Day gear

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On the Fish River hike you need to carry all your food, clothes and sleep­ing gear your­self. Try to pack only what you need − your knees will thank you later. Most of the gear fea­tured here can be found at Cape Union Mart.

Back­pack

Your back­pack is the most im­por­tant piece of hik­ing gear. It will ei­ther be your best friend or worst en­emy for the five days you hike through the canyon.

You need to carry all your hik­ing gear, food and clothes on your back for 90 km. A 65- to 80-litre pack should ac­com­mo­date all your stuff.

When fully packed, your back­pack shouldn’t ex­ceed a quar­ter of your body weight. En­sure it fits com­fort­ably and that there’s no chaf­ing.

When you pack, make sure the most im­por­tant items are within easy reach. Put your sleep­ing bag at the bot­tom, fol­lowed by your cloth­ing and food.

Pack each day’s food ra­tion and your toi­letries in a sep­a­rate zi­plock bag. It will make it eas­ier to un­pack and repack your stuff dur­ing the hike. Cost: R1 399 for the K-Way Ven­ture 70

Hat

A wide-brimmed hat is a must, as the sun can be vi­cious in the canyon. Some hik­ers also wear a Buff and sun­glasses. Cost: R250 for a Rogue hat

Wa­ter bot­tle

Carry two wa­ter bot­tles and make sure you have at least 2 litres of wa­ter. Fill one bot­tle with Game. The river wa­ter in the canyon is potable, but take wa­ter pu­ri­fy­ing tablets to be safe. Cost: R99 for the K-Way Epic (1 ℓ)

Shirt

Pack one shirt. You can wash it in the river and the sun will dry it in min­utes. A long-sleeved shirt with a col­lar of­fers the best pro­tec­tion against the sun. Cost: R499 for the K-Way Ex­plorer Uvongo

Cam­era

Take a small cam­era and carry it in your shirt pocket. Cost: R1 995 for the Canon Pow­erShot SX600 HS

Shorts

Wear tights un­der­neath your shorts to min­imise chaf­ing. One pair of shorts will do, but also pack swim­ming trunks. Cost: R699 for the K-Way Ex­plorer Kloof

Hik­ing pole

Es­sen­tial for rugged ter­rain. Take two if you can. Cost: R499 for a set of K-Way Kil­i­man­jaro Trek Poles

Socks

Wear a thick pair over a thin pair to pre­vent blis­ters. Cost: R70 for Falke socks

Hik­ing boots

You can wear trail-run­ning shoes, but rather in­vest in hik­ing boots. Do a few hikes be­fore­hand to break them in. Cost: R1 699 for the Hi-Tec V-Lite Altitude Ul­tra

Carry your snacks in your pocket so you won’t have to wres­tle with your back­pack ev­ery time a hunger pang strikes.

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