Kili - Rongai Route - 7TH AUGUST

Hi there,

Just started our training for Kili and trying to make sure those boots are well worn in ! Was a bit painfull after 2 hrs............but more to come no doubt. Very excited about the trip, our first walking trip ever and wondering if anyone else on the trip had some good tips for their fellow travellers ! Get in touch or we will see you at the Hotel (sorry couldn't bare the thought of Ethiopian Airways)....

James & Tracy (post mid life crisis).



Hi James and Tracy

Hello!  I'm on this trip as well but have yet to buy the boots.  Must get onto that.  Any brand or features you'd like to recommend?  I did Duke of Edinburgh at school but not sure that counts for much 15+ years later!  So, novice trekker but up for something new and exciting.  Ditto the comment for a call for top tips!!



Hi Pen,

Glad someone else is coming with us ! Not sure liked the times article on Saturday but never mind I am sure they were not with Exodus .....not sure we are sufficient experts on boots but after two hours in Ellis Brigham I chose the ones that hurt least ! I think the percieved wisdom is to go for leather but both Tracy and I ended up with Canvass (Saloman and Mammut). I think the key whatever you wear is wearing them in and we have done about 20 miles of walking so far..........!! 

Ciao James & Tracy


Hi I am not going on yur trip but have some experience on Boots.  Go to a Boot fitter - we went to one in the Lake District - they will fit you properly and make you walk on simulated roguh ground up and down a slope to check your feet dont move.  Also they can add inserts to make them fit better.  Also buy soon as they need to be worn in!

Good luck - I am doing Inca Trail this year but have frineds doing Kili - I think with you.




All very useful, thank you.  Have boots now and have just walked around London in them for 1 hour 40mins.  Will have to step this up but, so far, not blisters!  Hope you're having fun with your walks.



Hi there, it's a bit late I know but thought I'd say hi and introduce myself too.  Also, if anyone would like to meet up at Heathrow, for those facing Ethiopian Airways that is :o), then happy to do so.  Otherwise see you at the Hotel too.



hi guys, feeling rather anxious now, cant wait to meet you all.


Ah hah, some fellow trip members have entered the fray. So far Pen, Mike, Gemma, James & Tracy, Peter so thats half of us at least. Got the bag this week, think Tracy thought it as a bit small (!) and I was wondering how cold it is really going to get ? Ski Pants or just thermal long johns or both !  Went to the Altitude centre for a small 5000m tolerance test and we both showed medium resistance so hopefully all will be well. Have been recommeded 400mg ipuprofen, Altivit, and just had all jabs (ouch), as well as swine flu and anti malarials (see Cherly Cole), thus likely to have more drugs than clothes at this point. Training has gone to pot bu still both looking forward to it immensly.

James & Tracy


Hi, just reading your thread, did Kili last August and we were blessed with the weather, dry & sunny each day so t-shirt and/or fleece, think I remember using windproof at some point. As soon as the sun goes down it gets cold, very cold. I wore fleece & down jkt to dinner each evening and was still cold. Had Icebreaker thermals underneath ready for bed! Had top quality sleeping bag and mat and was ok but my flannel froze overnight, as did water in a 1litre bladder. Summit night, you don't move fast enough to get too hot. I had thermals, walking trousers and waterproof trousers below waist, then thermal top, t-shirt, long sleeved shirt, thin fleece, down jkt and waterproof over top, probably a layer too much but which one I'd drop I don't know! Enjoy every minute, its fantastic! PS plenty of wet wipes needed! Its very dusty.


Hmm, getting quite nervous now but have had a few top tips passed on: diarolyte in water is meant to help prevent freezing + helps hydrate, thermal/fleece ('snugpack') sleeping bag liner, apparently at altitude the body goes off dairy products (ie chocolate) so jelly babies are better (I've bought 4 packets!), have also heard that long john/trouser/waterproof combo is fine for summit day.  My friend wore and advised ski goggles on summit day.  Not sure how to waterproof big bag exactly but have found some heavy duty DIY bags in Waitrose which look quite hardy!  Otherwise, trying to work out clothes slowly but keep getting panicky and have to go and do something else.. not very productive!  Also, have been doing taste test on favourite energy bars and definitely leaning towards the Powerbar range.  Very last thing, 'super absorbent foot powder' from Boots been recommended to put on before socks each morning.  Looking forward to meeting everyone! Pen


Hi all

There is a lot of us 'Kili Trekers' on this site trying to contact others in they group. I've be in touch with most of you traveling to Kili in Aug, Sep and Oct. As there are a couple of us going to North wales to climb Snowdon on Sat 14 Aug, arriving the friday night and camping out. Sunday will look at Tryfan another lovely walk/climb. Therefore I would love to get as many Kili Trekers together to do some walking and talking. If you are insterested e-mail me on [email protected] I think it would be great to get everyone together and discuss 'Kili'

Hear from you Jim

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