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HOW TO PREPARE FOR A TRIP CONQUERING THE EAST POLE WITH BI?

 

“This may be the first time you have participated in conquering the Easternmost Point experience with Bi, or you may have challenged yourself many times through similar trips before. However, whether you are an experienced trekker or a first-time trekker, here are important things to keep in mind when preparing for a safe, enjoyable and memorable journey”

Application routes: Easternmost Point

Subject Index:

  • Principles and Checklist of items needed
  • Guiding trekking principles
  • Guiding principles of safety when trekking desert and sea terrain
  • Some training exercises before the journey


1.Principles and Checklist of items needed 

The most important thing before each journey is to be well-prepared. However, “well-prepared” does not mean carrying “everything” on your back. You only need to focus on the following 3 points:

  • Enough: Bringing enough personal items according to the checklist below
  • Lightweight: Minimizing the weight of the items in your backpack. You can choose lightweight materials, or objects that take up less space
  • Suitable: Each activity has requirements for compatible equipment, clothing, and accessories. You should equip yourself with the most suitable things which help you have a good journey.

1.1 Must-have items

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  • Trekking clothes: good sweat absorbing clothes, clothes with elastic fabric which are flexible.
  • Swimsuit
  • Shoes: you better get specialized shoes for trekking, otherwise choose sport sneakers with deep grooves (spikes) to avoid slippery.
  • Slippers: moving at the camping area comfortably
  • The weather is quite sunny: A hat, a jacket, sun protection gloves, sunscreen
  • An insect spray, a mosquito spray, soffell mosquito repellent
  • Personal water bottle (minimum 1 liter)
  • Raincoat: lightweight, convenient
  • Other personal items: toothbrush, toothpaste, cosmetics

1.2 Items can bring in

  • Money
  • Cell phone and handheld camera
  • Power bank
  • Chocolate
  • Vitamin C effervescent tablet 
  • Hand fan

1.3 Items should not bring in

  • Laptop
  • Items are bulky, fragile
  • High value jewelry
  • Cold foods, sour fruits
  • Important documents: passport, Household Book…

1.4 Some notes in the journey

  • Life jackets and diving glasses provided

 

You are required to wear a life jacket when traveling by boat or engaging in water activities. There is no exception whether you can swim.

  • The top roping requires participants to absolutely follow the safety instructions from Bi’s tour guides. In addition, Bi provides a full range of specialized tools, belts and helmets to support the top roping
  • It is necessary to prepare 2 backpacks: one is to store a water bottle, money or phone (bring in the trekking journey), one is for other personal belongings such as clothes, shower gel… (leave on the coach bus, the coach will bring your backpack to the campsite first).
  • The accommodation has restrooms and bathrooms

2 . Guiding trekking principles

Trekking is a form of experience tourism with an element of adventure. Over 8 years, accompanied by thousands of friends, Bitour has constantly raised standards and perfected safety procedures and principles.

“However, the essence of the journey to the wild is still an adventure tour, each participant needs to be aware of taking responsibility for protecting themselves, always being careful throughout the journey and following the direction of the leader.”

What matters is that after each trip, Bi’s crew members always discuss and learn together, we are always trained in new skills to give the best guide and support for our customers. If you are a trekker, you should grasp these rules in order to help yourself be proactive in all situations because tour guides can’t follow you every step along the way.

  • Follow the coordinated directions of the tour leader
    • The tour leader has a lot of experience about the trekking route and has detailed plans for the trip, so he will make appropriate decisions for the best experience and the safety of the whole group. Getting back to nature, there are not comfortable conditions like in a city, if you have questions or unexpected changes due to weather and physical conditions, you must immediately tell the leader for assistance.

  • Don’t go alone
  • Guaranteed not to go alone, you should go in a group of two or more people and remember keeping contacts. This is very important because in the forest, there is no phone signal, and your friends will support you in all situations (even when you get lost, two people are better than one)

  • Don’t be ahead of the navigator and behind the tour guide.
    • Every trip, Bi always has one person who stays behind to make sure that no one gets lost or is left behind. When this tour guide goes to the rendezvous point, all members are fully present, so no matter how small or crowded the group is, it is easy to check and manage just thanks to this simple rule.

