just wondering who else is booked on this trip? We are getting excited and training on the Cornish coast path!
Carol and Ian
Hello Carol and Ian,
I hope to join you with my neighbour and as we are both c.70 we would be happier if you didn't train too hard. We are off to Snowdon in September to give ourselves a test and see how fit we are. We both go to a gym and walk regularly but it seems to be impossible to regain the old fitness.
We live in Hertfordshire do you live in Cornwall or are you just there for training?
Have you treked with Exodus before? this my first time. I'm just trying to empy my bucket of things I've always wanted to do.
Keep in touch,
Hello, Good to hear from you and good luck for your walking in Snowdonia. Hope the weather's better than when we were there in June. Winds of 60mph and no view from the summit but were blessed with fine views on anothe day! We dont't have much time to train so try to walk/cycle at weekends as we don't belong to a gym!! Watching the olympics is keeping us in at the moment!!
We live in Truro , cornwall so some coastal paths nearby are tough. It'll be our first trek too. My parents went on similar route with exodus in their 60's and enjoyed.
Look forward to hearing how you're getting on
Hello Carol and Ian, It was nice to hear from you.
Ray and I had a 14 mile walk on Thursday and it came easier than the same walk a couple of months ago so we must be doing something right. We still needed the bottle of wine and pub lunch before we faced the final 4 miles home though.
My wife, Jackie, and I are spending a few days at The Nare, Carne Beach in a couple of weeks, just from 7th to 12th Sept. so I'll be able try some of your coastal path. Unfortunately, as Jackie can no longer walk far I'll have to walk alone and keep my walks short, but I would appreciate some tips on nearby challenging stretches as i hope to get out a couple of times.
Hope you both keep well and looking forward to meeting up in November, but keep in touch.
hi gordon im on this trek, myself carol and ian have been chatting on my post with the heading "hi" it has the departure date wrong it has 30 nov 2013. im not far away from you im in essex its a shame we havent got mountains near us to train on lol. i was in the brecon beacons last week which was harder than i'd hoped im either going back there or snowdon late in september im thinking about going up snowdon on the Llanberis path, its hard to know just how fit you have to be.
have you got all your kit yet or hiring it from exodus
Hello Gary, I'm hiring the kit bag and sleeping bag, I think I've got everything else but some of it is old and wouldn't pass a fashion test, but it's servicable. We are also going to Snowdon and I think the pyg track or llanberis pass are the most suitable, unless the weather is clear then the pinnacles and complete the horseshoe would be better. There aren't even many hills in Essex are there? I'm working on the principle that I will need to be as fit as possible as I've probably got an age handicap.
good to hear from you
Sorry for the delay and hope you get message before you go. the coast path from Nare Head is strenuous/moderate but managable !! just means they'll be styles / steps and steeper paths.. Lpovely bit of the coast and looks like weather is good. Shame we're busy at weekend and working in the week but we could come over and meet you for a drink one evening. my mobile is 07749039205.
Hi Gary and Gordan
What sad and tragic news on Friday. It has made us worry even more but think we'll still go. Are you still planning on going to Brecon Gary or have you already been? If so, when are you thinking of going?. We're still coastal walking when we can!!! Did you manage to get out on coast path Gordon when you came down?
Keep in touch
I'm from Dublin and will be joining you all for the trip. Like everyone else I am hoping to be fit enough and wondering how fit that is and whether I am anywhere near it! Looking forward to meeting you all.
I'm not on your trip, but did this trek 3 years ago at age 62. If you are averagely fit walkers you will have no problem with it from the point of view of your leg muscles, the difficulty is your heart/lungs in the thin air and altitude, especially on the uphill sections, and training at home doesn't really help with that. The pace is not fast and there are plenty breaks for tea - black tea, green tea, ginger tea, and more! The best tip I was given for the uphill sections was - go as slow as you can and then slow down some more! And remember your Diamox. It was a fantastic experience, and I really envy you!
Thanks JohnU, that was interesting to read. I've read mixed comments about Diamox so I'm unsure what to do about it. Does anyone else have any comments on that subject? I was please to see your age but I'm still 11 years older.
Anne, Nice to hear from you, look forward to meeting you.
Hello Carol & Ian, I didn't see your mail until I had returned from Cornwall so sorry about the missed drink, perhaps we can make up for it before Christmas. I enjoyed the coastal path and didn't do anything too strenuous. We went to Snowdon at the same time as Hurricane Katia so that was an experience, didn't make the top of Snowdon on the first day when it was terrible, but made it on the second day when the weather had eased a little but we still got soaked. I wasn't too happy on all of the new steps they have created since I was there last, although I understand how they are protecting the environment. Hope there aren't too many regular stepts on our route, JohnU?
Looking forward to seeing you all and we will still be going, despite the accident.
Yes I'm afraid there are hundreds of steps on the EBC trek, so many that wheeled vehicles would be useless. We saw none, apart from some mountain bikes that kids in Lukla had. Everything is carried by yaks and porters - always give way to them, especially the yaks!
The most strenuous day (excluding the optional ascent of Kala Patthar) was the final trek out to Base Camp and back to Gorak Shep, probably due to the altitude, rather than the hills, because its one of the flatter days!
As for Diamox, on our trek we visited the Himalayan Rescue Association clinic at Pheriche run by volunteer doctors, mostly from the UK. They recommended Diamox, as had my own GP at home. I started taking it in Kathmandu, to build up some effect. Have you asked your own GP? Exodus, understandably, give no advice one way or the other.
Also, keep up your fluid levels, make yourself drink more than you normally would. You will be able to get boiled water at each overnight stop, so you need two metal water bottles. We filled ours with boiling water at bedtime each night and used them as hot water bottles in our sleepng bags - necessary as overnight temps were as low as -20C at the higher levels reached.
You may find this link to the HRA website useful:
Thanks for advice Johnu, we are going to get diamox from GP and take. It helped our daughter get to the top of Mt Kilimanjaro last year so we're hoping to make Kala Patther. Are you going from Heathrow? We are so may see you there?
Good to hear from you Anne, like you we're unsure how fit , fit is but it's the altitude we're more concerned about so hope the diamox will help!!
Look forward to trekking with you all. Our mobile is 07749039205
Hi Carol and Ian, we are having our trial pack tonight so hopefully we will be ok weight wise(although i think he have way to many sweeties and chocolate!!) its great to hear about other people's fitness level and concerns about the trip. look forward to meeting up in Kathmandu before the trek.....
Hi Anne, Glad to hear there is another Dub going!!( we live up North but i am from Dublin too, Gary from belfast) we have trained/gym/walked/hiked as much as we could but everyone says you cannot prepare for the altitude( hope our diamox will sort that out!!)
Hi Gordon, sounds like you have been doing a lot of training too...look forward to meeting you on the trip.
Good luck all with the packing and we will get to meet up in a few day!!!( Yippee)
Julie & Gary
Yippee is right! It's feeling real now! Looking forward to meeting you too Julie and Gary.
The packing challenge is in progress. See you all at the weekend!
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