Quarry trek 2017 | Clothing
Trenkturas invites all the hiking enthusiasts to join in a uniq summer “Quarry Trek” which is to take place in other planets look-a-like Karpenai, Mentys and Alkiskis quarrys. Hiking routes lay within the unique Akmene limestone deposits which have been formed 300 mln. Years ago, and were turned to endless horizons of moon surface like landscape and canoyns up to 40 meters’ height by human induced activity. During the event participants are see up from a close the biggest walking excavator in the Baltic states.
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Clothing

This is undoubtedly the most important element within the entirety of your walk clothing – especially for the participants of the longest routes.

We recommend choosing comfortable sports/running shoes or travel/hiking shoes – they can be ankle-high or not. If you are planning to buy new shoes, you should try them out beforehand in at least one test walk – you will be able to make sure that the shoes are not squeezing or rubbing your feet, as well as stretch them according to their shape. Your test walk should make up around half of your chosen Quarry Trek route – this way you will be able to truly gauge your feet’s reaction to the shoes. Test your new shoes out on a variety of terrains –  forest pathways, the kinds of paths that you will encounter during your Quarry Trek walk.

Be careful when choosing everyday leisure shoes with a flat, even sole – they are not as comfortable in a long-distance walk as they might seem to be at first glance. After conquering the first twenty kilometers, you will definitely feel your soles hurting.

Feet tend to swell while walking long distances, thus shoes which would usually be a size too big for you will be a perfect fit during the walk. Sports shoes take precedence over travel or leisure shoes in this case, as the former allow the feet to expand more.

This element of the walk is often unduly overlooked. We can tell you from experience that it is not uncommon to get calluses and blisters on your feet because of bad socks, rather than uncomfortable shoes. You should buy professional running or hiking socks if you want to enjoy the walk to the fullest.

You can also use sticking plaster or put Vaseline on your toes prior to starting the walk in order to avoid calluses.

We recommend choosing light, wind-resistant synthetic clothes for the walk. Your choice of clothing depends on weather conditions (temperature, rainfall, wind), as well as your individual needs and qualities. Despite the fact that walking produces comparatively minimal perspiration, we advise you to wear clothes that allow your skin to breathe and let moisture and sweat vaporise.

Your first layer of clothing should consist of synthetic underwear or moisture-resistant thermo-clothes (depending on air temperature).

The second layer should also be made of a synthetic fabric. It is best to choose light and warm fleece jumpers or sweaters. Avoid tight-fitting jeans or casual trousers which are not designed for engaging in sports and active movement. If you can, choose trousers that are wind-resistant and waterproof – they will constitute your third level of clothing as well.

A suitable third layer will protect you from rainfall and winds – a waterproof and wind-resistant jacket without additional warm lining is enough. The jacket should be thin and light, so that you can conveniently carry it inside your backpack in good weather conditions.

Keep in mind that you will feel warmer than usual while walking, but you will get cold when you stop to take a rest or decide to cut your walk short – this is especially relevant to the participants walking longer routes. This is due to the fact that the body, once exhausted, becomes more sensitive to temperature fluctuations. We recommend dressing in layers and taking additional clothing – a warm jacket, a fleece sweater and a second pair of trousers – with you, as you will have to keep warm during rest breaks or in the case of deciding to cut your walk short.