This is the first post in a series about my equipment and the considerations. Let's start with one of the key articles, the shoes. The advice that I received unanimously in sports and outdoor shops: "Wear some trekking boots to protect your ankles from twisting". "Get Goretex boots to stay dry when it rains." And that's what I did, - at first. After some extensive hikes with my La Sportive boots I realized that (especially after a few hours in the sun) the internal humidity would be too high to keep my feet dry and resistive to blisters.
So far my preparation has happened on a rather opportunistic base (lunch breaks, weekends). I'll be ramping up in 2012, starting with two intense training weeks in January, mostly round Cape Town. What I did so far in a nutshell: