Just so you know where I am coming from with this advice, I am a normal person. That is to say, I am not super fit or super human, I don’t run marathons (let alone Marathons des Sables), I don’t find carrying 25kg easy or fun, but periodically I set myself a bit of a challenge, something to look forward to, and I get fit and prepared for it, as with the 2016 expedition to Armenia for instance. If you are already super fit, fantastic. If you trek a lot carrying weight on your back, you’re probably perfect to join one of our teams, we’ll look out for your Application Form and take it from there. If you are not (or are not sure if you are) fit enough, there is always time to get there. This blog post will help you decide if you are fit enough, with advice for if you’re not plus links to our 12-week training programme.
What info will I get about my expedition
You apply for an expedition having fallen in love with it on our website with the outline information that is there. On your Application Form you provide lots of information about your current state of health and fitness, and tell us a bit about your relevant adventure travel/ outdoor activity experience. We’ll then send you further information in the form of a Travel Instructions document. This document will contain lots of information about visas, flight, kit and, importantly, what the expedition will entail and therefore what you’ll need to be prepared for on the fitness front.
Find some general expedition clothing advice here or watch some of our short kit videos on youTube. Cotswold Outdoor (15% discount for teammembers) have expert in-store staff as well as some really useful online guides too to help you choose the right rucksack, daysack and kit.