Posted: 18 Jun 2012 10:08 am
Im very new to hiking, but i would love to do a multiday treck (preferably 8-10 days) in Tasmania.
Can you please give me advice on how to train for something like that.
I walk most of the day for my job but its definately not up and down with extra weight.
Thanka you and I hope to hear from you soon.
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Subject: Tasmanian training
Posted: 18 Jun 2012 4:21 pm
Good question! I think there are two aspects to training for a long walk: getting fit, and doing a trial run.
The first is a difficult thing to quantify, but you obviously want to be healthy enough to do the walk. How fit depends on the daily walk length and the terrain, but you should obviously train until you feel fit enough (by doing reasonably long walks or by going to the gym).
Then, give it a trial run by, say, going for a weekend-long walk, staying out for one night if you can. Try walking a daily distance that's similar to what you hope to do on your long walk, and try taking all the equipment you're planning to take. This will give you an idea of how difficult (or easy!) it is to do the distance you're planning and with the gear you're planning to take, and this will give you a really good idea of whether your pack is too heavy, whether you've got the distance right, and whether you need to get fitter.
If need be, repeat the 'get fit, go for a trial walk' cycle until you feel ready to tackle the big one. You'll know when you're ready!
I hope this helps, and good luck with your walk. Tasmania is an amazing place, so have fun!
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