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Southern Grampians Endurance Challenge

Training and preparation

TRAINING

You will experience 80km of some of the most beautiful country that the Grampians has to offer – breathtaking views, ridgelines and spectacular craggy mountains, swamps, forest walks and picturesque farming land. But… let’s not kid ourselves, it’s going to be tough, so be prepared for the Serra Terror. You need to seriously think about your training NOW. The week before is too late.

So do your research, work out a training program early on into your decision to enter the event and make sure that it includes…

  • flat ground and hills walking
  • Roads, track and rock country.
  • Walk, jog & run, condition your body to training under some pressure.
  • Work out your  kit & carry it on your training sessions as much as possible. Get used to the weight to make sure it’s suited for the journey.

If you are seeking walks further afield than Mount Sturgeon and Mount Abrupt, here are some other suggestions..

  • Mt Rosea
  • Jimmys Creek to the helipad return
  • Teddy Bears gap
  • Revisit last years Serra Terror, by devoting a full day to the FORTRESS.
  • The Chimney Pots
  • The black range north of Rocklands offers caves big enough to sleep 20 people, rock art and great escarpment walk – a good one as an overnight excursion.
  • Or if you are feeling really adventurous you could even try climbing 3 volcanoes in one day- Mount Eccles, Mt Napier and Mount Rouse..
COMPULSORY EQUIPMENT REQUIRED DURING SERRA TERROR:
  • Backpack
  • Thermal blanket 
  • Waterproof matches/firelighter
  • Torch 
  • Windproof/waterproof jacket & pants
  • Well worn-in footwear
  • Mobile phone
  • Identification
  • Plenty of water – 2-3L
  • Personal first aid kit
  • High energy snacks (chocolate, glucose, dried fruit etc)
  • Plastic bags to keep spare clothing dry (with support crew)
  • Warm clothing
  • Beanie and gloves
  • Compass

* Maps and course notes will be provided at the pre-event briefing**

EQUIPMENT FOR THE EVENT
  • Only carry what is necessary. Leave heavy items to your Support Crew.
  • Plan what to wear. There is always a chance it will be wet, so be prepared.
  • You may be walking through water in parts of the track, so have spare dry socks and shoes (stocked by your support crew).
  • You may be walking through densely vegetated ti-tree scrub at times.. we suggest carrying a pair of durable long pants for these sections.
  • Changing socks regularly will help against blisters. Treat hotspots on your feet as soon as they arise, before blisters form.
  • Ensure you carry plenty of water, and keep hydrated.
  • and yes, even though its winter it is still a good idea to carry sunscreen and lib balm! Its amazing what wind and a bit of winter sun can do!
BLISTER TIPS – From Fit Feet Podiatry

Remember the golden rule ‘moisture + movement = blister’ If you control these 2 factors, blistering is impossible!

Find a sock that works for you, and pack spares. Thicker socks (or wearing 2 pairs) doesn’t mean more cushioning – it usually just causes a tight fit and more pressure. Keep them dry and change them often! Cotton and wool blend are most breathable choices. Silver helps to wick moisture off the skin.

Wear your chosen walking shoes at home during this week, especially if they are relatively new. Find any potential pressure areas or tight fitting spots. These spots will need preventive treatment before the walk with anti-friction balm (e.g. Healed skin protect or BodyGlide) and second-skin taping (Hypafix/Mefix).

A trail shoe can be a great alternative to hiking boots or runners. They have a tougher sole for off-road surfaces, but still plenty of cushioning and a light weight feel compared to a boot.

Lock lacing keeps shoes fitting securely, and avoids the movement component of blistering.

Treat existing callused skin and thickened or long nails a few days before. Avoid aggressive at-home treatments or techniques – inflamed spots will certainly cause problems! If in doubt, seek podiatry advice.

Plan to blister and pack accordingly. Prevention is most certainly the key! If a ‘hotspot’ appears, tackle this straight away. Essential supplies are anti-friction paste and a thin breathable dressing such as Hypafix. Use the podiatry stations early during the event.