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Anyone else booked on the December trek to Everest Base Camp?

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Joined: 28/09/2010
Posts: 10

Mixed progress...I'm getting some sessions in at the gym. Chatting to some friends about joining me for some training walks over the next few months. I've still not got a pair of walking boots though - can't find a pair with a proper fit.

Tim

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I went on a couple of charity walks in May and June in the Lake District and Snowdonia - the weather was so awful both times the organisers changed the route for safety reasons.
I do need to sort my boots, then I can go on some more walks and get them broken in. In the meantime, I am tryng to go to the gym regularly.
I thought I had a training partner. He went to the Himalayas in May with some other friends and loved it so much he was going to go back on a differnet trip from this one in December. He can't make it now though, unfortunately.
I've got family near the Malverns and not so far from the Brecons. So I've got a base to go from. I will set aside some weekends in October and November to cram a few in.
If any other folk on this trip make contact it might be worth organising something together as an ice breaker?
Tim

Tim

Joined: 28/09/2010
Posts: 10

I went on a couple of charity walks in May and June in the Lake District and Snowdonia - the weather was so awful both times the organisers changed the route for safety reasons.
I do need to sort my boots, then I can go on some more walks and get them broken in. In the meantime, I am trying to go to the gym regularly.
I thought I had a training partner. He went to the Himalayas in May with some other friends and loved it so much he was going to go back on a different trip from this one in December. He can't make it now though, unfortunately.
I've got family near the Malverns and not so far from the Brecons. So I've got a base to go from. I will set aside some weekends in October and November to cram a few in.
If any other folk on this trip make contact it might be worth organising something together as an ice breaker?
Tim

Tim

Joined: 28/09/2010
Posts: 10

Hi Helen,

Other than sessions at the gym, not a lot so far. I've got a few weekends set aside to go walking up some mountains. Hoping to get three or four in before I depart. Snowdonia, Lake District, Brecons and Peak District are on the list. It's roughly what some friends of mine did earlier in the year, which seemed to be enough.

Which trek are you on Helen?

Tim

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Posts: 10

Hi Helen,

I'm on the 18th December trek. We might pass each other on the trail.

I dont think I will be doing any proper walking until November which is a bit frustrating. I've got boots, sticks and a pack and I'm utilising some of my layers I wear skiing. Got a few more things to get, but I can borrow some of it off a friend who was on the trail in May.

Where are you based? Are you anywhere near North Wales or the Lake District? Both are great locations which are about 4-5 hours away for me.

Tim

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I'll be carrying a financial times so you recognise me.

I'm going to rent or buy a sleeping bag and down jacket when I'm in Kathmandu. It's much cheaper.

Yea, that's a tough day. Have you decided which route you'll take?

I'm in St Albans. Not an ideal location if you like to walk up hills.

Tim

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Finally got a training walk organised. Heading to the Brecons this weekend. Planning to make Pen y fan and a couple of other peaks. Testing out all my kit too.

My base layers are the stuff I use for skiing.

Tim

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Did everyone make it back ok? Hope we are all enjoying the himaloyayan weather we brought back with us?
Tim

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just been reminded of the 'musical' instrument that John bought. i was getting some funny looks from my colleagues for laughing at apparently nothing.

good memories.

Tim

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Hi Tim,

Yeh im going on the 18th Dec (i think!). Looking forward to it! Hows the preparations going?

Laura

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Yeh its not very tempting to get out walking when the weather is so rubbish! Am trying to get down the gym much as I can but sometimes its a bit of a struggle.

Sounds like you need to get those boots sorted! Ive got some leather ones which have done me really well last couple of years, so comfortable although Im not 100% sure they are fully waterproof anymore!

Do you know anyone whos done the trip before? I have a friend who was out in Nepal last year and his pictures are fantastic.

Laura

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Hi Helen and tim,

Sounds like you are both starting to get organised. Like you guys im also down south in Sussex so there is a distinct lack of mountains to practice on down here! Im just trying to get in some really long walks but having trouble finding inclines! Am generally just doing any kind of exercise I can fit in, gym, swimming etc, hopefully will be enough!

I went to kilimanjaro last year so Ive got most of my kit although im gonna hire some trekking poles because I will never use them after this! Ive got a 4 season sleeping bag which was a great investment cause I use it all the time! As for a down jacket I think I will have to make do with my regular winter coat as they seem to make me sneeze! ....a few extra layers should cover it I hope!

How was Snowdon Helen?

