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Anyone else going on this trip?

Sat, 07/31/2010 - 11:03


 Well I have just clicked the 'confirm payment' button on this trip and I'm feeling a mixture of excitement and absolute fear! Would love to hear from anyone else who is going on this trip. Time to get the fitness training in - I have absolutely no experience of trekking at altitude so will be keeping my fingers crossed!


Sun, 08/01/2010 - 19:22

Hi Les, I'm going on the same trip and am so excited about it! I've done some trekking at altitude before in Nepal but it was a while ago now. Where are you based? Perhaps we could do some training hikes together? What a fantastic way to spend Christmas too! One I will never forget.


Mon, 08/23/2010 - 21:05

Hi Les and Nadia, I've just received confirmation for the trip and I'm so excited and a little nervous!!  I have trekked before, however never at altitude.  I've just returned from a holiday in Tanzania and loved it so much that I decided on this adventure.  Let the training commence....

Wed, 08/25/2010 - 19:23

Hello to all of you! Your feelings pretty much match mine - great exitement but slight trepidation as well. I am confident that I can do the walking bit but the effects of altitude are a great unknown and I am not quite sure at the moment if there is anything that I can do in preparation in order to increase my chances of success. I have read that it is possible to take some medication, which may help. Does anybody have any knowledge of this? Does it work and more importantly is it safe???


Thu, 09/02/2010 - 16:52

Hi there,

I am booked and confirmed.  Very much looking forward to the trip.  I have never been to Africa before and what a way to start, right at the top, if we make it.  I have done a bit of trekking but will need to get in some training before this Mt. Kilimanjaro expedition.  I am based in the flat county of Hertfordshire but would be willing to travel and also happy to arrange some kind of meet/training activity.  I guess we should wait for more people to join us but an idea could be somewhere like the Peak District/Derbyshire Dales or the Lake District.  I do think it would be good idea to meet first so if you are all a bunch of maddies I still have time to cancel ;-)  I look forward to what will hopefully be an amazing adventure for us all.


Wed, 09/22/2010 - 22:48

Hi Les and Nadia

Would love to join you on a training weekend in the Peaks! I've got quite the same thoughts about needing to train so will be glad to join in any training going!!! So, what are your plans? And also, thanks for the info about the medication - I'll get some just in case.... by the way - can you get it from the chemists or do you need to order it from somewhere?


Wed, 09/29/2010 - 23:11

Hi Tuula (and anyone else who may be interested in joining us in the Peaks)

Not sure about the medication.. I've booked to go to the doctors next week for vaccinations so will ask there. Nadia is not able to go now but I'll be up in the peaks on the weekend of 29/30th October. I was thinking of staying somewhere around Buxton or Bakewell and am happy to investigate a few reasonably priced B&Bs and get back to you on here. I will probably stay up there Saturday night, with two good days walking around Kinder Scout/ Hope Valley, etc.

My mobile number is 07980 523959 if anyone wants to get in touch.

Les :)

Wed, 09/29/2010 - 23:15

Just looked on the Boots website and it looks like it is available by prescription.

Wed, 10/06/2010 - 20:45


I'm up for a training weekend in the Peaks. I'll drop you a text Les to make arrangements. Looking forward to it :-)

Sat, 10/09/2010 - 16:18

Hi again,

Just been reading about altitude sickness and things that can possibly help to combat the nausea. Not sure if they are defintiely proven to help but might give some of these a go:

Gingko Bilboa - improves circulation: a couple of friends who ski at altitude swear by this.

Selenium + antioxidants (vitamins A, C, E)


Mint - maybe in tea

'seabands' - travel sickness bands based on acupressure.

milk thistle

I guess they can't hurt!

Looked at some b&bs in the peaks - Bakewell seems quite a good place. Found a b&B for between £25 and £30 per night (about 3 miles from Bakewell):

Mrs Deborah Bettney
Congreave Farm, Congreave, Stanton in Peak, Bakewell. DE4 2NF
Tel: 01629 732063
Fax: 01629-732063
Email: [email protected]

Any thoughts?

Starting to get excited now!

Les :)

Sat, 10/09/2010 - 16:23

sorry - for some reason all formatting was lost in the last post!

Look forward to hearing from you Kerry :)

Wed, 10/13/2010 - 20:26

Hi, just paid the final balance. Definitely like the idea of the walking weekend at the end of the month. Les, I will be in touch.

Sun, 10/17/2010 - 20:11


I've just booked a room at the Everton B&B for Saturday 30th October. Les, I will contact you nearer the time regarding meeting arrangements, etc.