  • Don’t voluntarily detach from the group
  • The most important thing is having a safe journey, so you are not allowed to detach from the group (Unless there are special circumstances with consent from the organizers).

  • Drinking water rules
  • Do not drink water too much on one sip. You should drink water in many small sips (the best way is using a water bag)
  • Do not drink water many times, only drink when you feel thirsty.
  • Drinking water too much to eliminate thirst is very dangerous. Firstly, you have to carry more water than usual, causing heavy backpacks. Secondly, it makes you excrete too much. Thirdly, the belly is bigger, causing fatigue and exhaustion.
  • Usually, for a distance of 10-15km, 1L of water (rainy season) or 1.5L of water (dry season) is enough for an average person.
  • Do not drink raw or untreated springwater.

  • Environmental protection rules
    • Nature is man’s home. Getting back to nature with Bi is to bring only beautiful memories and leave nothing but footprints. With Bitour Cares, each tourist will preserve his or her own personal trash throughout the journey.
    • Besides, disposable plastic is convenient but causes heavy damage to the environment. You can limit the use of wet tissues. Or you can use water bottles, raincoats that are reusable and eco-friendly shower gel.

 

Also, you can refer to the Guide for Walking uphill and Walking downhill

3 . Guiding principles of safety when trekking desert and sea terrain

  • Guiding desert-terrain trekking principles
    • Protecting yourself from direct sunlight, which will dehydrate your body quickly.
    • Paying attention to sand pits, drifting sand, and quicksand. Elevating a leg every step to prevent sand from getting into your shoes.
    • Your eyes will quickly be damaged by the sun’s rays, wind and desert sand, sunglasses are the best choice when traveling here.

  • Guiding sea bathing principles

Sea bathing is very cool and refreshing, helping you recharge to start a new day. However, to have a safe journey, you should ensure the necessary rules to protect yourself against some unexpected dangers.

  • Warm up for open water swimming: The terrestrial and underwater environments are different, so it takes time to adapt. Before going into the water, it is necessary to warm up, do some exercise or run a distance to avoid cramping before soaking in the water.
  • Do not swim too far from the coast: When you swim too far from the coast, you will face big waves and unpredictable risks. Therefore, sometimes you have to pay close attention to behind. The first time in the water should not exceed 15 minutes. Do not swim 15m far from the coast or 5m deeper.
  • Do not eat too full before sea bathing, because it causes stomach pain
  • Avoid strong bumping into cliff: You should be aware of waves can push you against rocks
  • Some cases should not swim: People who have bronchitis, asthma, tuberculosis, cardiovascular disease, nephritis, chronic otitis media with perforation of the eardrum, irritable neuropathy and people who are afraid of cold.

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4. Some training exercises before the journey

To ensure the best experience for trekking / hiking for consecutive days, your muscles need to be prepared and used to the high-intensity movements.

You don’t have to be a professional athlete, with the best physical background. You only need a basic physical strength and some daily training exercises. 

And to have enough time to develop a good habit and adapt your body to exercise, you can start practicing the following exercises at least 3 times a week, 30 minutes each session, during 21 days before the trip.

 

  • Jogging: Prepare trekking shoes, warm up for 5 minutes before jogging. You don’t have to force yourself to run fast from the beginning. It is important for your body to slowly get used to being active and maintain regular exercises.

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  • Squat: Squat is a standing up, sitting down exercise with dumbbells or barehanded. Squat affects many muscle groups, especially the hips, buttocks, thighs and supports the whole body. The exercise consists of 5 steps:
  1. Straighten up. Putting your feet hip-width apart.
  2. The feet pointed about 15 degrees outwards to form a V-shape.
  3. Hands straightened in front of chest or bent elbows.
  4. Breathe deeply into your stomach, break at your hip and push your butt back.
  5. Squat down until your hip joint is lower than your knees. Keep 2s and repeat.

 

  • Stair climbing: This can be practice near your home or your office. Instead of taking the elevator, you can try stair climbing every day. This will help you get used to climbing steep hills.

 

See you on your upcoming journey! We will have a great trip together!

 

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