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Inca trail feb departure couple of questions

Postby dmitchell » Tue Jan 22, 2013 11:11 pm

We are booked to do the inca trail March 1 (?) 2013. Wondering if anyone has been there previously that time of year. Is there much rain usually? Also are there sleeping bag liners for hire as well as sleeping bags? Do we need to reserve ahead ? Also walking poles? Do we need to prebook those as well? Thanks for information. :?:
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Re: Inca trail feb departure couple of questions

Postby markmol » Tue Jan 22, 2013 11:44 pm

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when i did the Inca trail it did rain, as you are at altitude you should expect variable conditions. I would take my own liner they are not that expensive & don't take up much room. You hire the equipment, sleeping bags, poles etc At the meeting the night before you go on the trail, so no need to prebook any of these items.
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Re: Inca trail feb departure couple of questions

Postby dmitchell » Tue Jan 22, 2013 11:48 pm

Hey,
Thanks for speedy reply :) Will look for a liner. Have never actually heard of them before but will check around. Heard the trail is spectacular. Thanks for any other advice you may have. This is first "real hike". :P
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Re: Inca trail feb departure couple of questions

Postby markmol » Wed Jan 23, 2013 1:10 am

No problems, the trail is spectacular, remember it is a trek & not a race, go at your own pace & stop occasionally to take in the views. There is no prize for being first into camp it is a once in a lifetime adventure so make the most of it.
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Re: Inca trail feb departure couple of questions

Postby IncaTrail50 » Thu Jan 24, 2013 12:36 am

To add to Mark's comments...it is YOUR hike. My husband, daughter, and I did the hike when us parents were 50. It was our first real hike as well. I was not at all in shape for this compared to my husband and daughter (or the rest of the group). Initially I tried to keep up and was having a great deal of trouble. The guides both told me not to rush or feel pressure. They saidiIt was MY trip and MY hike. I was to go at whatever pace suited me, and enjoy. When I got winded and stopped I took pictures and the guides were so kind and wonderful. They explained every little shrub and flower. Doubtless they didn't get to use this knowledge on regular hikes, only for us slower hikers! One guide went ahead with the fast hikers and one stayed back with me. I felt no pressure whatsoever, they were great.
Our liners helped when we were there in May as it was a bit cold at night. We got our liners at MEC in Canada, mostly because we were concerned about the cleanliness of the rented sleeping bag. We shouldn't have worried. The bags were great, smelled clean, and were wonderfully warm.
Enjoy! We had a blast!
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Re: Inca trail feb departure couple of questions

Postby dmitchell » Sun Jan 27, 2013 1:12 pm

Thank you so much for all replys. We will check in Edmonton for a liner at the MEC there. We are looking forward to it very much. Did you have any need for insect repellant on the trail? Someone on another post said they too 8 pairs of socks :shock: is that reasonable? For sure don't want to take anything unnecessary. Do you need to take rain pants or is a waterproof jacket and rain poncho sufficient do you think ? Thanks again for your wisdom :)
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Re: Inca trail feb departure couple of questions

Postby graybeard » Sun Jan 27, 2013 3:06 pm

Insect repellant - When I went (June) there were no problems with bugs, but a small pump bug sprayer in your daypack is good insurance.

8 Pr. of Socks???? No way. Two pairs of most everything was plenty. Think fleece. And a LIGHTWEIGHT pair of shoes for camp at night.

Rain gear. YES! If you are going in Feb/Mar that is the rainy season. A chilly rain at that. Good rain gear top and bottom is good idea. Plus, your hiking footwear should also be able to handle the wet. Cold, wet trainers/sneakers in the AM is no fun.
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Re: Inca trail feb departure couple of questions

Postby dmitchell » Mon Jan 28, 2013 8:49 pm

Thanks again. Hate to keep bothering everyone but fleece vs silk sleeping bag liner :-/
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Re: Inca trail feb departure couple of questions

Postby graybeard » Mon Jan 28, 2013 11:12 pm

For liner: silk

For additional warmth (but quite bulky): fleece
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Re: Inca trail feb departure couple of questions

