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Anonymous
Fri, 07/15/2011 - 20:30

Hi, is anyone else going on this trip? I'm looking forward to it so much! Get in touch.

Anonymous
Wed, 01/04/2012 - 14:12

Hi,

Yes, I'm going - although I think I'm going on 14th, so now you've got me worried!  Have you done this sort of thing before?  I've actually been to Nepal years ago, but only as a tourist not trekking. And I've climbed Kilimanjaro and was OK at altitude, but again that's years ago.  I pretty much expect to be the slowest in the group - I usually am!

Maureen.

Anonymous
Fri, 01/06/2012 - 21:15

Hi,

 

I'm going on the 14th too, don't know why I put 15th on. I haven't done anything quite like this before, have been training quite intensely, haven't really done much altitude trecking before so it will be an experience. I'm sure I'll challenge you for the slow award.

 

Rich 

Anonymous
Tue, 01/10/2012 - 15:44

Hi.  I'd say don't bust a gut on the intensive training.  The thing with a long trek like this at altitude is to take it slowly - if you rush you're more likely to be ill.  Do you walk much normally?  I walk with my walking club in the Yorkshire Dales, but that's a bit gentle - will try to get over to the Lakes a few times before March.

 BTW, when I rang up earlier to pay my balance I was shocked to find there are only 4 of us booked, plus a provisional.  And I'm the only woman, which is scary.  Hope we all get on!  It'll be a bit claustrophobic if we don't.

Maureen.

Maureen.

Anonymous
Thu, 01/12/2012 - 12:14

I was expecting at least double that many people. You're right, it won't be too much fun if we don't get on - I'm sure we will though. I like to walk, but don't do it anywhere near often enough. I'm planning a trip to Snowdon at the beginning of Feb and earlier in the year I spent a couple of weeks camping in Scotland, although that was extremely gentle - more of a sightseeing holiday with a bit of camping.

 Rich

Anonymous
Tue, 01/17/2012 - 20:19

Hi there Rich & Maureen, good to meet you both.  I've just confirmed my place on the trek this afternoon, really excited to be going! Hoping that I'm suited to the high altitude, as I've never trekked at anything like that before! Murray mints apparently a must-take, they keep Khumbu cough at bay!? :)  Should be an amazing experience though, can't wait to be in that landscape.

cheers 

Matt

Anonymous
Thu, 01/19/2012 - 19:32

Hi Matt/Maureen,

 I hadn't really thought much about altitude tablets. I guess I'll be the first to need them as I haven't been anywhere near that height before. As for the kit list I'm trying to get everything I need, but have no idea how I'm going to fit it all in a 12kg limit - it'll be a fun task.

 I've just started getting vaccinations for the trip, turns out there is quite a few, have you guys gone for rabies?

Hope you're both well.

 Rich 

Anonymous
Sat, 01/21/2012 - 21:15

I have to say, the altitude is the thing that really worries me, I'm not unfit, however I think it'll be a massive challenge. I may get some tablets just in case. As for vaccines, I've had boosters on all the usual (tetanus and polio) as I can't remember when I last had them and I'm having Hep A, Typhoid and Chinese Encephalitis - I haven't opted for the Rabies one either.

 I'm planning to re-pack everything in Kili for the trek and leave some things at the Hotel, I want to be sure I have a nice change of clean clothes waiting for me lol.

 Rich

Anonymous
Sat, 01/21/2012 - 22:31

Well I'm jolly glad we have someone with altitude trekking experience, and frankly I shall be taking your advice on what to steer clear of in the catering department too Maureen!  I don't know what Hep A is exactly, but I'm fairly certain I can do without it :)  That description of Kilimanjaro, makes my legs ache from here....I really need to get my fitness level up before I go I think! Well happy birthday to you, and what an awesome pressie this will be!  We'll all have to raise a glass in Kathmandu I say.

I think I'm going to do the same as Rich and try getting some just in case' tablets, it would be a real shame to find that when you need em, they're not in your pack although I'll avoid taking if I can get away with it. 

Do either of you have experience of hiring kit from Exodus?  I've got most of the stuff I need, but not really sure I want to swallow the £200+ quid on a 4-season down bag! I know that exodus hire them for £25 which sounded like a good deal to me.  One neat trick I heard someone talk about on one of the reviews here is to ask at the tea houses for boiling water before you go to bed, fill your waterbottle and put it inside a sock to use as hot water bottle.  When it's cooled the next day you have drinking water...

Matt

Anonymous
Mon, 01/23/2012 - 13:07

No, I've never tried to hire any kit from Exodus, although it sounds a good idea.  I was doubtful whether they'd have ladies' sizes of bag, and I kind of fancy owning a really good one, but I agree they are ridiculously expensive.  So hire away.  Let us know how you get on with it.

