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 prepartion 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
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.
2. Sought your shelter
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.
3. Get bagged
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.
4. Get packing
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.
5. Find the perfect pair
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.
5. Prepare for the worst
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
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.
7. Get fit
Trekking requires a special kind of fitness, especially if there's any altitude in store.
8. Choose your track!
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.