I've just booked my solo trip with Exodus. Couldn't decide between The Inca Trail and Base Camp. I think i made the right decision. Off on the 23rd September '11. It would be good to discuss plans with others, especially packing and clothing options. I've done hot weather treks before but this is the first trek where i have to combat the cold.
Sounds like there's some shopping still to do Kerry. You'll love the Osprey pack. I've had one for about a year and it's been fantastic. So comfortable on long hikes.
I've been wondering about jackets myself. Maybe Nigel can help us out. How often did the waterproof jacket come out? I have a lined goretex jacket and another waterproof shell. The shell is really light and good for summer showers, no layers. The lined jacket is warmer, larger (so i can fit it over many layers during winter) but heavier......I think i've just answered my own question there. I've got some fleece lined Crags i use for winter but i think i'm going to go down the thin Crags and thermal tights route.
Kerry, your main bag will be the kit bag that they should send you, won't it? Or am i missing something. Kit bag as main luggage, daysack as hand luggage. I think i recall seeing a sign at the Pyg Track car park saying it gets full by about 8am. There's also a Sherpa bus service that you can use from all nearby towns.
I contacted exodus. The kit bags will be sent out 2-3 weeks before departure.
Hello Dave. Welcome.
We've all been learning as we go. There's been a few good tips on here, maybe you can pick a few up. If you have any to share or any ideas they'll also be more than appreciated. As i'm sure you've read there are a few of us that are flying by the seat of our pants here. So even any basic travel advice will be good. I like the moist baby wipes thing, great tip. Also if you get the refill pack it will save on weight.
Kerry, i think i've solved my pillow problem. Might work for you too. Stuffed a fleece, my down jacket and a couple of t-shirts in my sleeping bag stuff sac. Worked a treat while camping, can't understand why i haven't thought of it before. Saves on packing as it's all stuff i'll be carrying anyway.
Hope everyone's well
Sounds like a rest and a trip to the physio is definitely on the cards Kerry. Try not to get too frustrated. The stress and tension won't help you heal. I think the Buddhist teachings will do you some good right now. Might be a good time to get in a bit of practice. The hippy in me is coming out the closer we get.
I think i might drive out to Snowdon again the weekend after next for a couple of nights. Get another couple of consecutive hiking days in (20th-21st). If anyone fancies a pre-trek hike up Snowdon you're more than welcome to join me. I'll be camping just north of the Rhydd Ddu Path but i'll take on any route.
Kerry, don't stress too much - I'm sure you will be fine by the end of September. You still have 6 weeks to be in tip top form!
Nikki, good news! The kit bag is actually quite big. The problem now is to keep everything under 12kg - that might be a challenge in itself....
Hi All. Sorry to hear about your back Kerry. Have you seen your physio yet? If it's not too late ask him/her about come core stability exercises. He/she may be able to recommend some strenghtening exercises for your core (abs) which will help support your back and ease the pressure/tension you are feeling there, and with 5-6 weeks to go you have enough time to work on this.
I've got a couple of kit bags from previous Exodus trips and they really do hold a lot of stuff (and it's easy to over pack). They are good bags and very strong, although 1 down side is that that don't have a shoulder strap and carrying a full bag with the handles can be awkward.
I've still not go round to preparing much for this trip yet. All my focus is on the 2 (I've added another) half distance triathlons which I've got in the next 3 weeks. Training has gone pretty well which should put me in good stead for EBC too and I'm now on taper preparing for the 1st race. It's kind of exciting but also a scary prospect too. Just hoping everything is OK on the day!
Hope everyone's OK and preparations are going well
Natacha, I was thinking that too. I think I'm going to take the tablets... but probably rely on boiled water. A guy at work trekked the Annapurna circuit and bought a water purifiying gizmo... but it broke early on, and was heavy to carry around. So I'm not going down that route!
I was also going to try to find some flavour sachets of some description... to try and take the nasty taste away. Thought if I could find anything that was also energy providing then I'd be killing two birds with one stone :-)
I think i would rather stay away from bottled water for eco reasons but I like the way you're thinking Kerry! I shall investigate this weekend.
Happy training all!
I took the last spot on the trip this week. It seems like we have a great mix of people/ages. It was a bit of a last minute decision so am now doing my best to get fitness levels up. I go to the gym a bit but have never really done any serious hiking so am a bit nervous about it. I am so determined to push myself though, just hope the altitude sickness doesnt get me too bad. Spent the morning in Cotswold shop buying boots and some "technical garments". Seems like there is lots to buy! Anyone have any experience of the rented equipment mentioned in the trip notes?
I hired/rented a sleeping bag from Exodus last year when I did their Kili trip. It was of vrey good quality and there's also the added bonus of reducing weight/packing space for the flight.
Not very often. we had no rain but we did have a little bit of snow of two occasions. Your weather could of course be completely different. I would plan for the worse case and take a decent waterproof jacket.
My daypack was 35 litres and that was plenty big enough, you won't need 45.
I would also recommend the boiled water, I used mostly boiled with just the odd bottle of water and had no problems.
I will follow that up with Exodus this week.... It's so great to read all the supportive comments on here, makes me feel much more confident about the challenges ahead!
Welcome Ed. Hope you're well and just as excited, scared and apprehensive as the rest of us. Also hope you're out breaking those new boots in.
