Coastline walk 2017 | Equipment
The now-legendary Coastline Walk is once more inviting everybody to challenge themselves. Its third incarnation is different though - it is even grander, bigger and a lot more fun! Put your strength to the test, discover the beautiful nature of the Curonian Spit and experience sweet fatigue after conquering a long-distance walk! Everyone will be able to choose their own challenge, as Coastline Walk 2017 proposes 5 routes: 12 ½ km in one go, 25 km in half a day, 50 km in a day, 50 km in a night, 100 km in 24 hours.
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Equipment

Your backpack is the most important element of the walk‘s equipment, as you will be using it during the entirety of the walk. Choose a comfortable, sturdy travel backpack which does not rub or press on your back and is moisture-resistant or fitted with a protective cover. We recommend trying your backpack out at least a couple of times prior to the walk, so that you get familiar with its capacity and find ways to use it to your advantage. You will also be able to make sure that you need all the belongings that you can fit in it. Depending on which route you are set on conquering, you should have a backpack with a capacity of 20 to 45 litres.

The contents of your backpack will mainly consist of:

  • a spare pair of socks and a set of outdoor clothing, which must be kept dry;
  • snacks and additional food;
  • a flask, a thermo-flask, a hydration pack or a bottle with 1-1,5 litres of water in it, which must be easily accessible;
  • a flashlight, a phone battery;
  • personal medications, supplements, glucose, etc.

 

Our friends from the outdoor shop ‘LUKLA‘ suggest choosing backpacks from the leading European brand DEUTER – they have been tested out personally on a variety of hikes and expeditions. We have some specific suggestions for you – you can purchase the backpacks online, but we recommend visiting ‘LUKLA‘ in order to try them on with special weights from DEUTER if you are set on finding a backpack which suits you and your individual needs best. If your chosen backpack is currently out of stock, you can have it delivered from the warehouse straight to the starting line – you can order the backpack from ‘LUKLA‘ no later than on 27 April.

Participants of the Coastline Walk’17 will receive a 25% discount on DEUTER backpacks and accessories, as well as rain covers. You can find out how to claim your discount here.

You can find a variety of travel backpacks here.

You can find a variety of city backpacks here.

If your back is prone to sweating or you are often hiking in hot weather, your best choice is a backpack from the Deuter Futura/Futura Pro series – it includes a mesh back support system.

If you are looking for a flat-back backpack which you are going to use for a couple of days, take a look at the Deuter Act Trail/Trail Pro series.

If you are in need of a lightweight backpack that can comfortably support a weight of 15-20 kilograms, we recommend choosing one of the Deuter Act Lite models.

The majority of larger backpacks have integrated rain covers – however, if your backpack does not have one, we recommend using an additional backpack cover.

You can also use waterproof bags, such as SealLine Blocker Dry or Lifeventure Dristore, in order to protect your belongings – if you store your belongings in one of these bags and put the bag in your backpack, it will float on water and your belongings will stay dry. A SealLine bag with a capacity of 20 litres weighs only 86 grams.

Hiking poles are extremely useful when walking long distances. They reduce the physical strain on your legs and maintain the balance within the entirety of your body movement. If you use the poles correctly, you will be able to walk faster, especially when hiking uphill. If you are walking downhill, the poles will prevent you from losing your balance; they will also come in handy if you need to jump over a small stream or encounter other obstacles during the walk.

Experts recommend putting your hiking poles in your backpack and walking a couple of kilometres without them every 20 kilometres or so in order to give your upper body a rest.

Our friends from the outdoor shop ‘LUKLA‘ recommend choosing one of a couple of different pole types, depending on what hikes you are planning to embark on in the future. They are also offering a 15% discount on the poles of your choice – you can find out how to claim your discount here.

Nordic walking poles are the most suitables poles when it comes to walking. You should lean on them in a backwards movement while holding the poles at a slight angle and use them to push yourself forwards. Nordic walking poles are light and are made using fiberglass, thus you should avoid leaning on them while taking a rest. We recommend purchasing these poles if you are going to continue on practising Nordic walking.

Trekking poles are designed specifically for hiking in the mountains – however, if you utilise their whole length, you can use them according to the principles of Nordic walking. They are stronger than Nordic walking poles and are made using aluminium alloys – you can safely lean on them while taking a rest. We recommend choosing these poles if you are planning on hiking in mountainous terrains. We use CT Alta Via trekking poles – you can use them anywhere from the Alps to the Himalayas or the highest peaks of the Andes.

Participants of the 50 km in a night or the 100 km in 24 hours routes must have flashlights with them, as the majority of these walks will take place during the night.

We recommend choosing a flashlight that you can mount on your head (a cyclop). A hand-held flashlight is suitable as well, but it is much less comfortable – you will need to carry it in your hand while walking a long distance, and you will not be able to hold it at all if you use trekking poles. Mobile phones should only be used as a last resort (if the battery of a regular flashlight dies) or if you need the light for a short time only.

Participants of the 50 km in a night or the 100 km in 24 hours routes must have safety reflectors with them during the night. Make sure that you have a safety reflector on your outdoor clothes or your backpack – you must stay visible to the organisers of the walk and other walkers at all times, as well as drivers (if you are crossing a road or walking on a bike path).

You should have a mobile phone with you at all times during the walk. If your phone battery tends to drain quickly, take a spare battery with you. If you are going to use mobile apps to track your physical activity (e.g. Endomondo) during the walk, keep in mind that your phone battery will drain twice as fast.

A mobile phone is vital, as you might need to contact the organisers or emergency services in order to receive necessary information and help.

It is extremely important to have a small first aid kit and basic hygiene products, as well as necessary medications, with you during the walk.

We recommend having the following items in your first aid kit: cuttable bandage, Vaseline, a needle, some thread, liquid disinfectant, activated charcoal or other digestive aids, painkillers, sunscreen, toilet paper (napkins), wet wipes. If you have specific health problems that require additional medications, don’t forget to take them with you. You will find a variety of ready-made first aid kits or first aid cases (contents excluded) at the outdoor shop ‘LUKLA‘. Participants of the Coastline Walk’17 will receive a 25% discount on these products. You can find out how to claim your discount here.

Athletic tape and elastic or regular bandage will also come in handy if you need to take care of a sprained joint or a knee injury.

There will be first aid kits available at all of the leisure and help posts during the walk – you will have access to them if you are in need of medical help.