Questions, Queries, Comments, Concerns...?
There is no such thing as a silly question; in fact, we would rather you ask what might seem the most ridiculous, stupid, obvious, or embarrassing question and have it answered properly, rather than keep your concern to yourself and have it backfire. To save you the anguish, here are some answers to questions we prepared earlier!
What if I have my own hiking equipment?
You are more than welcome to bring any or all of your own kit out on hike with you, but please run it by us first. We would prefer you to experience the comfort of quality lightweight hiking whilst out adventuring with us, but if you have a trusty pack that you love to hike with, then by all means bring it along. With this said, please note that travel/backpacking packs are really not designed for hiking - walking from airport to train station to accommodation doesn't count! If in doubt about your own equipment, please contact us and we will happily talk you through things.
Why no cotton?
Cotton is a lovely soft, natural fibre. But it is very good at holding moisture and acting like a magnet against your skin when it gets wet. Hike shirts and thermal materials are designed to hold the moisture you accrue whilst hiking - either through sweating which you will do in abundance, or if it rains or if you fall in a creek or go swimming or whatever happens - away from your skin. Synthetic hike shirts are light, quick-drying and breathable; merino and polypropylene are designed to regulate your body temperature irrespective of if they get wet or not; and wool will keep you warm even if it gets wet. Cotton will do none of these things. Please don't bring cotton.
I'm coming on a day trip with you. Do I really need to buy hiking boots?
Look, not really. If you have a good quality pair of running shoes - preferably trail runners - they will suffice. On day trips we do not carry much stuff - only a light day pack with food, water, and our spare layers such as a jumper and rain gear - so your feet will not feel as much of a load as on the three-day hikes. However, you will be compromising some ankle support and sole tread by opting for running shoes. They are not designed for scaling rocky mountain faces in quite the same way as hiking boots. And plus, once you've come out on one walk you'll want to do more, so it will be a worthwhile investment!
Do I need private health insurance to come adventuring with you?
No. But ambulance cover is essential. Unfortunately you cannot come and play with us in the High Country without it.
Fair enough. But what happens if something does happen out there?
Ness is a Wilderness First Responder, meaning she is trained to treat injuries, illnesses and other incidents until medical help arrives. She carries a full First Aid Kit, satellite communications, radio communications, and an EpiPen. Safe to say that you're in good hands in the event of an emergency!
Speaking of, what happens in the event of fire or storm?
It's been said before, but nothing is more important to us than your safety. If we deem that the weather is too dangerous to hike in our area of operations, we will either re-route to an alternative destination, or if we are already out in the field we will evacuate to safety (and if possible continue our adventure somewhere safer!).
...And in the event of an emergency of the bodily function kind?!
So we won't always have access to amenities. To spare the more delicate details of how to do what and where with regards to bush toilet etiquette on this lovely pretty website, a full run-down of 1s and 2s will be given at every pre-hike briefing. If you have a specific question or concern leading up to this point, please feel free to contact us.
But how do I manage if I've got my period?!
This is a super delicate and personal question, and the answer will be different for every woman. Again, this will be covered in the pre-hike briefing, but if you would like some more personalised information about how to manage monthly feminine hygiene, contact us and we can walk you through some options.
How fit do I need to be to come on one of Skadi's Adventures?
Basically if you can put one foot in front of the other over and over again for a little while, you can come on any of our walks. That's the way we have designed them. With this said, everyone will be coming on a walk for a different reason. Some of you might be looking for the physical challenge of conquering a steep spur. Some of you are looking to test the limits of your fitness. Some might just be in it for the views. Others might never have been out bush before, or picked up a hike pack, or slept in a tent, and want to go beyond their comfort zones. For some of you, coming out on a hike - be it a single-day or multi-day, might be something to work towards as a kind of fitness reward. Whatever your motivation, the short answer is: if you can walk, you can hike. Naturally, being of a decent level of aerobic fitness would make the walking more comfortable and enjoyable, so it is advisable to do some physical prep beforehand. Walking around the block a few times at a good pace, for instance, would help. You don't need to do anything crazy, but something is always better than nothing!
So I have a group of friends that are all keen to do a hike. Can we book as a group?
Of course! Private group bookings are available to anyone, and are completely customisable. What this means is that you can advise me of what you would like to see whilst out on hike, how long you would like to hike for, and what level of challenge you are after. As these are private bookings, we would like to extend invitation to any of your male buddies, partners, relatives, or coworkers! So if you have a group - either all-female, all-male, or mixed - a custom group booking is definitely for you. Please contact us via email or phone to discuss available dates and pricing :)
Finally, where can I stay on either side of my High Country hiking adventure?
Skadi Adventures is based in Mansfield. Merrijig and Mansfield both boast a wide range of accommodation options from quaint B&Bs to full resorts. If you would like some recommendations, please feel free to contact me with your requirements and I will happily point you in the right direction.