Hope to meet some more of you too.



Tue, 10/26/2010 - 08:52

I did this trip three years ago. T ake an air bed and not one of the self inflating mats. The ground is very very rockey. Mats are great on flat ground, but when you have 50mm stone pushing up through the ground sheet, you will never sleep on one. You have a 10 kg weight limit so a small back pack air bed will be no problem.

Take a large pack of wet wipes - there will be no toilet paper and no where to wash your hands after wards. You only have hot water to wash at breakfast and and at dinner in the evening.

Wear gaters up the last climb to the sumit. The ground is very loose ash, and it gets into your boots !

Tue, 10/26/2010 - 14:49

Hi All, Just logged in after confirming my trip to Kili this December (very excited!) I'm departing on 22/12 (Lemosho route) so on a different trip to you all.However, would be great to join any further training walks you have planned before Christmas. I'm in Lancashire, so fairly central to travel anywhere. Happy training!

Sat, 10/30/2010 - 21:57

Hi Chantelle, I'm booked on the Kili lemosho route on 12th Jan. Very excited but getting nervous now have you done much training? I'm up in the lakes or Snowdon most wkends and hope this will be enough as never climbed at altitude b4! Lorna x

Sat, 10/30/2010 - 22:15

Brent123 - thanks for your advise. It's the little things that count ....

I went for my vaccinations last week and asked the nurse about altitude sickness and potential medication for it but she did not want to recommend anything. She was far more concerned about whether we were going to have medical support during the climb....

Sun, 10/31/2010 - 18:38

Thanks to all on the training weekend, I now know that 3 of you aren't raving lunatics. Will have to wait and see about the rest!! I just bought a few bits from Cotswold Outdoor online and used a 15% discount code. Not sure how long it has got to run but try C2061 at the checkout. Cheers. Steve

Mon, 11/01/2010 - 12:12

Hi Lorna (and anyone else who is reading this!) I haven't been doing much trek training to be honest as I only booked last week. This probably explains why I'm now feeling a tad nervous about what lies ahead. I'm a runner, so not concerned about my CV fitness..although I know that's not the point at altitude! I've hiked at 11,000ft before, but beyond that is an unknown to me. Sounds like you're doing just the right thing by getting up in the hills most w'ends. If you're planning another Lakes hike in the dwindling weeks before Christmas, and fancy the company of a fellow Kili buddy, give me a shout. Cheers. Chantelle

Fri, 11/05/2010 - 19:23

Thanks again Brent! Just out of interest, do you know if the reason for not getting up to the top was actual altitude sickness or plain fatigue?

I'll ask my doc about the antibiotics...

Would you have any other advice?


Tue, 11/09/2010 - 18:34


 Thanks for your advice, Brent - have now hired a sleeping mat from Exodus! Exodus also confirmed that we WILL be able to get visas at the airport no problem, despite arriving on Christmas day.. I'm still in two minds though about whether to send off for one or not?? Does anyone else have any thoughts on this? 

 This weekenda few of us have booked in a b&b in Grasmere, the Lake District - we plan to walk up Scafell Pike on Saturday if anyone else fancies joining us? Will drive up Friday night so we can get a fairly early start on Saturday.... give me a call if so on 07980 523959. 

Les :) 





Fri, 11/12/2010 - 17:15

Hi all

it was great to meet Les, Kerry and Steve at Bakewell. sorry i can't make it to Grassmere this weekend. i'm in Edinburgh with lots of hills on the doorstep so if anyone lives close and wants to meet up let me know. 07973451446


Mon, 11/15/2010 - 05:31


Thanks for your post Caroline - it is good to hear that everyone made it! :) 

Just back from Lakes weekend - thanks again Steve and Kerry for being great training buddies :) There is a plan to head to the Peak District again on w/e of 27th November if anyone can make it. Will book into a B&B in Bakewell again so anyone welcome to join if you wish! 

Just been for jabs - nurse said antibiotics weren't necessary so I'll risk not taking those. I've also put together an ever growing Kili kit/ to do list from various places - if you would like a copy of this, feel free to email me on [email protected]. Getting very excited now - 39 days to go! :)

Tue, 12/07/2010 - 18:47


When a few of us got together for training weekend it was suggested that maybe we do a little secret santa for the group, since we are departing over Christmas. We were thinking fivers in or something - everyone buys a token gift for £5 then each give to a different group member. Let me know what you think :) 


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