Sign up for this year’s Future2 Hiking Challenge to take on the famous Six Foot Track and raise funds to make a difference to young Australians in need.
You’ll meet your group in Darling Harbour (or Central Station) and head by bus to Katoomba to meet our guides, before another short bus ride to Jenolan Caves to explore some of the most outstanding cave systems in the world.
On the first day of the fully supported hike, you’ll cover 30-kilometres of challenging terrain as you discover the natural beauty and history of the Blue Mountains. You’ll end the day with a hot, hearty meal and comfortable, warm cabin accommodation at the Six Foot Track Eco Lodge at Cox’s River. Wake up early the next morning to a cooked breakfast before taking on the trails of the Megalong Valley with cascading waterfalls and wild rivers, before completing your hike at Katoomba and returning by coach to Darling Harbour on Tuesday evening.
Hikers taking on the Future2 Blue Mountains Hike will take on the challenge of raising $1,200 to directly support Future2’s Make the Difference Grant program. Training programs and fundraising tips will be available to help you achieve your goals.
Here are a few tips to help get you ready for you hike.
- Slow and steady. Start walking as early as possible and build your distance. Start with 2-3 walks a week (for an hour is ideal). A longer walk on the weekend is even better. Build up the length of your walks slowly, but aim to be able to walk for 5-6 hours at a time before your hike starts. A week or two out reserve your weekend to do a long walk each day, back to back.
- These boots… Invest in proper hiking boots or shoes, and wear them often. Hiking boots need to be worn in and your feet need to get used to them. Sturdy but light is best.
- Variety is the spice of life. Try walking on different terrain such as sand, rocks and dirt tracks. This will help build the muscles you may not use walking on a regular footpath, particularly those around your knees and ankles.