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Anonymous
Wed, 01/19/2011 - 18:58

My sister and I are doing this trip - our departure date from Heathrow is actually 19/08.  Would love to hear from anyone else doing this trip.  Go on, let's get to know each other in advance. Michael xxx

Anonymous
Wed, 01/19/2011 - 21:20

I am Mike's sister! Who else will be on this trip? Would be great to hear from you all

Anonymous
Thu, 01/20/2011 - 16:43

Sorry are you guys going on 19th or 20th.  If it's the 19th I will be there too! :-)

Anonymous
Thu, 01/20/2011 - 16:56

We're departing on 19th.  That date was not available on the drop down list for posting this topic so I selected 20th as that is the date the tour itself starts.  Dunno why 19th wasn't listed tho'.  But we're definitely flying from Heathrow on 19th August at 21:05 on Flt no ET701 - if that helps to confirm that you're on the same trip as us.  Really looking forward to the climb and meeting all the folks doing it with us!

Anonymous
Sat, 01/22/2011 - 18:55

Don't be nervous about travelling alone sacha, I think lots of people do these kind of adventure holidays alone coz it can be quite difficult to persuade other people to undertake something so challenging and get them to do it with you.  I'm sure everyone in the group will be really friendly and supportive and everybody will assist everyone else in every way possible to make sure we ALL make it to Uhuru Peak!

We should start sharing knowledge and tips from the research and preparation that I'm sure we're all doing.  I've gleened that a nailbrush is worth taking as the underneath of your fingernails gets really grubby. Also wet-wipes are definitely worth taking along, as is a mosquito net that covers the head at night - apparently the only way to prevent dengue fever is to not get bitten in the first place!!!

 One problem that my sister and I have been discussing is that of keeping our digital cameras charged up.  Anybody got any ideas?

 Michael x

Anonymous
Sat, 01/22/2011 - 21:24

Many thanks for your information Michael.  Just to confirm that my name is Debbie.  For some reason i typed in a screen name.  Bit of a techno phob, dont know what happened there.  I read that it is quite difficult to charge anything up on Kili, however i did come accross the idea that there is a gadget that you can get but its pretty expensive.  Sorry can't remember what it is but i will post back when or if i find out. Yeah nail brush is good idea, i'v heard that many times.  I have a lot of ideas, maybe you have heard some of them but i will get back and post them soon for anyone to read.  Till then.  Debbie

Anonymous
Sun, 01/23/2011 - 18:45

Hi Debbie

Just to let you know that I will also be travelling alone so it's nice to know others are too!

 Steph x

Anonymous
Sun, 01/23/2011 - 21:34

Am definitely going to get some long walks in before august but I'm training for the london marathon at the moment so hopefull stamina wont be too much of a problem nearer the time!  I feel totally unprepared already reading what you've written!!

Steph x

Anonymous
Mon, 01/24/2011 - 19:23

Hey Steph thats brilliant.  Im sure that will help loads.  Not done one myself bit too much for me ha ha ha.  Im sure you will be ok.  We can all keep each other posted on tips etc and training tips if need be.  Im sure we will all have a good level of fitness by August, just hope get past the altitude stuff.  Speak soon Debs x

Anonymous
Mon, 01/24/2011 - 19:26

Where are you all from? Me, well im from Liverpool. x

Anonymous
Mon, 01/24/2011 - 20:29

Yeah Debs, the altitude thing is the thing I'm worrying about too.  Found this:

 http://www.traveldoctor.co.uk/altitude.htm

 and I'll probably get that book I mentioned earlier.  We can work on our fitness, but there's not a lot we can do to prepare ourselves for dealing with the altitude.

My sis, Carmen, has done the London marathon a number of times so I'm sure she'd be happy to pass on the benefit of her experience Steph.

I'm in Bristol, by the way.

M x

Anonymous
Tue, 01/25/2011 - 16:54

Hi Deb and Steph

Deb - I am going up to celebrate my 40th birthday too - cake on the top sounds like a good idea!!! I also originally booked on my own, but my brother decided he wanted to come too.

Steph - London marathon is fabulous! But I am doing Brighton this year for change and I hope that it will be just a awesome as London.

Either of you live near Cambridge? Or want to schedule a walking trip to get some practice in?

