Di Westaway's 10 terrific trekking tips
Di Westaway’s 10 terrific trekking tips!
1. When you have new boots, or if they’re tight around the joints, consider lacing from second eyelet to give more room for feet to spread.
2. For endurance trekking, where you don’t want to stop for food, use a front bum bag so you can nibble on high carb foods continuously as you walk.
3. NEVER be tempted to buy boots or technical gear on sale. You’ll end up replacing it for the “best and safest” gear at a later date.
4.To break in new boots wear them in a fresh water creek, completely wet inside and out and then wear till dry. This will mould them to the shape of your feet.
5. A cloth bandana is a cheap but effective piece of equipment to carry on warm days. Wet the bandana with water and wear it around your neck – it acts like an air conditioner and cools the body – you will be amazed!
6 .DON’T put your hands through the wrist straps of your trekking poles. If you trip going downhill you can’t use your hands to break your fall and you can incur a serious injury.
7.To prevent blisters, smother feet in Vaseline or “Foot Fleece.”
8. Now a word on the chocolate eating: "The food closest to a drug is chocolate," says Dr. Hirsch. "It actually has an impact on your brain that triggers an endorphin release." But a bite or two is all you need. So, that little taste of dark chocolate in our Wild Women on Top choccie chip cookies is perfect. DON’T use this as an excuse to eat the whole block!
9. When you purchase a new 65 litre pack, make sure you have at least 15kg in it to be certain you’re getting the right one for you!
10. Stay positive at all times, even if you're feeling grumpy, or tired. You don't want to bring others down with you!
Want to know more fabulous trekking tips? Di Westaway's e-book 'How to prepare for world class treks' is available for purchase.