Gearing up for the Fish River Canyon hike?

 

The Fish River Canyon holds a special place in our hearts, as it is not only a stunning natural wonder but also the birthplace of our small business. If you’re gearing up for this epic hike, here are some invaluable tips to ensure a memorable and safe journey.

Train Smart

Prepare your body for the physical demands of the canyon hike. Incorporate cardio, strength training, and endurance exercises into your routine to build the necessary stamina for the long trek. Being from Cape Town we hiked Table Mountain from every which way to prepare. Consider incorporating a couple of beach walks in the soft sand to prepare those calf muscles—don’t overlook this effective exercise.

   

Gear Up Wisely

With the realization that you carry everything you need for the entire hike, packing light becomes paramount. Consider minimal clothing and dehydrated meals over conventional hiking food, and seek out lightweight hiking gear. Embrace the camaraderie of the trail by sharing equipment with fellow hikers – unless you’re keen on becoming the snack distributor on Day 2. ?

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Be Prepared for the Heat  🥵

The Fish River Canyon’s temperatures can be extreme, with scorching days and cool nights. To combat the heat, stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, regularly apply sunscreen, and opt for light and loose-fitting clothing. As you traverse the canyon, taking refreshing dips in the river pools, choose quick-drying hiking wear to keep your backpack weight in check.

 

Choose the Right Footwear

Select hiking boots that provide ankle support and a sturdy grip. Break them in before the hike to avoid discomfort and blisters. Your choice of footwear can make or break your experience on challenging terrains. A must to avoid unnecessary blisters is a pair of gaiters. Invest in a pair, you will use them again.

Water Purification

Given the possibility of low water levels and murky conditions, water purification is crucial. The Sawyer Water Purifier is highly recommended, and alternatives such as tablets and water drops should also be considered. In 2023, water levels were exceptionally low, underscoring the importance of maintaining water quality to avoid unwanted ailments 💩 during your hike.

 

Navigation

Navigating the vast and remote Fish River Canyon can be challenging, especially for first-time hikers. Relying solely on the standard maps available may lead to missed opportunities and suboptimal routes. The Slingsby Map is highly recommended for its detailed guidance, indicating the best river crossings, shortcuts, landmarks, and ideal camping spots for each evening.

     

Medical Preparedness

Yes… the unforeseen can happen, and the Fish River Canyon is a pretty remote place. I have witnessed rescue helicopters airlifting hikers from the canyon…so, yes pack a comprehensive medical kit, including essential medications for a multi-day hike. Yes, the scorpions do sting, the water is murky, and you will stumble over a rock or two when the day gets long…best to be prepared.

Respect Nature, Leave No Trace

Adopt Leave No Trace principles. Respect the environment, wildlife, and fellow hikers. Minimize your impact by packing out all of your waste.

 

 

Remember, the Fish River Canyon offers a unique and challenging hiking experience, and thorough preparation is the key to making the most of this incredible adventure. Stay safe, be mindful of your surroundings, and embrace the breathtaking beauty of the canyon with every step. ✌️🌈

 

 

 

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