Not really. The most climbing we've ever done is Franz Joseph glacier in New Zealand. We've also never done any trips with Exodus before, all our travel has been independent. We're desperately trying to get our fitness levels up for the trip and are already unamused by everyone telling us that 'if a fat radio one dj can do it, everyone can....' We can't wait though. Do you have all your gear?
Quick question: Is everyone getting their visa before they leave or on arrival?
hey all,im not travelling on the trip anymore.i got my travel insurance through exodus & the company used are being assholes & wont insure because i had a problem my foot about a month ago,its cleared up now & is fine but apparently im uninsurable for the trip in february :o( gutted just doesnt come into it.
good luck to everyone,il be thinking of you all with envy come the 16th feb
gutted for you James, that's a nightmare - get booked up for next year!!
Steve, your post is invaluable, thank you!!
& 7 layers, wow, I was just sifting through trying to cut my bag down for departure next month, will just need to re wear my climb clothes on the safari days !
cheers katherine,SOOOOO DISSAPOINTED :o( my bloody feet are fine now,ive complained to the insurance company,gone straight to the top of the tree,waiting to hear back from them,still wont be on the trip though.but il be thinking of you all come the 16th & wondering how your all doing,really hope you all make the summit.
see the specialist tuesday 18th jan,hopefully he will do his stuff,tell insurance they are being idiots & they will realise & then insure me & my mate john & i can transfere our trip to june-sept.
best of luck to everyone
Hi James and everyone else
I just booked to join this trip in February, a bit last minute but I really needed a holiday and went on a couple of great climbing trips last year in Argentina and Mont Blanc so I am praying I will be fit enough in the next month to make it up Kili.
I really hope you get your insurance situation sorted. Did you try insuring with anyone else? I always use the British Mountaineering Council insurance which may be a bit more expensive but they cover pretty much everything (for various reasons I often struggle to get insured too), so I would be really surprised if they wouldnt cover you.
I live in Dublin but am on the group flight from heathrow so I guess I will see some of you there.
you probably got my spot BBOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOO haha.good luck to you though,really hope you make the summit along with everyone else,my bad luck doesnt detract from the fact i want everyone else to succeed.
i done mont blanc in august as abit of a warm up for kilimanjaro,blanc was simply AWSUM.
still waiting on news from insurance company but i see the specialist tue 18th so il know alot more then.im a member of BMC,i did think of taking out their insurance,wish i would of now :o( you live & learn & once this is sorted out i probably will look at BMC's policy
Welcome to the group, if you've done Argentina and Mont Blanc im sure you'll be fine. Much more mountain climbing than I've done :) and last minute holidays are always the best!! Can't believe how soon it really is.. very excited but ive definitely started having sleepless nights.
Again, so sorry about your situation James. Insurance companies are rubbish but keep thinking positively! Maybe try the BMC insurance and get a space on a trip for the summer :) How did your appointment with the foot specialist go?
Sorry to hear about your insurance issue James. Hope the specialist's appointment went well?!
Just wanted to ask some advice about the kit bag. Is everyone using the one from exodus to bring everything over and using a different one to keep spare clothing at the lodge? I'm currently trying to get weight down to a bare minimum without it ending up with me freezing to death on the mountain!
Yes I was planning to use my kit bag to bring stuff out. I have a rucksack carrier (for when you fly to stop the straps getting stuck in conveyor belts etc), its a super lightwieght tough bag - you can get them quite cheaply in all outdoor shops - eg blacks. The good thing is it is quite big and you can put your kit bag inside it with additional stuff that may not fit in the kit bag and then leave the rucksack carrier with anything you want to leave at the lodge. Just make sure you wear you hiking boots and anything else vaguely heavy on the plane and you'll be fine - at least we dont need crampons or ice axes, thats when weight gets really tricky! The other thing I would suggest is dont bring a sleeping bag unless you are really sure yours will be warm enough. When I went to Argentina last January I took mine, and then was told when I got there I had to hire one. Thats about 3kg in your bag wasted. From experience there are very few sleeping bags you can get in the UK that are warm enough for camping at altitude and those that there might be are seriously expensive, so I am going to hire. I guess the internal flight allowance from Nairobi to Kili airport is 20kgs? Plus you have a hand luggage allowance for your day sack with heavy stuff. Hope that helps, if in doubt just wear as much as you can!
cant believe your trip is so close,still gutted about my situation but still very excited for you all ;o)
see the specialist on 18th january,brief consultation,took bloods to do a few tests on,i go back on 15th feb for results etc etc.had no further problems with my feet either since mid december so see what the outcome is,whatever it is fingers crossed i can then think about getting a later trip booked in 2011.
selina,im going to look into BMC insurance,the insurance i took out via Exodus has been cancelled so il need new travel insurance,im BMC member so should of taken their nsurance ouit in the first place.
call me a stalker but il keep an eye on the page & hopefully hear some of your amazing stories,im so jealous......................
Trust you will get the all clear on the 15th and can go ahead with a replacement trip in top form later this year.
Hi to Selina and Katherine - new to this thread since I last looked in.
Had a grotty January beset by various winter bugs that interrupted training somewhat. Back to feeling good again and here's hoping I stay that way with just over a week to departure! Intending to pack this weekend - there are items of kit all over.
thanks augusta,they cancelled my apointment on 15th feb,its now on the 22nd feb so il go from there.im still REALLY annoyed as nothing wrong with my feet & hasnt been since begining of december :o(
FINAL GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE THOUGH ;o) im jealous as hell.be safe,keep an eye on each other,take it slow & hopefully you will all be celebrating on the top together
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