COMPULSORY GEAR FOR ALL TREKKERS:
We try to keep the compulsory gear to a minimum but for safety the following items are essential and spot checks will be made at the start and along the track.
- high visibility vest to be worn on roads and at night. Vests are a requirement of Council and can be bought cheaply from dollar shops and hardware stores. For 50km trekkers – your high vis vest must have reflective strips.
- water container to hold at least 2 litres of water – can be hydration bladders, bottles, whatever is most comfortable for you
- personal first aid kit (see separate checklist below for what to include)
- waterproof jacket with hood
- mobile phone (charged) in waterproof holder or cling film (at least one team member must have a Telstra phone)
- emergency space blanket (at least one per team)
- for 50km trekkers – head light (for night walking). Spare batteries strongly recommended.
If very severe weather is forecast, we will email you in the preceding week with additional compulsory gear.
Here are some general checklists for the gear and supplies we recommend you have for the event. The list isn’t exhaustive – there may be other things you find work well for you that you want to include. However, make sure you try during training everything you plan on having for the event.
If you are doing the 15km or 30km treks, you won’t need any of the night gear, but you should still be well prepared for any type of weather and carry plenty of drinks and snacks with you as well as first aid kits and mobile phones.
Gear to carry with you:
- light-weight daypack
- trekking poles
- spare shoelaces
- whistle (for safety – wear it around your neck)
- sun-block, sun hat, sun glasses
- wet weather & cold weather gear
- high energy snacks to provide you with enough energy to make it between checkpoints
Gear to leave with your Support Crew:
- change of shoes or boots
- change of clothes for night walking (warmer clothes as it will get cold)
- spare clothes and shoes to change into after the event
- elecrolyte powder or drinks
- food and snacks
- additional first aid items
- blankets to keep you warm while you‘re at checkpoints, especially at night
- your own mug for hot drinks
Clothing to wear, carry or have at checkpoints:
What you actually choose to wear or carry will depend on the weather on the day, but do be aware that weather in the mountains can change rapidly. Note: Avoid cotton clothing as far as possible as it is particularly dangerous in wet weather.
- wicking t-shirt or long-sleeved shirt
- shorts or trousers
- good quality, comfortable wicking socks (consider double-socking to reduce the risk of blisters)
- good quality, sturdy hiking boots or shoes that are very well broken-in
- warm jacket or fleece
- thermal top and pants (necessary at night)
- beanie and gloves (it can get cold in the Mountains in September, especially at night)
- rain pants
Personal first aid kit
Every member of the team should carry their own personal first aid kit. Here are some items you might want to include:
- band aids
- blister blocks or blister kit
- headache tablets or pain killers (use only as recommended by the manufacturer)
- anti-inflammatories (use only as recommended by the manufacturer)
- antiseptic swabs or cream
- 1 crepe bandage
- 1 triangular bandage
- cream to relieve chafing
Drinks, food and snacks
- electrolyte drinks – your body loses electrolytes when you sweat. Consider using an electrolyte drink in your hydration bladder or water bottles. Leave spare electrolyte drinks or powder with your support crew. DO NOT DRINK from creeks or water holes – they are polluted.
- snacks – carry snacks in your daypack so you have enough energy to get you to the next checkpoint. Good choices include muesli or breakfast cereal bars, sports “energy” bars, dried fruit and nuts, salty snacks and energy gels.
- food – leave your more substantial food or meals with your support crew. These could include sandwiches, soups and rolls, warm meals like pasta. Remember, don’t try anything new during the event or food you haven’t previously trialled during training