QUESTIONS GENERAL

01

What do I receive when I complete HIGHLANDER?

If you complete any distance of HIGHLANDER successfully, you will receive a unique experience to remember every time you look up in the sky, lifetime friends, a hard-earned HIGHLANDER Title, Pin, Patch, and Certificate depending on the format you’ve registered for.

02

What is the cutoff time?

This is a backpacking adventure, not a race. All formats' finish closes on May 19, 2024.

03

Will HIGHLANDER take place in the event of bad/inclement weather?

Yes.

REGISTRATIONS - CHECK-IN - START

01

How do I register?

To register for the event, click on the REGISTER NOW button and complete the registration forms.

Payments are made online only using a debit or credit card. 

Capacity is limited, make sure you don't miss your slot and register now for the Adventure of a Lifetime!

Check the prices and what they include here.

02

How can I register as a Team?

You can register as a team using Team registration 3+1:

  • 3+1 means that the team of 4 is registered - 3 registrations are purchased and 1 is complimentary.
  • Choose a member of your team that will make the purchase of the whole group. Congratulations, you are now a Team Captain. During the purchase, you are asked to name the team and make a password.
  • You share the name and the password with the other 3 people in your team, that register as Team Members.
  • Team Members register with a price of €0 but need Team's name and password in order to register.
  • The maximum in 3+1 is 4 people. There can be less, but not more. In case of fewer people, the group is not entitled to the price deduction.

03

Transfer/Withdrawal/ Deferral process:

Please find all relevant information here.

04

Can someone else register for me?

No, all participants must come to the Check-in in person during the Check-in open hours and personally sign the event waiver.

05

Is there a minimum age to participate?

Minors are permitted at the event with a parent/guardian. Please download the document attached below, complete the document with the necessary information and save it as a PDF. Once you complete the registration and the payment for a parent/guardian and a minor, please, contact the organizer at portugal@highlanderadventure.com to send the PDF file and get further instructions.

Consents for Minors to participate:

06

I have not received the confirmation e-mail – where can I find it?

The confirmation email is automatically sent after submitting the payment. Check your inbox and spam folders, and if confirmation is not found, please contact portugal@highlanderadventure.com

07

How do I change my personal details (address, e-mail…)?

If this is your first time registering for an event on the Active.com platform, you will create an Active profile. Here you will have access to all registered events, and you can edit some of your personal details.

  • Log in to https://myevents.active.com
  • Scroll through the list of registered events 
  • Choose “Edit Registration Information” 
  • Make changes to custom questions etc.   
  • Save changes

If you need to change other information (such as an email address), please contact portugal@highlanderadventure.com

08

What is the check-in procedure?

All participants must register in person at the event before the start to collect the Participant’s Kit and food. We do not send out the Participant’s Kit by mail. You will also receive an email with Registration Check-in information one week before the event. 

09

Will you be providing transportation to the Check-in and/or Start?

More information coming soon.

10

I will be staying in Portugal after the event. Will HIGHLANDER provide transportation to my next destination after the event?

No.

WHAT TO BRING

01

What food is provided?

It depends on you and your body. For each participant, the Organizer will provide camping food, distributed at checkpoints. There is a specific field in the registration form that includes diet preferences. A vegan option will be available at all checkpoints. Gluten-free options, however, will not be available.

We all have unique eating habits and feel full at different rates so if you think you need additional food / have a special diet please bring it with you.

If you are participating with your dog please bear in mind dog food is not provided.

02

Can I bring my dog?

More information coming soon.

03

Can I bring my drone?

We are aware some of you might want to capture your Adventure of a Lifetime by using a drone, however, we have to point out that drones are, unfortunately, not allowed.

04

What type of clothing should I pack?

Weather and climate in the Serra da Estrela varies across seasons, with warm, dry summers and long, snowy winters. HIGHLANDER Serra da Estrela will take place in Spring, where temperatures oscillate between 5°C and 15°C throughout the day and rainfall is expected.

To be safe, we recommend you prepare for all types of weather as well as you can.

THE ROUTE

01

I have never hiked, but I feel physically ready. Can I register?

Of course! HIGHLANDER is not for professional hikers and mountaineers only. It welcomes nature lovers hungry for activity and adventure. HIGHLANDER is very safe but some hiking experiences are required. We suggest starting a training plan in the months before the event.

02

How can I best prepare for HIGHLANDER Serra da Estrela?

All participants should be physically prepared to tackle the route smoothly. We recommend 100-200 kms of light backpacking in the months before HIGHLANDER to prepare for the trail. Above all, you must be able to carry a heavy backpack (practice with 5-7 kgs and increase gradually to 15-17 kgs). Make sure you can walk comfortably in your backpacking shoes and break them in prior to the event.

Find more information on how to get ready here.

03

Is there cellular service on the course?

There is spotty coverage for most of the course.

04

How difficult is it to stay on the trail?

Most hiking trails in the area are marked very well. 

It is important to adhere to markers and official hiking trails. Mountain huts are 20-25 km apart as well as CHECKPOINTS with trained staff. 

Always keep a map in hand and follow the signposts to stay on course and arrive safely at your destination.

The organizer will provide a GPS file of the route.

05

Do I have to stop at each checkpoint?

You have to collect all checkpoint stamps. Checkpoints are open at specific times. Staff will stamp your HIGHLANDER ID. During the checkpoints’ working hours, our staff will help you obtain your HIGHLANDER checkpoint stamp, water, and food. Please know that if you don’t manage to get the checkpoint stamp, you are disqualified and are not entitled to the HIGHLANDER Title, Pin, Patch, or Certificate. Checkpoint stamp collection is the sole responsibility of the participant.

06

Do I have to set up my tent close to checkpoints?

Bivouacking is allowed only inside the designated bivouacking campgrounds.

07

Will you be designating sleeping areas?

Designated bivouacking sites are on the Checkpoints for each HIGHLANDER format or in close vicinity, and you are required to camp on these sites.

08

Can I sleep in mountain lodges or huts?

No. Sleeping is only permitted in tents and in sleeping bags which are mandatory HIGHLANDER gear for all participants. Mountain lodges and huts have limited space and could not accommodate all HIGHLANDER participants. Sleeping in a tent is a special experience and one of the best parts of a true backpacking adventure.

09

Are hiking poles a good idea?

A great idea!

10

What if I have gear trouble?

Checkpoint staff is trained for such cases. Feel free to consult them with any gear malfunction or similar issues.

11

Can I share my gear with other participants?

Yes. Participants sharing equipment must inform the organizing staff at the Check-in. Gear that can be shared includes the required tents, iso butane/alcohol stoves, compasses, and first aid kits. Participants sharing the required gear must cross the finish line within a time difference of no more than 30 minutes from the first to the last group member.

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