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Information for hikers

The climb for hikers from Sault will start on Thirsday 30th August.

Preparation

Till 6 may

Always start the walks slowly as a warming-up

For the beginners:
Walk 1 to 1,5 hours two times a week
Walk once a week for approximately 2 hours

For 6 weeks, starting at 6th May

  • once a week, a longer and slower walking pace, minimum of 2,5 hour
  • once a week, a slower walking pace of 45 minutes to an hour
  • once a week, walking with an average pace, approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes

For 5 weeks, starting at 17th June

  • once a week, a longer and slower walking pace, minimum of 2,5 hour
  • once a week, a slower walking pace, for one hour till one hour and 15 minutes
  • once a week, walking with an average pace for 45 minutes to an hour
  • once a two week, interval training (with changing speed), approximately for one hour

For 3 weeks, starting at Saturday 24th July

  • once a week, a longer and slower walking pace, minimum 2,5 hours
  • once a week, training at a slower pace for one hour till one hour and 15 minutes
  • once a two week, training with interval speed (changing speed), 45 minutes till one hour

Last two weeks till 31st august

  • train 50 percent of the exercises of your toughest training week
  • Till Thursday 30th august: only one walk for approximately 1,5 hours

Hiking tips

  • listen to your body
  • Don’t take risks if you haven’t been active for awhile
  • hiking clothes: we recommend you wear various layers, so you can put on/take off clothes if need be
  • walk on well worn-in shoes
  • Keep in mind that there could be a huge temperature difference between the feet and the top of the Mont Ventoux
  • Healthy food is definitely recommended (fruit, vegetables and carbohydrates)
  • Drink enough. If you get thirsty, you’re too late. Drink regularly
  • Bring anti-insect repellent and sun lotion with you
  • Bring a cap and sunglasses with you
  • Walk during the climb at the right side of the road. Because of the people descending at the other side of the road
  • Eat and drink what you are used to. If you use energy drinks or food that you are not used to, you might feel ill