The whole idea about tramping is to experience nature, take in the sights and scenery, and to enjoy yourself. It is not a race!
A moderate to high level of fitness is required to complete this walk. To make your tramp more enjoyable it is advisable to undertake some form of training prior to the event. By doing some form of regular exercise beforehand you are going to make your walk around the Hump Ridge track a lot more enjoyable.
Some tips before you start training:
- During some of your walks, be sure to wear the clothes that you intend to tramp in. It is best to find out beforehand if they are going to be suitable, ie. non-chafing, comfortable to wear.
- Walk in the shoes and socks you are going to tramp in. You need to be wearing shoes that are comfortable and provide good support for the ankles. Blisters can make tramping very unpleasant so it best to have your shoes broken in properly.
- Wear your pack during some of your walks. Even if you are making use of the heli-packing you will still have to carry some gear with you. You will enjoy your walk a lot more if your body is used to carrying a pack already.
- Hydration and nutrition are very important; your body needs fluids before you are thirsty, so drink regularly. Food such as bananas and muesli bars are good light foods to carry that provide quick energy. Remember to carry your rubbish out with you!
- It is important to get some hill training in before the walk. On the first day of the Hump Ridge Track you will go from sea level to 890m. Simple things such as taking the stairs whenever possible can also help. Get off the streets and head into the bush tracks, you will need to experience different walking terrains and don't stay indoors just because the weather may not be ideal for walking. Fiordland is a beautiful place but it cannot always guarantee beautiful weather.
- Not all your training needs to be walking, feel free to jump on a bike, use the gym, swim, run or do zumba! Cross training is important to keep yourself from getting bored.