Gear


Gear Tips


1. Weather

Prepare for all weather and the varying terrain. The weather can change dramatically during the course of the event — from cold to hot, wet to dry, etc.


2. Test Everything

Plan and test what you’ll wear and carry during training. Don’t try something new at the event!


3. Travel Light

Leave heavy and spare gear (and food) with your support crew.


4. Night Light

Although we don’t expect anyone to be on the trail after dark we recommend that you carry a head torch in case you misjudge your timing and arrive late. The railway tunnel just before the finish is a special element of the event but is also very dark and a torch will be needed if you travel through it.  A head torch will keep your hands free for balance. Don’t compromise on the power of the light – a wide, strong beam will help you stay emotionally and mentally strong.


5. Clothing

Be prepared for your clothing to get wet from either sweat or rain. Choose lightweight, breathable gear that dries quickly, and carry extra clothing with you or your support crew for when you need a change.


6. Cycle Equipment Testing

If you’re not comfortable on your bike, you won’t ride far. Use your training rides, not events, to test saddles, shoes, pedals, aerobars, and such, plus variations on their position. What seems comfortable for short distances will not necessarily be so after 30 or 40 kilometres.


7. Running and Walking Footwear

Wear a good pair of hiking shoes, boots or trail running shoes. Make sure they’re well broken-in before the event by wearing them on practice walks. Don’t wear new shoes for the event!
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8. Socks

Just as important as your shoes! They must fit your feet and then fit perfectly inside your shoes. Don’t get them a size too big or too thick for your shoes. The sock should have an articulated y-heel design, arch and ankle elastic to ensure it doesn’t slip down, cushioning underfoot, a flat toe seam and fabric that keeps moisture away from your skin. Good-quality running socks should have all of these features.


9. Daypack

Keep it small, light and comfortable. Remember that you only have to carry enough gear, food and water to get you from one checkpoint to the next. That’s why you have a support crew!


9. Walking Poles

At least one set per team of walkers is advisable. You never know when a weary or injured team member will need the support that these poles provide.


10. Mandatory Gear

First aid kit. Make sure you have all required supplies in your kit as specified in the event rules (also listed below).


 

Checklists

Below are a set of checklists to help you determine what to wear and carry with you during the event. But remember that every walker is different — it’s strongly recommended that you find what works for you during training.


What to Wear

 

If it’s Hot:

  • Quick-dry shorts, shirt and underwear to move moisture away from your skin
  • Tights/leggings or compression garments in short or ¾ length to reduce muscle fatigue and chafing
  • Breathable, comfortable, moisture-wicking socks
  • Thin liner socks to go under the thicker sock to help prevent blisters (optional)
  • Hat or cap
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  • Sunglasses
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  • Trail-running shoes or lightweight boots

 

If it’s Cold:

  • Quick-dry long pants, shirt and underwear
  • Tights/leggings or compression garments in ¾ or full length
  • Thermal top and pants
  • Lightweight wind-proof and/or insulated jacket
  • Thin (liner) gloves
  • Beanie

 

If it’s Wet:

  • Waterproof rain jacket with hood
  • Waterproof over-pants
  • Waterproof shoes or lightweight boots

 

What to Carry with You

  • Mobile phones – At least 2 per team, ideally on different networks, as per the event rules.
  • 15-25 litre daypack
  • Water containers totalling 2-3 litre capacity. A two or three litre water bladder with drinking tube is recommended as it allows for more frequent and hands-free drinking
  • Walking poles; either one or a pair. One pole for more balance or a pair for more body drive and reduced leg fatigue
  • Anti-chafing lotion. Healed Skin Protect, Body Glide or similar is recommended
  • Personal identification and some money for emergencies and purchasing food along the trail
  • Event Map Book and protective pouch
  • Dry (waterproof) bag or plastic bags to keep clothes dry and/or to stash wet gear
  • Snacks (salty and sweet) and energy food
  • Head torch with ample light and good battery life

 

What to Carry Amongst the Team

  • Mobile phones. Three per team, ideally on different networks, as per event rules
  • Spare torch batteries (and bulb if required) — at least 1 set per battery type
  • Small walker’s repair kit (spare shoelaces, safety pins, string)
  • First aid kit containing (as a minimum):
    • compression bandage
    • triangular bandage
    • strapping tape
    • sterile dressings
    • antiseptic wipes
    • selected blister treatments

Additional first aid supplies must be kept with your support crew. Prescription medication and painkillers are your team’s responsibility.


 

What Your Support Crew Should Carry for You

  • Spare clothing, including:
    • socks
    • shoes, in case a team member’s main pair causes blisters or gets damaged or wet
    • cold or wet weather gear
    • extra technical clothing
  • Very warm jacket
  • Extra first aid gear
  • Spare torch, batteries and bulb; spare batteries and bulbs for walkers’ torches
  • Small walker’s repair kit (spare shoelaces, safety pins, string)
  • Team food supplies:
    • Gas stove for heating food and drinks – please follow checkpoint guidelines as to where stoves can and cannot be used
    • Crockery, cutlery and cups (bring your own reusable cup to the food and beverage tent to collect hot tea and coffee or some cup-of-soup, as we will not be supplying cups at checkpoints with support crew access. Maybe your support crew can have a hot drink ready in a thermos mug for you when you arrive at the checkpoint)
    • Hot food (carbohydrate-rich)
    • Snacks (sweet, salty, filling)
    • Fruit (bananas and oranges provide excellent energy)
    • Water and electrolyte sport drinks
    • Thermos for hot drinks – hot water available at the checkpoints
  • Mobile phones
  • Spare towels
  • Spare eyeglasses/contact lenses
  • Camera and spare batteries
  • Something comfy for the walkers to rest on – picnic chairs, picnic rugs, inflatable mats or waterproof travel rugs and blankets
  • Rubbish bags (please take your rubbish and recycling home with you and dispose of it in the appropriate recycling/waste bin, or use the bins we have provided in the food and beverage tent at each checkpoint)

 

What Your Support Crew Should Carry for Themselves

  • Warm clothes
  • Hat and sunglasses
  • Food and drinks
  • Support Crew Information and Map Book