Laura

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No big peak training for me unfortunately, just bought a flat so cant afford to go anywhere at the weekends! Training for me is restricted to South downs and Ashdown forest really but im doing a few long distance walks to get in the flow of things so hopefully will be ok!

I have a couple of Icebreaker base layer tops which are amazing as they keep you warm in the cold and cool in the heat but they were quite expensive (although I have had them a while and used them loads so good investment!). Just some regular skiing thermals too (tops and bottoms). So prob take these and a decent fleece layer.

How are you guys getting your visas? Im quite reluctant to put my passport in the post with all the strikes. Am I right in thinking we can get the visas when we arrive?

You should definately go to Kilimanjaro Helen, its an amazing experience (although very hard work!). Be glad to give you any assistance on that one!

Not long now!

Laura

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Yep, cant believe its this week! Dave, I will be on that flight to Delhi on Friday too, will be the blond one in the tattered walking boots!
So excited!
Laura

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yep, no work yesterday either....bonus! How was doha?? I drank so much champagne in abu dhabi, amazing! What an amazing trip, will send you some photos soon tim!

Laura
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Hi Tim / Laura

I'm off on the 16th December.

How's your training going? What are you doing to train?

Helen

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Hi Tim,

I'm off to Everest Base Camp on 16th December. When are you going?

I've done Snowdon earlier in the year and going back this weekend. Scafell Pike is lovely and will be going back next month hopefully!

I'm trying to avoid the gym until I have to! Have been doing lots of walking - though all on flat ground and just started cycling.

Have you got your kit sorted?

Helen

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I'll be sure to wave as we pass then!

I've borrowed my poles and and day pack along with other little bits! So now just got to sort out the day to day clothes.

What are you doing about a sleeping bag and down jacket? I think I'm going to rent my over there but keep changing my mind on that one!

I live in Berkshire, so about 5 hours away from Wales or the Lakes. We're aiming to do Snowdon in one day tomorrow so it's going to be a long day!

Where are you based?

Helen

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Tell me about it - we're leaving at 4am!!

We're going to take the ranger route. I did it earlier in the summer so familiar with it. It's one of the easier ones, but I want to make sure that we all make it as going with a few friends of different abilities!

Have you done it (Snowdon) before?

Helen

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Hi Laura / Tim

Snowdon was good, went last weekend as well although the weather wasn't quite so nice!!

Going again in a couple of weeks, different route so maybe I'll have done them all by the end of the year!

What type of base layers are you taking?

I'm thinking of doing Kili next year (if all goes well at Christmas), so may drop you an email for some advice if that's ok.

Take care

Helen

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Argh!! Here we are and just two days left for me and not long for the rest of you!

I am v excited! Though also very apprehensive and feeling 'slightly' under prepared!

After much deliberation, have decided the sleeping bag is just too heavy and too bulky and am now going to rent one locally! Quite frankly at the moment I can't face packing - so might get it all over there instead!

Anyway, Tim, Laura and everyone else on your trip and mine!! - I wish you all the very best of luck, lets hope that we are all successful with our adventures!

Siobhan, Rob, John - I'll be seeing you soon!

Helen

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Hi all

I am booked on the 16 dec trip.
As far as i can make out there are 8 of us on it so far.
I've got most of what i need ,and the training is going ok'ish.
Not long to go now,just 4 weeks and counting.

John s

Joined: 28/09/2010
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Hi all,

I have read all the posted comments with interest.
I too will be going to base camp in December.I will be travelling with 2 other people.
The excitement is high and I hope I have got all that I need.
I am based in Sheffield, so the Peak District is near and have used Jacobs Ladder at Kinder Scout a few times.
I can recommed this to all of you.
I have selected the Zamberlan Voiz GT boot and found them good for the most part but found that they can be lively over wet rocks.The soles are a good shape and have been designed well.

The training continues !

Looking forward to seeing you all.

Steve

Joined: 28/09/2010
Posts: 1

Hi Guys!

Great to read all your posts - wish we had gotten onto this earlier so we could have joined in! We will be joining you all for the 16th Dec Everest Base Camp trip - can't wait now with only just over a week to go!

Looking forward to meeting you all!

Happy Packing!

Siobhan & Rob

Joined: 28/09/2010
Posts: 2

Hello all

Getting excited now!!

I'll be on the Delhi flight from Heathrow on 18th Nov.

oh, and Helen. I can recommend the Kili trip. But you won't do anything a lot more difficult!

See you soon

Dave

Joined: 28/09/2010
Posts: 2

yeh...... got back ok.

Had a great time!!

now..................... where can I go next???????? [b]:-)[/b]

Dave W

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