia so I am quite comfortable packing to go camping in 40c but not really sure at
-c .It will be quite an experience no doubt and am looking forward to being in a different climate and culture .
cheers Dean Hubbard
My Mum has broken her hip and is very ill in hosital. Therefore today I made the decsion to cancel my trip. Can't tell you how upset I am.
I hope you all have a fabulous time, and if you know anyone who wants to buy a lastminute trip of a lifetime.....?
I hope your mum recovers well, no doubt you've asked Exodus about a possible raincheck !.
best wishes to you and your mum
Thanks for your wishes. I asked Exodus but too late. :( I've already decide that I will go in October, so on the bright side more time to get fit...?
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Hope you all have a fab time.
I will let you know how the trip goes. Keep up the fitness work and enjoy the adventure. I fly tommorrow morning at 9am ex Perth to Bangkok then onto Kathmandu Friday, I think the Exodus group arive pm saturday "I think !" from the Uk . Anyway cheers for now Sally and the best of luck and good health to you and your mum
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Very sorry to hear about your Mum Sally, tell her we will tie a prayer flag in her honour at Everest Base Camp! I'm sure you'll get your trip eventually and that the people you trek with will be just as cool as us :-)
I've only just received my kit bag at work this morning so, unless I get packing, I might not be going either at this rate.
All the best and we'll chip in with some good tips when/if we get back.
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