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« Thread started on: Aug 8th, 2017, 02:46am »

http://www.mountainsafety.co.uk/Products-McMurdo-Fast-Find-Ranger-PLB-aspx

In case I get lost or injured I mean how perilous could this journey be to do all the temples?

Also what types of socks and hiking shoes should I bring or buy
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« Reply #1 on: Aug 8th, 2017, 03:12am »

on Aug 8th, 2017, 02:46am, Aprime wrote:
http://www.mountainsafety.co.uk/Products-McMurdo-Fast-Find-Ranger-PLB-aspx

In case I get lost or injured I mean how perilous could this journey be to do all the temples?

Also what types of socks and hiking shoes should I bring or buy


Sounds like an overkill especially outside summer period(summer being most likely most dangerous season due to extreme heat). Most of the time you are walking on public roads and towns so help is generally close. And frankly even mountain roads were generally safe enough(worst parts had even ropes to help you along!) so chance of say falling and injuring is pretty slim(plus especially during spring and likely fall there's generally other pilgrims behind you soon enough).

Getting totally lost at the mountains isn't really worry(at least up to bangai 5/after temple 36). Generally one path to follow and more than enough path markers on crossroads so unless you are totally asleep for several crossings in a row you won't get lost badly enough that simply walking back isn't enough. Only times I got lost was on cities and those were generally "turn right next corner and you rejoin the main path" level of getting lost.

(also not sure does that cover Japan or not)

Do you have phone/internet access? With internet access skype is also usable which helps. That felt good enough safety catch for me.

If you want to be REALLY safe guess buy it if you want but I would put that 220 price tag and 170g(you want light bag to carry around) to better use. Pilgrimage is ridiculously safe one to walk. Biggest danger is likely going to be the tunnels! There ARE occasionally traffic accidents there up to lethal level with walking pilgrim and passing car on the narrow tunnels.

As for socks and shoes one that you feel like walking a lot in asphalt though since you use public transportation for long distances that cuts down a LOT of asphalt walking. Are you going to climb all the mountains? If so with reduced asphalt walking def would go with medium hardness trekking shoes(a/b hardness) with good grip. I had those and they were nice on the mountain trails and definitely made them feel safe. Problem being them being heavy and bit tough less than ideal for asphalt walking but for you that's probably less of issue.

For socks I like double layered system, thin interior socks and thicker outer sock. Helps reducing blisters.

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« Reply #2 on: Aug 8th, 2017, 05:53am »

I will have a phone and a pocket wifi instead of a sim as pocket has stronger wifi and I also have a cover for my phone for back up battery and spare chargers for my phone
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« Reply #3 on: Aug 8th, 2017, 05:54am »

Also I am travelling September 2018 to October 2018 plus I will use public transport for the longer temples
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« Reply #4 on: Aug 8th, 2017, 3:41pm »

That really seems like overkill to me. Also why would you need a spare charger ... ?

I wore North Face hiking shoes and was very happy with the choice.
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« Reply #5 on: Aug 8th, 2017, 4:08pm »

Spare battery I meant which is built into my phone case
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« Reply #6 on: Aug 8th, 2017, 8:48pm »

on Aug 8th, 2017, 05:54am, Aprime wrote:
Also I am travelling September 2018 to October 2018 plus I will use public transport for the longer temples


September can get you hit by a typhoon and still tad warm but not worst of it. Just check weather reports for any typhoon approaching! Good thing those don't come up unexpectedly.

October meanwhile should be nice month weather wise. Not too hot, not too cold. You can probably be walking in t-shirt cheesy

So I would say that's overkill. Never heard anybody having that and it's walked by couple thousand every year. And biggest danger I have found is being hit by a car and with those that's not exactly useful!
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« Reply #7 on: Aug 9th, 2017, 04:46am »

on Aug 8th, 2017, 4:08pm, Aprime wrote:
Spare battery I meant which is built into my phone case


Oh I see.

Here's my packing list, if it's helpful. You don't need the hydration system. I also never used my cold weather gear, but obviously you may still want to bring it. And I got lucky and never used my rain gear!!

https://elizabethlindau.com/2017/03/09/pilgrimage-packing-list/
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« Reply #8 on: Aug 9th, 2017, 04:52am »

Thank you I saved your link for my holiday
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« Reply #9 on: Aug 9th, 2017, 06:07am »

on Aug 9th, 2017, 04:46am, elindau wrote:
Oh I see.

Here's my packing list, if it's helpful. You don't need the hydration system. I also never used my cold weather gear, but obviously you may still want to bring it. And I got lucky and never used my rain gear!!

https://elizabethlindau.com/2017/03/09/pilgrimage-packing-list/


I found hydration system useful myself(though think I'll go for 2l rather than 3l). Helps avoiding having to buy from vending machines all the time, makes easier to drink as one doesn't need to pull up bottle, drink, put back in but can drink as walking(especially handy on mountain paths cheesy At times I was half breathing, half drinking! wink

Also you never are sure when you CAN find vending machines. I had couple parts where I found _no vending machines whatsoever_. (one was even on very hot day. I had water on my water bag but it ran out rather quickly and it was couple hours with no vending machines whatsoever. I only found one when I detoured out of the pilgrim path)

edit: Fixed stupid typo. "dehydration system" indeed cheesy
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« Reply #10 on: Aug 9th, 2017, 07:21am »

Thank you very much
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« Reply #11 on: Aug 10th, 2017, 05:23am »

Aprime is right - a hydration system will save money if you don't want to buy from vending machines.

Personally I didn't want to over-hydrate, though, since I felt like often the bathrooms were few and far between!
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« Reply #12 on: Aug 10th, 2017, 06:51am »

I have to find out what exactly is a Hydration system is exactly and read the link
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« Reply #13 on: Aug 10th, 2017, 06:55am »

It's the second item on my packing list.
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« Reply #14 on: Aug 10th, 2017, 07:28am »

Thanks
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