The Minimum Gear

Minimum gear requirements are:

  • small day backpack.
  • rain jacket – it can be just a ‘shell’ but it must be seam-seeled waterproof.
  • merino or thermal long sleeve top
  • extra fleece/mid wieght wool top.
  • long thermal tights or trousers (compression leggings are not acceptable – unless they are the fancy new Skins Thermal compression tights – Polly prop or merino are the norm)
  • warm beanie or Thir Band! (Multifunctional headware)
  • polyprop / thermal/ warm gloves
  • survival blanket
  • own snacks, gels, energy bars etc
  • water bottles/bladders – enough to carry 2 liters of water at all times
  • headlight for night-time with back up battery’s.
  • reflector stripes or vest or back flashing light for night-time runnin

The above items must be in your pack or on your person AT ALL TIMES.

  • cell phone (recommended but optional)
  • gaiters (optional but recommended)
  • gps/compass (optional)


Drop bag for ‘TW’ – TW is the central check point near the top of the mountain that you pass by several times on various crossings of the high mountain routes.

We transport your extra drop bag to this check point for you so fill it up with lots of heavy stuff – e.g.

  • Extra batteries for your headlamp
  • Heavier/warmer water proof jacket
  • Heavier/warmer water proof mitts (significantly warmer than gloves)
  • Water proof over-trousers
  • Extra set of thermals
  • Extra fleece/merino top.
  • Balaclava
  • Extra, specific food/electrolytes

(There will be soup and electrolytes freely available at TW also).


7 thoughts on “The Minimum Gear

  1. Would a good quality ski jacket do for the extra warm waterproof jacket and medium weight layer is that more than icebreaker 150 – I have two 150s and 1 of the 250 plus a 150 short sleeve and singlet plus a woollen jumper?

  2. Sorry Neal – thought I replied to this a while back… as far as I know for a jacket to be properly water proof it has to be seam-sealed. If you have something differnt please flick me a link to it so i can view the manufacturers specifications… and I’ll consider it. Don’t worry, we wont stop you from starting… we’ll just send you into town to buy a decent one. Ask anyone who’s competed in the first 2 years – it is absolutely essential to have the right gear.

  3. The first requirement is a “seam-sealed” jacket. Since more jackets are now water-proof, but not necessarily seam-sealed, would that still be acceptable with out the obvious strips on the seams? I would be quite disappointed to come from North America for this race just to be disqualified over something like this. Only one part of the race, but…

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