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Inca Trail 24th July

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 19:28

just wondering whether there are any others on the Inca Trail - or if any one has any tips/hints about the trip. 

Amanda :) 

Fri, 03/15/2013 - 14:00

Hi Amanda
I'm very excited about going, and have been walking fast up local hills to get fit. Look forward to meeting you in July!
Susan

Sat, 03/16/2013 - 18:45

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'!!

Amanda :)

Mon, 03/18/2013 - 00:06

Hi Amanda
I have been on other Exodus trips, but not at altitude, camping, porters etc, so I think your first adventure is a biggie! Are you going on the group flight from Heathrow?
Susan

Tue, 03/19/2013 - 19:44

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 :)

Thu, 03/21/2013 - 14:01

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 :)

Wed, 04/03/2013 - 18:53

Hi Susan, it would be really great to meet up in departures :)  Your training sounds like it's going well. We went out over the weekend but the fields etc were so wet and boggy. I've just have signed up for a couple of walks; one is a single day 40 mile walk around ancient Wiltshire and the other is a weekend 55 miler visiting 7 of the White Horses. Hopefully it should give me a tatste of the endurance needed but it should be fun (?) in a group!!! I'm also doing the usual gym stuff, cycle classe etc. The new boots are really comfy thanks, I'm surpirised how quickly they have 'worn' in, I hope I'm not in for any surprises!!!  A friend who did the trek last September said her main issues were that she was cold/freezing at night (I hate being cold!) so I'm looking at 4 season bags , liners the lot, have you got much kit yet?  Amanda :)

Wed, 04/10/2013 - 14:56

Hi Amanda, wow! 40 miles will definitely test your endurance! Don't worry about your fitness, as I will be plodding at the back. I am looking at lightweight multipurpose clothing, sunproof, wicking, insect-repelling, anti-odour etc and planning to get just a few high-tech items. I have invested in a Camelbak. Fortunately I can borrow a good sleeping bag and mat. Do you know anything about the coca leaves that are recommended to chew? Susan

Sat, 04/13/2013 - 15:16

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 !!

 

 

Amanda :)

Mon, 04/15/2013 - 16:23

Hi Amanda, lucky you, nice windfall on the horses! The kit seems to occupy my thoughts a lot! The duffel space is about 70 cm x 30 cm, 7kg max, and I think we will be lent the bag by the local company when we get there, from how I am reading the trip notes, and what I have read on other forums. I am going to try and wear everything I need for the trek on the plane (!) and carry all the vital stuff in my hand luggage, as I have lost my checked baggage a few times, and it is a pain. I'll still check in a bigger bag with stuff for the free days. Hoping to use my current daypack, which is comfy but only 22 litres (Deuter women's with a frame which keeps it clear of my back, so a bit cooler). May have to get something bigger? Like you, I am still pondering about a coat or fleece. My normal fleece zip-up is too bulky to put in my backpack, so I am considering one of the very lightweight primaloft jackets which squash down small. I think that will work the same as a fleece layer under a waterproof.
Still doing lots of practice walks. I am climbing Snowdon and Scafell Pike with my daughter soon, and we are going to climb the 3 Peaks in Yorkshire too. Very glad the weather is getting warmer at last. Susan

Anonymous
Mon, 04/29/2013 - 11:26

Hi Susan and Amanda! Nice to "bump" into other Macchu Picchu travellers =)
Me and James will be joining you guys in this trip and we are terribly excited!
xx Mim

Mon, 04/29/2013 - 17:15

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

 

Amanda :)

Anonymous
Mon, 04/29/2013 - 21:03

Well James is in the Army so he has done all sort of things but Peru will be a first for both of us though so we can't wait. We are both used to mountaineering but never anything as high as Macchu Picchu thus I'm reading as much as I can about altitude sickness and how to "prevent" it.
Ah skydiving sounds amazing I have been meaning to do it for years but other things always seem to get in the way xD
xx Mim

Anonymous
Sat, 07/20/2013 - 10:51

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!!

Anonymous
Sat, 07/20/2013 - 11:32

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.

Hazel

Anonymous
Sun, 07/21/2013 - 09:34

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

Trisha x

Anonymous
Sun, 07/21/2013 - 09:42

Hi Trisha
The kit bag is for the trek. We have to put all our luggage for the trek in the kit bag and we can leave anything we dont need back in the hotel in our main rucksac. I have opted to hire a sleeping bag to try and save some space in my main luggage for clothes as I think we will need plenty of layers at night! See you Wednesday.
Hazel

Sun, 07/21/2013 - 23:49

Hi everyone, I have tied a yellow ribbon on top of my rucksack, so if you see a wally at the airport with walking boots on and a yellow bow on top of her rucksack, please come and talk to me! Hazel, I use poles and they are very helpful for my knees and ankles, and also keep me more stable when its slippery or on rough ground. You use the same energy but spread it around more muscle groups. The disadvantage is when you have to juggle with snack bars or water bottles when your hands are already full of poles, but I think I will be stopping a lot for rests and drinks. Not long now! Susan PS I have been warned to take nappy sacks to put the used loo roll in to carry as we can't put it in the loo??!!

Anonymous
Mon, 07/22/2013 - 06:41

I will look out for you. Good tip about the nappy sacks! How are you transporting your poles on the plane?
Hazel

Anonymous
Mon, 07/22/2013 - 17:11

Hi all,

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 

Anonymous
Mon, 07/22/2013 - 17:11

Hi all,

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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