At this point, you will need to supply your own food. We will need to pack for 4.5 days of food and potentially water depending on the availability closer to the date. There is possibly some space to include spare clothing – pending confirmation on tub size.
Alice Wanderer will drop off three tubs for our food drops. There will be 3 official campsites (including 1 Private campsite) where we will access our food drops at – Standley, Ellery Creek and Ormiston. Standley and Ormiston have kiosks with limited food stock, so you will be able to treat yourself there. It is still recommended for everyone to carry 4.5 days of food between drop sites, as it will be dependent on our arrival time to these sites whether those kiosks will be open.
Once we have completed the End to End trail, Alice Wanderer transport will pick us up and our food tubs on the way back to Alice Springs.
[Please refer to Paid Campsites for more information on kiosks]
We will be hiking in warm weather even for winter, and as such you will need to bring about 3-4 litres of water with you. I recommend investing in hydrolytes in either tablet or powder form (such as Sistema) and collapsible water bottles to lighten your pack weight!
At each section there will be either a water tank or reticulated bore water for you to refill your water. The quality of these waters is no guaranteed and it is highly recommended using some sort of filtering/purification method to avoid ingesting water containments.
Hiking distance will be between 10 to 18km per day, with roughly 500m of ascent and descent included.
It is highly recommended that you bring new hiking shoes/trail runners for this trail as you will shred them!
Hiking Level: Moderate to Challenging
Pack weight: Aim to be 18kg or less with consumables.
We will be camping at each section; tent areas are first in best dressed. You will need tents with standalone tent poles. It is recommended to have a mixture of wide tent stakes for sand and wire stakes to tie around rocks.
There are four three-side shelters provided for overnight camping, most camp sites will only provide tent space. [reviewing the locations]
In some areas Dingos have become a problem so store all food securely each night. To prevent any theft, footwear should be store inside tent or laces tied to a secure point.
Consider hanging your food bag in a tree to avoid animals getting them from inside your tent or ground camp area.