And I've never even  heard of Chinese encephalitis!  Guess I might do if I'm ever allowed to see the practice nurse...

Maureen.

Anonymous
Fri, 01/27/2012 - 21:30

Hi Guys,

Spoke to someone at exodus today and booked my place on the plane. It all feels a little more real now. How's things going with the preparations?

 Rich 

Anonymous
Sat, 01/28/2012 - 15:42

OK, just spoke to someone at Trekhire and have hired a Rab summit ladies' down bag from them - £60 plus £10 delivery plus whatever it costs me to return it.  So I guess that's about £200 cheaper than buying one.

Maureen.

Maureen.

Anonymous
Sat, 01/28/2012 - 16:39

Just been online to book my train tickets down to London for this trip.  Struck lucky - £14.60 each way.  Bargain! Will come down day before and visit a friend in Ascot overnight, so that'll be nice as well.  Are you already down south?  And wonder about Matt as well - Matt, where are you?  BTW, don't be tricked by all this talk of Yorkshire - I'm a Geordie.

Maureen.

Anonymous
Sat, 01/28/2012 - 19:14

Time flies by at a far quicker rate when you're busy, doesn't it.  I can see that I'm going to struggle to find the time in the runup to the trip to get all the excersise in that I'd like shoe-horned in.  The drastic step of visiting the gym at work will have to be endured, and I don't mind telling you that it's been about 10 years since I've seen the inside of a gym...almost as scary a prospect as seeing work colleagues in lycra.  Shudder.  Hoping that an hour a day for six and a half weeks and getting out over the Surrey Hills (nearest/only hilly area anywhere near London!) at the weekend will make the difference, I'm planning on doing Snowdon at the begining of March when visiting the folks up in Chester.

You're lucky to have those Yorkshire dales on your doorstep Maureen, must be lovely to be able to get out into country like that when you like!  The nearest 'proper' hills to London are the Brecon Beacons I think, and I get out there when I can, although not often enough. Ah yes, biodegradable soap and antiseptic handwash seem to be a must-take huh. I was wondering how much of that we're allowed to take in our luggage...is there a ml limit on hold luggage? I also heard that chocolate bars are a good thing to stock up on, but also puts a good dint in the 12kg limit again!

I have a couple of days off at the start of the week, and must get my jabs organised, you both sound a lot more methodical when it comes to ticking stuff off the list than me! :)

I think I'm deffinately going to do a sleeping bag hire with Trekhire, but might check see if hiring via exodus gets a sneaky discount on the kit. I still haven't recieved my kit bag from exodus yet, also heard that you are supposed to get some Ellis Brigham discount vouchers along with it?

Oh yes, do either of you know whether we get single room at the Kathmandu hotel atall?  Something I forgot to ask Exodus.

Hope you're both having a jolly good weekend

Matt

Anonymous
Mon, 01/30/2012 - 09:22

I think you can get a single room in Kathmandu if you ask for it and pay a supplement - otherwise they'll just stick you in to share with a bloke - probably Rich.  I think the other 2 guys on our trip booked together, so they'll share.  I may end up getting a single room unasked for, as the only woman - unless they put me in with someone from another group.  I don't care - but I am bring earplugs!

You won't be able to put any liquids in your hand luggage - well, so much faff with plastic bags and small quantities that it's not worth it.  All that will have to go in the main bag (for the international flight at least).

The North Downs aren't bad - if you go up and down something like Leith Hill a few times you'll be OK.  Yes, I've done time in London too!

Maureen.

Anonymous
Tue, 02/14/2012 - 22:50

substantial, and cavernous...but I'm glad I'm only carrying it as far as the airport cos the last thing it looks is comfortable.  Still, quite exciting that the Exodus kit bag has finally landed on my doorstep. No going back now huh...

Do either of you know if we're alloed more than one peice of hold luggage?  I'm not sure my daysac will squueze into the paltry hand luggage max size

 Hope you're both well...four weeks encounting etc

Anonymous
Wed, 02/15/2012 - 11:20

Maureen.

Anonymous
Wed, 02/15/2012 - 11:26

Hi, yes, mine's arrived too.  It's improved - no shoulder strap last time, so it was awful to carry.  I'm certainly aiming to use my day sack as cabin luggage, hope it's OK.  Some people seem to take amazing things as cabin luggage and get away with it.  Good luck with the new boots - I've done that twice before, buying new boots a few weeks before a trip.  This time my normal ones will do, but they're Goretex and not especially tough.

Yes, getting a bit nervous now at 4 weeks away.  I'm not fit enough, really.  Went up Pen-y-ghent twice on Sunday in snow and ice, but it's just not really enough.

Maureen.

