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Fri, 01/06/2012 - 19:47

Just wondered what others doing the trek in September are doing to train?  Any tips?

Anonymous
Fri, 03/09/2012 - 18:35

Hi JoHo, i am going on the lemosho trip sept 12, i see you must of done your trip,any tips you can give me would be great, i hope you were succesfull and reached the summit, regards Snowy.

Sun, 03/11/2012 - 07:43

Sorry Snowy, don't know whats happened to my post  - my trip goes 28th Sept, therefore You'll be at the top first!  I'm just walking as much as poosible at minute to increase fitness levels.

Anonymous
Tue, 03/13/2012 - 20:26

Hi JoHo, i leave wed 12th sept return on the 26th hopefully with a summit success,i have spoken to a couple of people about the trek,but its good to chat and take on board people's different advice and experiences,i did a fittness test for myself over the weekend just to see the level im at at the mo,but i used all my old gear,pack,boots etc,so off out this weekend to buy new pack,boots etc and work it all in together before the trek,have you climbed at altitude before ?

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 17:09

I did the Inca Trail a few years ago - it was hard work - distance wasn't an issue it was just the impact of altitude.  I always walk fast, need to slow right down at altitude.  I bought new boots few weeks ago and am wearing them in now.  A girl at work did Kili about 10 years ago - I read her journal - excited and scared!

Anonymous
Wed, 03/14/2012 - 19:43

I have been reading about the mountain, i think i need to stop though cos then i cant go off to sleep when i put the book down, things just buzz around in your head, very exciting,and so looking forward too it,oh and just a tad nervous.

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 19:40

I'm travelling with 3 friends in work - think they may be fed up with me before we go, keep telling them how long it is till we go -28 weeks tomorrow - sounds a while, but only 28 weekend walking opportunities... - see what I mean.

Anonymous
Tue, 03/20/2012 - 19:01

Does'nt seem long when you scale it down to walking week ends, my friends are fed up with me too,but none of them are up for the challenge,so off on my own,which isn't a bad option,its great meeting other people,i bought a pair of boots,so just need to get some miles into them.

Wed, 03/21/2012 - 18:35

Agree - I'm hoping there are others joining our group for the walk - believe 4 is minimum for the trek to run.  Not walking this weekend, signed up for sports releif 3 miles, so that will be my effort this week.  Going to break the new boots in gently?

Anonymous
Thu, 03/22/2012 - 19:17

Is your trip garanteed to go and do you live on flat ground or are there hills you can walk up and down ? i live in a completely flat area,but i have an area on the frinton-on-sea sea front with slopes to walk up and down,sorry for the delay with messages ,i drive a truck so im away from home on ocaisions and roaming tint not always great.

 

Fri, 03/23/2012 - 18:46

Yes, the trek is garanteed with the 4 people.  Live in cheshire so have a few hills, but lucky to have snowdonia, peak district and lakes in reach now days are getting longer.  Another week gone already, but sunny weather makes for getting outside  and always makes me smile. 

Mon, 04/02/2012 - 19:17

Managed to climb any hills?  I did Tryfan in Wales yesterday - its a scramble from bottom to top, don't know whats worse today, the aching legs, bruises or sun burn!  Few lessons learned there!  Off to lakes at weekend, hoping to do Scarfell - but weather forecast not looking good...

Anonymous
Thu, 04/05/2012 - 21:59

Wow ! you have been busy, i envy you living so close to hills,i have been away the last 2 weeks with work so just having  steady hikes at week ends ,then playing catch up with chores,weather is ment to turn rough,your brave going out easter wk end to many people about for me,not on the hills, i dont mind them people,the roads will be a little busy,enjoy your climb,and hope the weather is kind to you.

 

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 20:50

Easter in the lakes....Roads were chocker both ways, however weather Saturday was good so did Castle crag walk.  Was bizarre when someone came down with cat on a lead.  Sunday was Scarfell Pike day - weather was mean.  Got to the top but could see about 10m in front and blowing a gale.  Will need to do that again in the sunshine.  First time I've stayed in a youth hostel in years, food was great and drying room a god send after Sundays walk.  Did you get out?

Anonymous
Thu, 04/12/2012 - 19:56

Anyone else departing on 21st September on the Rongai Route? How's the training going?

