While the border is just an imaginary line, the hike across the border can be arduous and extreme. Many more people perish after they cross the border, mainly due to exhilaration and too much premature celebration. For the average trans-border crosser, many exploratory treks are needed prior to the final approach in order to acclimatize the body to the rugged border environment. By allowing the body to slowly adapt through periodization, food will digest better, sleep will be more sound, and tired bodies will be able to regenerate with new cell growth and fresh oxygen.
Because of the danger element, the serious clandestine border crosser will be properly equipped for the final push. Ice axe, crampons, and several bottled oxygen containers cached along the approach route are recommended. It is customary to unfurl a flag at the actual border, and oftentimes joints are fired up.