TREKKING GUIDE – 10 EXPERT TIPS
Some things make me equally happy to go out and I encourage everyone to go out on a trek at least once in their life. This is not as difficult or complex as a first-timer could imagine. In fact, trekking is an easy activity that the whole family can enjoy. Here is a trekking guide with 10 expert tips.
It is, after all, a walk in the hills. And there are many types of walks: easy, enjoyable walks; Demand is increasing; Nature moves to observe flora or fauna; Walks to reach a peak or fort; Photo-op walks for a fishing trip or camping experience. Everyone can choose a walk that suits them best. The reason for your departure determines your destination, and how you prepare yourself to reach it.
1. Do exercise you enjoy
The more you enjoy something, the more you will be motivated to do it! If you really like swimming, rock climbing, zumba or yoga for example, include it in your exercise plan. If you are having fun, you haven't even noticed your training!
2. Choose The Correct Footwear For Your Trek
Good quality and appropriate footwear are essential for your trek and your walking training. An supportive hiking shoe with ankle protection is important, but beware of ankle cuffs that are too high as they can irritate the achy tendon at the base of your calf. Look for an ankle cuff that is scooped away at the back. Make sure your trekking boots are completely broken and your feet are in the bed - blistering time is now, not during your trek. When purchasing your shoes, try shopping in the afternoon when your feet have expanded slightly so that you get the right size.
3. Build Your Walking Training
Walking training will be the foundation of your training program and it is important to build fast in the direction of the type of distance you will be doing on your trek. Initially, cut training days with rest days, but as your fitness improves, some want to include back-to-back 'training days, which will more closely replicate your actual trek.
4. Practice Using Your Backpack
It is likely that you can carry food, drinks, extra clothing and possibly more items, so your choice of a backpack is important. Look at models with adjustable chest and waist straps so that you can place it correctly on your back and also with external compression straps so that the load does not shift. Moving to more specialist types are removable bladder for fluid consumption, but remember that water and washing facilities may be limited, so sterilization may be difficult. Practice using your backpack (loaded) as part of your training so that you can get used to weight and positioning.
5. Use Walking Poles
Walking pole is a big difference for your trek. Lightweight and telescopic, they reduce weight on the knees and thighs and give you 'two extra feet' on descending climbs. They can also be used to help clear vegetation and have many uses in one camp. Definitely one to try.
6. Hydrate Yourself Frequently When Walking
Whether you are in hot climate or not, your trekking needs will increase greatly during trekking. Losses on the breath and due to sweat will work to reduce your blood volume, as a result of which your heart will work harder. By the time you feel thirsty, you will already be dehydrated, so try to drink small, frequent amounts of water throughout the day. Take a urine test to monitor your hydration: A pale straw color indicates that you are well hydrated, anything darker means that you need to drink more.
7. Fuel your body well
Your energy requirements will increase during trekking so it is important to fuel your body well. Try to eat small, frequent meals to maintain your energy levels. If you are going for a long-term training, it is necessary to eat a well-rounded healthy breakfast and drink plenty of water. The guides will provide you with trail mix or other snacks, so you don't have to worry about bringing them on your trip.
8. Consistency and persistence is key
Aim to continue exercising every week, especially during the weeks leading up to your trek. It is a good idea to schedule exercise sessions at the same time every week and fit them into your daily schedule. If you struggle to find time to exercise, try to incorporate it into your everyday routine - such as walking to work or running in your lunch break.
9. Understand your trip grade
It is important to understand your trip grading, which is listed in your trip notes, so that you know what kind of trekking you do on your trip. Most of our charity challenges are rated introductory (grade 3) to medium (grade 5), with some challenging treks (grade 6). Understanding your travel schedule will help shape your training sessions and give you guidelines on how much training you should take for your trip each week.
10. Mix up the terrain and weather condition
It is important that you read through your triceps notes what kind of area you are getting to know during your trek. Try to do some walking that mimics the conditions that you will experience as closely as you do on your trek. Also don't forget that mountains are your friends! The more you practice on the hills, the more prepared you will be for your trek, especially if you are trekking in the mountains. The same goes for the stairs. Locate some stairs at your local park and set some each week.