Well I have just clicked the 'confirm payment' button on this trip and I'm feeling a mixture of excitement and absolute fear! Would love to hear from anyone else who is going on this trip. Time to get the fitness training in - I have absolutely no experience of trekking at altitude so will be keeping my fingers crossed!
Hi Les, I'm going on the same trip and am so excited about it! I've done some trekking at altitude before in Nepal but it was a while ago now. Where are you based? Perhaps we could do some training hikes together? What a fantastic way to spend Christmas too! One I will never forget.
Hello to all of you! Your feelings pretty much match mine - great exitement but slight trepidation as well. I am confident that I can do the walking bit but the effects of altitude are a great unknown and I am not quite sure at the moment if there is anything that I can do in preparation in order to increase my chances of success. I have read that it is possible to take some medication, which may help. Does anybody have any knowledge of this? Does it work and more importantly is it safe???
I am booked and confirmed. Very much looking forward to the trip. I have never been to Africa before and what a way to start, right at the top, if we make it. I have done a bit of trekking but will need to get in some training before this Mt. Kilimanjaro expedition. I am based in the flat county of Hertfordshire but would be willing to travel and also happy to arrange some kind of meet/training activity. I guess we should wait for more people to join us but an idea could be somewhere like the Peak District/Derbyshire Dales or the Lake District. I do think it would be good idea to meet first so if you are all a bunch of maddies I still have time to cancel ;-) I look forward to what will hopefully be an amazing adventure for us all.
Good to hear from you all! :) Slowly getting together bits of kit for the trip and building up the training.Is anyone hiring equipment at all? Not surewhether to buy a down jacket or just hire one out? As far as the altitude sickness medication, I think there are very mixed views on this - Diamox can be used as prevention but apparently can cause horrid side effects, as well as severe dehydration. You can take it as soon as symptoms appear though. I think I'll take some and see how I feel.
I agree that we need to get out on some training walks. I wasn't aware that I'm bonkers, Steve, but I'm sure you'll all soon find out soon enough! ; Nadia and I have arranged a walking weekend in the peak district for 29-31 October if anyone fancies it? There is also a tentative plan to do snowdonia in December, although I know it's quite a way to travel.
Anyway, look forward to hearing from you!
Hi Les and Nadia
Would love to join you on a training weekend in the Peaks! I've got quite the same thoughts about needing to train so will be glad to join in any training going!!! So, what are your plans? And also, thanks for the info about the medication - I'll get some just in case.... by the way - can you get it from the chemists or do you need to order it from somewhere?
Thanks for your advice, Brent - have now hired a sleeping mat from Exodus! Exodus also confirmed that we WILL be able to get visas at the airport no problem, despite arriving on Christmas day.. I'm still in two minds though about whether to send off for one or not?? Does anyone else have any thoughts on this?
This weekenda few of us have booked in a b&b in Grasmere, the Lake District - we plan to walk up Scafell Pike on Saturday if anyone else fancies joining us? Will drive up Friday night so we can get a fairly early start on Saturday.... give me a call if so on 07980 523959.
it was great to meet Les, Kerry and Steve at Bakewell. sorry i can't make it to Grassmere this weekend. i'm in Edinburgh with lots of hills on the doorstep so if anyone lives close and wants to meet up let me know. 07973451446
Thanks for your post Caroline - it is good to hear that everyone made it! :)
Just back from Lakes weekend - thanks again Steve and Kerry for being great training buddies :) There is a plan to head to the Peak District again on w/e of 27th November if anyone can make it. Will book into a B&B in Bakewell again so anyone welcome to join if you wish!
Just been for jabs - nurse said antibiotics weren't necessary so I'll risk not taking those. I've also put together an ever growing Kili kit/ to do list from various places - if you would like a copy of this, feel free to email me on email@example.com. Getting very excited now - 39 days to go! :)
When a few of us got together for training weekend it was suggested that maybe we do a little secret santa for the group, since we are departing over Christmas. We were thinking fivers in or something - everyone buys a token gift for £5 then each give to a different group member. Let me know what you think :)
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