Have just booked Kilimanjaro for September 11th. Be great to hear from anyone else on this trip.
Hi Vickie, I've signed up for the September 11th trek. Actually that's three of us - a friend, Martin also booked. We've just spent 2 days yomping around the south downs... no altitude sickness yet! How's your training going?
Nice to hear from you all. Seems I should have checked for responses sooner!!
Richard- Im booked in with my other half Duncs (now we are at 4!) and we've been up Snowdon and done a few long walks around the Surrey Hills. We are also doing the Yorkshire 3 peaks in end of July... Doesn't quite amount to the lofty heights of kilimanjaro though so hoping its enough!
Also trying to get my head around the kit list, visas,vaccinations etc - lots still to do.
Where are you flying from? (we are going from Heathrow)
Sorry it's taken a time to reply, like you we've been doing as much walking & cycling as possible and not checking in here.
We are both based in East London so we'll also be flying from Heathrow.
Did the London 2 Brighton bike ride last weekend... Phew! (the south coast is not all down hill from london) but great fun.
Unfortunately work keeps throwing a spanner in our plans to get some big hills under our belt but we hope to test our legs & lungs in august.
Fortunately we've both sorted most of the kit already & are now working our way through the vaccinations.
Where are you getting your visas? we're thinking of getting them at the airport upon arrival. ( info on trip adviser suggests it's not a problem ) If you get your visas from the Embassy in London could you please let us know about your experience.
Good luck with the Yorkshire 3 Peaks.
There will be two more along for the ride - my sister and I booked in at the beginning of the year but I've only just got around to taking a look here.
There has been some training taking place. I did the Yorkshire 3Peaks a couple of months ago and we're going to Snowdon in August. A few other walks, but other than that more general exercise.
Kit is pretty much taken care of and so are the vaccinations - although there is still the malarone to get. Where are people sourcing theirs from? Prices seem to vary quite widely.
We are flying out of Heathrow too and planning on getting visas there as it seems like that is recommended.
That kind of makes it all sound so easy .... now just to get to the top!
I meant to write the 10th September but I got the date wrong and couldn't work out how to change it in the forum title. We are getting our jabs next Friday, the cheapest I have found for malarone is to get a prescription from the docs and them by from superdrug (£2.31 per tablet). Not based on much research though so might be worth a look around.
Richard, we are getting the visas on arrival too. I asked Exodus and they said just turn up with the money in clean notes so thats our plan. Absolutely relate to the feeling of work getting in the way of training, though sounds like you guys are pretty sporty anyway - the London to Brighton is not easy (not that Ive done it, bizzarely I can't ride a bike!?!).
Kits pretty much there too, we still need to get first aid kit and other bits and peices and finally decide if we are going to take diamox or not. I can't make up my mind, a friend of ours took it and made it to the top but you never know if that was down to diamox or not, what are your plans?
Feels like it is getting closer now!
Good to see we're all departing Heathrow on 10th, I was getting a tad confused not helped by the fact i'd posted the 11th too. According to the website there are 13 of us confirmed, then there is another group set to leave on the 11th!
Vickie, regarding malarone, that looks like a good price. we ordered online - doctorfox.co.uk - paid £3.21 per tablet. I've spoken to Nomad travel health clinic & they advised us to take diamox with us even if we don't use them. I'll probably wait to see if i get any symptoms. We also bought them from doctorfox... (so this is what he's doing since pop idol)... paid £20.90 for 28 tablets.
I was surprised when i asked about Yellow Fever, it seems that Tanzania is no longer on the list of countries where a vaccination is necessary. I've been given an exemption certificate.... Anyone else come across these?
Vickie, Have you done the Yorkshire 3 Peaks yet? How was it?
Jake, How's the training going?, We're also going to Snowdon next month, except my idea was to take the train up & walk down...
All the best
Ah, well that's good then! Good size group to keep everyone motivated.
I ended up getting my malarone from travelpharm after reading positive reviews, hopefully my experience will be as good! All other jabs etc are finished and I've got a year left on my yellow fever so I'll probably bring the certificate just for the sake of it. You always get a certificate/ passport with yellow fever as you have to prove you've had it on entry to some countries.
I'm really not sure about diamox, I've heard it can have some pretty bad side effects. I've been advised that if you do take it with you, take one before you leave and see what happens. Personal preference I guess, but you shouldn't really take it unless you need to.
Training is going well, just running at the moment to keep general fitness levels up. Snowdon will be the last training walk as it were. Then we'll just have to see how bad the altitude gets. Unfortunately I don't think the train will give my calves/ thighs quite the workout they need!
Going to do a practice pack soon too. Make sure all the weights are within tollerances etc. Should be fine but always worth checking!
Can't believe its only two weeks away!!
The Yorkshire three peaks was stunning, thankfully we had good weather. A few weeks ago I randomly met someone else on our trip - (what are the chances of that?!) Her name is Anita and she is really lovely and upbeat. She said there are 13 of us in total which is a nice sized group.
There is not too much to organise now, kit is done, jabs are done and training is as good as it will be (time will tell if its good enough).
How is everyone else getting on?
PS Richard we got yellow fever exemption certificates too so hope that is ok.
With only a few days till departure i seemed to have developed a nagging voice at the back of my brain... the words of Corporal Jones cry out "Don't Panic!, Don't Panic!" I'd finally assembled all the kit i've amassed, took one look & thought i'm gonna need a bigger bag, maybe a trunk! I'm now planning the practice pack for sunday.... wish me luck.
Apart from my wardrobe problems everything has been going well. Had a great walk in the Surrey hills last weekend, Did Snowdon a few weeks back in the mist, but at least didn't have to queue for the summit! I reckon all things considered the legs should get me to the top, it's just the rest of me i'm not sure about.
Jabs are done, kit assembled. Training done.. sort of. Malarone & Diamox await the moment till they become my new best friends. I'm as ready as i'll ever be. Now, where did i put my boots......
Looking forward to meeting you all. Will probably get to Heathrow good & early tuesday. See you there.
Starting to get excited now. Seems like I've been waiting for this to come round for a long time. Everything seems to fit in the kit bag, with a couple of vital items in the hand luggage just incase the unthinkable happens.
Training is done. Did Snowdon on the August bank holiday weekend - thankfully early on so we missed the crowds. And had a last run end of last week. No more training - more because I don't want to risk a last minute injury than anything else.
I think we are planning on getting to Heathrow about 1700/1730 depending on the reliability of London's transport system. Will be good to meet everyone, watch out for the green kit bags floating around the check in desks!
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