As I told in an earlier post I’m trying to get fit for hiking. I started with mountainbiking which is very good for my legs and stamina. I love doing it, being outside in nature. It’s also nice to have some adrenaline in your body. Last week I started training with my backpack and boy, that is a whole new world!
My plan is to train twice a week with the backpack. I’m walking about 7 and a half kilometres with a total load of about 11 kilograms. This isn’t far enough and it’s too light. I will try to get more and more range with a heavier pack. As I am planning to start my thru hike in June I’ve got about 6 months to get into some sort of shape.
People ask me if I put some bricks in my backpack for the weight, or you could be thinking of doing that. Please don’t! Bricks are very have and it’s not realistic how you backpack will be packed when you start traveling. Get some real gear in it! For now, I’m not putting my new/best gear in it, I don’t want to wear them out. I’m putting an older tent in it, old sleeping bag and so on. In this way the weight I’m carrying on my back is about the same when my thru hike starts.
I’ve been training with the pack now for 4 times and I already can notice that it goes a little bit easier on my back, especially the muscles in my neck. I will keep you up-to-date about my progress! You can follow my training at my Strava account. If you have any tips for my training, please let me know!