My sister and I have recently booked the Kili climb departing from London on 13 July 2012, and it would be great to hear from anyone else who is also booked on that trip.
We went up Cader Idris last weekend, then back home in time to watch the mighty Welsh play a rugby match.
Have you noticed that our departure date is longer on the website?
Iv'e just had a reply from the Exodus Team confirming the trip is full and that swhy its no longer on the website.
Happy days, here we go! OMG
Hi there, We're trekking the Rongai Route on July 13th – really looking forward to it.
Now, I really should start training...
I did the same trip in December and found asking people who'd done the trip before very useful. Feel free to ask any questions that you have.
Very envious that you guys get to this for the first time.
Had my typhoid and yellow fever, and need to have the third Hep B jab in a couple of weeks. Also need to get some malaria and altitude sicknees pills.
We have started thinking about what clothing to take, particularly for the final ascent when it is really cold. Any thoughts on whether a ski jacket and trousers would do (with layers underneath) or should we be looking for something different?
Hi Suzy. I've just got to get my yellow fever sorted at another clinic as mine dosen't do it, tell my practice nurse which maleria tabs I want and have chat with doc about diamox for the alltitude (which is my one worry really). As for clothes I thought I would try and do the final ascent naked except for a bobble hat!!!
:-) No seriously, I've got a North Face down jacket and other layers, which talking to friends that have done Kili' say should be fine. They have said that lots of people take too much stuff with them and that you tend to wear the same gear day after day when on the mountain, obviously not underwear, and socks! lol. I'm already looking forward to a shower back in the hotel (and maybe a light shandy) when we get back down.
So I'm just going to be following the kit list from Exodus, we should be getting our kitbags from them soon I would think.
ps . how did the half marathon go?
Hello, my names Emma, my friend Clare and I are doing Kilimanjaro as a 30th Brithday present to ourselves and a marker for us both turning 30. We have done quite a bit of walking in the past but nothing at this altitude so hoping fitness isn't going to be a problem but we'll see I guess.
Looking forward to meeting you all in person.
Good Evening Emma & Clare, hopefully it will be a trip to remember, and nice to here fitness isnt going to be a problem, as i might need carrying,
ive finally started collecting my kit together, and 3 more needles to go, my arm is like a pin cushion,
now really looking forward to the trip and meeting you all
Hi Emma and Claire, and everyone else!
I have also justified the cost of the holiday as a 30th birthday present to myself - its my birthday the weekend before we go!
Jabs all done now, got the diamox, just need to get the malaria tablets. I am starting to get the rest of the kit together, but I think this weekend will involve a lot of shopping for the bits and bobs that I have realised I dont have!
Starting to get excited/nervous, but Lizzy (my sister) and I are looking forward to meeting everyone.
My birthday next weekend too (7th) a couple of years older than 30 tho ;-).
Just thinking, this time in 2 weeks we will all be in the air and on our way!!!
Hey all, my name's Alexis and I'll also be on this trip. Turning 30 as well - 30 seems like a good year to try and scale a mountain huh?
Jabs done, diamox received from good ol' Dr. Fox, and starting the Malaria pills on Wednesday. I think I've also visited about every single camping/trekking shop in London in the past week to gather all the kit. Can't wait to get going now!
Look forward to meeting you all :)
Hi everyone, its nearly time to start doubting if we've got everything sorted? i'm bound to forget something.
I'm gonna start packing tonight just in case, and I can't remember where I got this from but a good idea is to pack the Exodus kit bag flat into a normal suitcase with your stuff and then just put your mountain gear in it when at the hotel and leave suitcase in hotel storage with the items you dont need up there. (lets face it if anyone wants to nick some serious monies worth then an Exodus kit bag is a dead give away!!!)
Just a quick tip from a couple of freinds who have already done this, hand sanitizer, imodium, water purification tabs and baby wipes added to the bag of bits and bobs.
Also spare laces etc that you normally have in your bag, oh and batteries for cameras keep them wrapped up in a sock or something as they dont like the cold!!!
All back safely! It was great to meet you all, We had a really awesome time and couldn't have hoped for a better group to trek along with. Hope to see you again down the line, whether it be in an ice-drenched, blisteringly cold, arctic wasteland with gale-force, stinging needle-winds perched atop a prehistoric, frozen supervolcano... or maybe just in a nice pub.
Stay warm, stay safe, stay lucky!
Hi everyone, hope your all recovered and thinking 'what next'?
Was the weather really that bad? YES IT WAS! on summit night anyway, but it was soon forgotten. Great group thanks for the company and laughs, and congratulations to Karl & Alexis.
Take care all Gary.
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