We hope you enjoyed 20% off your shopping and we’re sure you’re feeling much more prepared for the 100km! Here’s the wrap up…
A big thanks to Sean and the rest of the Paddy Pallin staff for sharing their expertise. They talked us through the typical gear that an Oxfam Trailwalker needs to consider. Here are their top tips:
• Before buying any gear, think about any future adventures or Trailwalkers that you might be planning to ensure your gear is versatile and good value.
• Slip Slop Slap – even though it’ll be winter, sun safety is important year round in Brisbane, so make sure you have a cap, sunglasses and sunscreen.
• Buffs are a truly versatile piece of clothing. They can keep you warm, keep the sun off your head, be worn on your neck, your wrist or your face. To get a coveted Oxfam Trailwalker buff you need to become a legend or a fundraising VIP.
• Everything you wear should be made of quick dry, moisture -wicking fabric. Avoid cotton where possible as it holds moisture which can make you cold and lead to chafing and blisters.
• Walking poles can really take the pressure off your joints and help you to avoid injury. Ensure you buy ones which are the right height for you, are adjustable to cope with both up and down hill, and learn how to use them properly – this can take up to three or four practice hikes.
• Consider everything – even down to your underwear.
• Socks are a very personal choice. Test a few different pairs. Consider Injinji toes socks or liners. Make sure they fit comfortably in your shoes. Avoid cotton!
• Shoes are also a very personal choice. Lightweight is recommended but ensure that you get them fitted properly, test them early and wear them throughout your training. See a professional podiatrist if you have concerns.
• When tackling creeks we recommend taking a quick dry towel and some light trail sandals, so you can nip across them in your sandals, dry your feet and put your shoes and socks back on. Other people recommend taking a light pair of old shoes and spare socks to walk across the section in. If you plan to rock hop, we recommend investing in poles.
• A good daypack can make the whole walk more comfortable. Remember that you can get adjustable, breathable hip support and adjustable back lengths to ensure your comfort. Most people get a 20l daypack, but you can get away with smaller or bigger depending on what you need the pack for in the future.
• A hydration bladder is a must. It ensure you can carry a good amount of water between checkpoints and sip continuously along the trail. If you wish to use a hydration drink, we recommend putting this in a separate bottle to avoid getting sugary drinks in your bladder. This should be kept for fresh water only.
• A rain jacket is great, not just for rain, but to keep you warm if there is a wind chill. They are also a light option to carry with you.
• Double up your rain jacket with a lightweight zip up fleece on the inside if we expect a really cold night. A fleece is cosy but not as warm as a jacket is in the wind. A fleece with a full length zip is more versatile that one which you pull over your head.
• Emergency blankets are a mandatory item for every walker. They are great, not just in an emergency, but also to keep you cosy at the checkpoints, just make sure you can pack them away again.
• First Aid kit (one per team) is also a mandatory item. Fill it with stuff you actually know how to use, and remember there is first aid support at every checkpoint and we will find you on the trail in case of emergency.
• Sheep’s wool is a cheap and easy way to prevent blisters. It creates a soft barrier between your skin and the rubbing of your shoes and helps keep socks in place, it has natural lanolin to stick easily to your skin and prevent friction. Only use this as a preventative measure, do not put it on open blisters. One bag should be enough for the whole team.
• Body Glide or a similar anti-chafing lotion is cheap and light to carry, it will be a lifesaver when you need it. You can get a squeezable tube which would be shared between the team.
• You will need a good quality headtorch and spare batteries for night time walking. Cheaper torches have a soft, wide lamp, while more expensive torches have a long direct high beam as well. We recommend you have one of these torches in each team.
• A beanie hat will help keep you warm when stopping at checkpoint overnight and early in the morning.
• A power bank will be essential if you are using your phone for music, photos, social media or audiobooks. Some torches also charge by USB too.
• Earphones – you might want to drown out your team mates chatter, or have a silent disco along the way.
For more personalised gear advice and to enjoy 20% off your shopping, please visit Sean and the team at Paddy Pallin, you can find them seven days a week at their Fortitude Valley store.