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Preparing for your HACK

It's really important that you train for a long distance walk. To make sure you're prepared, we've listed some ideas to help you prepare for your walk.

Make sure you're fit enough

Start training at least two months before your walk. Walking, cycling, and swimming are all good preparation.

Make sure you can comfortably walk at least two thirds of your target distance before attempting your walk.

If you have existing health problems, you need to talk to your doctor for advice before you walk.

Make sure you're kitted out

You'll need a strong pair of worn-in, comfy walking boots. They should also be waterproofed. Wearing a base-layer sock under a walking sock can help, and having a spare set if it's raining is a good idea.

It's important to wear lightweight, loose-fitting trousers or walking trousers where possible, avoiding jeans as they can be very impractical, especially if they get wet.

You'll need to take a waterproof anorak and over-trousers. Plenty of warm layers are better than a a few thick ones.

On the day

We will provide you with a map on the day, and there will be signage at key crossings, but it would be a help if you were familiar with basic map reading. Eat plenty of high-energy food, including lots of carbohydrates, in the week leading up to your walk.

Athletes often eat their favourite pasta the night before an event. Rice, potatoes, bananas and milk are other good sources of energy.

Essential extras
  • Welcome letter with walker number
  • Small/medium rucksack
  • Basic first aid kit including plasters for blisters and Vaseline for chafing
  • Talcum powder
  • Plastic drinks bottle no larger than a litre (remember you're carrying it all day)
  • Snack food as well as some high energy glucose tablets or sweets
  • Whistle in case you get lost or stranded
  • Watch
  • Mobile telephone

Optional extras

  • Soft shoes/trainers for before and after the walk. They could be taken on the walk in case of boot problems
  • Gloves
  • Woollen hat
  • Torch
  • Ordnance survey map
  • Compass
  • Camera
  • Survival bag
  • Sun cream

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