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01 August 2011

Take a hike

You’re tired of the pavements, the car fumes and seeing that same old corner house in need of a paint… right? It’s time to take a hike. “Me? A hike?"

You’re tired of the pavements, the car fumes and seeing that same old corner house in need of a paint… right? It’s time to take a hike. “Me? A hike? You’ve got to be joking,” you might be saying. But you won't not look back if you take up this challenge.

Weekend trails in the Western Cape by Mike Lundy (Publishers: Human and Rousseau)

  • A water-bottle (500ml – 1000ml). I carry mine around my waist in a band that also has little pouches where I keep a supply of glucose-rich sweets (e.g. sparkles). These are great for when you are tackling hills and need a little spurt of energy.
  • Eating utensils
  • A mini-medical kit

  • Take as little clothing as possible (everyone will smell equally bad!). However, remember to pack a waterproof top (thin version) and a warm top.
  • Pack enough food. Choose high energy light snacks and share evening meals with others to lighten the load.
  • Pack some foam sponges - they can be used as extra padding under the shoulder straps and waistband of your back-pack.
  • Pack mini-bottles for shampoos, creams and other toiletries.
  • Don’t forget the firelighters.

 
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