Anonymous
Wed, 02/22/2012 - 09:25

Hi.  I'm just going to get my visa at the airport when I arrive - but if you're in London you could get it before I suppose.  But that reminds me I need some dollars - $40 I think. There's so much stuff to organise.  One thing I don't like the sound of is having to carry a lot of money in cash, but I guess it's inevitable.  I don't know whether to bring lots of Sterling from the UK and change it in Kathmandu, or whether to just withdraw loads from cashpoints in Kathmandu when I get there.  What are you doing about money?  I can't be bothered with traveller's cheques these days.

Did you get your final joining instructions yesterday?  At least we've got our leader's name now - Prem - and it confirms he's Nepali not British.  It's certainly getting close now and I'm getting a bit anxious about all the stuff I haven't done yet - like buying loads of medical stuff.

Maureen.

Anonymous
Wed, 02/22/2012 - 21:33

I hadn't thought much about the money side of things, I think I was just going to withdraw it in Kathmandu, saves having to carry it around London. I did recieve the joining instructions, and yes I'm very glad we have a local leader.

Every time I think I've got all I need something else comes up, I know I'll forget something.

 Rich

Anonymous
Wed, 02/22/2012 - 22:33

Crikey, only three weeks then!  You guys both sound like you're well prepared, and I'm going to be hitting Ellis Brigham hard this weekend for the (still far too long) list of stuff I still need to grab.  I've a feeling that most folks who do this trip feel a little under-prepared in one way or another though, just becuase of that unknown element...

Yeah, currency is still on my list and I haven't really given it a lot of thought to be honest.  I might well do the same as Rich an just take whatever cash I need out from ATMs in Kathmkandu...although it's hard to know whether that's more of a risk than getting cash here. I'm a bit bamboozled as to how much I might need to take to last me out also. It's something I might ask exodus about. The last time I called I was talking to someone who had done the Anapurna circuit, so I might ask her. 

Are you guys taking hydration bladders for your packs, or buying bottled water btw? Oh and Rich, are you going to take crampons do you think?

I was fishing around for websites giving weather forecasts for Nepal and the high Himalaya.  It seems like such an incredible temp difference (26° in Kathmandu, Kala Pattar -9°) I think that will be quite interesting.

Matt

PS. I spoke to Emma Burton at exodus the other day and she mentioned that we'd be block booked on the plane, so we're likely to be sitting together on the way there I think.

Anonymous
Thu, 02/23/2012 - 09:33

I've never used a bladder/platypus thing, although I know some people love them.  A friend is lending me some high tech blue flashing light thing that purifies water, but I might bring some iodine tablets just in case. Intending to carry 2 waterbottles, with purified water. Exodus don't want us to buy bottled water because the bottles create waste.

It'll be good if we are sitting together. Wonder what the others are like?

Maureen.

Anonymous
Fri, 02/24/2012 - 22:09

I've got one of the light things that sterilises water, but I'm taking tablets too, just to be on the safe side. I've got platypus but intend on taking at lest one water bottle with me as a spare, the last thing I'd want is to puncture it and be left with nothing.

I think I recall it saying in the trip notes you will need approx. £20-£25 for each day to cover food/drinks etc, which would be approx £400-£500. I think I'll take some with me and withdraw some more in Kathmando depending on what the leader suggests.

I was seriously considering crampons, however I'm getting concerned about the wieght restrictions, I liked Marueen's suggestion of yaktrax, will have to look into it and make a decision pretty soon I guess.

Rich

Anonymous
Mon, 02/27/2012 - 09:33

I re-read the latest version of the trip notes, and noticed some substantive changes.  Did you notice?  We did have a full day in K at the beginning, but we've lost that and gained an extra acclimatisation day near Namche Bazaar.  Not a bad thing.  Then we've lost an acclimatisation day at Machermo, and gained an extra day approaching Luckla at the end - I imagine that's slush time to compensate for delayed flights.  I know they can't take off if it's cloudy there and people can get stuck for days. 

Went to the Lakes yesterday and climbed Coniston Old Man - horrendous on the top and my friend got almost hypothermic so we had to come straight down.  It'll be bliss when I don't have to do this every weekend!

Maureen.

Anonymous
Wed, 03/07/2012 - 14:43

Only a week to go now, which fills me with the usual with side-order of fear! :)  Pretty much there with all my kit now, and just weighing up whether to splash on one of theose UV water purifiers or not.  Speaking to someone who did the Annapurnas yesterday, and we was saying that most folks buy bottled water to be safe.  Might just use judgement and see how the places we visit are fixed for dealing with the plastic bottles....

Have either of you had the immunisation/tablets for Malaria?  The nurse at my GP's didn't go and reccomend it, but I know it's present in Nepal, and the chap I was talking to yesterday said that he got bitten by mosquitos quite a lots. He also told me about having made his way back to Kathmandu after trekking, feeling exhausted and sitting down to eat a box of chicken peices...a local stray dog went for the chicken wing and also nipped his hand.  Que a series of Rabies injections in Kathmandu and  at the school of tropical medicine in London on his return!  No petting of any wildlife then, especially the kind with foaming mouths and a thousand yard stare!

