01 Common Senses of Walking
Pack lighter on and on
It is advisable to reduce the weight of your backpack for a long-range walk. ^
Whoever has packed items for needs he or she is unsure of, may scold himself or herself for the hesitant attitude.
A multiple-day walking traveler shall take two or three spares of clothes and carry sunblock, a cap, battery, etc. It is good to wash underwear or socks in person at the lodging to reduce the weight of the backpack. It is efficient to use a mesh pocket or a ring or hook during the walk for drying.
For foods cereals are good for meals and sweets for a snack.
Regular meals three times a day during a walk should consist of carbohydrates to allow for stamina, whereas for snacks, sweets such as candy or chocolate are feasible as they can provide immediate energy. It is recommended to take some emergency foods (bread, cereal bar, energy gel, etc.) for long-distance travel as no restaurants may be found when you need to eat. As energy gel delivers a lot of power quickly, it is useful when you are exhausted or physically tired.
For lodging bivouac frequent in holiday season
It is not easy to find a sleeping lodging around the eastern coast as the most popular vacation area on holidays or weekends. Make a reservation of lodging earlier if possible. If it is hard to do or to take it on the spot, it is advisable to look for a public office or a community hall near for help. It is recommended to walk at night in the peak season of summer vacation while taking a swim or a rest in the shade in the daytime. However, while walking at night, it is good to tie a blinking red light on the backpack for safety so that a driver can recognize a walker. Also, check earlier to ensure the walking area is not in a restricted zone for a nighttime curfew by a military unit.
Common sense for pains caused from walking
Typical pains caused from walking include blisters on the soles, pain in shoulders and the waist, and joint pains in the knees and ankles. Blisters on the soles may be prevented or kept from getting worse by putting a thin bandage of cloth as is sold in a drug store around the part where they usually break.
Pain in the shoulders and the waist are related to the weight of the backpack and the way it is worn. First of all, a backpack for a long distance shall be prepared with its waist belt thick enough to cover the waist up to more than 2/3. If you think your shoulders are weak, fasten the waist belt tight and loosen the shoulder straps a little bit to relieve the burden on the shoulders, whereas fasten the straps tight and loosen the belt for a weak waist. This is the way to prevent and lessen pain to relieve the burden in the waist and the shoulders alternately by the control of the belt and the straps.
Prevention is best for pain in the knees and ankles. If you think that joint trouble could occur by your own judgment, it is recommended to walk in a Nordic style using a walking stick from the beginning. Nordic walking – like on four feet – can help reduce the load on the ankles by about 30%. Once a pain occurs, you should stop walking and receive treatment at nearby hospital or public clinic and follow the doctor's prescription. An injured ankle does not tend to be cured well and perfect healing seems improbable, so refrain from excessive walking. Also, as regular stretching is good at preventing pain or injury, it is good to practice it often.
02 Guidelines for safe travel
- Move with multiple people for safety.
- Choose a course fit for your own physical power.
- Be well-informed of your route and relevant institutions' contacts and walk acquainted with your current location data.
- Take emergency foods like water and first aid with you when you starting out.
- Walk in a line staying to roadside when you pass by it.
- Do not wear unnecessary valuables and accessories.
- Walk from 09:00 a.m. to 06:00 p.m. in the summer season and 09:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m. in the winter season.
- Do not leave the set course or get near a steep valley or a cliff.
- Do not try to walk in bad weather if possible.
03 Walking etiquettes on Haeparang Trail
- Any trash shall be thrown out at in the proper place.
- Please refrain from using disposables.
- Pay attention to prevent nature and crops from being damaged.
- Walk in line on a narrow road.
- Do not speak loudly.
- Do not drink and smoke during walking.
- Smile at an oncoming person.
- Respect local culture.
- Report any kind of danger on the trail.
- Love Haeparang Trail.