Equipment/Safety

Compulsory Equipment

In order to take part safely on the expedition, you must be able to demonstrate that you have the following compulsory items of equipment. These are in the interests of your own safety.

Compulsory items are as follows:

Visa on arrival in Indonesia $25.00 US

Valid passport with at least six months to run.

  • Rucksack (30L ideal size)
  • Water bottle or bladder pack (capable of carrying a minimum of 1.5L)
  • Mirror
  • Whistle
  • Pen knife
  • Quality head-torch + at least 1 spare set of batteries.
  • Lighter
  • Sun protection/ sun glasses
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Hat
  • Full body cover (lightweight trousers and top)
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Poncho/lightweight waterproof jacket

You must carry all compulsory items throughout the expediton. Should the carrying of weight cause problems for you please get in touch so we can discuss other options.

Sole Challenge is able to source all equipment at competitive rates. More importantly we have years of experience which will ensure you get the best kit for the environment. Please contact us at any time to discuss options. To help you we will send out monthly newsletters, reviewing different kit items to help you make an informed choice.

All equipment can be purchased at Indo Trek discounted prices from our partner suppliers Nomad Travel.

Additional Recommended Equipment

In addition to the above compulsory items, it is recommended that you give consideration to bringing the following additional items to make your trip more comfortable:

  • Sleeping bag
  • Thermarest sleeping mat (or equivalent),
  • Toiletries (Sanitary products)
  • Travel towel
  • Bathing suit/swimming trunks
  • Flip-flops or sandals
  • Spare pair of sunglasses

Kit bags

For the trek you need a 25-30L day sack to carry your compulsory equipment. You will also need a 20L dry bag/tube to carry all of the non-compulsory items you will need during the trek e.g. spare clothes, medication, toiletries etc. We recommend a dry bag to ensure that your belongings are kept dry in the event of a downpour. This bag will be carried by our team of porters.

Your main bag or suitcase containing the items you do not need for the trek will be transported and left in a secure holding space at the hotel/guest house where you will stay in on completion of the trek.

A full comprehensive kit list which form part of our information pack will be supplied on application.

Health Considerations

This document contains some basic information on some of the commoner types of medical problems you are at potential risk from while undertaking any activity in a jungle environment. All such problems are easily avoided so please take the time to familiarise yourself with them all.

Sores and Blisters

You will almost certainly develop friction sores and blisters on your feet, and perhaps your back/shoulders, during your time on the expedition. Although uncomfortable and often painful these are not in themselves a serious threat to your health. However, owing to the heat and reduced levels of personal hygiene you will be exposed to in the jungle, bacterial infection can set in rapidly. To prevent infection, make sure you disinfect and bandage even the most superficial cuts at the end of each stage. This will kill off bacteria and keep the affected area clean.

Giardia/Cryptosporidium/Diarrhoea

All water supplied for the duration of the event will be bottled so the risk of contracting any water borne condition is minimal. Nonetheless, be aware of the risks associated with drinking water from an untreated source. If you do drink some it should be filtered, boiled for three minutes and/or treated with iodine drops.

Heat Cramp

These mild muscle cramps are brought on by dehydration and loss of sodium (contained in salt). If you start to cramp take it as a signal you’re not taking on enough fluid/salt. Take a break and increase fluid intake until symptoms pass. If you fail to recognise or act on the problem you risk becoming more seriously dehydrated.

Dehydration

Symptoms: Fatigue, dizziness, nausea, headache, fainting, vomiting, inability to concentrate.

Treatment: Shade victim, elevate feet/legs, ingest plenty of fluid (lightly salted if possible). Do not resume activity until completely recovered with no symptoms remaining.

Dehydration is caused by not taking on sufficient fluids to keep the body replete with water. The best way to prevent this is to sip small amounts of water regularly. You’ll be provided with 1.5 litres every 10km (approx two hours walking pace) so aim to consume all of this before being replenished with the next bottle. 3 litres of water will be provided at the end of each stage so you’ll have plenty opportunity to ensure you top up sufficiently at the end of each day.

AT ALL TIMES NEVER TRUST THIRST AS AN INDICATOR OF WHEN TO DRINK. TOP UP EVERY FEW MINUTES AND MAKE SURE YOUR URINE IS ALWAYS CLEAR. THE MORE YELLOW IT IS THE MORE YOU NEED TO DRINK.

Failure to prevent dehydration may lead to the more serious condition of heat exhaustion. 

Heat Exhaustion

Symptoms: Profuse sweating, pale/clammy skin, increased heart rate, increased breathing rate, decreased ability to urinate, weakness, dizziness, muscle cramps, vomiting.

Treatment: Shade victim, tepid fluid (lightly salted) to administered (begin with small sips). Refrain from activity for at least 24 hours (consequently will result on withdrawal from race on safety grounds). Often heat exhaustion is the prelude to heat stroke.

Heat Stroke

Potentially FATAL, heat stroke is the severest of all the heat injuries. Normally this will affect those who suffer from heat exhaustion and continue to exert themselves in a hot environment.

Symptoms: Collapse, loss of consciousness, hot/dry/flushed skin, increased body temperature, increased heart rate, increased breathing rate, disorientation, mental impairment, dilated pupils, chest/arm pain, seizures, coma.

Treatment: Shade, remove clothing, fan, pour water over limbs, cool body with wet rags, massage limbs. Administer tepid fluid when condition improves. Adminster CPR in extreme cases.

Hyponatremia

Often called water intoxication this condition occurs when heavy sweating rids the body of salts. Water subsequently consumed cannot be processed effectively by the body and symptoms occur.

Symptoms are: dizziness, disorientation, cramps, fainting, nausea.

Treatment: Increase intake of salt tablets or lightly salted water. Rest.

Anaphylactic Shock

This is a severe allergic reaction to a foreign substance introduced to the body. Depending on the person affected, it can be caused by anything from a peanut to an animal sting or bite. Treatment can be given with a shot of adrenalin and the ingestion of anti-histamine so check with your doctor prior to departure if you have any concerns about allergies.

For further medical and vaccination information visit www.nomadtravel.co.uk/c-4-travel-health-clinic.aspx
Discount available through Indo Trek on any of Nomad Travel clinic services’