So...I guess I am the first to post then....ok...My name is Dave Gurney and I have been talked into doing this "hill" by my brother (who is also going too...so I get to give him grief if it gets too tough!). Am currently on the cross trainer most nights, and doing as many peaks in the UK this year as I can get away with...
So if your on this trip too, then I wish you luck and see you there!
So... I guess I am the second to post then.... ok.... My name is Rob Gurney and I have also talked my brother into doing this "hill" (so I get to give him grief if he moans too much). Am currently on the cross trainer more nights than he is, and doing more peaks in the UK this year than him too....
Would love to hear from anyone else booked onto this trip - its going to be a good un.
Evening people, I got new booties and now thanks to Daveg a neck thing too.
Look forward to meeting you all, bit worried I am not as hardcore as everyone else but in for a penny!
Have you ever considered pre-acclimatisation before heading out on your high-altitude trips? I put a post on the Exodus forum a while ago but no-one has responded. There are a few companies in the UK offering equipment hire so that you can get your body used to breathing reduced-oxygen air, which increases red blood cells etc.... The science behind it all seems valid, but it is quite costly. Is this something you have looked into? Or are you happy to rely on Diamox to get you through?
Hi again Ang. While you chaps are on the subject of Diamox, I have been chatting to some people at work who have already done Kili, and they say that some people on their trip taking diamox messed up their appetites so they just didnt feel like eating...and this meant that they didnt eat enough to top up energy reserves? Any similar experiances of this or were you side-effect free?
By the way we all did Ben Nevis again last week (in the sunshine!)...and I was the slowest...so unless I beef up my training it will probably be me doing most of the whinging on the trip next year! Rob, however, was unanimously voted as the "Most Improved Climber" for his efforts!
Hi Colette, no need to apologise for the intrusion, any advice (or chat) is welcome :-)
Not heading up Ben Nevis again for a while...but it is certainly worth doing as it is such a relentless slog that it is pretty good stamina training.
I will let you know as soon as we have set a date it will probably be beginning rather than the end of September. We do quite a lot of walking in the lakes at weekends. We recently did the Old Man, two Loughriggs, and Crinkle Crags. We have done Scafel a couple of times and Snowdon many times aswel. Not too keen myself about Striding edge we did go last year but ended up on Swirrel edge due to taking the wrong path. I,m not too keen on knife edge ridges I have to say!!!
Hi...just to let you know I've also booked on this trip. DaveyBoyG - no harm in being slowish! in fact I would suggest practising to be slow (perhaps carrying more), as being used to walking in this country and doing altitude walking in Peru and Nepal, I was constantly told to slow down! and they usually allow plenty of time to walk on these trips - much shorter days than I usually do here i.e. certainly no rush, and in my experience a slow steady slog is best way to go (!) A big healthy twentysomething dutch guy got helicopted out of Annupurna when I was there...so patience can be better than fitness, although obviously some degree of fitness is pretty key. Also, food wise your digestion rate slows, so best not to eat too much heavy stuff and meat. Constant supply of small high energy stuff and keeping hydrated is best. I might take some walking energy bars I think. I remember having some minor headaches and some funny feelings at altitude....which I think happens to everyone to some degree.
I live in Norfolk so don't get much hill walking practice (!) but walk up and down the stairs to my 4th floor office a lot, which I've found keeps my legs in some degree of shape (!) Went to lakes last month and plan at least a couple more hill trips before going.
Have not signed up for the group flight, as hoping to fly KLM from Norwich, but still waiting to see if there is a sale/offer at some point. Anyone else thinking of flying with them?
hello Chris, Nicki, Rob, Dave, Jamie hope you are all starting to get very excited now ( I know we are )? how's your training going? I have just stepped up mine a little at the gym and we are still walking every Sunday. I did Ben Nevis in July but unfortunately Margarita was on holiday so did not come with me, It was good and managed to complete it in 6hrs 50min (not too bad I think). I a bit out of action at the moment as I managed to tear my cartilage in my knee three weeks ago! I am of the crutches though now and on the mend. We have treated ourselves to a couple of new tops and pants etc and go out doors have just replaced my boots as the rand had started to come away (not bad though I had had them 18mths so quite impressed that they replaced the for me). I am so excited I have even started to get sun cream ear plugs etc!!!
speak soon guys
Ang and Margarita x
Wow well done on your weight loss Rob that's a fantastic achievement :-)
Really good time on the Yorkshire 3 peaks to it's a bit gruesome that one! We have done it a couple of times and it takes us about 11hrs.
