Outdoor Wear Requirements (by Descente)


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Oxfam Trailwalker Japan 2010 Participants Briefing Session - Guest Speaker Presentation by Descente in English

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Outdoor Wear Requirements (by Descente)

  1. 1. Trailwalker Outdoor Wear Requirements March 11 th , 2010
  2. 2. Trail Course for 2010 Height difference 1,200m
  3. 3. During Trailwalker, you will walk a full 100km with a 1200m height difference within 48 hours. The temperature falls by 0.6 degrees per 100m ascent, which means a 6 degree drop at 1,200m. In addition, 1m/s wind speed adds a 1 degree drop from wind-chill. To walk in comfort, you need to prepare for this temperature difference by having the correct clothing for both the day and night. Rain is also a possibility. Be prepared with waterproof, breathable rainwear that allows to keep the rain off and stay dry on the inside as well. Outdoor Clothing Tips ( 1 ) Please prepare yourself by considering the following points 【 Start 】 【 Goal 】
  4. 4. (Daytime walking) In sunny weather, the high temperature and physical exertion will ensure you perspire a lot. Walking in sweaty clothes is unpleasant, so consider wearing sweat-absorbing and quick-drying synthetic fibers so your body stays ventilated throughout your hike. Cold, wet clothes will feel worse when the temperature drops, will add to your fatigue and make the physical challenge tougher. For more UV protection, consider products with a ‘UV function’ or dark-coloured T-shirts. Outdoor Clothing Tips ( 2 )
  5. 5. (Walking at night or in rain) ● Temperatures drop drastically at night and the cold could accelerate your fatigue. ● Layer a wind-proof jacket over warm clothing to cope with the wind chill. Hats, gloves, and scarves (or towels around the neck) are essential in protecting yourself from the cold. ● The weather is unpredictable and changeable. You must carry rainwear at all times. Outdoor Clothing Tips ( 3 )
  6. 6. ◇“ whole earth” rainwear ● Water-proof but permeable, allowing your body to breath. ● Stretchable for ease of movement ● Also wind-proof for wind chill protection
  7. 7. ◇ “ whole earth” trekking poles ● Extra balance and support on tough terrain, like having 4 legs! ● Decrease the burden on your knees during trail descents ● Compact storage when not in use
  8. 8. ● Sweat-absorbing. quick-drying shirts (avoid cotton) with long sleeves are appropriate ● Shorts are acceptable, but full trousers are better for night-hiking ● Hiking tights keep muscles warm and lessen fatigue ● Thin wind-proof jacket (with water repellency) for night hikes ● Thick and synthetic fiber socks to keep feet dry and protected ● Trekking poles are very useful and two are better than one ● Headlamps with strong beams are essential at night ● Rain-proof caps or hats ● Backpack covers are effective in rain ● Band-Aids for blisters Advice from experienced participants
  9. 9. Protect your body and aim for your goal! Ikue Teshigawara R9 project leader Sports commentator Former Japan representative on Olympic Games for short-track