You don’t need any previous experience but you will need some basic equipment. So it is likely you will have done some hillwalking in the past.
You certainly don’t need to be an ‘athlete’ but by the nature of hiking, walking in all weather up & down big hills, your comfort is relative to your ability. Pay attention to the total mileage stated in the event description & judge your ability accordingly (be realistic). Please telephone us should you not be sure & we will guide you.
You will need the basics; good broken-in lightweight boots or trail runners, layered clothing, a rucksack, water bottle and baseplate compass. Walking poles are recommended but not mandatory. An experienced Guide will be leading your group & will help you as you go & also provide some tuition so you’ll learn new skills along the way. Add to this your tent, sleeping mat & sleeping bag for the overnight wild camps as well as a stove, pot & camp meals. Each guest is provided with a comprehensive equipment list when booking.
Keep your gear to the bare essentials & as lightweight as possible - you will be carrying it all! A whistle is compulsory & to be carried on the front strap of each guests pack.
The pace is determined by the ability of the group but we try to achieve an average pace of approximately 2.5mph - 3mph. Of course, the overall distance may be affected by the pace of the group & your Guide can adjust this. Groups are allowed to spread out as they chat & enjoy the experience but it is the responsibility of the hikers at the back to keep up as needed.
Your 'trip details' email will have an attachment titled 'LEAVE NO TRACE', dedicated to this important topic. Please read through it carefully & follow the guidance. NOMAD Sea Kayaking operates a simple 'Carry in, Carry out' policy ensuring the hygiene of our guests & protection of the environment we enjoy. Our Guides are experienced & have developed & honed their techniques over years of operations in environments around the world; follow their guidance! Don't hesitate to contact NSK and ask questions. We are all very happy to share our knowledge & skills with our guests.
Unlike Kayaking our safety is not as affected by weather & so as a general rule, we will hike in all weather including wind, rain, hail & snow. We always keep our guests informed of what to expect from the weather for their event through the live weather update on our website as well as online ‘Notes from your Guide/Coach’. It is the variable weather conditions that make these adventures so exciting & enjoyable.