Hey Saffa, home is lil village called Longhoughton, near Alnwick, about 45 mins north of NWC so a fair way from you, i can get into newcastle easy enough if you want to meet up for a drink or can probs bag a lift at some point if you want to meet up for a surf, just let me know what suits you and i'll do my best to be there - things abit unpredictabe and mental at the mo with prep for NZ.
Malibu - yep good old world challenge, hope you like McDougals eh?! I still have a packet of that somewhere.... I posted more on your other thread but feel free to email me and i'll halp you out wherever possible. Dont worry about altitude sickness, its got nothing to do with fitness, its just the luck of the draw, but fitness will help you trekking etc, just drink loads of water and and keep your fingers crossed, i'll have a think and see what else i can recomend you to take etc. Like i said feel free to post, Pm or email me