Post Hike Recommendations

The Larapinta Trail is an adventure, one that both Kym and I will remember for a long time to come.  17 days in Central Australia has its challenges and can bring you to a grand understanding of yourself and the world around you.

While out there on our own (mostly) for that time, we came to depend on a few things and miss others.  There were also things we’d suggest you don’t need and some things you should make sure you do before or during the walk…

  • Strapping Tape is awesome.  We used it everywhere:  Broken sunglasses, toes, fingers, water bladders etc
  • A roll of waterproof tape would be useful for fixing pierced water bladders.
  • Take minimal toilet paper.  Most camps have toilets with paper.
  • A 6-litre water bladder is great of carrying extra water and excellent for showering.
  • A hammer is unnecessary as are sand pegs, as rocks are plentiful.
  • Massage daily, yourself or each other.  This will help relieve aching muscles.
  • Stretch.  You are doing regular exercise with heavy packs on.  Look after your body and it will look after you.
  • Put fresh fruit and canned vegetables in drop boxes.  Oranges last well.  They are heavy, so just enough to enjoy on the day of reaching the box.
  • Include treats in drop boxes – something to look forward to.  Fruit, potato chips etc.  You’ll be likely under eating so the extra calories won’t kill you.
  • Larapinta Connect are a good delivery group, will pool travelers to save costs.
  • Spinifex grass is thin and sharp.  It will pierce water bladders.  Be careful where you place your pack.
  • Take regular breaks when walking and remove your boots and socks.  Let feet cool for 10mins to help prevent blisters.
  • Take plentiful sunscreen.
  • Flies can be annoying in the afternoons.  Take a cheap fly net for the head.
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