During the Serra Terror, you will experience approx 80km of some of the most spectacular country the Grampians has to offer – breathtaking views, ridgelines and spectacular craggy mountains, swamps, forest walks and picturesque farming land. But… let’s not kid ourselves, it’s going to be tough – so be prepared. You need to think seriously about your training NOW. The week before the event is too late.
Do your research, work out a training program early and make sure it includes the following:
- Flat ground and hill / mountain walking
- Roads, track and rock country
- Walk, jog & run, condition your body to training under some pressure
- Work out your kit & carry it on your training sessions as much as possible. Get used to the weight to ensure it’s suited for the journey.
If you are seeking walks further afield than Mount Sturgeon and Mount Abrupt, here are some other suggestions:
- Mt Rosea
- Jimmys Creek to the Helipad return
- Teddy Bear Gap
- Devote a full day to the Fortress
- The Chimney Pots
- The Black Range north of Rocklands offers caves big enough to sleep 20 people, rock art and great escarpment walks – a good one as an overnight excursion
- Or if you are feeling really adventurous you could even try climbing 3 volcanoes in one day- Mount Eccles, Mt Napier and Mount Rouse.
WHAT TO PACK:
Due to the remoteness of the track, we stress that all teams must carry the compulsory items listed below. Throughout the event, we will be conducting spot checks to ensure that teams are carrying the required safety gear. Teams will not be permitted on the course without the required items.
- Quality backpack suitable for carrying mandatory items
- Waterproof and windproof jacket with hood and sealed seams
- Thermal long shirt
- Cotton, lycra or compression garments are NOT acceptable
- Beanie / buff
- Waterproof bag to pack compulsory clothing in (plastic bags are fine)
- Fully charged mobile phone with Avenza Maps App downloaded with Serra Terror course
- Torch plus spare batteries (head torch acceptable)
- Minimum 1 litre water
- High energy snacks (chocolate, dried fruit, nuts, gels etc)
- Whistle (often attached to packs already)
- Space (emergency) blanket
Additional bad weather items:
- Waterproof pants
- Plastic bags for water / creek crossings
- Full fingered gloves
- 2 x torches plus spare batteries (head torch acceptable)
- Map of the Serra Terror route, as supplied at Friday night briefing
- Course notes as supplied at Friday night briefing
- Basic first aid kit per team including: triangular bandage, bandaids / blister wraps, 10cm elastic bandage for sprains (cotton crepe bandages are NOT acceptable)
- Minimum 1 x portable mini power bank per team
- PLB tracking device (ST to supply)
- Any personal medication, Epipen, Ventolin etc.
Tips for a more enjoyable Serra Terror:
- Hiking shoes or supportive trainers. If you are buying new shoes, make sure they are well broken in. We recommend you bring a backup pair for wet weather. These can either be carried or left with the support crew at checkpoints. Smooth-soled sneakers are not appropriate due to the rugged terrain.
- Comfortable hiking gear, such as short or loose wool or synthetic pants, sports leggings or skins. A t-shirt or tank top and a warm jumper of wool or polyester fleece. Cotton is not suitable as it has minimal insulation when wet and retains water. Keep in mind that scrub can snag and tear clothing, and bare legs are not appropriate in this terrain.
- Extra pairs of thick socks (changing socks regularly will help prevent blisters. Treat hotspots on your feet as soon as they arise, before blisters form).
- Re wet weather gear – a knee length waterproof jacket is ideal (spray jackets and quilted parkas are not waterproof and increase the likelihood of hypothermia).
- Wet wipes.
- Only carry what is necessary, and mandatory – leave heavy items with your Support Crew.
Updated: 21 April 2023