Anonymous
Mon, 04/16/2012 - 18:55

Watcha JoHo,sorry for delay,i have not managed a climb yet ;-( been swimming the usual mile on mon and fri eve's, biking, and the odd 4hour walks,i dont think im going to make one untill june,and looking forward to it,its a shame i live about 4 hours away from any hills,after our busy work spell which is the end of june hope to do a couple then ,sounds like you have been doing plenty,not many people replying on the forum who are doing the same trips as us,keep up the climbs,im not jealous !

 

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 19:54

Hi Snowy, No walking last weekend, however did get my bike out yesterday and am now regretting that!  Hopefully in Wales next weekend, although a friend at work suggested 2 day walk with camping but its still a bit cold for that yet (don't like to camp in cold unless I have too...).  Think my trip is now fully booked - must all be shy or too busy training to talk.

Anonymous
Thu, 04/19/2012 - 20:56

Watha JoHo, oooh ! camping chilli and damp,have you got a sore butt from your bike ride then ? i have been up your part of the world today,its been very wet and windy,a lovely part of the uk though,i hope to get out on a long hike the wk end ,come rain or shine, my boots are now starting to feel part of me now they have done a few miles,i have been looking at sleeping bags,i think hiring one mite be a good option, have you hired or have your own ? i wondered what hired one's would be like,thats great that your trip is fully booked,il have to check mine.

Sun, 04/22/2012 - 10:31

Hi Snowy.  Far to cold to camp and mountain forecast in wales was hale, snow and risk of lightening, so no walking this weekend.  Which meant bike out again yesterday,  cycling shorts don't work!  Hve you got out for a walk?  I did get my own sleeping bag - outlet village at Cheshire Oaks is on my doorstep.  However I did hire one in Peru and it was good quality, clean etc - sleeping bag liner is good idea though.  How was the dreaded M6? Have booked a trip to Ben Nevis for start of June, try out another youth hostel.

Anonymous
Fri, 04/27/2012 - 18:10

Hi, sorry for late reply again,i have been away most of the week and too tired to look at lap top,i did go for a walk for about 4 hours,it poured with rain most of the time i didnt mind though it put my gear through the water test,and pleasd to say i stayed dry,i have bought a couple of ordance maps of my area,and very surprised of the amount of footpaths,no hills :-( but some lovely walks ,il just have to add more weight in my pack.I missed M6 came up A1 then cut across country to manchester then M60-62..... which surprisingly were all good,never done youth hostels only abroad when i was younger,i bought a vw van i sleep in that,its nice and comfy,im looking forward to scotland trip at the end of june,Oh i just bought a single man kayak so off out in that tomo , hopefully no leaks !

Mon, 04/30/2012 - 20:10

Rain stopped play again this weekend.  Really need to get out this weekend, fingers crossed for better weather. Is it a VW camper or one of the newer ones (don't know what they are called), warmer and more comfortable than camping and handy for getting away.  Did you get wet in the kayak - bet water was nippy!  Ordered some walking poles at weekend - only cheap ones from Amazon, have never used them so will give them a try if the rain stops.  I was surprised how much improved youth hostel in lakes was - it was first time I'd been in over 20years, last time was at school.

Anonymous
Mon, 04/30/2012 - 20:59

20 years ! bet that does'nt seem that long ago,how much do they charge for a night ? weather was rubbish the wk end was'nt it,didnt stop me though, i went for a 8.5 mile coastal hike, it was wet  and extremely windy,i took a flask of coffee and had a fab time,then that eve i took the kayak out ,i must of been nuts !waves were medium 'ish' i got soaked but got a real buzz,it does'nt leak anyway.Its a vw t5 it was just a van,i have modified it a little,ie... ply lined,insulated it to minimise noise and keep it a little warmer,window in the side and a seat in the rear,a bed that folds up into the side wall,nothing to complicated but pratical,i have poles but never used them, i think mine were just cheapies from amazone,i like to have them with me just incase ,i saw a pair in go outdoor the wk end for £112.00.... they must be good for that price,

Thu, 05/03/2012 - 21:09

You're right doesn't seem like 5 minutes.  £22 a night in the youth hostel, not as cheap as your van.  Kayak sounds like fun, but think I would need it to be abit warmer before i went out.  Planning a couple of walks this weekend, fingers croseed weather should be OK - 80% chance of cloud free summits...Are you off for the long weekend or do you have to work? Poles arrived - ordered pink ones and they are very pink.  Have a good weekend!

