Glad to hear someone else is coming!! From what I have heard (and read from other people on these forum pages) it is apparently easy to obtain a visa on entry in Tanzania. Still haven't decided if I am going to wait or get it in the UK.
Are you all set for the challenge??
I am also curious about the above topic and wondering about all of it really.......
Maybe cos its just before payup time ? !
I know - settling the balance was painful for the old bank account. Especially with all the other stuff that I need/have got. Keep telling myself it will all be worth it in the end.
Think more overwhelmed by amount of kit that I will be taking. Will be interesting to see if it fits inside the kit back they give you. (know go outdoors have done well out of me since I booked this trip)
Also feel slightly under prepared in terms of the amount of hill walking I have done compared with some of the other posters on these boards. (Bristol is quite flat) still means I will be going slowly which maybe a blessing anyway
Unfortunately Crooks peak (where I have done most of my walking) isn't as impressive as it sounds -
Trouser wise both pairs I have bought are Craghoppers - 1 pair is the zip off leg type, the other is winter lined which I will use on the colder day/nights. Didn't choose them for any reason other than they had a sale on when I looked so were only £20. They don't look too bad and dry quite quickly. Also have a cheap pair of water proof over trousers that I use cycling into work each day. (have had my use of out them this year)
Hi Everyone - Just joined the Exodus club and found all these messages. What a comfort to know others are finding it hard to get their head around the kit list - not just the amount but also the cost. Just sorting put the malarone tablets, another cost.
Heigh ho - will only do this once I guess. Is anybody else hoping to raise money for a favourite charity. I think I will get my visa at the border. What jabs have you all had so far.
I've ended up checking out the kit in the shops and then ordering it online where it is often ten, twenty and sometimes thirty per cent cheaper! Feel bad about undermining the high street and all that, but it's made a real difference. I had Hep A Typhoid, Tetanus, Diptheria and Polio from last year's trip to China. The clinic said you only need Yellow fever if you're coming from a country that has Yellow Fever (like Uganda). I've got Malarone... and I opted to have the three hep B shots, although they're not essential.
I've set up a JustGiving page - which was a right faff because I want to split mine between two charities, as I have a lot of mates who I know will want to give to one charity and relatives who will want to give to a different one. It took bloody ages to set it up, but it seems to be working well so far.
I've got most of the stuff - just need to sort my gloves, a spare memory card for my camera, and a balaclava... then I'll be ready (ish!!)
The other hidden cost is doing the weekend walks in Snowdonia/Lakes. That's half a tank of petrol each time...
But I'm getting very excited!
Wasn't going to raise money initially but everyone kept mentioning it so in the end decided on a charity that a couple of friends use for their children.
I was pleasantly surprised by the kit bag though. It is bigger than the one I am checking into the plane so hopefully it will all fit.
When looking at other things to spend my money on I found some roll up vacuum travel bags ie the ones that do not need a vacuum cleaner to suck the air out. They have made all the difference to the size of my clothes and were only a couple of £ (small change in view of all the other costs involved.) so this has definitely helped.
As I went to South Africa 2 years ago all my jabs were up to date - However I was given conflicting advice regarding yellow fever. They said that I would need it as I am coming from a country where it is endemic (Ethiopia - if only in parts) even if I was only in transit. So thought it best to get it done. Another cost!!!
Also excited now and cannot wait - It seems ages since I booked this and now getting a bit restless.
I'll double check that. The Travel Clinic I went to were adamant that I didn't need it, but I'm not about to play around with any ambiguities!
Probably best to have got it done as you don't want to be turned away at the border!
Looking at the kit list I do not think there is much more that I can actually buy so hopefully that is my expenditure finished (at least hope so)
Are you taking diamox or similar to help with the altitude?
Have to say I've already got some - when I was at the travel clinic it was just another thing to get (which hopefully I will never have cause to use) They did recommend taking it before to see what side affects I would get. Reading up about it though it appears another thing that gives conflicting advice. I have also heard/read that gingko biloba can also help alleviate some of the symptoms.
Hi there Dave,
I checked with Exodus about the Diamox situation and this is what they said:
'First of all; yes the guides do carry Diamox for emergencies. But neither the Kilimanjaro guides nor Exodus recommend the use of Diamox.
The Travel Clinic is correct in saying that you don’t need to purchase it. It is not a drug that is prescribed by many doctors; hence we cannot fully recommend it. It does have some rather bad side affects and has proven to damage the liver when taking it casually. None of the fellow travellers on my Kilimanjaro trek in June took Diamox and the success rate was good.
The best advice you can get for a Kilimanjaro climb, is to take it slowly. Allow you body time to acclimatize naturally. Plus, drink plenty of water. The oxygen in the water is important when the air becomes thinner the higher up to go, so you should be aiming at drinking 4 – 5 liters per day.'
Seems sensible to me.
Agree to your comments - think I was carried away with spending money like water so was agreeing to a lot of the things they suggested.
Bring it anyway!! :-)
Will take them.
On another point - A girl I work with has recently come back from walking 7 volcano's in Nicaragua. She bought something called altivit to help her with the altitude but didn't think to check how high the volcanos were. Suffice to say they were not very high and she didn't use them. She has given them to me to take so hopefully they may help. They are a supplement rather than a medicine. She got them from the altitude centre in London (the place where the guys who did the climb for comic relief did their training)
You can say that again :-)
Or we could all take up smoking. Apparently there is anecdotal evidence that smokers cope with altitude better than non smokers, as they are used to funtioning with a lower level of oxygen in their blood. I think the word 'anecdotal' is the clue here, rather than 'evidence'.
Have just checked again with Exodus today about injections and they are saying still that Yellow Fever is not necessay. So be it. Thanks for the info about Vacuum packing bags. I note that Poundland are doing them so I will give them a try. Getting excited and apprehensive now - is it all such a good idea. Could have just gone to the Lake District instead and been just as happy. Will have to concentrate on the challenge aspect.
Looking forward to meeting everyone on Friday. Jean.
Think all ready now and def excited (and apprehensive) as you say Jean.
Thinking of having a couple of drinks beforehand (if only to help sleep on the plane) if anyone wants to meet up before the flight.
Looking at T3 map the Bridge Bar & eating house looks ok.
Will only have 1 or 2 - will drink a lot of water on the plane to help with the hydration process.
Will probably look out of place with a bug rucksack, fleece etc
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