CHANGES HAVE BEEN MADE TO THE 2018 GEAR LIST. THIS EVENT IS VERY STRICT ON MANDATORY GEAR SO PLEASE READ CAREFULLY....

As this event will take you through the wilderness of Victorias Alpine region you will be required to carry, as a minimum, a range of mandatory gear.

We have put together this list based on having average seasonal temperatures so please treat the mandatory gear list as a the minimum you should carry. It will be your responsibility to ensure you are best prepared for the weather conditions. Weather in the Victorian Alps can change quickly so while you may only want to take the lightest mandatory gear it may not be enough should it get cold.

Mandatory kit – an extensive mandatory kit will be conducted at registration prior to competitors leaving the mountain, if you don't have the gear you won't start. If you leave on race day without mandatory gear you will be disqualified from the event. ALL mandatory gear is their for YOUR safety.
 
MANDATORY KIT FOR ALL TEAM RUNNERS HIKERS AND TREKKERS
 
o suitable backpack for carrying items below
o Waterproof and windproof jacket with hood and sealed seams
o Waterproof and windproof pants with sealed seams
o Sleeping bag
o Sleeping mat
o Long sleeved thermal top and long johns (polypropylene, wool or similar).  Cotton, coolmax, lycra and any compression garment will not be acceptable
o Beanie/balaclava
o Windproof gloves
o Map of the trails, preferably 1:50,000 Buller-Howitt Alpine Area Outdoor Recreation Guide trekking map by Spatial Vision. See NAVIGATION PAGE for where / how to buy online.
o Course notes (preferably laminated or in a waterproof map case or zip lock bag)
o Fail Safe Base Plate Compass (Digital or GPS compass is NOT enough)
o Lighter or waterproof matches
o Whistle (pea-less)
o Basic First Aid kit including: emergency space blanket or equivalent; Triangular bandage; personal medicinal requirements; band aids / blister wraps; 10cm elastic bandage for snake bites/sprains. NB: cotton crepe bandages are NOT acceptable.
o Fully charged mobile phone PLUS minimum 1x portable mini power bank (1 phone per solo runner/2 per team or relay team—Telstra provides the only coverage in patches).
o pre-loaded Avenza Maps App on your smartphone PLUS the course map downloaded into App. See INSTRUCTIONS HERE for how to organise. 
o Torch/headlamp PLUS spare batteries. Second back up headlamp preferred.
o Food—for the run and emergency food if lost
o Water carrying capacity —minimum 2-litres. More recommended if forecast is hot.
o Waterproof bag to keep your compulsory clothing dry (plastic bags/zip lock bags or dry sacks are fine)
o Sunscreen (roll on or tube)
 

REMINDER NOTE: As mandatory, you need to carry a mobile phone, with back up charge battery, with the Avenza Maps App loaded PLUS the course map downloaded into App. See INSTRUCTIONS HERE for how to organise.

 NOTE: All teams will be required to supply own tent (two person for both team members), however you will NOT have to carry it. Tents (only) will be transported out to your designated sleepover aid stations. So please be realistic about where you are likely to sleep over. Those who are staying at the first (Lovicks), we will also transport your tent around to Kings for your second night stop. We expect MOST teams will stay over two nights (Friday and Saturday) at Lovicks and Kings Hut. See our guide to expected timings to judge how you think you will fare.
Not mandatory but some stuff we suggest:
o Hiking/Trekking Poles
o Gaiters or Moxy's shin guards

MANDATORY KIT FOR ALL SOLO INVITATIONAL RUNNERS

 
o suitable backpack for carrying items below
o Waterproof and windproof jacket with hood and sealed seams
o Waterproof and windproof pants with sealed seams
o Long sleeved thermal top and long johns (polypropylene, wool or similar).  Cotton, coolmax, lycra and any compression garment will not be acceptable
o Beanie/balaclava
o Windproof gloves
o Map of the trails, preferably 1:50,000 Buller-Howitt Alpine Area Outdoor Recreation Guide trekking map by Spatial Vision. See NAVIGATION PAGE for where / how to buy online.
o Course notes (preferably laminated or in a waterproof map case or zip lock bag)
o Fail Safe Base Plate Compass (Digital or GPS compass is NOT enough)
o Lighter or waterproof matches
o Whistle (pea-less)
o Basic First Aid kit including: emergency space blanket or equivalent; Triangular bandage; personal medicinal requirements; band aids / blister wraps; 10cm elastic bandage for snake bites/sprains. NB: cotton crepe bandages are NOT acceptable.
o Fully charged mobile phone 
o pre-loaded Avenza Maps App on your smartphone PLUS the course map downloaded into App. See INSTRUCTIONS HERE for how to organise. 
o Torch/headlamp PLUS spare batteries. Second back up headlamp preferred.
o Food—for the run and emergency food if lost
o Water carrying capacity —minimum 2-litres. More recommended if forecast is hot.
o Waterproof bag to keep your compulsory clothing dry (plastic bags/zip lock bags or dry sacks are fine)
o Sunscreen (roll on or tube)
Not mandatory but some stuff we suggest:
o Hiking/Trekking Poles
o Gaiters or Moxy's shin guards
SOLO INVITATIONAL RUNNERS will be required to bring the following gear however you will not be required to carry it with you. It will be transported to Kings Hut for emergency use only.
o Sleeping bag
o Sleeping mat

This gear won't be accepted so please don't include this in you mandatory gear

If you bring this equipment, and don't have suitable mandatory gear, you will NOT be permitted to start until you do.

  • Water resistant jackets/over-pants
  • Jacket without a hood
  • “Skins” or equivalent are not acceptable as thermal top/bottom
  • Non elasticised snake bite bandage less than 10 cm

 

Be Aware

There will be mandatory gear check at random checkpoints. If you are not carrying the mandatory gear you will be detained at the checkpoint until you can access the required gear. If you cannot obtain the required gear you will not be allowed to continue and you will be removed from the event. This list of equipment has been put together to protect you and protecting you is something we take very seriously.

When you finish: We strongly recommend that you leave a drop bag at the finish line with a change of warm clothes. Temperature drops quickly on the mountain and one you stop racing you body temperature will drop even quicker.