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Hi all i haven't been on the page for a while but on my up and coming holiday i thought it might be a good idea to talk to others that might have done this in the past....
Me and my other half are going up the west highland way on the 3rd of april (this coming sunday) and although in the past doing this has resulted in injury i am hoping this time i am able to complete it with minimal pain....
was wondering if anyone has done the West highland way with HMS? and if so what steps you took or extra items or such you used to help you on your trip? we're doing it over 7 days so its a little less stressful on the joins and topped up on painmeds to make sure at least thats thats sorted....
anyone got any other advice?
The only thing I can suggest is to support all of your joints that seem prone to injury.
Also make sure to pace yourself, it might take a bit longer, but should cause less pain in the long run.
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Using one or two hiking walking poles to help (or a nordic walking pole) can be very useful. Because the handles are set sideways you can't really set too much weight through them like you would with a normal walking stick, so you shouldn't risk your wrists and shoulders too much. But they can be very useful at helping in slowing a descent down an incline and just taking a little bit of weight off the knees. They can also be useful on unstable ground to prevent tumbles.
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It's a pain when you're in the middle of nowhere and no bush handy... but don't be tempted to skimp on water. You need a lot more than usual when you're on long walks. Not getting enough won't only make you thirsty and headachy but over a week, you'll start retaining water, leading to swolen everything... which is a lot worse than having to go find yet another bush.
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