Anonymous
Sun, 05/06/2012 - 19:12

lol Pink ! at least no one will steel them,i was off sat and today, been away all week end grooming for a horse team at a national carriage driving event,great fun hard work but no walking this wk end,im back to work tomo,off to scotland delivering flowers, il be back thurs,no exercise this week,great climbing weather, did you go somewhere close to home ? and was it dry ? the ground where i was was soaked and glorious mud.

Wed, 05/09/2012 - 19:06

Grooming sounds great - used to ride years ago, love horses.  Did Snowdon this weekend - maintaining trend of climbing busiest mountains on bank holidays! also did low level walk in wales as weather was not so good Sunday.  Did snow on the top of Snowdon - whens Summer coming?  How was Scotland? Don't think I'm walking this weekend.  Friends 40th Saturday so see how I feel Sunday....

Anonymous
Wed, 05/09/2012 - 20:44

You are an addict,have a beer at your friends 40th,take a break from walking,im only saying that cos i have been stuck in my truck all week,past plenty of mountains,and some with snow on stil,looking up at them and craving for a climb,it seems ages since i have been ooot n aboot,im at the royal windsor horse show this wk end stewarding,so no hikes this wk end either,il be home from scotland trip tomo,parked up at weatherby tonite,and its chucking it down,scotland has been gorgeous.

Thu, 05/10/2012 - 20:11

Having a beer is definately in the plan - a barrel (pin?) of ice maiden has been purchased so looking forward to trying that.  Royal windsor - is that horse trials or show jumping?  Saw Princess Ann in locko park (Near Derby) horse trials when i was about 7 - Begged parents for riding lessons after that.  Just had a game of squash - thats hard work! 3 weeks till scotland for me....

Anonymous
Tue, 05/15/2012 - 08:33

Did you have a good wk end ? and what is ice maiden ? and how was your head ?RWHS was all sorts,the main for me was the international driving trials,pony,horse teams and horse pairs,great wk end plenty of excitment, food,cider and the pageant sat eve,i have done hardly any exercise for the last couple of weeks,6 weeks til scotland for me,i have not played squash for years,painfull knees is a reminder of that.i left Derby early this morn,now at shrewsbury and went through snow showers ??

Tue, 05/15/2012 - 18:50

Well lets say Sunday was a wasted day, but good time was had saturday!  Ice maiden (locally brewed beer) to good.  So no walking last weekend.  Grew up just outside Derby, so spent alot of time there.  Its hailed here a few times today but no snow.  Early night for me, early train to London tomorrow - going to be a long day.

Anonymous
Tue, 05/22/2012 - 23:56

Watcha JoHo,sorry been busy and when i had chance to catch up had no connection,i hate wasting days with a hang over,not to bad if you had a good nite,Derby area must of been a great place to grow up,i was born and bred here on the frinton/walton coast,spent most of my youth days on a place called horsey island,a small island in the kirby backwaters,which is reached by a mile long courseway at low tide,parked up nr Edingburgh sun eve so went for a 2 hour walk around the mussleburgh area,it was a cracking eve too, i did stop on the A66 on the way home looking for a future hike one eve on my travells but nothing near to parking areas ,other than that its all work which is good,did you travel to london for work ? not long now before your trip to scotland,the weather up there has been great the last few days.

Anonymous
Mon, 06/04/2012 - 08:06

Watcha Joho, i think i must be the only one going on my trip,going to phone exodus this week and hire a sleeping bag etc and to see how many people on the trip,there are a few going on the 23 sept,

have you been up too much ?

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 16:24

Hi snowy, just back from scotland - had a great weekend - perfect weather to climb the mountain and drive with top down on the A82 through the mountains.  The climb was hard work but well worth it - still a thick covering of snow to finish the walk. Been a good 7 days  - 3 welsh mountains last weekend too (one was a baby).  Coming back through the lakes, all tops appeared cloud free too.  Called in to look at the lock lomand youth hostel on way home - its an old house - might be the next one to try.  Hope you have a good bank holiday!

