just wondering whether there are any others on the Inca Trail - or if any one has any tips/hints about the trip.
hey Susan, I'm about to start training and my first job will be breaking in a new pair of boots! have you done anything like this before? This will be my first 'adventure'!!
Hi Susan, the Inca trail has been a dream since 1999, finally it's almost time! I'm am assuming I'm on the group flight out of Heathrow, are you flyimg from London too? Amanda :)
Yes, perhaps we can meet up in the departure lounge. I'm trying to exercise in some form most days, and doing one longish hike each week, about 12 miles with as many hills as possible, but it's not exactly mountainous in the East Midlands! How are your new boots? Susan :)
Hi Susan, I think the coca leaves are supposed to have properties in them help with acclimitisation and other ailments. Apparently they're used in teas/drinks and can be chewed. It's legal in Peru but we can't bring any home as it contains cocaine?!!! I'm a bit confused re the exodus kit bag - are you planning to take a separate piece of luggage (in addition to the kit bag) and then decant some stuff for the trek itself (+ day sack?) I thought that we could use the kit bag as the sole piece of large luggage (to be left at hotel in Cuzco) and then pack a duffle bag which is portered up. I think I've got the wrong end of the stick!! Have been ooking at day packs today - advised to get a 'female' style if poss as would be so much more comfortable and they are!! Not yet decided on which one although I finally decided on a sleeping bag - went for a Rab 900 in the end, a bit pricier than I was originally going to spend but I had a lucky win on the national last saturday (66-1) and won £422.50 for a fiver bet each way - Yay!! If I'm not warm enough in that then there's no hope for me! I am hoping to trek up Kilimanjaro if all goes well with MP so it will be good for that trip too. I have to say, this whole kit thing is a challenge in itself; which brand, which type etc! My next challenge is some sort of jacket - wish me luck haha !!
Hey Susan, Mim and James - great to 'meet' you :)
Susan, I'm still having problems deciding on a back pack and coat, it will be over by the time I get my act together! You've made a really good point Susan, hadn't thought about luggage going awol - but will defo be wearing the essential items like boots etc on the way out.
I haven't been walking as far in the past couple of weeks, although I've been in the gym - work etc getting in the way and I celebrated my birthday yesterday by doing a tandem skydive - overwhelmingly fantastic!!! I now have to re group, get my head out of the clouds (literally) and think about July. M&J - have you done anything like this before? X
Hiya Guys, Paul and I will also be joining you on the 24th. Unfortunately due to work committments haven't had any time to do any training so think we'll be the one's trailing behind you Susan. Trekked in Nepal many many years ago but nothing since, although I did the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge last year which nearly finished me off. Promised myself that I would never do anything remotely like it again - and here I am - suppose its like labour, the pain is soon forgotten afterwards. I believe that we can hire sleeping bags locally which saves the trail but not sure what state they will be in. We've decided to do the alternative Moonstone route which uses horses for porterage so at least we won't have the 7kg weight restriction - whooppee i'll be able to change my knickers!! Exodus have told me that there are 12 of us booked for the Moonstone so should be good. As for the dreaded altitude sickness, I have been recommended Acetazolamide (diamox) tablets which you can get on private perscription from your GP. Anyway you are all putting me to shame so I had better get some training in over the next couple of weeks.
Looking forward to meeting you all at Heathrow. Trisha x
Hi Trisha & Paul!was just reading your comment on Diamox tablets, do you know roughly how much you would be paying for it alongside with the prescription?As regarding to fitness I wouldn't worry too much I bet there will be a lot of us not as prepared as Amanda as Susan xD
Hi Everyone - sorry it's taken so long to reply!
Well, just a few short days before we set off and so much still to do. Like you Susan, unfotunately events have over taken me and I've not managed to get in half the training I would have like. We had a fire at home which gutted our garage and I hurt my back dragging gas bottles away - don't ask!! A couple of weeks ago I did manange half of the 55 mile walking challenge before developing massive blisters in the searing heat meant that I couldn't do day 2!! I'm panicking slightly now (although my boots are not new!) but have spent a small mortgage on compeed and various other remedies so hopefully it won't be too bad.
Heavens knows how i'll manage to stick to the 7kg limit - is everyone the same, I've so much to take (and that's leaving the hairdryer & Straightners....maybe it's just me haha!!) For those of us flying out of LHR, what time are you guys getting there? I have to say, I'm a bit concerned about the Lima- Cuzco luggage reclaim s ituation, but I'm sure it will be fine!!!
Really looking forward to meeting you all, see you soon - Amanda :) X ps: don't forget yer' loo roll!!
I am leaving the North East around 11am by train and I am hoping to get to Heathrow around 3:30pm. Unlike you I am doing the Moonstone Trek instead but will obviously meet up with you all at the start and afterwards. I have been excited for weeks but starting to feel a little nervous now about whether or not I am fit enough! Have spent a couple of weekends in the Lake District recently. I have never walked with trekking poles before but have bought some for this trip. Has anyone else tried them - are they easy and do they help? Looking forward to meeting you all.
We're flying down from Manchester so due to arrive Heathrow around 1630. Like you Hazel, Paul and I are doing the Moonstone. As for the poles, i haven't used them before but have bought some for this trip. Apparently they are more useful on descents so will have to see. Has everyone received their green kit bags - any idea what we are supposed to use them for - too small for main hold luggage as we're going to need extra space for the Galapagos, but too big for the trek. Really concerned now about fitness as i've done absolutely no training and its a bit late to start now so looks like the poor horses may be carrying me up!! Catch up with you all on Wednesday
I will look out for a yellow ribbon Susan, and what a great idea nappy sacks are Hazel - I have been trying not to dwell on the toilet situation but it makes compete sense! With regard to poles, mine are retractable/telescopic - and they fit easily in my case, are yours a static length Hazel? I would imagine that you could put them in the hold like they do with other stuff like surf boards etc? I've been looking at the long range weather forcast and it's looking good with just a slight chance of rain next Monday or Tuesday! Night time lows around 1 degree. As for the 7kgs, since my last post I've been practising what I can get into the 7kg allowance - just about able to get in the essentials! Happy packing - see you in 48 hours :) Amanda
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