Good luck on your October trip I will think about you all whilst I am chilling out in Murcia lol
That's a good idea Rob re: trying out sleeping bags....might have to have a night or two out in the cold to get used to it. Mine is an old Mammut one a hired in Nepal, but I decided to keep it as it packs quite small. I think its a bit past its sell-by date...its says -29C on it, but I don't believe that! the coldest night I used it, I remember wearing all my clothes in the bag......there were snow storms outside, so it was pretty cold.... thermals always a good idea and pack small.
Noticed that this trip is now fully booked up! Looks like its a trip of life time for many....its a special one for me...my 40th year!
If anyone is looking at flights, I think I might book Kenyan...very good flights times.
Thinking of Snowdonia in Oct as my next hill trip! might take my tent!
Hi all, cant believe that it has been 3 months since I last posted here...where has the summer gone?? My bro (Rob) really has lost 4 stone and it is easy to see that this has managed to give a massive boost to his fitness (so he can pull me up that hill). It is a shame that this means that everything he had already purchased for this trip now doesnt fit him anymore...lol. Great to hear from you Chris, and look forward to seeing you in Feb. We are flying Kenya Airways too (into Nairobi , then onto Kili) so hopefull its a good un. I have heard some nasty stories about Kili trips using Ethiopian Airlines so was happy with Exodus's choice of airline I think.
Hi all...I booked the same Kenya group flight today so will be travelling on the same planes....Kilimanjaro is I hear a difficult airport to transfer to a hotel from, so it makes life a lot easier to be picked up at the same time as the group...the flight times are actually the best! Looking forward to it!
Anyone else find themselves kit binging before this trip?....I apologise beforehand if I look like I've stepped out of a Cotswolds catologue (!!) Will need to go on a trip or two to get my new stuff looking a bit more worn in I think (!!)
100 days to go!!!!!!
Think we are reasonably kitted out now, just a few bits and pieces remain on the shopping list.
We managed to get up Skiddaw and Helvellyn a few weekends ago. Enjoyed the multi-day climbing with a cold and wet Keswick camp in between. Not quite a mini-Kili experience however, unless they have installed hot showers and Chinese restaurants at each overnight stop on the Lemosho route.....!
Anyone got any winter hillclimbing trips planned?
Nicki and I saw our GP a while ago and got a list of all the essentials (which luckily I already have, as I spend quite a bit of time overseas) and the optionals for the trip.
We were basically encouraged NOT to have the yellow fever injection, as (a) it is listed as optional, (b) it is expensive and (c) there is a small risk of actually catching the rather nasty disease from the innoculation....
However, Exodus have last week informed us that we are no longer flying Kenyan Airways into Nairobi. We are now booked onto the Ethiopian flight and I have read recent reports of Yellow Fever being a big issue in that country at the moment. So much so that there are instances of Tanzanian officials refusing to allow passengers off the plane from Ethiopia without first showing their YF certificates!!!! So - the "optional" jab is now very much an essential one for us.
Anyway, to answer your previous questions - we didn't do Striding Edge on our Helvellyn ascent. The weather was foul - strong winds, horizontal rain and poor visibility - and we really didn't fancy it (well, Jamie probably did, but we try our best to keep him safe....). Also - we will be taking Diamox with us on the trip, but probably only for emergency use rather than using it regardless. I am hoping that the Lemosho route being 2 days extra will mean that we adjust to the altitude that bit easier - fingers crossed anyway.
All the best - see you soon
PS - any sign of any other Kili trekkers in the group? Or is it just the 7 of us?
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