I bought a 'Steripen' a few weeks ago to purify water. I was a little unsure about it as it seems a little like voodoo to me so i've taken it for a couple of test runs on recent hikes. Drank half a litre of relatively clean looking stream water and half a litre of a dubious looking green waterfall out in the peaks with no ill effects. It's a little scary at first to rely on the technology but i don't think i'll be leaving for the countryside without it in future. I'll be taking some backup Chlorine Dioxide with me too. I've had a recommendation of 'High5' electrolyte tablets for water if the taste of chlorine is a problem. I'll be buying a few to test while training and hiking in the coming weeks, i'll let you know.
Take care all
Stephen, that sounds good - let em know how you get on. I didn't really like the idea of drining "swimming pool" water for 2 weeks....
Kerry, how is your back??
Hi all, I’m on this trip in Sep, and I’ve been reading your comments and suggestions, some good tips. I have a question, as we are at height, water will boil at a lower temp, around 93oC at 2000m, will this kill off everything, or do we still need to use purifying tabs?
Hi people, Not long now. Just need to get camel pack and walking poles and im all set. Im also going to v fest (weston park) followed by reading festival wknd after so will not be doing much training over next few wks, ooops. However, I am doing the 3 peaks challenge start of sept.
really starting to look foreward to this now, chris
Good point about the water boiling at a lower temperature, but I used pretty much just boiled water with no tablets and did not have any issues.
Hello all, hope you're all well. I've used these tablets now while training at the gym and i find them really good. Taste is good but fairly weak. Nowhere near strong enough to mask the taste of chlorine though, if that was your intention. They kept me feeling hydrated and less tired so i could push a bit more. They're not an energy source but the caffeine version gave a little kick.
There's a thought. What's the coffee situation like in Nepal? If there is 'no' coffee i'm afraid i'll be needing an extra kilo allowance in my luggage. Either that or something very useful and important may have to be left behind......fleece, waterproof or maybe even a boot! I can hop as long as i have coffee!
I hear you Stephen, I am a real coffee addict myself! Although not sure coffee + altitude is a great combo...
Less than 5 weeks, I CAN NOT WAIT!!!! I think my friends can not wait either... At this stage, I have bored to death everyone I know and I am quickly running out of people to talk to :-)
Guy, how did your triathlon go last weekend??
I dread to think how many times i've heard the response 'Oh right' and 'yeah i suppose' over the last few months from friends and family when talking about this trip.
I think i'm pretty well organised now. Just a couple of last minute decisions to make when i get my hands on the kit bag. Other than packing and weight issues i'm ready to go. Fitness level is where it's at....if it's not enough i'll have to i'll crawl up to base camp, nothing will stop me. I've just noticed...i started this forum page on the 16th December 2010. I can't believe i've been obsessing for so long. I'll have no idea what to do with myself after this trip......other than plan another adventure.
Looking forward to meeting you all.
Hi Natacha, the tri went really well thank you. I was hoping tio finish in under 5 1/2 hours and flopped over the line in 5:27. Would have taken that at the start, but after a good swim and great bike leg I was well ahead of schedule. Unfortunately I died on my arse on the run, so maybe not as qiuck as I could have been. Still it was a good experience and lessons to learn for the next time. I have one more 1/2 half ironman distance race to do "for fun" in a couple of weeks and then fully focussing on EBC.
I've been reading about the hydration thing with interest. My experience on kili last year was that you drink nothing but tea and water for 8-9 days which gets really dull and you start craving something with taste and flavour. I tried Nuun hydration tablets then and TBH they were bloody awful- but that may have been more to do with my loss of appetite with AMS. I've got some samples of High 5Zero tabs so will try them in the next few days. Anyone given any thought to energy snacks for the trek?
Well done Guy!! It sounds like you will def be the fittest of us all!!
I have up the tempo myself too - I did my last trek on Sunday at a nearly running pace. I had to pay the price yesterday but it was quite exhilarating all the same!!
Nikki, I might hang around with you if you bring Haribos!!!
Glad your tri went well Guy, really pleased you achieved your time! And everyone else sounds like they're moving their training up a notch, you'll be sprinting to base camp at this rate.
Unfortunately my back is still not good, and I'm in quite a lot of pain, and the anti-inflammatories aren't really helping. It's looking more and more likely that I'm going to have to cancel :-( To say I'm upset is an understatement, but trying to look forward to being able to do it another time when I'm fighting fit. I wouldn't want to be a misery on the trek, and pill-popping to get through will be no fun.
One more week of healing time before I make a final decision... will keep reading all your posts in the meantime, and fingers crossed for a miracle!
So sorry to hear Kerry - hopefully some kind of miracle will happen next week... It would be so sad to "lose" you at this stage; you are part of our team!!
I hope you're going to be well enough for the trip Kerry. It would be such a shame to lose you so close. Rest and see what your physio says. Still a whole month to recover. Well i've got my fingers crossed for you. Take care and rest.
Kerry - just do what your physio advises & REST! Don't overtrain - folk in their 60s and 70s do this trip! It will be scaled for the rather less fit and you absolutely mustn't cancel. Give your back a chance to recover and you'll come back fighting fit - your determination to make base camp WILL get you there :) You'll probably be the one who suffers least from all the AMS & Khumbu dry throat - which no amount of triathlon & Warrior nonsense can prepare you for. One foot in front of the other is all you'll need and you'll be at base campt before you know it x
Chill for now & concentrate on checking your kit list x
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