Training for any thru-hike is a significant undertaking. And when it is your first thru-hike, it can be genuinely overwhelming. Because not only do you have to get yourself ready to hike for weeks (or months) on end, but there are SO many other things you need to prepare for...
You have to get ready for rough and uneven terrain. Elevation changes. Carrying a full pack. River crossings. And a dozen other things factors that make thru-hiking the unique challenge that it is.
On top of all of this, not only do you have to survive these issues (and ensure you don't break down with pain, injury or exhaustion), you also want to be in a position where you can actually enjoy yourself!
So it is totally understandable if it all seems a bit much.
And to make matters worse, the quality of training information available to thru-hikers often leaves a lot to be desired...
But this article is here to change that.
The intention of this piece is to provide a clear and effective guideline on how a thru-hiker can best prepare themselves for their upcoming adventure.
So whether you are training for the Pacific Crest Trail, Te Araroa, Larapinta, The Appalachian Trail or any other big thru-hike, this will start you in the right direction towards a safe, enjoyable and successful hike!
Training for your first thru-hike is always a massive undertaking. There is so much to learn and so much to get ready for. And one of the biggest questions hikers will often face is 'how can I get ready to hike for so many days in a row?'
Inside this article, we explore how Ali, a recent graduate of the Online Summit Program, trained and prepared for the Te Araroa thru-hike in New Zealand. We dive into the specific training and workouts she applied, the challenges she faces in her preparation and how it all played out on the trail.
Rowan is a personal trainer who specialises in training for hiking, trekkers and mountaineers for their bucket list adventures.
Summit Strength is a personal training for hiking service created specifically to help hikers have the best chance of a safe, enjoyable and successful adventure.