Anonymous
Wed, 06/06/2012 - 19:53

Watcha, wow sounds like you had a great time the last couple of weeks how fantastic,i have been sooooo busy with work no chance of anything but short walks and kayaking just to keep the body moving,busy time finishes soon,off to scotland in 16 days time yahoo !just been looking at the 5 sisters Kintail area,i booked my sleeping bag and matress for Kili,£55.00 well spent i feel and save carrying it on the plane,there are 11 people booked so far on my trip,nobody on forum yet though.ah wel early nite,3.30am start tomo,oooh that sounds rubbish.

 

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 07:31

Hi, hows training going? Trips coming round very quickly now?  Have you been up to Scotland yet?  Did Moel Siabod last weekend - great views of snowdon from the top (really lucky after the weather on Saturday). Think I've got all my kit together now. Need to get some camping in - getting used to the luxery of youth hostels...No walking this weekend, doing race for life tomorrow so want fresh legs for that - but sun is shining this morning so temtation is there.

Anonymous
Mon, 07/09/2012 - 22:22

Not long now JoHo, 9 weeks for me,scotland trip was fab and the weather was kind,lovely day when we climbed ben, i have been swimming,biking,long hikes and have a couple of hill walking trips planned,i have most of my kit now,well done for doing race for life,is Moel Siabod a good hike,climb ? hope to get to that area mid august if all goes to plan,my tint service has been rubbish,must be the weather.

Anonymous
Tue, 07/10/2012 - 12:51

Hope you don't mind me crashing your forum but I did Kili Rongai route in September last year, (am going to attempt to walk to Everest Base camp in September this year). You are in for an amazing experience, and you will have a great time. Exodus look after you, the guides are amazing and have so much knowledge about the mountain and how to stay safe - so listen to them. You will hear pole pole from the minute you get off the bus - they do mean it. You will be amazed at how slow you actually walk- but after day 2 it doesn't feel so slow anymore.. our group were slow coaches - all of us. We took our time, but really there is no rush.  The food was great - and as for losing appetite at Altitude- we were ravenous especially evening meal. You'll be amazed what these guys can cook up for you, fried chicken, chips, pasta, rice, soup, sandiches you will not go hungry! They sort out all of your water as well, we didn't use purification - didn't need to. Just give them your camel back/bottle at night and it's filled up the next day. We put vitamin tabs in ours to make it taste better.  Summit night is tough, really tough but they set the pace and it really is a case of one foot infront of the other. 12 of us on our trip, 11 made it to the top. (the one who didn't was poorly but the guides took her down, got her in her tent, made tea stayed with her). Getting to the summit was the most amazing thing - coming down is tough mind!! Don't worry too much about fitness, you take a lot of breaks and the pace is slow - I would say it's more about endurance fitness - you walk for hours  - especially on the last couple of days - and mental strength to KEEP GOING even when you are tired and cold.  You are going to have a great time.. enjoy your last few weeks of training but honestly - relax.. :-)  Andrea

Anonymous
Fri, 07/13/2012 - 07:39

Hi Aandrea,im looking forward to the trek ,thanks for writing on the forum it was a good read and reasuring in a way, nice idea about vitamin tablets,good luck with Everest Base camp,Snowy.

 

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 18:44

Hi Snowy - Glad Ben went well, was here still lots of snow on top?  Walking in Wales most weekends now - have climbed some great hills/mountains.  Got the final invoice through today so feels real now.  Just need kit bag to see how my kit fits or not.  Do have a week in spain to relax -as of tomorrow should see some sunshine.

Anonymous
Sun, 08/19/2012 - 17:46

Watctha JoHo, i hope you enjoyed spain,i climbed helvellyn a few weeks back via swirrel edge that was fun,all paid up now and kit bag has arrived and just over 3 weeks left,i have butterflys now and looking forward to the trip,i need a few more bits then its a trial packing run,i cant believe how quick time has gone.

Mon, 08/20/2012 - 18:16

Hi Snowy, I can't wait now - 5 weeks Friday.  Was in Wales yesterday, climbed one mountian, not the one planed but weather was rubbish!. Am really excited now - can't wait to get going.  Still waiting on kit bag - spare bed is covered in stuff.