Anonymous
Wed, 01/26/2011 - 22:41

When's half-term Debs?  Carmen & I are planning to walk up Snowdon sometime in Feb, and Snowdon should be pretty accessible from Liverpool if you wanted to join us.  Mebbe we could plan it to coincide with half-term, we're both pretty flexible!

Anonymous
Wed, 01/26/2011 - 22:58

Steph, you'd be invited too of course!!!!! Mx

Anonymous
Thu, 01/27/2011 - 20:23

Thanks and I just so happen to be a teacher too Debs!  However I'm skiing at February half term but thank you for thinking of me! x

Anonymous
Fri, 01/28/2011 - 18:25

Hi Debs, I'll chat to Carmen and see if she is good for that week.  We were thinking of making it a Thu/ /Fri as that fits in with Carmen's work, so that would be 17/18 Feb - subject to weather of course!!!

Are you guys on facebook?  If so, you can pick up a link to my facebook page from my profile on here - just click on my mug to the left!!! - and send me a friend request.

 Michael x

Anonymous
Sun, 01/30/2011 - 23:59

Wow, I note that this thread now has the 'hot topic' icon next to it - way cooool!!!!

OK Debs, we'll have to figure out a way of transferring contact details without anyone having to post their e-mail address or phone no in this public forum!

Anonymous
Tue, 02/08/2011 - 17:22

Guys, you have GOT to get the current (Feb) issue of Wonderlust magazine.  It has a terrific feature on climbing Kili.  Be quick tho', the March issue goes on sale on 17th Feb. M x

Anonymous
Wed, 02/23/2011 - 18:56

OK, Carmen and I have *finally* got ourselves organised for climbing Snowdon as part of our prep for Kili.  We're doing it on Sat 19/03.  Do join us, Debs and Steph, if you want to get a bit of prep in and meet up and get to know each other in advance of "the big one"!!!

We'll probably arrive on the Fri eve and stay over.  Don't know where yet.  I'll post it here when I've sorted it.

Anonymous
Mon, 04/18/2011 - 21:20

OMG you are both putting me to shame.  Yeah the RAB bags are fantastic as i know a few people opted for them when doing Kili.  I think the one i am hiring is a RAB only 50 pounds so that may save a small fortune.  I have a reasonably good 4 season bag but i dont think it will be warm enough and me being tiny with very little insulation will prob need a really warm bag as i do feel the cold.  Anyway congrats on your trip to Snowdon, its a really good climb done it quite a few times myself mostly in crap weather.  Im adding a walk into my weekly routine , im walking to work one day a week, bout five miles so not too bad, and my normal training sessions.  Not managed to do any hills or mountains recently tho.  Will try and get a few in soon.  Anyway keep in touch, say hi to Carmen.

 Debs xx

Anonymous
Tue, 04/19/2011 - 17:49

Hmm, wondering if I should've hired.  Like you, I already have a perfectly good 3/4 season bag but felt it wouldn't cut it at high altitude so bought the RAB.  Dunno when I'll ever need a bag that good again tho'!!!!!  Oh well, got it now - and the credit card bill keeps looking at me in that odd way that says I need to pay for it too now!

 We were very lucky with Snowdon, despite it still being March when we did it it was a lovely springlike day.  We didn't even get to try out our down jackets!!!!  We did the Pyg route and the views on the way up and down were great, but all we saw from the summit was the inside of a cloud!  Nevermind, it was all about the climb anyway.

 I'm doing regular sessions at the gym, I've even hired a personal trainer for 6 sessions!!!!  And now the spring is here and the weather's improving I've started getting out on my bike too.  I'm not at all worried about my fitness for Kili now.  My only concern now is the altitude thing, oh yeah - and flying Ethiopian Airlines!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  If Neil is still monitoring this thread maybe he can tell us about his experience of the airline! Over to you Neil....

Take care. M x 

Anonymous
Tue, 04/19/2011 - 17:50

Hmm, wondering if I should've hired.  Like you, I already have a perfectly good 3/4 season bag but felt it wouldn't cut it at high altitude so bought the RAB.  Dunno when I'll ever need a bag that good again tho'!!!!!  Oh well, got it now - and the credit card bill keeps looking at me in that odd way that says I need to pay for it too now!

