Sure, we might be providing you with all the requisite hardware, but you will indeed need to bring some of your own things with you! Here's what you will need to source for yourself:
NO COTTON. None. Absolutely nothing. Even avoid cotton underwear if you can manage. Cotton, despite being a natural fibre, is really good at retaining moisture. When it gets wet, it likes to stick to your skin. And if it gets cold, this can mean hypothermia sets in very quickly. So please, leave your cotton t-shirts, hoodies, trackies, and singlets at home. Hike-specific shirts are a worthy investment, as they are often highly protective against UV rays, and whilst synthetic, are very quick-drying and breathe easily. I recommend hiking in shorts, even when it's cooler, but please ensure they are at least mid-thigh length. Chafe is not fun...! If you're not a shorts kinda gal, leggings or lightweight hike pants are also acceptable. Note: this does not exempt you from wearing gaiters! Please also pack at least one jumper, if not two, made either of wool or PolarFleece. Again, no cotton hoodies!
Please bring along two sets of thermal under layers - tops and bottoms. These should be either merino or polypropylene. Why two sets? If one gets wet, it's always good to have a dry set to change into once at camp.
A good set of rainwear is vital for hiking out in the High Country. It is not uncommon for the weather to change drastically from temperatures in the mid- to high-30s one day, to heavy snow the next! As such, you will need to bring with you a waterproof and windproof jacket and matching overpants. Not sure if your existing stuff is waterproof? Put it on and jump in the shower. If you stay dry, it's waterproof!
There are two types of people: those that hike in broad-rimmed hats, and those that hike in caps. Whichever side you find yourself on, please bring along something to protect the top of your head from getting burnt. A thick head of hair does not stop sunburn!
Socks & Jocks
Whilst advocates of minimalist, lightweight hiking, we at Skadi do not endorse forgoing hygiene for the sake of a few extra grams. For each day that you walk, you must have a fresh pair of socks. Likewise for underwear. This is particularly important, as we will not have the luxury of showers out there! What type of sock you choose is up to you, though natural fibres such as merino and bamboo are great as they wick the moisture and sweat away from your feet, keeping your feet as dry and happy as possible.
The single most important piece of equipment that you will need to source for yourself is a good, well-fitted pair of hiking boots. Trail shoes are great, but lack the adequate ankle support for the steep and rocky terrain we will invariably find ourselves walking on. Just like with hats there are two camps of people: those that swear by leather boots, and those who only hike in synthetic. I am in the latter. Frankly it doesn't matter which you have, so long as a) they fit you perfectly; b) they are well worn-in before your trip to avoid blisters and hot-spots; and c) they are waterproof. Most hiking boots on sale currently are lined with Gore-Tex or a similar waterproofing material, so please ensure this is the case when hunting for the right boot. Please do not come to the day of your trek with brand new boots. We want you to enjoy yourself, not suffer blisters!
Personal Hygiene Kit
Toothbrush, toothpaste, hand sanitiser, sunscreen. These are the mandatory minimum necessities. If you're so inclined, you can pack wet wipes to clean yourself of sweat and dirt before bed. Deodorant is also not a bad idea...! A few BandAids might also come in handy. Of course, if you have to take daily medication of any kind, or are an asthmatic or anaphylactic, please ensure you have your personal medication on you and that you keep it somewhere safe and easily accessible.
As mentioned on the previous page, day hikes don't require you to carry very much. But please ensure you bring with you: a day pack between 20 litres and 30 litres in capacity; a hydration bladder and/or water bottles with a combined capacity of 3 litres; a jumper; rainwear; and any personal medication.
Alpine hiking is a special thing. It's very rare that we will walk on flat terrain for more than a few kilometres; one way or the other, we are either walking uphill or downhill! Each description of each of our trips will specify the difficulty of the terrain, and may suggest a level of recommended fitness. With all of this said, if you can put one foot in front of the other, you can hike with us. We always walk at an inclusive pace that accommodates any injuries, soreness, or fatigue. No one gets left behind. Of course, the fitter you are, the easier you will find the walking - that is a given! It also pays to note that for the multi-day hikes, you will be carrying a pack weighting approximately 12kg on your back. Thankfully due to the design and customisability of our packs, this weight will feel almost natural and a part of you, but if you are concerned about the idea of walking with a pack on, throw some bottles of water and bags of rice in a backpack and walk around the block a few times. Also, we have hiking poles available for you to use to assist you in load-bearing - they are the greatest invention of all time!