Hi there. I've just signed up to this chat room and wanted to say hello to some fellow travellers since I'm also joining this trip on 23 March. How is everyone's training coming along? Lucy
I Lucy, nice to hear from you. My training isn't based on any set plan or focused routine, and my diet is a bad as ever, I'm just keeping fit with my running and have got a few routes using some of the local hills planned. I'm lucky where I live its got lots of hills. How about you? is your training going to plan?? Debs
We have just come to the conclusion that no matter how much training we do it is still gonna hurt!!!!!!! The more blogs we read the scarier it is becoming and D day is approaching far too quickly for our liking. We have been going to the gym as much as possible (3 times a week at least), been over the lakes a few times and took on Scafell, Blencathra, Skiddaw, Helvellyn etc etc and still dont feel prepared. Is anyone bothering with diamox? We have made the decision that we arent going to take it but hope we dont regret that decision. As for clothing, agghh, we have got balaclavas, fleeces, base layers, puffa jackets, waterproof jackets, thermal gloves, waterproof gloves that must weigh in at about 120kg not the 12kg allowance. As long as we dont forget baby wipes we will be ok!!!
See you both soon, Stu and Emma.
Not sure about diamox, I did Kilimanjaro last year and everyone on the trip took diamox but only two peole used it, the guides don't like you to take it, I think it has very bad side effects, I got some banging headaches on the way up and a bit of nausea but I took some anti sickness pills and headache tablets and managed to muddled through, a good tip is to take anti diahoerra tablets, high altitude can have a funny effect for some people. I've got the same clothes as Stu and Emma, base layers, fleeces, waterproofs, downs jacket, hats, gloves etc etc and the baby wipes x
Nothing prepares you for walking in high altitude it is very surreal, best thing to do is get yourself up to your full fitness level and you should be fine. In our group for Kili we had a couple of unfit and unprepared people who didn't do any training and they made it to the top (albeit with a struggle), then we had someone who was really fit and prepared and got altitude sickness and didn't make it to the top, also one of our guides who had climbed the mountain over 20 times didn't make it to the top because on this occasion he got altitude sickness, it's just so random so don't let it worry you, most of the group had done similar training and were at a similar level of fitness as you 3 guys are, and they all made it to the top.
Hi, yes I'm on the group flight from Heathrow, we will have to try and meet up for a coffee at the airport when we check in, I've not received the kit bag yet hopefully we get them by the end of the month. The arctic is a place I've always wanted to go to, did it involve alot of walking?
Kili was amazing I would definitly recommend doing it
Hi guys, just dropping into to say hello again. My hit bag arrived the other day also, which is making the trip seem v real and close now. Excited yet apprehensive. I too have got most of the items you listed. Am not planning on taking Diamox for the very reasons you mention but am taking Ginkgo Biloba (herbal) as I hear it's meant to be effective (& good for the brain too!). I've got a v good friend in Exodus whose also doing the trip 2 weeks after us so been getting a few additional hints/tips (as above) from the experts. I've gone through every review on their website and made a list of what to bring/not bring and am getting my contact to have a look at it and give me her view. Am more than happy to share once I hear back from her. Most of it is what you've mentioned already but there are a few other handy items in there also. Training going OK and starting to feel in decent shape. Also, I've heard that it's a good idea to 'fatten' up before we go as we're bound to lose weight while there (loss of appetite is one of the most common symtoms of AMS) so great excuse to get a few more burgers & donuts beforehand!! Hope you are all well and wud luv to meet for a coffee in LHR before the flight to meet you properly! Lucy
Hello everyone, meeting up at LHR will be fun, don't want to publish mobile numbers on here so drop me an email my address is firstname.lastname@example.org or find me on facebook and we can sort out arrangements etc etc.
Hey Lucy, be carefull on the theory you can over eat before you go because you will lose your appetite on the mountain, I never lost my appetite walking in high altitude, even at the top of Kili I was still feeding my face on energy bars, and I ate three course meals three times a day for the whole trek (plus snacking inbetween). Only one guy out of our group of twelve struggled to eat his food. Sadly I didn't lose any weight, but then I have a big appetite anyway.
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