Hi fellow trekers!

Hi fellow trekers, I'm Kev-just signed up for this trip. I'm going alone so would be nice to here from others on this trip.

Hi Kev and others!  I've just signed up too - great to meet you!  I'm also travelling alone so it would be brill to get acquainted in advance.  Who's excited?!  

Kev - I have a question if you don't mind.  You booked a couple of months ago, right?  Did you get your kitbag yet?  I was just wondering if we're automatically sent one or need to request one separately.  I'd also be keen to know whether you think it's a good bag...

Cheers for now!
Kim x

Hi, 

i'm also doing the EBC trek departing in March. Can I ask which departure date your both on? I'm departing on March 30th and traveling alone. 

Can't wait for the adventure to begin!

Soph

Hi Soph!  

Yes - so excited!  I'm actually flying out on March 7th and returning on March 26th, so it looks like we're not on the same trip.  That's a shame!  I'll have to send you a quick message with any tip when I get back! :)

Cheers

Kim x

Hi Kim,

any top tips on your return would be amazing! In particular about staying warm at night. Are you going to take your own sleeping bag and down jacket? I'm thinking of hiring through exodus but still got a while to decide. If you find any helpful blogs or websites please let me know, I found this the other day with a good section on training.

http://iantaylortrekking.com/top-10-tips-for-a-trek-to-everest-base-camp/

 

Soph x

Hi Soph,

Absolutely - I'll make sure I get on the forum as soon as I'm back!  I'll definitely be taking my own sleeping bag as I need to buy a new one anyway.  And I have a down jacket already, this one:

https://rab.equipment/uk/womens/insulation/electron-jacket-31

However, I'm currently trying to decide whether it's warm enough for the Himalayas!  Since we're going in March/April, my instinct is that it will actually be OK as temperatures will be on the up... but I will definitely be doing more research, just to be sure :) I also have a waterproof jacket that'll stop the wind, etc.  What do you think?  If I do decide that a warmer jacket is necessary then I'll probably rent one, as I don't know if I'll use it enough after the trip to justify the cost of buying one.  So I would agree with your initital idea to rent from Exodus.  They are just so damn expensive to buy!

Thanks for the link - have bookmarked it, very useful!  I'll let you know which ones I come across!

Cheers for now

Kim x

I'm booked on the Everest and Gokyo Lakes trek departing 7th March - Hi Kim, I think that must be the same trip that you are on?

I've never done a trip like this before so looking forward to it with some trepidation! I guess at 56 I'm likely to be at the older end of the demographic for a trip like this but hopefully I'll be able to keep up! I am quite fit and plan on doing as much as I can to build up to it over the coming months. In fact it will be my 57th birthday on the 23rd March which I think is the last night of the trek back in Lukla so assuming I make it that far I will buy everyone a beer!!

Paul

Hi Paul!  Great to be introduced and yes it looks like we'll be on the same trip - look forward to meeting in person!  

I too have never done a trip as difficult and long as this so I share your anxienty.  I will be 31 next March so could be forgiven for taking fitness/endurance for granted, but I am already learning that things aren't quite as easy as they were in my twenties!  So I too need to get training: fortuitously, I'll be spending Christmas near South Wales so I'm planning a few trips up into the hills so I can get used to feeling tired, cold and miserable!

How lovely that you'll have your birthday on the trip - although I think it'll need to be us buying you beer, surely?!  Either way, definitely a goal to look forward to :)

I'm off to have a first look for extra kit this weekend - I'll report back with any gems I find!

Cheers
Kim

Well I'm certainly not going to object if anyone wants to buy me a beer for my birthday! :)

I'm planning on doing a few days in Snowdonia at some point but with Snowdon at about 1000 metres and base camp at over 5000 metres it kind of puts it into perspective!

I've been researching kit as well, I already have quite a lot of the stuff I will need, boots, backpack etc. and like you I have a down jacket that I think should be OK with the right layers beneath it but there are still quite a few things I will need to get (there will be no shortage of ideas to put on my Christmas present list this year!). I'm not keen on the idea of renting a sleeping bag so will probably buy one but haven't decided on which one yet, as someone who feels the cold I want to make sure I get the right one!

Paul

Hi Paul, all,

Yes absolutely - it's going to be a very functional Chritmas list isn't it!  It's actually my birthday this Saturday too - so very excited to make a head start on that list. 

