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    Joined: 03/11/2010
    Posts: 6

    Hi,

    My sister Fiona and myself are doing the trip to"celebrate" my 50th birthday. We went for a 4 hour trek in the snow yesterday. Knackered at the end of it. Really looking forward to the trip and meeting everyone.

    Gill

    Joined: 10/11/2010
    Posts: 7

    hi gill just seen reply have u done anything like this before am a novice like my comfort 2 much so should be a culture shock 4 us i think there is 8 booked on trip up 2 now looking forward 2 meeting every one how is ur training going and what sort of training are u doing kevin

    Joined: 03/11/2010
    Posts: 6

    Hi Kevin,

    We have never done anything like this before. Relieved to hear you are also a novice. Think we agreed to do this after too many glasses of wine! Our training plan has just included walking over a moor near my house. We have done a couple of 4 hour walks each week. Can't say it's been very hilly......but still puffed out at the end. Know we need to at least have climbed a hill before the first one we hit is Kilmanjaro! Planning to tackle Ben Lomond in January. What have you been doing?

    Gill

    Joined: 10/11/2010
    Posts: 7

    hi gill, up to now havent done a lot got achillies injury for last five weeks just go gym but achiillies went again so just resting it had acupunture to see if that would help but not up to now,have u sorted your visa out yet or are u doing it at airport not long now and then u might be sorry u had to much wine ha ha, kevin

    Joined: 03/11/2010
    Posts: 6

    Hi kevin,

    Achillies injury is really annoying. Not sorted out visa yet but planning to do it before the airport as I hear the wait can be a couple of hours.

    Gill

    Joined: 03/01/2011
    Posts: 3

    Hi Gill & Kevin,

    I'm joining you for Kili on 25th Feb. Glad to hear you are novices as i am also. I'm going to the gym and walking in the Beacons and Black Mountains - far from ready to tackle The Mountain. I think the cold will challenge me on the summit night. I have travelled with the Adventure Company twicw before and trust we will be looked after.
    I've applied for my visa as kili airport was manic when I landed there for a safari last feb.
    Are you going to Buxton on prep day?
    If you fancy a walk in the welsh hills it would be good to meet up.
    looking forward to meeting you.

    Sarah

    Joined: 03/11/2010
    Posts: 6

    Hi Sarah & Kevin,

    Great to hear from another team member. Getting more and more nervous by the day. We are in no way expert at this stuff so glad to hear you feel the same way. Continuing our training tomorrow by attemting to climb Ben Lomond. Feel the same way about the cold. We've heard from others that even at night you need to be well wrapped up. Nice to know you have used the company before. This is our first time. We are going shopping on friday for the rest of our kit. Are you both traveling from Heathrow?

    Gill

    Joined: 03/01/2011
    Posts: 3

    Hi Gill,

    hope Ben Lomond went well. Yes i'm flying from Heathrow. I've got tendonitis in forearm from over use of walking poles in extreme wind on a section of Offa's Dyke path 2 last week - doing everything 1 armed! Got lots of thermal clothes which make me look stunning -NOT!!
    Share feeling of nervousnous - was good idea at time of booking (I'm sure??).
    Looking forward to rest week before we go as advised in most training programmes. Be great to finally meet.

    Sarah.

    Joined: 03/11/2010
    Posts: 6

    Legs still stiff after Ben Lomond. Pretty hairy at places due to the snow but we made it. Can sympatise with your arm as I have a similar strain. More concerned about sleeping at night as the pain can creep into my shoulder. At least we will be able to dish out sympathy to each other. Know what you mean about the sexy look in all our gear - NOT. We got our visas in last week so it's all becoming very real!
    Shopping trip was a great success and we have everything except energy supplements and a general travel bag. What are you both using for a kit bag for the porters to carry? We are going to Zanzibar after the climb so we'll also be leaving a very small bag at the hotel.

    Great to hear all your news. It will be really fun to meet up.

    Gill

    Joined: 03/01/2011
    Posts: 3

    Hi Gill,

    glad to hear you survived Ben Lomond. Thanks for your care about arm - hope you are on the mend. I'm starting physio on Tuesday - still can't use poles - getting worried. I'm sure we'll be a big help to each other. Got visa also - v.v.real!!
    Watched DVD of our Welsh rugby players doing Kili last year for a charity based at the hospital I work at - v.v scary watching huge muscley men cry!! I can send you a copy if you like - it really helped me get a perspective on the trip (and get more admiration off my friends and family).

    I'm off to the prep. day with Adventure Company on Saturday and so will feed back any useful tips. My focus know is keeping healthy as got another cold.

    Starting to get very emotional - that is definately not me!!