Anonymous
Wed, 08/22/2012 - 19:41

Have you contacted any others on your trip ? nobody on the forum on my trip.11 going,and 6 of us travel from heathrow,i recieved my address tag,now just awaiting joining info,wow its almost real,

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 17:49

No, only know the 3 people from work who are coming.  Not long left, I am getting silly excited now!  Kit bag arrived and been packed/unpacked a couple of times already.  Did 6 mountains in wales over the weekend - Heather is my new enemy!  Plus fell down due to wet so have some good bruises.  We are going from Manchester with KLM.  Have a bigger challenge this week - just about to collect my 4 year old niece from Derby - if i survive a few days with her then i should be ok for anything....At least its a week off work.

Anonymous
Tue, 08/28/2012 - 21:26

Hi, 6 mountains,thats great,i wish i lived nearer to them,seafront hills,sandy and stoney beaches is my limmit now,i must say though its a good work out,you be carefull on those hills dont slip to often,i think i get back 2 days before you travel,hopefully with a big grin.

Anonymous
Mon, 09/03/2012 - 21:34

Hi JoHo,just  having packing trials,i dont normally bother until the night before,but this is a little differant,im making lists lol,travel clothes there and back,kili kit,safari kit,wow all seasons in 15 days,just over a week to go yahoo !

Tue, 09/04/2012 - 20:05

Just got my luggage tag. I am abit of a list freak so have been making lots of lists...I have 16 more work days to go.  Carfest this weekend so no walking, supposed to be absailing next weekend too but people keep saying i should be careful as its so close.  I fly out on 28th so please let me know how you get on and any must have tips when you've completed it! Just in case i don't message again before you go will say massive good luck now!!! 

Anonymous
Tue, 09/04/2012 - 23:05

I hope to message you with a Uhuru summit under my belt before you leave,good luck to you too have a great trek,catch up when you return.

Anonymous
Mon, 09/10/2012 - 09:17

Hi, I'm doing the Kili trek - Rongai Route - leaving on the 21st September... aaaarrrrgggghhhh!  Training was going well until the yellow fever jab - uurrghhhh!  Is anyone else going on this trip?  If yes, would love to hear from you as am doing this one on my own! :0)

Anonymous
Mon, 09/10/2012 - 13:00

Hey there! Yep. Me and my dad are also doing the Rongai Route, departing on 21st! 11 days to go!! Starting to get really really nervous now! Already done a trial pack and realised just how much I'm taking with me!! I may need a Porter from Edinburgh Airport!! Hehe!! I believe there's 10 people on this trip, 7 men and 3 women. How are your preparations coming along? Hard to believe that it's next Friday!! Gulp!!

Anonymous
Mon, 09/10/2012 - 13:26

Hey, great to hear from you and that there are 10 of us and it's not just me on the trip! :0)  I am very nervous, but also very excited...   I have a few more bits to pick up then going to a trial packing run - I know I have too much stuff!!!  Oh well I may have to wear everything on the plane!!  The rest is going OK, although really have felt ill after my yellow fever jab, so training in the last week just hasn't happened and I'm very frustrated by that.... and hope that I am fit enough!!  but yeah, I can't believe it's next Friday either - now that is scary!!  I look forward to meeting you and your Dad and having the most amaaaaazing adventure!!

Anonymous
Mon, 09/10/2012 - 16:10

Its finally good to hear from someone on the same trip as us! Im afraid that training has been a non starter for me over the last week or so, and I probably wont be able to fit anything in before next Friday either, so Im hoping that will power and sheer bloody minded-ness will keep me going! Ive just my money to order and my altitude sickness tablets to collect now, and hopefully I will have everything.  Where do you fly from?  Me and dad are Edinburgh to London Heathrow to Addisa Abba to Kilimanjaro.  24 hours worth of travelling later ...! 

Anonymous
Mon, 09/10/2012 - 16:26

I know what you mean, then I remembered this section on their website and was hoping someone would be on the trip!! I am not getting hung up on the training side, if I did, I would worry far too much!!!  I've done lots but I feel so terrible after this jab, that the thought of gymming at the moment is not pleasant.... It will be will power & stubborness to do it which will keep us all going!  And lots of sweets!! We will do it!  I pick up my money next week, got a quick trip to get my thermals (realised I'd forgotten them..)., oh and snacks, then I'm done.... Decided against the altitude tablets., I hope I don't regret it.....  Flying from Heathrow, coming up from Bristol to get there for about 6pm and book in., we should all be on the same flight... so may bump into you both whilst checking in...:0)

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