One thought, although you might have a different preference: when it comes to sleeping bags, I don't think you can beat Rab.  I'll probably be buying out of the Rab Neutrino (Womens) range, which is pretty light weightwise, and combine it with a silk liner for the colder temps in Nepal.  In my experience Rab has brilliant customer service, and from a few friends in the forces I know that it is the British Army's brand of choice, too.  However if you have any other advice, or favourite brands, it would be great to know!

One question to the floor: what size day pack do you intend to take?  

Cheers for now and have a great day all!
Kim x

Hi Kim, 

i had an 18litre bag I was hoping to use but after doing Snowdon this week and a few days out on the Coastal Path I'm thinking it might be a bit small so interested to see what others thoughts are on this. Also any advI've on best brands for boots? I have a problem with my circulation so need them to be warm and got some thick smart wool socks ready to try them on. I've heard Salomon soles are not very good? Are there any brands you would recommend?

thanks

Soph

Happy Birthday for Saturday Kim! :)

I have looked at the Rab sleeping bags and they do look good quality so I may end up investing in one of those. As for the day pack most sites I have looked at seem to suggest 25 - 35 litres as a suitable size, I have a 35 litre one so think that should be plenty big enough.

Hi Soph, I can recommend Scarpa boots, they are not the cheapest but the ones I have are definitely the most comfortable walking boots I've ever had.

Paul

I Just got a good deal on a Rab Summit 800 sleeping bag, they are £355 on the Rab website but I got one for £199 from here:-

https://www.climbers-shop.com/10940972/products/rab-summit-800-sleeping-bag--right-zip.aspx?origin=pla&kwd=&currency=GBP&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIxKyQzerj1gIVhbftCh2DUwlxEAQYAiABEgKNL_D_BwE

They are rated as -15 C so hopefully it will be warm enough!


Hi all,

 

I've booked on the March 16th trip, very much looking forward to it!.

Anyone else booked on this date?

Hi Paul, I'm not on the same trip, I'm on the Everest & Gokyo Lakes trip departing on March 7th so perhaps we will pass somewhere along the trail!

It seems to have gone a bit quiet here on the forum but hopefully more people will chime in as we get nearer to the date.

Hi guys!

Sadly Paul R, I am too on the March 7th trip, but echo Paul D's sentiment that hopefully we see you out on the trail!

I've been meaning to get in touch with everyone to ask if you have bought insurance yet?  I need to get on that.  I am going to get a quote from the British Mountaineering Council (as a member I'll get a modest discount) but was wondering if anyone else had any recommendations?

Thank you!  Hope you're all well :)

Kim x

Hi Kim,

I haven't got my insurance yet but was thinking I would probably get it from Exodus (simply for convenience more than anything else!). I think the single trip policy was about £108 but if you find any better deals let me know!

Hi,

Some advice re keeping warm, as I have done this trek (in Oct/Nov, think temperatures are similar).

Layers of course, you will heat up as you walk.

Down Jacket.

Hat that covers ears, perhaps even a balaclava for when the wind really bites, or at least a buff/scarf.

Warm sleeping bag. I used a "Technicals" 700+ down, upper comfort temp 17 deg C, usual comfort rating 1 to -4, risk rating after -22.

Small hot water bottle, or do as I did, SIGG bottle in a sock (or else it gets too hot to hold from about 1 second after the waters gone in!), in your sleeping bag at night, you will be toasty warm! Get hot water from teahouse kitchen before they close down for the night

Regards,

June

 

Thanks so much June for your brilliant advice!

I need to buy a new sleeping bag for this trip, mostly to get a better warmth-to-weight ratio than I get from my current heavy one.  I have pretty much decided on the Rab Neutrino 400 which has an ideal comfort rating of 2.5C, and a lower comfort limit of -3C.  There is a warmer option, Neutrino 600 (ideal comfort rating -3C, comfort limit -9.5C), which given that we can expect the lowest min temps to be about -10C (does that sound right?) might be a more sensible option.  However, I am planning on dressing warm at night and I'll be using a silk sleeping bag liner which always adds a few degrees of comfort.  The reason I'm keen on the more lightweight sleeping bag is that it'll be a better fit for the sort of trips I'll do in the future (not as cold/alpine as Himalayas) and it's obviously cheaper and lighter.  June - do you think I'd be making a huge mistake going wth the lighter sleeping bag?  Is it worth going with the warmer one?

Would welcome any thoughts from anyone who's got their sleeping bag sorted.

Either way I'm DEFINITELY bringing a container for hot water at night - good shout June!

Cheers!

Kim x

I think you will fine with the 400, especially with a hot water bottle.

Remember, that min of -10 is for outside, inside will be warmer.

Regards,

June

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