Im leaving on the 15th to do Kilimanjaro - you doing the serengeti first? Have you done anything like this before? This is my first time and am travelling a lone - should be a great adventure!!
We'll be on this trip with you, really excited now!
Are you on the same trip.....I travelled with exodus a few years back and there were 2 guys travelling alone in a small group of 6 but they werent alone for long as you become a close knit group very quickly getting you through the tougher bits.
Hi Natalie, that's great that you'll be joining us. Only 11.5 weeks to go now, and I'm very excited too. Are you training hard ? I am trying to get myself fit, but I'm not sure I have enough time left !!!
Hi Pete, Scott and Natalie
Just booked this last week, excited and a little apprehensive. Not sure you can train for altitude. Do you suppose going and sleeping in the loft counts?!
When i booked they said there were already 10 on the trip so hopefully a merry little gang.
been on 4 previous exodus trips, all good, this is the first two week trip.
Look forward to meeting you all.
I'm sure my plan was to get fit back in January but suddenly only 69 days to go (yes i'm counting!) We're heading to Eastbourne next weekend to get a nice long walk in albeit no comparison to Kili! I travelled with exodus 4 years ago and did a 21 day trek which was very hard and amazingly brilliant but thankfully this one is a grade easier which should tie in with the the years that have past and my lack of walking for days on end in between!!
Looking forward to meeting everyone.....are you travelling from Heathrow on 14th or joining out there?
Hey Natalie, I'm travelling from Heathrow on the 14th.
I've never done anything like climbing Kili before, although I did manage Scafell Pike in the Lakes about a month ago (although I couldn't walk the following day). I've started a jogging routine, but with the Olympics, I've barely left the sofa for a week, and this is unlikely to change this week. But still 10 weeks to go, so hoping to turn this around. I'm really looking foward to the trip and meeting everyone, although like Gordon, a little apprehensive about it too - the altitude particularly.
I'm definitely no expert on altitude, on my one and only other trek we had top altitude of 5545 obviously we go another 400 or so with this one but all I can say is that we all helped each other through the tough bits and the guides were amazing. Nothing I did before the last trip prepared me for the effects of altitude i didnt realise how slow i could walk at times every step feeling like the world was on my shoulders but you soon see even some of the more experienced altitude walkers suffer too and you are not alone. And once you reach the end of the day you forget the pain (kinda) and look forward to the next! I seem to remember a lot of emphasis being put on breathing and hydration......At least this trip is cushioned each side with safari and beach!
Ok, Typhoid injection in one arm and Hepatitis A in the other, appointment booked for Yellow fever jab. discussion about Maleria tablets, the the most expensive needs taking for the least time and has the fewist side effects, as though now I am going to go for the cheap option. Scary leaflets read. i know I have yet to go on this holiday but, i find my mind turning to next year, - 14 days in Bognor seems attractive.
Yep, flying from Heathrow on the group flight as well.
When I spoke to the nurse she reccommended having a rabies jab as it is prevalent in the area......has anyone else had this info??
the nurse I saw mentioned Rabies. However provided we were going to be within 24hours drive of proper medical help then not required. So I assume that on the game drive we are. I am assuming that on Kili there will not be animals. I cannot recall friends who have climbed Kili mentioning having a Rabies jab. The nurse did give me the scary leaflet to read about not approaching animails. Oddly enough I hadn't thought of patting a lion on the head anyway.
So, seems like one of those things without a right answer.
thanks for the advice, all jabs done now just malaria tabs to go....I went for the more expensive ones in the end as with the other option one of the side effects was sun sensitivity, didnt want to risk that with my luck!
Not long now think i've bought almost everything that i need now but sure i've forgotten something, hows everyone else doing?
Only just over a month to go!! Woo!! Injections booked for this week and next week, Malerone on order and last week I went shopping for hiking gear..only a few things to get now. Looking forward to meeting you all!!! By the way I'm having the rabies jab...the nurse said it was up to me...but I'm not taking any chances
I so want to start packing but am refraining (just) its coming around quickly!
I've just read through the FAQ's for the trip and it suggests packing the bag within a suitcase and then only taking what is needed for kili and leaving the rest at the hotel in the case, (not sure if I trust my organisational skills for that but a few weeks yet to decide!) I must admit on the last trek we were gutted that others had nice fresh clean clothes waiting for them!!!
and just in case you've not heard of compede Pete its great stuff for blisters, (just don't peel it off too early)
I've been looking at the visa info and think i'm going to get mine on arrival - anyone else doing it this way?
also....anyone know what temps to expect day/night on safari?
Yes I saw that advice about taking two bags, with the Exodus one inside it. I'm taking a duffell bag which I'll put all the kit into, including the Exodus bag, and use that to leave behind at the hotel with none-climbing stuff while we do the safari (which isn't much to be honest). Apparently the porters won't carry anything more than 15kg. The first couple of days, when it's still hot, they'll carry everything I guess, but on the last couple of days, the bags will be quite empty, as we'll be wearing everything by then. I know someone who did Kili earlier in the year and they remarked on how COLD it was when the sun went down on the last couple of nights, so recommended two fleeces and plenty of thermals for when you're sat around camp.
The Embassy is only 10 minutes from where I work, so getting the visa was easy, but yes, I have also heard, and the guide books confirm, that getting a Visa when you arrive is fine. I also managed to get a prescription for some Diamox, which helps you acclimatise to the altitude quicker. Might be worth investigating, but you do need a prescription for it.
Thanks Natalie, I will check out that Compede .. my blisters are just about healed so I should be fine for another walk this weekend, but I'll wear my boots instead of those silly trainers I wore last week. I have rented a sleeping mat and Sleeping bag from Exodus - I had a look at them in the shops, but a 5 season one costs a fortune, and I'd certainly never fit that and everything else into my kit bag - renting them seemed much easier !
4 (and a bit) weeks to go !!
Just re-reading the notes are we thinking pack up to 20kg (but able to go down to 15 for trek) plus hand luggage? I'm just wondering about the smaller planes for the domestic flights.....
I'm currently getting towards the end of a bout of flu - hope everyone else has escaped it and continues to do so!!!
All jabs done just got to get my malaria tablets from chemist almost set me thinks - everyone ready?
see you soon woo hoo!
Hello DaveyD. thanks for the post about the Visa, I had a moment of doubt after Pete's post.
I too have had a practice pack, actually haven't yet had a practice unpack, so I think it now counts as a bit of very early packing.
Natallie, I was not sure about the weights so I emailed Exocus and Marta has responded:
'you may carry a bag of 23kg through out your whole journey'
given all the warm stuff I am taking Kili, I will need the weight limit, everyone I have spoken to comments on how cold it is on the last two nights
Anyone wish to meet up at the airport?
Sure good idea, we're aiming to be at Heathrow for 5pm......
Pete and all
not sure I wish to put mobile on open forum. I have created a new gmail account.
firstname.lastname@example.org If you wish to email me your mobile number, quoting our flight number as a cross check then I can pass on any I receive.
I should be at the airport about 3 hours before departure, if you wish to meet up before check-in, if not we tend to be spread out over the whole plan.
All becoming a bit real now. re-reading the trip notes to see if there is anything I have missed. not like a ski holiday where I can always nip down the shops if I have forgotten anything.
see you all next sunday.
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