Not sure about this trip but on Kili, the kit bag was what you were allowed to pack for the porters to carry - think the weight limit was 12 kilos.. I packed a suitcase and put the kit bag in it -then packed for the trek in the hotel - left what I wasn't taking behind. Assume this one will be the same?? A
Hi everybody - I've been meaning to put something on here for ages, but I never seem to remember until it's time for bed! My name is Dave Williams from Somerset & I too am flying out from Heathrow on the 21st. I went with Exodus 8 years ago on the Annapurna sanctuary trip & having checked the size of the bag I was sent then, this one is about the same size, so I don't think that it will be too much of a problem, as others have said, I think the weight limit on the Lukla flight is 12kg. I left stuff at the hotel in Kathmandu last time without any problems. Looking forward to meeting everyone in 5 weeks.
Having taken advice from the nurse, I'm now booked in for Hepatitis A, Polio, Diptheria, Tetanus & Typhoid! I took a course of Malaria tabs last time, as I was intending to go down to the Terai after the trek, but didn't go in the end. I've been told that we don't need them for Kathmandu & the high mountains though.
Hi again all!
Getting very excited this end :) Training going ok, have done a couple of 17 milers in the South Downs and hitting Snowdonia this weekend, then planning walks every Sat and Sun in Sept until we depart, prob up to 20 miles. I know mileage isn't necessarily key, but it helps with the 'mind over matter' training I think....
I read in my book that a spare pillow case is advisable. Other than that I will be bringing ugg boots for evenings, these were really useful on Kili. Plus a mix of painkillers to take in combination, ear plugs and some choccy bars I think.
Will definitely be packing trek bag inside suitcase and repacking at hotel. Still thinking around how I am going to keep to 12 kilos!
Thanks Dave, pretty sure I am up to date with all of those so hoping I won't need any jabs - and yeah I think I'll miss out the malaria tabs.
Linda, you are putting me to shame.. My training has gone up a notch, few miles in here and there but am going to try and do a final great big walk before I go -like you said more mind over matter I think. Am down the gym, bootcamp, PT sessions all hoping it will help my poor legs get me up them hills!
Thanks for the reminder about the pillow case, I did read that a while back but forgot! Defintely some snacks, jelly babies were a firm fave on Kili.. All getting very close, have got a whole pile of gear ready, may practice pack this weekend!!
Looking forward to meeting up with everyone, I'll be in later I think as I'm flying from Manchester late on the Friday night.
I read it on one of the reviews, it's to cover the pillows they provide in the lodges if you are going to use them ( I'll probably use my jacket underneath and then the pillow with my own pillow case on it. Just a bit cleaner, nicer I suppose when you are grimy!! Happy to share experiences when I return.. Andrea
looking forward to meeting you all on 21/09/ 2012 think it will be a great adventure. i,m hoping that
some of you younger lads will be offering piggy backs when it gets tougher but i,m not holding my breath.
Recomend reading Trekking in the Everest region (Trailblazer) Jamie McGuinness. lots of tips and suggestions.
See you all in less than 3 weeks.X
Hi Marcus, I'm relying on the fit yuong walkers to tie a rope to me and drag me up the steps to Namche, so we may have a battle on our hands ;-) I have that book and was planning on bringing a copy with me.
Catch up in a couple of weeks.. x
Have posted a few comments but i am not sure if they have been shown. Looking forward to seeing you
all on our big adventure. I think the culture shock will be greater than Tanzanire (kilimanjarow). as you can see by my photo I,m the one on the right i,m slightly hairy. Please no jokes or comments. LESS THAN 2 WEEKS TO GO BRING IT ON.
With any organized trip i think it is important to allocate proven people certain tasks. i will be putting myself forward as entertainmen & moral officer and also sexual advisor. I strongly advise you bring earplugs, antidepressants and if you want my advice you will **** king ask me. as for the training ive been on 20 Marlboro a day for altitude and drinking plenty of alcahol. went to the gym, apart from water bourding it was like being at guantanomo. bloody tourture so took up eating pizza and wating telly.
hope my sence of humour is bearable. if i,m dumped of a bridge into a fast flowing river i,ll no its not X
Beer in Kathmandu sounds good to me..... I've got two aching arms this evening after being injected with a string of anti-this that & the other! What training I have done so far has mainly consisted of long walks to & from pubs, (both with & without the dog) but has always had the reward of a pint or two at the end of them! See you all in a couple of weeks.
Hi everyone, I'm also on the 21st departure from H'row and am travelling with my friend Claire. We went on our final training walk today ... a 14 miler over the sunny South Downs. Look forward to seeing y'all in less than 2 weeks, yikes!!!
Can't believe we only have 12 sleeps until the departure on the 21st! I'm the Claire travelling with Rach :)
I am making the most of every shower I can have before we leave(!), and very much looking forward to meeting you all and heading out on our adventure.
A few surgestions, reading the postings it,s like we are subjecting ourselfselfs to a life of pain and tourture.
but we have all paid for a fantastic life changing adventure. We need to lighten up and accept what will be will be. lets enjoy the adventure and embrace it.
Secondly we are all strangers but we are all joining in this adventure so we need to act as a team. If someone is having a bad day we should gather around and give support. If we look after each other we will all have a happy and succesfull trip. I personally intend to give Andrea a piggyback on the last few days .
Andrea don,t hold your breath. X
Piggy Back most welcome! I'm sure by then I won't be able to walk... ;-) There's a good post on the forum about EBC v Kili which has some more info about what we are in for, but it did set my mind at rest a wee bit. I did step up the training but due to a back strain I am now intending to put my feet up between now and next Friday. We'll get through it, it will be awesome on some days and bloody awful on others. On Kili we had to "man up" several times, this will no doubt be the same.. but we can have a bit of a giggle on the way as well I'm sure. Very excited now... Oh and welcome Grumpy... :-)
Andrea just wondering if there is a connection with your back strain and you being very excited?
Just that it happened to me a few times.
Ps I am Very Very Sorry about my sence of humour. x
I'm sure your back will improve Andrea - just take the first few days slowly. Resting on the journey out & a free day in Kathmandu will help.
Had my last proper walk before the trip on Saturday - tired the dog (and me) out doing West Bay to Seatown & back on the West Dorset coast - glorious weather, nice breeze & a pint half way at the Anchor at Seatown! I fully expect to be plodding along at the rear when the serious walking starts!
See you all Friday
Dave, I think you'll find lots of competition for last place - I have my eye on that position myself.
Don't see any point in rushing it - the joy is in the trekking ( might regret that statement at 5000m !)
Does anybody want to meet up at Heathrow on Friday ? - I'll wear a red carnation if it helps !
Well it sounds like everyone's on my pace. I'm really looking forward to meeting you all, I fly out in 2 days, getting there early to explore. :) Know how you feel Andrea, excited + nervous...
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