 We were very lucky with Snowdon, despite it still being March when we did it it was a lovely springlike day.  We didn't even get to try out our down jackets!!!!  We did the Pyg route and the views on the way up and down were great, but all we saw from the summit was the inside of a cloud!  Nevermind, it was all about the climb anyway.

 I'm doing regular sessions at the gym, I've even hired a personal trainer for 6 sessions!!!!  And now the spring is here and the weather's improving I've started getting out on my bike too.  I'm not at all worried about my fitness for Kili now.  My only concern now is the altitude thing, oh yeah - and flying Ethiopian Airlines!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  If Neil is still monitoring this thread maybe he can tell us about his experience of the airline! Over to you Neil....

Take care. M x 

Anonymous
Tue, 04/19/2011 - 20:36

Tell me bout it.  This trip seems to be costing more than i bargained for.  I was thinking same as you there Mike the fact that i could be paying all that money and wont use it again, think thats why i went for the hiring instead.  Anyway, get you, a personal trainer not bad hey.  I was a personal trainer for a good few years myself unfortunately i gave it up for a teaching job.  Yeah the Ethiopian Airline sounds a little daunting, was thinking that myself.  Really glad you both enjoyed Snowdon, you did a really good route up, its one of the favourite ones.  Anyway hope we hear from others that are doing this trip as up to know there only seems to be four of us.  Well speak soon. 

Debs xx

Anonymous
Tue, 04/19/2011 - 20:37

Tell me bout it.  This trip seems to be costing more than i bargained for.  I was thinking same as you there Mike the fact that i could be paying all that money and wont use it again, think thats why i went for the hiring instead.  Anyway, get you, a personal trainer not bad hey.  I was a personal trainer for a good few years myself unfortunately i gave it up for a teaching job.  Yeah the Ethiopian Airline sounds a little daunting, was thinking that myself.  Really glad you both enjoyed Snowdon, you did a really good route up, its one of the favourite ones.  Anyway hope we hear from others that are doing this trip as up to know there only seems to be four of us.  Well speak soon. 

Debs xx

Anonymous
Tue, 04/19/2011 - 22:59

Hi Debs, you should get yourself on facebook!  I think Carmen and Steph have quite a bit of contact with each other on facebook and it's a great way of keeping in touch with each other.  We've been able to keep up with Steph doing the London Marathon via facebook.  She did really well!!!!

Yes, it's interesting that only four of us have joined this forum as I notice that there's only one place left on the 19/08 departure.  That means there's seven other people who've booked but not joined the forum.

 M x 

Anonymous
Wed, 04/20/2011 - 20:40

I did this trek with Exodus a few years back.....Ethiopian airlines were fantastic..so much better than you would expect. Fantastic route, the porters will be your best friends by the time you are back down. Can't wait for you to see the toilets en-route though, memorable..........

 Savour every moment, I did, Its a fabulous trek & that extra day at the tarn makes all the difference.

Anonymous
Wed, 04/20/2011 - 20:40

I did this trek with Exodus a few years back.....Ethiopian airlines were fantastic..so much better than you would expect. Fantastic route, the porters will be your best friends by the time you are back down. Can't wait for you to see the toilets en-route though, memorable..........

 Savour every moment, I did, Its a fabulous trek & that extra day at the tarn makes all the difference.

Anonymous
Wed, 04/20/2011 - 21:32

Hi Anorak, thanx for your contribution.  Go on, tell us about the toilets then!!!  Don't spare us the gory details - we wanna know exactly what to expect!!!!!!! Forwarned is forearmed, as they say! M

Anonymous
Tue, 04/26/2011 - 21:03

Michael,

 I can't comment on Ethiopioan airlines as we flew with Kenya Airways to Nairobi and then Precision Air to Kilimanjaro. Both flights were excellent as you would expect from a national carrier.

When it came to sleeping bags I bought a Highlander Echo 400 4+ season bag off ebay for £40 (brand new). It was more than adequate for the trip as it only really got cold on the last couple of nights by which time you we never bothered to take any clothes off, just dived straight in to the bag so still kept warm. Where your money is probably better spent is on a decent sleeping mat, the thicker the better because you can end up with some pretty large immovable rocks under your tent.

In terms of the loos, the short drops are interesting but the dunny in the camp are just what you expect them to be. A good tip though is to get to them as soon as you arrive in camp as they will have just be set up and are nice and clean and smell of disinfectant. By the next morning when the bucket is 3/4 full .........