Right oh then, look forward to seeing you both next week

Anonymous
Wed, 03/07/2012 - 22:57

Hi Guys,

I'm hoping I have everything, I'm doing the usual of running throuh everything and finding something else I want/need every time. I haven't had the malaria tabs, Nomad said that they might be needed, however the nurse at my docs said not to worry - ironically she is going to be in Kathmandu at the same time as us. I was going to look into adaptors this weekend. It does sound like we're all taking alot of the same things each. Are you guys taking cameras? I only ask because a friend who did this trip a couple of years ago warned me off of taking a digital one, he said due to the temperature it completely froze and the disposable cameras he took as back ups worked fine.

I don't think I've done anywhere near enough training, here's hoping, am also going to do as much as I can this weekend - who knows, it may help.

 

Rich 

Anonymous
Thu, 03/08/2012 - 09:17

Yes, I'm taking my small digital camera, and I've bought an extra memory card.  And I'll have to take the battery charger for that.  I know they perform badly in the cold - but I think film ones do as well, it's the batteries that freeze.  So I intend to wear it next to my body if things get that bad.  I was wondering about buying a disposable camera as well, so maybe I will do that.  The friend who's lent me the Steripen has lent me a variety of rechargers to fit different socket types, but the Lonely Planet says some places have 2 round pins and some have 3 round pins. So I've not idea what'll work.  The only things I'll need to recharge are my camera battery and the rechargeable batteries for the Steripen - I'm leaving my kindle at home, and I'll take my mobile phone but don't intend to use it.  I guess if some of us have slightly the wrong kit, we can share and help each other out a bit.  Wonder what the other 3 guys are like?  Are they reading this and just not saying anything???

 I'm taking tomorrow off work, and Trekhire.uk are delivering my sleeping bag.  Hope it's OK!

Maureen.

Anonymous
Sat, 03/10/2012 - 18:46

I've been wondering who the other people were, so glad to hear from you.  It was certainly 6 last time I asked, but that was weeks ago.  My mobile is 07805 255727 if any of you want to give me a bell at the airport - I'll probably be there quite early.  I'm heading south on Tuesday to stay with a friend in Ascot, and she'll dump me at Heathrow on Weds before she goes off to a parents' night at school.

I sort of packed this morning - I didn't think I was taking many clothes, but they fill a huge bag.  And all the ridiculous amount of snack food I bought weighs a ton!  I'm now doing a mammoth battery-recharging session for this damned Steripen - didn't realise it took so long to charge them, I thought the recharger was broken.  If it takes 7 hours to recharge 4 batteries there's no way any tea house owner is going to let me do that!

The sleeping bag I hired from Trekhire came yesterday - it's enormous, and shed goose down all over the house.

I'm sure you're OK is you've done Snowdon a few times. I'm off up Ingleborough tomorrow as a last attempt at fitness.  I'm really not remotely fit, I never am.  Have you done altitude before, Paul?  I just plod along very slowly, no matter what the terrain.

Well, it's nearly upon us now.  I just wish we were on the way already. Got to go to work on Monday, and I'll definitely not be there in spirit.

See you all on Wednesday/Thursday,

Maureen.

Anonymous
Sun, 03/11/2012 - 20:11

Not sure Paul is 7, I think he's just no. 6, isn't he?  Well, went up Ingleborough today, so I'm as fit as I'm going to get - not very! Chatted to a guy on the top who'd been to South Col on Everest when he was in the army.  He said I'd find it hard!  Not exactly encouraging.   Probably thought I was a silly girly.  Just been deleting photos off my camera and recharging it - I get very stressed about technology!  And got my paperwork/photos together for the trip.  I can feel my stress levels rising, will be hysterical tomorrow night.  I'll be OK once I'm out of here and on the train south, but I always get stessed before trips.

BTW, if you want to see what I look like you can google me - Maureen Pinder.  You should at least find my work photo - might help us meet up. 

Maureen.

Anonymous
Mon, 03/12/2012 - 09:00

Hiya,

Excited and nervous now. Packing today before driving South tomorrow. Can't wait. My mobile is 07854851479 if you guys want to call at the airport. I'm sure I'll be through check in and security by 7! Thinking I've forgotten loads, hopefully not! Hope you all have a good couple of days. Might not be able to get on here after today.

Did last minute prep yesterday by getting drunk and having a curry!

Maureen - I'm sure you'll be fine. We're not running up their and we will have plenty of time each day to make it to our next stop. Slower the better probably!

See you all Wednesday!

Paul.

 

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