Hi, I'm going on this trip too, but am (trying) to climb Mt Kenya first!! If all goes well I will meet the group at the Kilimanjaro airport in Tanzania.
I've also had the yellow fever vaccination, but so far feel fine. Hope this doesn't start a reaction!
Have also decided against the altitude tablets but yesterday I spent massive amounts in Boots on Compeed, Voltarol and other medications. I've still to receive my sleeping bag and mat which should come today and am laying out all my kit to see how much I can fit into the Exodus bag. There seems to be much too much, so may have to wear more than is comfortable. All my stuff has to go up Kenya first before even arriving at Kili. I leave this Friday, so am super-nervous at the moment.
Looking forward to meeting everyone
Hi Helen - great to hear you're also coming on the trip... but Mt Kenya first??? You will be super fit., I will be at the back dawdling eating my snacks!!! But good luck with it... As for the jab, I had one before and was fine, this time I think I had just got over a cold, so the immune system wasn't up to it... feeling much better today, so off to the gym - hurrah!
I have compeed and enormous stash of other medicines - I heard a good tip for the water, as they purify it for you and tastes not too good, add a Berocca to it, so that may mean another trip to Boots?? I am hiring my sleeping bag and mat, as I am unsure how much use I'll get out of it when I get back, as I already have that kit but not up to a high enough standard, that I use for festivals! Trial pack run this weekend... I will have to wear all my clothes if it doesn't all fit :0)
Good luck with Mt Kenya, will be amaaaaaazing! And look forward to meeting you at Kili airport.... where you'll be relaxed and ready for your next challenge and I'll be super nervous about the challenge ahead!
Safe Travels, Kath
Hi Louise, good luck with the trial pack run and yes, let us know how it goes.... I am saving that joy until the weekend., which may end in tears!!! :0), or some chocolate to keep my sugar levels up! I think you will recognise me at Heathrow, I will be the one wearing ALL my fleeces and down jacket, as I couldn't squeeze it all in!! Kath
Wow, Am very impressed.... I have a few more things left to get - I've had my boots for years, they are comfortable, but having said that...:0) I think between us we could probably supply another group up Kili with our supplies!! I am excited, but also very apprehensive that I'm fit enough etc., etc., but then I have enough sweets to sink a small ship, so my trip may be sponsored by sugar!!! Will let you know how my packing goes this weekend.... I still have 5 more days at work, finish next Thursday afternoon and then off on the train to the airport on Friday afternoon - aaaarrrrrgggghhhh! Kath
there's a common theme of sweeties running through these posts at the moment!
I'm hiring my sleeping bag and mat from Trek Hire and they duly arrived on Tuesday and look good.
My training has been more walking than gym work, so hope that will work ok. Don't worry about being at the back, because I will probably be the back marker, being exhausted before I start....
Now to do my first (!) packing trial. the stuff is all laid out, and the bag looks very small in comparison. It's also a challenge to get it all below 20kg, which is what they recommend. I can't leave anything behind at a hotel on the Mt Kenya trip as you can with Kili, so it's all got to come with me up Kenya and down again.
Hope the porters are strong - hear they are amazing, so looking forward to meeting them.
I'll post again tomorrow, hopefully, to let you know the final details.
I fly direct to Nairobi from Heathrow at 20.00, so overnight. But the flight back is from Kili via Addis Ababa with you.
All the best
Hi Helen, sweets are the way forward.... I have also been recommended making up a granola mix to munch on - granola, dried fruit, nuts and chocolate, all mixed in, and gives you lots of energy and a bit of hit... it was very yummy on a cold & windy training walk in the Brecons!!
Also, by the time we meet you, you'll be sooooo full of beans and super fit, but do join in at the back, I think the ABC game will be introduced and mastered :0). I have also hired a sleeping bag and mat, I pick them up over there., but great to hear yours have arrived and are good... phew! My friends did this trip in February., they said the porters are great... I am looking forward to meeting them all....
Let us know how the trial packing goes.... it will be OK, otherwise you'll have to wear it on the plane, like me!! Be great to get another check in on progress, but if you run out of time, good luck with Mt Kenya and will see you in Kili :0)
Have packed and everything I laid out is in my Exodus bag or my rucksac. And my bag only weighs 15 kilos according to my bathroom scales - should be well within the 20 kilos allowed, even if my scales are wrong.
Today I've been walking around feeling super nervous - know what you mean, Louise, about not feeling Ive done enough. Too late now, though, just have to go through with it.
Good luck to you both in packing and travelling, and looking forward to meeting you at Kili airport.
Safe journeys and all the best
Hi JoHo,i hope you had a great trip to Kilimanjaro,and enjoyed the views from the Uhuru,i made it on the 20/9/12 with no sickness problems,the trip was fantastic,i could not believe the food they served us and how they looked after us,only 4 of us made it to Uhuru,4 made it to stellapoint and the other 3 were not well.
Yahooo ! well done you and the rest of your group,it was an amazing feeling and yes to achieve Uhuru after probably the most tiring nite of your life brings a tear of emotion to most people,and wierd hugging complete strangers lol,i am just planning a trip around Ireland for next june,i have been thinking about a trek to everest base camp in 2014,you have a great hol,well earned :-) .
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