Quarry trek 2017 | Equipment
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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Equipment

Your backpack is the most important element of the equipment, as you will be using it during the entirety of the walk. Choose a comfortable, sturdy travel backpack which does not rub or press on your back and is moisture-resistant or fitted with a protective cover. We recommend trying your backpack out at least a couple of times prior to the walk, so that you know its capacity and find ways to use it to your advantage. You will also be able to find out if you need all the belongings that you can fit in it. Depending on which route you are set on conquering, you should have a backpack with a capacity of 20 to 40 litres.

The contents of your backpack will mainly consist of:

  • a spare pair of socks and a set of outdoor clothing, which must be kept dry;
  • snacks and additional food;
  • a bottle with 1-1,5 litres of water in it, which must be easily accessible;
  • a flashlight, a phone battery;
  • personal medications, supplements, glucose, etc..

Trekking poles are extremely useful when walking long distances. They reduce the physical strain on your legs and maintain the balance within the entirety of your body movement. If you use the poles correctly, you will be able to walk faster, especially when hiking uphill. If you are walking downhill, the poles will prevent you from losing your balance; they will also come in handy if you need to jump over a small stream or encounter other obstacles during the walk.

Experts recommend putting your trekking poles in your backpack and walking a couple of kilometres without them every 20 kilometres or so in order to give your upper body a rest.

You should have a mobile phone with you at all times during the walk. If your phone battery tends to drain quickly, take a spare battery with you. If you are going to use mobile apps to track your physical activity (e.g. Endomondo) during the walk, keep in mind that your phone battery will drain twice as fast.

A mobile phone is vital, as you might need to contact the organisers or emergency services in order to receive necessary information and help.

It is extremely important to have a small first aid kit and basic hygiene products, as well as necessary medications, with you during the walk.

We recommend having the following items in your first aid kit: cuttable bandage, Vaseline, a needle, some thread, liquid disinfectant, activated charcoal or other digestive aids, painkillers, sunscreen, toilet paper (napkins), wet wipes. If you have specific health problems that require additional medications, don’t forget to take them with you.

Athletic tape and elastic or regular bandage will also come in handy if you need to take care of a sprained joint or a knee injury.

There will be first aid kits available in all of the leisure and help posts during the walk – you will have access to them if you are in need of medical help.