PROPER TRAMPING GEAR
For a Variety of Tramping Conditions

rearview of trampers in gear changes to front view.

*Always Come Prepared For Changes
In both Weather & Track Conditions


Tramping SAFELY

It is very unlikely that you will spend any time lost in the bushes or injured, but it is important to be prepared for a worst case scenario. Being properly equipped is a goal of all of us and when you start, you may only have some basic gear. As you become more experienced, you will want to make sure that you have suitable gear to ensure safe, comfortable tramping in a variety of conditions.

You will want to make sure that you have the following:

  • Essentials
  • Footwear
  • What to pack...
  • Other Gear

We suggest that everyone has (at least) a map of the Kaimais. By looking at the map prior to and during the tramp, then reviewing the tracks used after each outing, you will soon become familiar with the different tracks and areas that we frequent. Some members like to use highlighter pen to mark the tracks that they have comleted.

It is also imperative that you have a good compass and the knowledge of how to use it properly to orient yourself.

Bring plenty of fresh water to keep yourself well hydrated throughout the tramp.

BOOTS: We strongly recommend that everyone in the group uses tramping boots as they provide more general stability on uneven terrain and offer better grip on slippery surfaces and steep slopes. They also give better ankle support than other types of footwear which helps prevent injury and makes stream crossings much safer.

A word of WARNING - If you purchase new boots, make sure you go for a couple of good long walks and break them in before you venture out on a full day of tramping.

SOCKS: Quality socks are imperative. Cheap socks yield painful blisters. On many occasions, we are walking with wet feet due to inclement weather conditions or after crossing streams or rivers. We have found that wool socks keep your feet warmer and blister free. Seek professional advice from a local tramping outfitter.

Be sure that your backpack has adequate space to accommodate the following items:

FIRST AID KIT: including any personal medical supplies that you require. Pack enough to meet your needs should an emergency situation arise.

EMERGENCY KIT: Including waterproof matches (wax them or place them in a waterproof container), a good loud whistle, a small pad of paper and pencil, a torch, high energy food.

woollen hat and gloves

A CHANGE OF CLOTHING: Extra clothes for cold weather - a beanie, gloves, and an extra layer of fleece or wool.

NUTRITION: Your lunch and a snack for morning tea and a thermos of hot beverage if you so desire a hot drink. WATER - enough for the whole day.

A tramping stick (some people prefer two) is essential equipment for tramps that require river or stream crossings.

They are also an asset when traversing rough terrain or steep inclines, as they offer extra support and improve stability and balance.

 


What to take to ensure a good day of tramping...

essential equipment

boot and walking stick

 

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