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    Suitable for climbing Kili?

    Okay, I haven't really got a decent coat and I'm on a strict budget. Would this do? I've got loads of other layers to go with it so it doesn't have to be that warm... I know its not going to be the best coat in the world by a long way, but my old Craghopper coat has been pretty good to me.

    (£40 at Debenhams)
    Link in first post.

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    Hey - going from my own personal experience (although I've only done the uk in winter) I've found that as long as it's waterproof and you layer up below you should be ok

    Don't wear cotton either if you can help it as you'll lose control of internal temp faster as the cotton will increase changing conditions...

    What you need is a lightish wind/waterproof. Don't know what this is like, but it would seem to fit the bill. Try it on is best. Craghopper not top technology but good value and passable. Best for it not to be too warm as you should layer up with synthetics (Lifa & fleece) for warmth. Don't forget overtrousers as all the water will run off onto ur legs.
    Look in Debenhams sale as well just to baffle you further! Plenty of choice. Try on in shop & buy online if u can. Have a great trip.
    debenhams.com/web…=13

    Meant to stress: what you need is waterproof NOT water-repellent

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    Okies. I've ordered one off the website, and it's waterproof. If it's not ideal it can always go back. Many thanks for the advice!

    Cheers,

    Ed

    I got a cheap(ish) coat from TK Max when I did it. You don't need to spend much on anything for Killi and some bits that are recommended are not needed really.

    I had so many layers on for the final climb I had to stop after 15 minutes to take a few off! (despite it being about -20 C!)

    If you want any advise/recommendations etc just PM me

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    pokerpad

    I got a cheap(ish) coat from TK Max when I did it. You don't need to … I got a cheap(ish) coat from TK Max when I did it. You don't need to spend much on anything for Killi and some bits that are recommended are not needed really.I had so many layers on for the final climb I had to stop after 15 minutes to take a few off! (despite it being about -20 C!) If you want any advise/recommendations etc just PM me



    Awesome. Thanks! Makes me feel abit better!

    No problem

    Are you staying in tents or huts?

    I presume you'll have porters?

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    pokerpad

    No problem :)Are you staying in tents or huts?I presume you'll have … No problem :)Are you staying in tents or huts?I presume you'll have porters?




    Yeah, we've got porters. I guess its tents. Its a charity climb so I can't imagine we'll be splashing out on huts.

    The only other major thing I need is a new sleeping bag. My current one is the smallest, thinnest one I could fine so it wouldn't take up much space/weigh too much on DofE.

    Did you take any diamoxin to combat altitude sickness? I'll be going to doctors soon for jabs/malaria so will prob ask him about these.

    emhaslam

    Yeah, we've got porters. I guess its tents. Its a charity climb so I … Yeah, we've got porters. I guess its tents. Its a charity climb so I can't imagine we'll be splashing out on huts.The only other major thing I need is a new sleeping bag. My current one is the smallest, thinnest one I could fine so it wouldn't take up much space/weigh too much on DofE.Did you take any diamoxin to combat altitude sickness? I'll be going to doctors soon for jabs/malaria so will prob ask him about these.




    A sleeping bag is something I would maybe spend a bit of money on, so that it is quite warm and is suitable for cold temperatures. The last couple of nights can be chilly but you can always sleep in your thermals! (definitely advice getting thermals).

    We did take it, although our doctors in the UK advised us against it and wouldn't prescribe it! The team we went with liked having very successful summit stats (all 7 of us made it up without too many troubles) and they gave it to us for free when we got there.

    It gives you crazy pins and needles - especially in your toes and hands but I think it must have helped. I think doctors don't like it as it can 'hide' symptons but with Killi - that isn't too much of a worry and I'd rather not have the headaches and feeling sick all the time.

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    pokerpad

    A sleeping bag is something I would maybe spend a bit of money on, so … A sleeping bag is something I would maybe spend a bit of money on, so that it is quite warm and is suitable for cold temperatures. The last couple of nights can be chilly but you can always sleep in your thermals! (definitely advice getting thermals).We did take it, although our doctors in the UK advised us against it and wouldn't prescribe it! The team we went with liked having very successful summit stats (all 7 of us made it up without too many troubles) and they gave it to us for free when we got there.It gives you crazy pins and needles - especially in your toes and hands but I think it must have helped. I think doctors don't like it as it can 'hide' symptons but with Killi - that isn't too much of a worry and I'd rather not have the headaches and feeling sick all the time.



    I'll see what the doctor says. I can cope with pins and needles if it helps get me to the top! Childreach, the charity we're climbing for, raise most of their money through these kind of expeditions and for Kili they have a really high success rate, but it is mostly students so I guess we're all in fairly decent shape (although it wouldn't hurt me to do abit more exercise :p)

    For thermals, what do you recommend? Thermal underwear and a t-shirt?

    Many thanks for this btw,

    Ed

    I would recommend long sleeves and trouser ones - should be able to get them in millets or from ebay etc

    Have you worn in your boots?

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    pokerpad

    I would recommend long sleeves and trouser ones - should be able to get … I would recommend long sleeves and trouser ones - should be able to get them in millets or from ebay etcHave you worn in your boots?



    Yeah, had them for years. All be it with new insoles and new laces fairly recently.

    I'll keep an eye out for some thermal stuff next time I head into town then! Cheers.

    The jury is still very much out when it comes to Diamox (Acetazolamide). As with all drugs, there is always a down-side to taking them - but then again - nothing on this world is risk free!. It does not mask symptoms - that is a myth. It does actually make you adapt to altitude quicker, though it most certainly will not protect you should altitude sickness occur. Usually causes the tingling you describe and you simply will not be able to drink Coke coz it tastes so odd! The best way to help prevent AS is a steady ascent which is what will happen in your type of trip. Interestingly, physical condition is not a factor in risk of contracting AS. Have a good google and see what you think. Good luck.
    Edited by: "Xippi" 17th Jun 2011

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    Xippi

    The jury is still very much out when it comes to Diamox (Acetazolamide). … The jury is still very much out when it comes to Diamox (Acetazolamide). As with all drugs, there is always a down-side to taking them - but then again - nothing on this world is risk free!. It does not mask symptoms - that is a myth. It does actually make you adapt to altitude quicker, though it most certainly will not protect you should altitude sickness occur. Usually causes the tingling you describe and you simply will not be able to drink Coke coz it tastes so odd! The best way to help prevent AS is a steady ascent which is what will happen in your type of trip. Interestingly, physical condition is not a factor in risk of contracting AS. Have a good google and see what you think. Good luck.



    I've had a look, and the best advice (unsurprisingly) is to take it slow, Pole Pole, and to drink plenty of water. I'll speak to the doctor re Diamox. See what he says/recommends. I won't be carrying Coke up with me so there's no problem with that...
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