When I decided to join the hike we couldn’t find very much information about the Amatola hike or any route maps, so our hike leader very kindly scanned the map and marked each day out for me to share on my Blogg in the hope that if someone searches for “Amatola Hike Map” or “Amatola GPS profile Data” they will find this page. 🙂
Amatola day 06 – Zingcuka Hut to Hogsback – ±12.8km
Amatola GPS profile data
Packing your Backpack for a long hike!
Now that the Maps are done I will share my packing list with those of you who are not sure what to pack on a 6 day hike. Whatever you do… Pack your backpack as light as possible!! I also zip-lock EVERYTHING and it has proven very useful when it rains and when I quickly need to find something.
Clothes (make sure you get light weight clothing and good quality if you plan on hiking lots more)
- 1 long pants that can zip the legs off if possible
- 1 spare pair of shorts or another long (depending on time of year)
- 2 spare tops (NEVER pack t-shirts)
- 1 fleece top
- 1 thermal top
- 1 pr light weight thermal or summer pyjamas (optional)
- 3 panties (underwear if you wear any)
- 4 pr socks (I always take extra for when it rains and I can’t get mine dry)
- 2 pr inner socks or stockings
- rain jacket / wind breaker
- beanie (I take mine and use it as a pillow with clothes stuffed into it)
- gloves (optional as I don’t wear them unless it is going to be very cold)
- Bio-degradable soap that you can use to wash yourself, your hair, clothes and the dishes 🙂
- Travelling toothbrush and toothpaste
- earplugs if you are a light sleeper and you have a snoring partner 🙂
- Deodorant (optional)
- Coconut oil that can be used as a lotion and after-sun etc (many uses)
- Vicks (my personal trick is to rub my feet before and after hike and also my aching muscles and it really helps in preventing blisters from forming)
- Plasters (blister plasters, needle and thread to thread a blister, sterile wipes, normal plasters and at least 1 bandage and tweezers in the group)
- Any other personal medical things you you may need.
- Tissues or a roll of toilet paper and as a lady I like to take Detol wet wipes 😉
- This a all up to what you like to eat but if you are really stuck you can Google so many recipes and ideas, or buy a hydrated meal at one of the outdoor shop (Let me warn you, they are not always nice)
- Breakfast: I like to each a high protein Futurelife (60g) mixed with 30g Nespray milk powder. 2 packets of 3 in 1 Coffee.
- For lunch I just have a Protein shake. When I am done I rinse out my small shaker (make sure the lid closes properly) and put my hydrated veg / mince with water to soak for tonight. Cuts down cooking time.
- My snacks consist of cheese cubes, dried fruit like banana and dates, nuts, biltong, wine gums and for the 1st 2 days a small apple.
- Dinner is mostly de-hydrated mince & veg; packet tuna; smash; couscous; noodles; soup; pre-cooked rice and smoked chicken for the 1st night. I love my hot chocolate so that is my evening treat. 1 packet White Hot chocolate and a slab of dark lindt chocolate as a treat when I feel like it.
- Walking stick
- Gas cooker and 1 extra gas
- Small lightweight pot
- Hiking mug, fork, knife, spoon, plate
- CAMERA & batteries
- slip-slops for the evenings
- sleeping bag and inner
- headlamp (make sure batteries are charged or take spare)
- Don’t forget your boots and the clothes you are going to wear on day 1!
I hope I have not forgotten anything important out!
Enjoy your hike and look after yourself.