Hi there I'm also on this trip. Never done anything like this before so you're not the only ones that are feeling a little anxious. Looking forward it, see you there .
David (fellow Scot)
Great to hear we have another fellow Scot in the group. We are both originally from Aberdeen but now live in Banff. Where abouts do you hail from? We've climbed a few Munroes and are keeping up the walking regime but as far as the altitude sickness goes apparently it is something you cannot train for :-( I was speaking to one of the guys from Exodus and he happened to mention that there would be 9 females and 3 males in the group.
I'm from Bonnybridge which is near Falkirk. I have spoken to a few people who have done Kili and they all said they had off days with some form of altitude sickness. They also said take your time, so I think thats going to be my plan. Are you guys on the group flight?
Forgive me for intruding on your thread, I did Shira route which this links with this route. Significant tips are: wet wipes (hand gel simply smears the dust and boy, it gets everywhere! thoough they create rubbish for porters to bring off mountain), layers....it gets v cold at night, i took sleeping mat but others hired them locally....these ones were far more comfortable, ear plugs! keep batteries in sleepig bag with you, if you can afford it, a tent on your own, I was lucky and got one because of the makeup of the group....two in a tent is cosy & warm but tight for space, final summit....layers, cold at night, hot when sun comes up, sweets such as fruit pastilles, jelly babies etc for all week, my water froze (despite having camelback thermal kit.....a bottle inside your rucksack would be a solution for when bladder pipe eventually freezes, walking poles help you get into a rhythm and are great for final descent, do as they tell you, do the extra walks, eat what they give you despite the fact you won't have an appetite, drink loads, half our group took diamox.....all ok and all made it to the top, one guy who didn't and got ill at the top....guides response was very quick and he was brought down immediately, others who didn't were ok....personal choice. Enjoy the final summit.....it'll all be over before you realise it!
Thanks Jo for taking the time to post and for all your helpful advice. Anything that helps make the experience easier and even more enjoyable is good in my book.
David, can I ask, are you in the medical profession? I noticed part of your username is 999 and thought you might do something along that line? or am I well off the mark! No, we are doing our own flights. The exodus flight times for us meant that we were going to arrive late in the evening of the 25th. We didn't want to get in that late especially when we would have to get our kit all sorted out before setting off the following day so we are flying out on the 24th and will make our way back to the airport on the 25th to meet up with the group. We are flying from Aberdeen via Amsterdam. Can't believe it's only 3 weeks to go!
Thanks Jane for the top tips.
Lindsay, unfotunately you're well off the mark. I'm a power engineer. Truth be told 999 is part of my e.mail address, makes my username easy to remember. Sounds like you guys have got it sussed getting there early.
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