TYR-Mt Kilimanjaro Shira Route trek

Hi, is there anyone else out there doing this trek up Mt Kilimanjaro trek up the Shira route departing on the 9th October 2009?

fannngg

Gary Fanning

fannngg

hi smiler, myself and michelle will be there also

Gary Fanning

Hi Gary & MIchelle. Nice to meet you. I live in Cornwall. I am looking forward to when we go which I am sure you are as well. 

CLIVE PANNELL

fannngg

Hi Clive

we got our boots and socks last saturday and now just need to break them in !

we were in cornwall for the may bank holiday weekend, well impressed !

Gary Fanning

Hi All

I am booked for the 8th October - kit getting sorted (I think) but the planned 6 month exercise programme hasn't really got off the ground...!

Should be a fantastic experience (regardless of reaching the top!)

Sure we'll have lots of kit/luggage questions in the next few weeks!

Best wishes

Nick

Hi Nick, hope all is well. The exercise regime I planned has not progressed as I hoped but I still remain confident that I will get to the top.  I've got most of the kit now (at great expense) just the odd items to get. Looking forward to the trip. I am also raising money for the Cornwall Air Ambulance at the same time. 

CLIVE PANNELL

fannngg

hi Nick, yes this is turning into a rather exciting but expensive adventure ! training regime in dublin is a bit hit n miss also, not sure we will set any records but should be great craic !

 

Gary Fanning

mikoman

Hi, I'm also on that trip. It's the first time I do something like it. Looking forward to it, but getting all the gear is very expensive!

Hi Milkoman. How are you? Hope all is well. I'm Clive, I live in Cornwall. I'm too looking forward to the trip. Yes the initial outlay for equipment is expensive but once you have you got for other trips.  

CLIVE PANNELL

mikoman

Hi Clive,

Thanks, I'm doing well. I live in London. I'm still thinking about what gear to get. It would be great if we could all list the gear we plan to take with us. It takes quite a lot of time to prepare everything. At least all vaccination is sorted. Gear and Visa comes next...

Michael

Hi Michael,

Well I'm taking a 4/5 season sleeping bag, 45 litre rucksack, 3 litre hydration system, waterproof/breathable mittens and gloves which goes inside the mittens, a warm hat that has fur on the inside with ear flaps to keep my ears warm, top quality walking boots, waterproof/breathable jacket, waterproof leggings, a fleece neck warmer, several pairs of walking socks, thermals, 2-3 pairs of walking trousers, headtorch (with spare batteries).

If I think of any more I will post them. 

 

CLIVE PANNELL

There seem to be mixed messages re visas - it seems to be fairly easy to get a visa on arrival but I think I'll play safe and get a visa beforehand through Travelcour - one less thing to worry about... (and the walk to the post box will count towards my exercise plan!?!)

 

Nick

Looks like a really good idea - I'm up for it!!

Will register my interest with Trek Hire tomorrow!!  

Looks like it will answer lots of useful questions (including "are my knees up to it?!")

Nick

Hi All,

Have got my visa back via Travcour - very quick and efficient turnaround. Obviously more expensive than getting it at the border but with everything else to think about I decided to cross another thing off a very long list!

Am booked for the trek training day on Sept 19th - anyone else going?? Looks like a good preparation hike with lots of trekking advice thrown in.

Just about got all my kit but haven't quite worked out how I am going to wear it all (and how I'm going to pack it all for the flight!).  Still paranoid about the cold on summit night!

Am hoping my 35l daysack will be OK as cabin luggage for the flight - can't see any other way of doing it??

Hope all your preparations are going well - good Departure Lounge thread for one of the Sept Kilimanjaro trips which shows we are all going through the same worries!
Best wishes

 Nick

fannngg

hi all

anybody travelling from nairobi down to arusha? our flight does not land till 1450 and so we will miss the 1400 bus transfer!

 

Gary Fanning

Hi All

Have just booked to hire a sleeping mat - saw a post from an member of the Exodus team describing 5cm thick foam mats which can be hired for the trek.  He described them as much better than a Thermarest mat (which he rated highly) AND it doesn't count as part of your kit to be portered so saves weight and space in your kit bag!! Have also confirmed with Exodus that the first night's hotel uses UK power plugs in case you have any last minute charging to do.

Sorted my Malarone - Boots.co.uk seemed a good price and now have to see a GP to beg for Diamox.  Almost getting sorted!!

As I mentioned before there are some very interesting Kilimanjaro threads in the Sept Departures forum - very useful information particularly from people who have recently returned - may be of interest to some of you? 

Anyone else doing the Training Trek in Surrey on the 19th??

Gary and Michelle - hope your transfer to Arusha gets sorted out for you!  I (and others?) are on an earlier Heathrow flight but haven't been given a bus tranfer time yet so may yet have similar problems!!

Best wishes

Nick

Hi Clive

My personal take on Diamox is that it solely aids acclimatization. It is not a miracle drug but in conjunction with a sensible approach to altitude (reasonable rate of ascent, "climb high, sleep low" and good hydration) it enhances the natural acclimatization process.  It is a weak diuretic which subtly alters the acidity of the blood and indirectly stimulates breathing at a time when your natural respiratory drive is very low (because of the low oxygen levels at altitude).  It does not treat altitude sickness (other than accelerating the body's adaptation to deal with altitude), it does not mask symptoms or signs of altitude sickness and, apart from the common side effect of tingling/numbness, it appears to be relatively safe.  Although it does not have a UK/European licence for altitude use, it is, I believe, licensed by the FDA in the States for this purpose.  I have obtained a prescription from my GP and will probably use it prophylactically - ie before symptoms occur. If nothing else, a half dose may help even out your breathing at night when you are asleep so you can sleep better.

This is purely a personal view but I am concerned by statements I've seen that it masks symptoms/signs etc and is therefore inherently dangerous which from my reading I don't believe to be true.  (The tablets come in packets of 112 as standard so I'm sure people will have plenty of spare if others aren't sure at this stage!!)

Nick

Bringing our thread back to the top but unfortunately it's to announce I won't be on the trip...  I developed an E coli infection out of the blue 3 weeks ago and despite initially responding well, it is back (they don't know why) and today I was informed by my (very sensible) physician that he does not consider it is safe/sensible for me to travel.  Am bitterly disappointed after so much physical (and mental) build up since the Spring and more recently, endless staring at the Exodus bag and the somewhat larger pile of kit by it, that was meant to fit inside...  Can't believe how disappointed I am...

I do hope you all have a fantastic time and all get to the top. 

Very best wishes to you all - have a great trek!

Nick

fannngg

thats terrible news, really bad luck mate

 Gary

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