Don't be fooled HIGHLANDER is no walk in the park

Temperatures from 8°C to 25°C

To fully enjoy HIGHLANDER, we strongly advise you to prepare physically beforehand. We recommend you backpack around 200 km during the months leading to the event. During your physical preparations, don't forget to test the gear also.

The influence of the warm and humid air masses from the Adriatic Sea, which collide with the continental currents from the east, is felt on Jablanica. Maybe that is why, no matter how clear the sky is in this part of Macedonia, clouds are constantly forming over the highest area of ​​the mountain. A changing climate awaits us, so be prepared for all seasons.

Temperatures from 8°C to 25°C

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Backpack checklist

BACKPACK

The easier, the better! The backpack you will be carrying will likely be heavy. Practice with 5-7 kg and increase gradually to 15-17 kg.

Make sure that your hiking shoes are comfortable for long distance walking, before the event.

Learn about ultra-lightweight packing and hiking. Only the necessary things should be packed in your backpack. Choose natural materials as much as possible.

A fully packed backpack, excluding food and water, should not weigh over 17 kg.

< 17 kg

The lighter, the better!

HIGHLANDER backpack

IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW WHEN ON THE MOUNTAIN

Weather

Expect fickle and changeable weather.

Jablanica morning temperatures in August go as low as 8°C and daytime as high as 25°C or more. Showers, fog patches, strong winds, and long periods of sunshine are only a few weather conditions to expect. Prepare for all-weather as well as you can.

Bring both dry weather and rain clothing, including a cap or hat, gloves, cold-weather long-sleeve t-shirt (preferably wool), hiking trousers as well as rain trousers and a rain jacket.

Food

For reheating food, you will need LPG or alcohol/gasoline.

Navigation

To find your way around, you must know how to read maps (which will be provided by the Organizer) and use a compass.

Safety

For your safety, all participants must bring a first aid kit.

Littering

We believe our participants love and cherish nature and all its beauty. We know you wouldn’t litter, so please bring a waste bag for your litter.

Littering on and around trails, checkpoints, and mountain lodges are forbidden. Litterers will be disqualified and banned from applying to any future HIGHLANDER events.

Dogs

Dogs are welcome but must stay on the leash at all times. Dogs are allowed onboard transportation buses.

PACKING LIST FOR HIGHLANDER MACEDONIA

Items marked with (MI) are MANDATORY ITEMS!

BACKPACK
  • backpack (45-50L)
  • backpack liner/cover
  • dry bags (2-5L)
  • ziplock bags
  • trash bag (provided by organizer) (MI)
FOOD & DRINKS
  • camping meals divided by days (provided by organizer)
  • snacks
  • hydration bladder / water bottles (volume 4L) (MI)
  • electrolyte tablets and energy gels
COOKING
  • backpacking stove and canister (MI)
  • cookware & cutlery (MI)
  • matches or lighter
  • biodegradable hand sanitizer or soap
SLEEP SYSTEM
  • tent (MI)
  • sleeping bag (MI)
  • sleeping pad (MI)
  • pillow (recommended-Inflatable or compactable)
CLOTHES
  • warm clothes layer (MI)
  • bandana / hat
  • gloves
  • quick-drying base layer shirt
  • long-sleeve shirt
  • fleece or jumper for cold nights
  • waterproof rain jacket or poncho
NAVIGATION
  • map and trail instructions (provided by the organizer)
  • map cover (provided by the organizer)
  • compass (MI) - (organizer will provide recorded digital trail/GPS file)
  • GPS device or navigation app
LIGHT
  • head torch / flashlight (MI)
  • extra batteries
  • tent light
HYGIENE & PROTECTION
  • toothbrush & biodegradable toothpaste
  • toilet paper - biodegradable
  • small soap - biodegradable if available
  • light towel
  • lip balm
  • insect repellent
  • sunscreen
  • sunglasses
  • first aid kit (MI)
  • survival blanket (MI)
PERSONAL ITEMS & GEAR
  • watch (optional)
  • trekking poles
  • pen and paper
  • phone/camera
  • national ID card of passport
  • money/cash for emergency
  • a copy of itinerary left with family or friends

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Backpack checklist
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