Preliminary Gear List (updated 6/12/18)
Mandatory race gear to be carried with all individuals at ALL times:
- race passport (one per team, provided)
- race maps (one set per team, provided)
- UTM gridreader, 1:24,000 (10hr only), and knowledge of how to plot points on a map using UTM coordinates. Click here for a how-to video.
- Writing Utensil
- Waterproof jacket
- Headlamp with fresh batteries (Mandatory for 24-hr, optional for 10hr)
- Water carrying capacity of at least 64oz
- extra long sleeve base layer
- full finger gloves (bike gloves okay, recommended but not mandatory for 10hr)
- warm hat or buff
- whistle (attached and within reach at all times)
- space blanket
- compass (at least one per team)
- Bear Spray and knowledge of its use (at least one per team, easily accessible–NOT buried deep in your backpack!!) Check out this video for how to be safe in bear country, and this one about using bear spray. Although encounters are unlikely, there are black and grizzly bears in the area you will be traveling.
- first aid kit (one per team). Recommended: Adventure Medical Kit Ultralight .7, or build your own based on its contents
- cell phone with fully charged battery (one per team). For use as a camera or in case of emergency only. Using your cell phone for navigation is cheating and will get you disqualified.
- water purification, drops or filter, one per team (Mandatory for 24-hr, recommended for 10hr)
- way to keep maps dry (one per team) **Maps will not be waterproof
Gear for ropes challenge (for both 10hr and 24hr races):
Two racers on each team must have:
- Climbing Harness
- ATC Belay device
- 1 locking carabiners
- Full-finger gloves (bike gloves okay)
- Helmet (bike helmet okay)
Teams are highly encouraged but not required to complete the ropes challenge. Teams not completing the challenge will not receive credit for that checkpoint. Make sure to check out the race details page for more info. The ropes challenge is not difficult and we highly recommend that you take part! There will be trained volunteers on-site to make sure everything is safe. For those of you wanting some belaying practice, we will have a practice station set up at pre-race check-in so be sure to bring your harness and gear with you.
- way to keep gear dry in case it rains
- Bug Repellent
- Extra pair of socks (24hr)
- Extra can of bear spray (24hr). We have a limited number of bear sprays to lend out – email us to reserve one.
- altimeter and knowledge of its use (Please note that GPS devices are not allowed to track altitude or distance, even if the GPS is turned off. Bike odometers are okay as long as they don’t use a satellite signal).
- Long pants for off-trail travel (if you wear shorts, your legs are guaranteed to get scratched!)
- duct tape (you never know what might need fixing!)
- running gaiters
- extra layers depending on weather. Nights and early mornings can still be very cold in June!
- Map board for bike
Mandatory bike gear:
- Mountain Bike
- Bike Helmet
- spare tube
- pump or CO2 canisters (at least one per team)
- tool kit (one per team)
- 24-hr: Quality lighting system for night riding (handlebar light and headlamp…the brighter the better).
- 24-hr: Rear red blinky light
Mandatory 24-hr gear for paddling section:
- Packraft, one seat per person. Be prepared to carry all your paddling gear throughout sections of the race and bring a pack that will fit everything including your boat. Important rental information: Backcountry Packrafts, one of our great sponsors, is offering a discounted rate on quality Alpacka packrafts for race weekend. *You must reserve your raft by May 1st in order to get the discount!* Email Matt at backcountrypackrafts
@gmail.com to reserve your raft. Paddles and PFD’s are available to rent at an additional cost. All rafts and gear will be shipped to us here and Driggs, and we will distribute it all at the pre-race meeting.
- PFD (Type III) with whistle attached.
- Way to keep maps dry (one per team). Waterproof map case recommended.
- Way to keep gear dry and in the boat while paddling (i.e. drybag or at least a trash compactor bag).
- UPDATE: One paddle bag per TEAM (not provided by us) that will fit all of your team paddling gear (except paddles). This includes: PFDs, packrafts, drybags, extra clothing, backpack (if using a secondary pack for carrying packraft), and whatever other paddling gear you need to stay warm/safe. IMPORTANT: NO food or flavored drinks of any kind are allowed in the paddle bag!
- Strap or bungee to keep all team paddles together for transport. A velcro or ski strap works well for this. If your paddles fit into your paddle bags, no need for this.
Additional mandatory 24-hr gear:
- One duffle or bag per person, no larger than 40L. OR, one big duffle per team, not totaling more than 40L per person. Please no bins. You will see this bag at two different transition areas in the course. Food is allowed. You must be able to fit your bike shoes and helmet into this bag. It will become more clear what you might want to pack into this bag once we send out race updates and course info. Here’s an example of a duffle that would work great.