Everything you need to know before your first multi-day trek

By Australian Geographic Adventure October 25, 2016
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If you’re ready to graduate from day-trips to multi-day adventures, this is the place to start.

GRADUATING FROM DAY hikes to your first multi-day trekking adventure is hugely satisfying. You haven’t truly immersed yourself in the great outdoors until you’ve woken up morning after morning surrounded by wilderness, with nothing to do but boil the billy, pull on your pack and discover where the trail takes you.

However, like any outdoor adventure, multi-day trekking isn’t without its risks and preparation is key. Here’s our checklist on where to start before taking on a multi-day trek.

1. Decide between a guided or unguided trek

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One of your first choices is whether you’ll be trekking independently or with a group. This of course depends on many factors and your choice will effect the rest of your planning.

Read our low-down on choosing between guided and unguided treks. 

2. Sought your shelter

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Adequate shelter is listed as a basic human right by the United Nations, but tell that to any damp, shivering camper who has ever come to regret a bad tent purchase late at night in the middle of nowhere.

Choosing appropriate shelter for you outdoor adventure is crucial and could make or break your trip.

Read our guide on choosing the right tent.

3. Get bagged

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There’s nothing quite like wriggling into a cozy sleeping bag at the end of a tough day hiking. There’s also nothing worse than shivering through the night with inadequate insulation, wishing you’d chosen a more appropriate warmth rating.

Never fear, we’re here to help.

Here are the basics you’ll need to know when choosing the right sleeping bag. 

4. Get packing

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Tent: tick. Sleeping bag: tick. Now you’ll need something to carry them – and all the rest of your gear (there’s plenty more) – around in. A reliable, well-fitted pack will be one of your best outdoor investments. Ever.

Let us walk you through how to choose the right backpack.

5. Find the perfect pair

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Don’t underestimate the importance of properly fitting boots and properly wearing them in. It’s amazing how one little blister can ruin a trip.

Read our tips on how to find the perfect pair of boots for your next adventure.

5. Prepare for the worst

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First aid is a valuable skill to have at any time in everyday life – but even more so when you’re a day or more from the nearest hospital or access road.

We recommend taking an accredited first-aid course, but to whet your appetite and get you started read our guide to remote first-aid.

6. Go to the poles

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Love ’em or hate ’em – regardless of which side you swing in the pole debate, there’s no denying the simple researched fact that they’re effective in reducing the level of effort you expend when walking.

Read our guide on how to get the most out of your trekking poles.

7. Get fit

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Trekking requires a special kind of fitness, especially if there’s any altitude in store.

We spoke to the experts for the low-down on training to climb high.

8. Choose your track!

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Last but certainly not least is choosing which track to take on for your first-ever multi-day adventure – and there are plenty to choose from all over Australia, offering different landscapes, climates and levels of difficulty.

Check out our top 10 Australian multi-day treks.