good treking spots & equipment

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1. Posted by yaara83 (Full Member 30 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!


ive been looking around travel shops lately and the sellers recommended a good strong bag and trekking shoes.
i was wondering if there are alot of trekking places along the east coast, and if so, which are recommended.
id hate to buy all this real expensive equipment and end up not using them...

and if im already typing... i have come across loads of LONG lists of stuff to pack which include travel/sport towels, swiss army knives and all these other gadgets. i wanna know if all these r really neccesary, im really tight for cash and id hate to miss out places in oz cos i "wasted" the money on stuff i dont need!

thanx for ur help


2. Posted by stevieh (Respected Member 615 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hi Cat,
We travelled with backpacks but realised we could've done just as well with a medium sized bag/holdall. But this was only because we didn't walk far carrying them. If you intend to walk far - or regular short distances - then a backpack is best.
The drawback of our backpacks was that those clever adjustable straps actually make the bloody thing heavy before you put anything in it!:)

3. Posted by stevieh (Respected Member 615 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

That last reply was for another thread!
Anyway, you can buy travel shoes/bags almost anywhere. Buy what fits or suits you, not just from a certain store.
Gadgets can be a waste, but a swiss army knife or multitool can be useful in emergencies - especially if it has a corkscrew!
But DONT skimp on a cheap one - the corkscrews are made of cheese and will actually straighten as you pull the cork out!

4. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

There are tons of places in Australia to buy all the gear you could ever need so if you are unsure about something, I would wait with it. I wouldn't really leave home without a good backpack (how are you carrying your stuff otherwise?) and shoes as it usually takes some time to walk those in, but to each his or her own :)

5. Posted by yaara83 (Full Member 30 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

i actually got a backpack which i bought for use during my army service and planned on using it, but now ive been told that its not strong enough and wont hold... so when i asked if ill need a backpack i had this in mind... i just thought that what im thinking is obvious and everyone knows and forgot that i dont have telepathic powers;)
ive seen that the backpacks get pretty pricey, and i just wanted to know if u really need strong expensive bags. my travel isnt gonna be based mainly on treks, although i would wish to do a couple. so i reckon that mainly ill only be carrying my bag from the bus to the hostel and so forth...
if anyone can tell me what kinda backpack they used or recommend, id love to hear it!!!!


6. Posted by Julz22 (Budding Member 12 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

my bf and i just spent $2700 on clothing we NEED for canada. we went to K2 Base camp in fort valley (brisbane) speak to nial. he is very helpful and we are now set to go. they have heaps of stuff there. gadgets, clothes (winter and summer). but even if you are after info on wat you need give them a call.

7. Posted by yaara83 (Full Member 30 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

im now try to decide if i should get a sleeping bag for oz, or buy it just b4 i fly to NZ where i plan on doing those few day treks... are there multi day treks in oz where i will need a sleeping bag, or should i get it b4 nz as to not carry excess stuff?

8. Posted by ernie (Full Member 33 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

if trekking is your objective then i would suggest a decent pack and depending on the monthes of the year you choose to travel, a warmer or cooler sleeping bag. also, comfortable, stable shoes are a must. tent are not necessary in summer monthes, but a makeshift shelter does allow weather and critters in.
have fun, hope this helps.