    Keep going - nearly time for a few rest days before we go.

    best wishes

    Sarah

    Joined: 11/10/2010
    Posts: 4

    Hi All,

    Just been on the Treksmart day in Buxton with my mate Brian. We are both doing Kili on the 25th and met Sarah on this post. Glad there are others going.

    We're all set now and on the final count down. Have jabs and visa all sorted and after today it looks like I have all the kit required so no more expense.

    Brian and I will be heading down to Heathrow from Barnsley on the 25th if anyone wants to car share.

    Regards

    Dave

    Joined: 03/11/2010
    Posts: 6

    Sounds like a good day in Buxton! Had Yellow fever jag today so all set. I'm going skiing to France next week (bad timing I know but it was booked long before Kili) so I am planning to be very cautious and come back in one piece.

    Hope the arms feeling better Sarah...between us both we can take a side each and drag each other up the hill. I'll pass on the offer of watching the DVD. If these guys were weeping I fear the worst for myself.

    Dave nice to hear from you prior to the trip. Thanks for the car share offer but we're flying down from Glasgow early afternoon.

    See you all really soon. Getting excited....aaaaaaaaaaaargh!

    Gill

    Joined: 11/10/2010
    Posts: 4

    Hi All,

    Received the kit bag in the post yesterday. It's not very big ! See how I go, may have to beg borrow one thats bigger.

    Just a few things raised at Buxton.

    1) Take an thermarest type sleep mat to use with the one supplied.

    2) If possible take a pillow. Bean bag type looked good. ( And found our that my kids have one each for in their mums car )

    3) Take a scan of your passport photo page and visa stamp and email it to your own account. Just in case you loose it ( or is lost for you) then you can access your email while away.

    Any more I can remember I'll post. Anything you lot think of let me know.

    Only two weekends left now for that final shopping trip. Oh how the time is going so quick.

    Sounds like we need candles ?

    See ya later

    Dave

    Joined: 24/12/2010
    Posts: 3

    Hello all,

    I have just got back from the kilimanjaro treck that started on 4th feb!! if you have any questions i will be more than happy to answer them

    Hope you have a great trip

    Gary

    Joined: 21/07/2010
    Posts: 11

    Hi Gary
    Hope you had a great time and that you reached the summit - if you have any time are you able to write a blog, because that would be a great help to people or uploading any photos.
    Let us know how you got on.
    Cheers
    Keith

    Joined: 11/10/2010
    Posts: 4

    @ Gary

    Just how cold was it at this time of year? Can't decide which outer jacket to take. What did you take and was it warm enough ?

    Did you make it ? Any signs of AMS ?

    Dave

    Joined: 24/12/2010
    Posts: 3

    Hello Dave,

    Last week the weather was red hot (actually got sun burn on my nose ha). The first three days everyone was just wearing a t-shirt and shorts to walk in. We had to keep waterproofs in our bag just in case but we never had to use them.

    The last two days/nights the weather does get colder and on summit night the tempreture dropped to -15. For this night we all had several layers on including inner and outer jackets (as suggested by our guide).......to be honest we all had as much layers as we could possibly fit on.

    Our group had five people in it and four of us made it, unfortunately the other lad got AMS so had to go back to camp during the summit clmb. I didnt really feel any effects from AMS, just a slight headache on the way up to laver tower. My big advice is to take it slow (as the guide will keep telling you), drink plenty of water, and make sure you have plenty of sweets for a lift during the long treks.

    I loved every second of the trip and you will find the guides, porters and fellow trekers all help make it a trip of a lifetime

    Gary

    Joined: 11/10/2010
    Posts: 4

    Got back last Sunday having done the Rongai Route. Small group of 8 who got on so well together from day one. We all made the summit, but a few of us suffered from altitude sickness and had to come down quicker than expected.

    Overall the best thing I've ever done. The whole trip is a life time experiance and I have made some very good friends who I hope will meet up soon and keep in touch.

    One question we all had while arriving at Kili airport, Who's Kevin ?

    Joined: 10/11/2010
    Posts: 7

    hi dave kevin here am glad u all made it 2 the summit spoke a few times 2 the girls on ur trip but got depressed when itore my achillies after training so hard and was gutted but made up 4 u all so hopeing 2 do it next year so any tips or advice u can give me would be welcome all the best and well done 2 u all kevin

    Joined: 10/11/2010
    Posts: 7

    hi dave kevin here am glad u all made it 2 the summit spoke a few times 2 the girls on ur trip but got depressed when itore my achillies after training so hard and was gutted but made up 4 u all so hopeing 2 do it next year so any tips or advice u can give me would be welcome all the best and well done 2 u all kevin

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