I think I was the last one to book. Trip now full! See you there :-)
Am planning my travel to Heathrow for this trip and I will be driving there from Cornwall. Anyone living on or near the route is welcome to join me. Let me know and we can arrange a pick up.
Hi David and Stefan,
With just over 4 weeks to go I thought I should say hello as you haven't had a huge response to your post!! Maybe it's your avatar as it looks a bit too professional for my liking. I am strictly a beginner when it comes to this climbing lark.
At 61 years of age I thought I would be the oldest member, but exodus tell me there is someone even older than me in the group. In fact there are 3 people on their 60's and 4 in their 50's so it looks like zimmer frames all round.
I live in Newcastle upon Tyne so unless you would like to make a 600+ mile detour it looks like I will have to make my own way to Heathrow.
I presume most, if not all, the members in the group are seasoned high altitude trekkers and don't need any advice from me, but I have been to Kathmandu before on the Everest Base Camp trip and if anyone has any questions I would be happy to try and answer them.
Hi Trevor, nice to hear from some more people!
I'm also a 'trekker', not a climber so there will be at least 2 people with a slightly worried facial expression! I'll be flying down from Manchester. Looking forward to meeting all.
Hi Trevor and Stefan,
Looks like it will be a lonely drive from deepest Cornwall, but worth it! Look forward to meeting you both. Trevor, if you look carefully at the picture you will see that there is a ladder just below me and that I am well and truly attached to the rock (I am also one of the late 50's so we can huff and puff up the hill together)!
Oh dear I think it might be me that is the oldest! I am sadly above Trevor's youthful 61 but perhaps someone could push me up. I have a huge pile of gear which is probably too heavy and won't all fit in the bags so no doubt some unpacking will keep me occupied.
I gather there are 4 in their 60s; 4 in their 50s, 4 in their 40s; one in the 20s and one unknown. £ ladies, one of whom is my partner Jackie. So that is all the gossip I know.
I can't remember if it is better to change money at the airport or hotel; anyone know though I guess the airport would seem a better guess.
Jackie and I are really looking foward to the trip and meeting you all, though the trek and climb are going to be demanding without doubt.
All the best
Blimey! Haven't been called youthful for a long time so it's good to hear from you Hugh (and Jackie). I was told that there was a father and son in the group so I guess the 20 year old will be the son and hopefully he won't be too put out that he is with a bunch of oldies. Last time, I changed all my money at the hotel. I don't remember seeing anywhere at the airport. Kathmandu Airport is not the most modern airport in the world, as you will see. One thing that I do remember is that people on my previous trip expected to use the ATM's in Kathmandu to get money. They soon found that the ATM's either didn't work or wouldn't accept their cards. They did get money eventually, after about 2 hours, with the guide going from one ATM to the next. It was a real pain for them and wasted quite a bit of time. I suggest you take cash.
David, can't see that ladder but I'll believe you. I've now found out what a Jumar and Prusik Loops are and I've also been watching some videos of people who have done Mera Peak. I now consider myself a fully qualified armchair mountaineer!! The practical will have to wait for a few weeks yet.
With just over 3 weeks to go now, lets see if anyone else chips in.
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