Postby yogigo » Tue Jan 29, 2013 10:33 am

...hey there....you will be amazed by the hike...take in every moment....I did the Inca trail last March(2012...we had sunny afternoons and a few chilly nights with only one thunderstorm on the second day...you are only able to take limited weight for the camping on the trail and a duffel bag is provided by gap for the hike...so,take a rain poncho for sure as it protects your day pack and is still light to stuff in pack on the trail,stay away from bulky coats..think layers...I am a fellow Albertan and can tell you Lululemon was great attire for my hike as it was lightweight and has drywicking...you work up a big sweat in the afternoon hikes...1 merino wool shirt and a hat will be most valuable...I had no altitude sickness whatso ever...even did a headstand on the dead womens pass....but I faithfully chewed the cocoa leaves and drank the cocoa tea...did wonders for me...go at your own pace...the person ahead of you and the one behind you are all blown away by the beauty of it all...your team makes the moments sharable....your perspective makes it memorable...and low maintenence packing makes it doable....bliss!
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Re: Inca trail feb departure couple of questions

Postby dmitchell » Tue Jan 29, 2013 11:19 pm

Thanks everyone for the advice. We will make good use it for sure. We are getting our stuff together so starting to get exciting. Does it get warm enough on the trail for shorts and short sleeve shirt ? Zip off pants okay? Are Lulu lemon yoga pants okay with rain pants if needed ? I hate being cold but get very sweaty as well ( sounds lovely doesn't it HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH )
Thanks again for all your helpful comments and advice. :)
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Re: Inca trail feb departure couple of questions

Postby graybeard » Wed Jan 30, 2013 12:03 am

Zip off pants -yes, why not. The ones that also have a long zipper at the bottom of the legs are useful - don't have to take off your boots.

T-shirts -yes, sometimes, but have your other layers readily available. Weather can change very quickly at altitude.

Shorts- well, if you can get your long pants over them quickly. See above.

Usual advise: no cotton!! Though, of course, there will be plenty of folks wearing it. Be smart - don't!

Lulu lemon. What? Say it ain't so. Don't want to scare the llamas or porters, do you. :lol:
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Re: Inca trail feb departure couple of questions

Postby yogigo » Wed Jan 30, 2013 3:32 pm

...hahaaaaaa...yes..I wore lululemon tights under zipoff hiking pants....the tights are needed early mornings and late nights for sure....I say of the lulemon gear because it was so practical and flexible...is not a fashion show but great for sweat and layering...not sure if your going sanboarding on the dunes in Ica...but when I went I took a neckwarmer that doubled as a hat for the Inca trail and also provided protection over my face and ears in the sandboarding...you want multipurpose when you travel...there is a wide variation in the temperatures on the trail for 4 days....you can rent sleeping gear easy from them...I slept fine with my own sleeping bag..I didn't rent a mattress from them..but I did rent 1 walking stick...you won't need 2(is awkward to do steps with 2)..but 1 lends support well on the downward motion..you will definitely need a headlamp for the early mornings...the porters make great food for the whole trip...take a few protein bars with you and a fairsize water bottle..you can fill up on pitstops along the trail when you have lunch breaks....and bring sunscreen...you are so close to the sun...and make sure your camera is charged ...you don't want to miss any moments of this once in a lifetime trek...
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Re: Inca trail feb departure couple of questions

Postby dmitchell » Wed Jan 30, 2013 10:50 pm

Thanks again for your replies :D All very helpful information. I promise to keeps my lulu lemon pants under wraps HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH. Certainly don't want an uprising amongst the llamas :lol:

Definitely no cotton.

Interesting note about the walking poles. Do most people use two?

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Re: Inca trail feb departure couple of questions

Postby dmitchell » Wed Jan 30, 2013 10:53 pm

P.S. what about gloves.

This will be the first time I have been on a winter vacation and packing warm clothes. At least it won't be 35 below. Hope to leave that at home :?
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