 Regards

 Neil

Anonymous
Sun, 05/29/2011 - 21:20

Hey,  very interesting reading everyones posts, seems everyone is preparing very well, may need to get my skates on!

 

Well nice to see that everyone is very excited, I can't wait, its going to be fantastic.

 

Look forward to meeting everyone in a couple of months.

 

Thanks

 

Colin 

Anonymous
Thu, 06/23/2011 - 20:59

Hi Colin!

 Great to hear from you!  It will be fantastic.  We are all really excited!  Hope your preparations are going well?

 Take care

Steph

Anonymous
Sat, 06/25/2011 - 22:00

Hi Colin, welcome to our little pre-Kili party here on the forum!  Yup, I'm also more of a cyclist who's only taken to walking in order to prepare to climb Kili.  I still need to do a fair bit more walking and hill climbing to break my boots in properly.  And yes, Cotswolds have done pretty well out of me too in recent months!!!!

 A few of us are off for a preparatory walk in the Lake District in a few weeks.  None of us have met yet so also a chance to get to know each other in advance of the 'biggie'.  Join us! 

And Debs, are you still out there???? Haven't heard from you in a while.  Hope you haven't cancelled.  You should also come and join us in the Lakes!

Anonymous
Sun, 06/26/2011 - 21:54

Hi Mike, the lakes walk sounds fun, much better than walking around London in 4 season boots! 'Who's that odd ball?' they ask...

 

I am free for that weekend, so I guess I should book similar dates to you guys at the hotel. Being a London bound individual, I am car-less, so I'll have to look into the mechanics into getting to the hotel via other means.

 

Thanks

 

Colin 

 

 

Anonymous
Sun, 06/26/2011 - 21:59

Hi Colin

Will be great to have you along.  I'll be driving up from Bristol, so if you can get to Bristol you can come up with me.  

You'll just have to endure my taste in in-car music!!!!! :-) 

 M 

Anonymous
Mon, 06/27/2011 - 13:11

Mike, sounds good, a lift would be much appreciated as the hotel seems pretty unaccessable via anything but a car.

 Would I get the train into Bristol station on Saturday morning? What time are you wanting to set off?

 

Anonymous
Mon, 06/27/2011 - 19:27

Ok, should be fine. Just have to book the day off on the Friday. Will see if thats ok, and then confirm. Cheers

Anonymous
Wed, 06/29/2011 - 09:54

Mike, my department has just picked up some new project work, so it does not look likely that I will be able to take that Friday off to travel, I could be possibly working the next couple of weekends as well, so unfortunately I don't think I will be able to make it.

 Sorry about that, was looking forward to it, hope you guys & gals have a good time.

 Colin

Anonymous
Wed, 06/29/2011 - 17:16

Hi Colin, wot a shame! Oh well, see you on Kili!!!! 

Anonymous
Wed, 08/03/2011 - 20:59

Hey Debbie, glad to hear you are excited, i can't wait its going to amazing.

 Are you actually getting a Visa in the Uk, as I believe you essentially 'buy' the visa when you arrive in the country:

 This is from the trip notes..


For British passport holders, it's very straightforward. You need a clean $50 dollar bill (notes issued before2001 are NOT accepted ) and the window is on the right as you enter the arrivals building. Please note passports and visas are your own responsibility and we cannot be responsible for any problems you may encounter.

Tom Bowring - Customer Operations 

Anonymous
Wed, 08/10/2011 - 09:10

General question to everyone about Visa's really.

Its says in the trip notes and I have spoken to the Exodus people who have confirmed that it is very straightforward and cheaper to buy it on arrival at Kilimanajro.

 I also looked on the Tanzania Embassy which says that you can get it on arrival but it is n't guaranteed (but i guess they will never guarantee it, as you could be a criminal or something, so wouldn't naturally give you a visa)

Being a risk adverse individual who has spent alot on this holiday, i have made myself worried over this.

 

What are other people doing? Buying it there or in the Uk?

Anonymous
Wed, 08/10/2011 - 13:12

Hi Colin - I was planning to just get my visa on arrival with a $50 bill. M

Anonymous
Wed, 08/10/2011 - 18:52

Yeah i think that will be fine Mike, i popped to the Tanzania Embassy and am picking up mine on Monday for £38 so its not too bad.

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