Im going!! getting to the stage where i should be brushing off my old anorak and cleaning my wellies :p It wont happent 'till the day before we leave though... and then ill be panicking!
Good to hear from you. I had the feeling that I was going on my own. I hasve spoken to so many people about this trip, and everyone has such different advice I don't know who to listen to. Have you been on any other trip like this? I've done the Inca trail in April 10 but that's it so I'm a bit apprehensive.
Bit of a late comer to the thread but I've been booked on the trip for a while. I'm a keen hillwalker but I've never been hiking / climbing at this kind of altitude! As Anneli said, fitter people tend to suffer from AMS (Altitude Mountain Sickness) moreso than others and in fact there is some evidence to suggest smokers cope better as they are used to having depleted oxygen levels! It's probably a bit late to any training but using the cross trainer and quad press in the gym is the best prep you can do aside from actually walking up hills for 8 hours a day.
Really important to wear your gear in if you can, especially your footwear! I was out walking a couple of weeks ago and found that my boots had split so I've been busy trying to break in a new pair. I will also be going to speak to my GP this week about a drug called Diamox which can markedly reduce the effects of AMS (http://www.traveldoctor.co.uk/altitude.htm)
AMS - Acute Mountain Sickness!
And then there were three...
Humph! Ive not long given up smoking and now ya tell me it helps?? Ha Ha!
Ive gotten myself some Diamox as well as some malaria tabs, luckily I dont need yellow fever, tetnus or any of the Hep jabs (advantages of being a seaman!) There seems to be some disagreement as to whether Diamox is a good idea, but if it helps me get to the top then im game!
Nows a good time to test out the thermals anyway!
Yeah, I stopped last summer but I've no intention of starting again for Kili! I work in the offshore industry as well (geotechnical engineer - not Merchant Navy) so I'm all up to date with my jabs. Totally forgot about the malaria tabs - ta!
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