At a minimum you should be able to hike for 5-7 hours, carrying around 7kgs of weight and be comfortable on uneven terrain, and some uphill hiking.
There are no formed groomed tracks on this hike. The terrain is of true backcountry nature with uneven surfaces throughout.
LEVEL OF FITNESS
We suggest that hikers have a reasonable level of fitness, in terms of good cardio output.
Hikers should be comfortable with uphill walking and able to hike up to 5-7hrs with some extra weight, and capable of hiking up to 7km with a variety of descending and ascending.
We suggest hiking on uneven terrain, uneven ground and hill walks. This progression should reduce the chance of getting injured on rough ground.
Stair walking is a reasonable substitute for hill walking, although it will not give you the rough ground that is useful to train on. You should aim to hike uphill for training for this hike.
Train in the hiking boots (and socks) that you intend to hike in. This will ensure that they are adequately broken in and will lessen the likelihood of getting blisters or sore feet.
It is highly recommended to train while carrying a small backpack, increasing the weight carried until you are carrying 7-10kg.
We highly suggest using hiking poles during your trip , so you should train with them too. This kind of terrain is made for hiking poles and gators!
LEVEL OF FITNESS
We suggest that hikers have a reasonable level of fitness, in terms of good cardio output. Hikers should be comfortable with uphill walking and able to hike up to 5-7hrs with some extra weight, and capable of hiking up to 7km with a variety of descending and ascending.
This type of terrain requires a proper hiking boot with a 1.5 inch step and proper ankle support. No trainers, runnings, shoes or low ankle hikers. You will not be able to participate without the proper footwear for safety reason, so if you are unsure of your boots, please EMAIL US and refer to our list below.
SUGGESTED HIKING BOOTS
NOT ACCEPTABLE BOOTS
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