The following is a list of items that should be regarded as the minimum requirements for even a short day walk.
- Sufficient water for the journey
- Sufficient clothing for the conditions
- Map and Compass
- First Aid Kit
- Suncream and Insect Repellant
- Sun hat
Equally important is the knowledge and experience to us the above items. When venturing into the wild you should have at least one person with you who is competent at using a map and compass.
Proficiency in First Aid is also something that should be taken seriously.
Walk into any outdoor shop and you'll find a dazzling array of gear and equipment to set you up for a trip out in the wilds. While a lot of this merchandise is purely for the fashion conscious, some of it is useful and that's what we'll be looking at in this page.
Trecking Poles: how useful are they?
The modern trekking pole is a high-tech piece of equipment that is rapidly gaining popularity with hikers and bushwalkers throughout the world. This page guides us through the basic technique for using the poles and how they perform in the West Australian bush.
Pack weight calculator
You can use this calculator as a checklist. It lists just about everything you could possibly want to take with you and places them in some sort of priority.
Typical weights are included for each item; click on the check boxes to add or remove articles from your rucksack. The total weight of your pack is shown in the panel on the left.
If you're travelling solo just add to one pack, but if you have a companion you can use it to load both packs and share the weight. The default weights can be changed simply by typing over them, you can also add or change the items by typing over the white input boxes or by filling in the empty boxes.
The weight in each rucksack is split into non-consumeables and consumeables. This is to foil the smart partners who volunteer to carry all the food, so their packs lighten as the trek progresses.