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Equipment and Experience

The experience and equipment needed on WCV walks varies depending on type of walk and the difficulty of the walk itself.

All WCV walks require solid walking shoes or boots (sneakers are OK on the easier walks), a day pack, water (2 litres recommended, especially in summer), sun screen, hat, rain gear, warm gear and in most cases lunch. For the more difficult walks, boots are recommended and some people take walking poles although these are not an essential. A first aid kit is desirable; for suggested contents see http://www.bushwalkingvictoria.org.au/beforeuwalk/planning/equipment

Jeans should be avoided as they are very cold when wet and do not dry. Instead, wear synthetic quick-dry pants; there is a good selection of these at the outdoor shops. Many walkers wear pants that convert to shorts by zipping off the legs.

The level of experience and fitness is again dependant on the walk. All walks cover a distance of at least 10 km over a period of 3 to 4 hours, so walkers need to be capable of this level of walking. The more difficult walks are longer (both distance & time) and will include hills which will make even experienced walkers “puffed” so a greater level of fitness is required. The walk leader will be able to advise the difficulty of the walk and the level of fitness or experience required. It is important that, when booking in, you discuss your abilities with the leader in order to assess if the walk is within your capabilities. Once on the walk, it may be difficult to bail out early or to get help if any medical emergencies arise.

For all walks, it is essential that you let the walk leader know, at the time of booking in, of any medical or health problems you may have or of any other issues which may affect your walking.

The club also has a library of walking maps and books which can be borrowed by members for planning and leading club walks or for private walks.

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