September 18, 2023
And now for a guest post from Valley & Peak...
Are you tired of the same old weekend hikes and nature walks?
Do you yearn for something more adventurous, something that will truly test your limits and take you to places you've only dreamed of?
If so, it's time to consider long-form trekking – an exhilarating journey that demands not just physical stamina, but also mental resilience and the right gear. In this guide, we'll delve into the world of long-form trekking and explore some essential equipment that can make your epic adventure even more enjoyable.
Here’s some important information to consider before you embark on your first long-form trek:
Choose the Right Trail and Route:
Research various trails and routes that match your fitness level, experience, and preferences. Consider factors such as terrain difficulty, elevation changes, weather conditions and trail length. Make sure the trail aligns with your goals and abilities to ensure a successful and enjoyable hike. There’s nothing worse than planning your perfect route and discovering it to be way above your ability level.
Create a Detailed Itinerary:
Outline your hiking schedule, including start and end dates for each segment of the trail. Break down daily distances, elevation gains, and potential camping spots. Having a clear itinerary helps you manage your time and resources effectively, while also giving you a sense of accomplishment as you complete each day's goal. You’ll have earned that meal at the end of the day.
Pack Wisely and Lightly:
Pack essential gear while keeping your backpack as lightweight as possible. Prioritise items like a reliable tent, sleeping bag, proper clothing, cooking equipment, and a first aid kit. Research the climate and conditions of the trail to pack accordingly. Remember that every extra bit of weight will add up during a long hike, so be selective about what you bring.
Resupply and Logistics:
Plan your resupply points carefully, especially for longer treks. Identify locations along the trail where you can restock on food, water, and other essentials. Calculate your daily caloric needs and factor in the duration between resupply points. This will prevent you from carrying excessive weight and help you maintain energy levels.
Safety and Communication:
Prioritise safety by letting someone reliable know about your hiking plans, including your itinerary, expected return dates, and emergency contacts. Invest in a communication device such as a satellite messenger or a personal locator beacon (PLB) that works even in remote areas. Familiarise yourself with basic wilderness first aid and navigation skills to handle unexpected situations.
Remember that flexibility is essential during a long hike. Trail conditions, weather, and unforeseen circumstances can impact your plans. Stay adaptable and make adjustments as needed while always prioritising your safety and well-being.
Some essentials to carry:
Expedition Foods range
There’s nothing worse than reaching your destination after a day of trekking and finding yourself hungry. Here at Valley & Peak, we stock Expedition Foods, a solution that’s not only there for you in terms of nutrition, but taste too.
Expedition Foods’ delicious light-weight meals provide the perfect nutrition for a wide range of outdoor pursuits. Perfect for long-distance treks and requiring only water (hot or cold) to bring to life, these are among the best ways to eat while out on the trail. Simple, delicious and easy to make, you’d be lost without them.
Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Trekking Poles
When it comes to long-form trekking, a trusty trekking pole can be your best friend. But why settle for the ordinary when you can have the best? The Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Trekking Poles – a multifunctional marvel that's not just a walking aid, but a true companion on your journey.
BD's most durable, four-season, 100% carbon fibre z-pole has improved joint support and increased durability, making the Alpine Carbon Z-Pole a strong yet ultralight pole for mountain missions.
Whether it's scaling a peak at sunrise or setting them down to enjoy a hot cocoa under the stars, these trekking poles have your back.
Enlightened Equipment Revelation Quilt
After a day of conquering rugged terrains and embracing the wild unknown, a good night's sleep is non-negotiable. Meet the Revelation from Enlightened Equipment – a piece of kit that combines comfort with ultimate functionality.
A favourite of long distance hikers, the Revelation Quilt is known for its amazing versatility, thoughtful design, and ultralight weight.
On warm nights, The Revelation can lay open as a blanket, and in colder temperatures, you can cinch the adjustable 1/4 length zipper footbox closed. This design allows you to dial in a comfortable night’s sleep in a wide range of different temperatures and climates. The perfection option for active sleepers.
Still need some inspiration for a long trek? Check out the Valley & Peak website to find out more about preparing for the wilderness!
Thanks to @wildcamping.lifeuk and @emilyhikes_pct for the awesome photos.
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