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Calling any other High Inca Trailers! (10th Sept 2011)

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Hello!

Just checking to see if there is anyone out there wanting to chat before we travel. I've been on a couple of these trips before and have always found it nice to get in touch with people beforehand - I'm hoping this isn't the first trip where no one responds!!

Sally x

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Joined: 11/10/2010
Posts: 1

Hiya Sally,

We're joing you on the 10th of sept very excited! we would love to get in touch which pervious treks have you done? any tips?

Hope your well

Jeremy and Karina

Joined: 15/09/2010
Posts: 2

Hi all

I will also be joining you - have only done one trek before which was Kilimanjaro in 2008, which was fabulous although very strenuous on summit day. Looking forward to a trek in a different continent.

Best tip from me for the lads is - bring a wee bottle! If it is minus 5 degrees and fifty metres from sleeping bag to the loos, you will be glad of it!!

Mark

Joined: 11/10/2010
Posts: 2

Hiya mark
just wondered if you flying with the group or flying in before? Were meeting you at the hotel hotel as were continuing on travelling after.

I did Vietnam last year, think this will be alot harder!

Karina

Joined: 28/09/2010
Posts: 10

Hi Karina, Jeremy and Mark!

So sorry for my slow reply - I was expecting an alert to my email when someone had replied to my post and as I hadn't one I thought no one had replied! It's only by chance that I checked today to see that I have had 3 replies!

This is my third trip with the AC. I did Nepal in 2009 and the Atlas in Morocco last year. I absolutely love trekking and my previous two trips have suited me down to the ground so I'm hoping this will be no different. What I really love about the AC is that they seem to attract a really great bunch of people who go on them so I look forward to meeting you all!

Karina - I'm flying with the gropu from Heathrow (and what an arduous journey it looks like it might be - especially the one travelling home with 3 separate flights!!) Sounds like you are doing a bit of an itinerary if you are meeting us there, what are you doing?

I appreciate this is a bit of a girly tip and may not excite the boys... but the only thing I have found really useful tip wise is taking largish freezer bags to put my clothes in in my rucksack rather than lining my rucksack with one large bin bag. I just found it so much easier to keep my clothes organised and dry when trying to find clothes in my rucksack in the dead of night in a small tent!! It sounds like we will have a limited bag to take on the actual trek anyway (7kg??) so organising such a small amount of clothes might not be too much of a problem!

Mark - any tips for the girls???!

I'm starting to get really excited now especially now that they are hounding us for the payment - it means it must be close!!

Sally x

Joined: 11/10/2010
Posts: 2

Hiya Sally,

It sounds like you have an intense flight, were flying in the day before, then after the trek, heading down to Chille, Oz, New Zealand and Thiland. Though this would be a good way to start the adventure!!

Thanks for the tip will come very handy!! The count down has started still not sure were fit enough but very excited!!

Karina

Joined: 15/09/2010
Posts: 2

Hi all

I'm also flying from Heathrow, a bit too busy at work to be looking forward to it yet but I'm sure it will come!

Re tips for the girls, Sally, you could train up to do 50 metres in 5 seconds ;-) or there is something called a she-wee but as you can imagine I know nothing about them! It might not be so bad on the Inca trail but on Kili it was very high and very cold and the effects were unavoidable!

Talking of training I have done none so far and its getting high time I started. I run once a week but the long hill walks I did for Kili have not happened so far. Anyone else doing better?

All the best

Mark

Joined: 28/09/2010
Posts: 10

Hi people!

I have no dedicated training plan as such! I'm a regular runner and bike to work on a daily basis, which seems to have done me well on my previous treks although this is a little higher than the others I have done. I did do my first marathon last year so I'm hoping that fitness (although I've done nothing near that kind of distance this year!) has carried on a little bit. I'm off to Cornwall this week so will be hopefully doing lots of coastal walking - weather permitting!

I don't think you can ever get used to the toilet tents but having survived them for my previous two holidays they have become almost part and parcel of the whole experience and it wouldn't be the same without them (not that I'm considering exchanging my bathroom suite for a toilet tent!!)

The biggest challenge is definitely going to be downsizing my pack to the 7kg we are only allowed to take on the actual trek. I've purchased a thermorest (as recommended) and with my sleeping bag I reckon that's gonna take up most of the 7kg - there will be a lot of my stuff left at the hotel I think!!

Sally x

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