Helderberg Mountain Challenge Your Gear Guide.

The third race in the prestigious Bos Sport Mountain Challenge Series, Amplified by Jaybird is around the corner. It’s time to unpack your gear, double check the compulsory kit lists and make a few critical decisions. What to pack, what to chuck, and what to prioritise.

Here is the gear overview, and it applies to all the MCS races.

PERSONAL TRAIL GEAR MATRIX
C = Compulsory
H = Highly recommended
O = Optional

Time Penalty:
1 = DISQUALIFICATION
2 = 30 minutes
3 - 15 minutes 

38km JMC
24km HMC
55km MMC
35km MMC
24.5km MMC Lite

24km JMC Lite
15km HMC Lite
 

11km JMC Run
11km HMC Run

Backpack or similar mountain running gear carrier

C (2)

C (2)

O

Waterproof jacket with hood

C (1)

C (1)

O

Long sleeve wind breaker shell

C (2)

C (2)

O

Micro fleece long sleeve

C (1)

H

O

Buff or similar

C (3)

C (3)

O

Beanie/fleece hat or band

C (2)

H

O

Emergency/Space Blanket

C (2)

C (2)

O

Whistle

C (3)

C (3)

O

Mobile phone, charged and with the emergency number 

C (1)

C (1)

C (1)

Race nutrition

C (3)

H

O

Water + minimum

C (2)  1.5 litre

C (2) 1 litre

O  500ml

Basic first aid & personal medication

C (2)

C (2)

H

Collapsable Eco-Cups*

C

C

O

Trail running shoes

H

H

O

Chemical hand warmers

H

O

O

Dry bags/zip locks

H

H

 

 

The list seems long and complicated, but if you’ve been building up your gear stash over time, you probably have most of the above, or can borrow until you’ve got it all covered. Our Trail Store will be operational at the event for any last minute items but we highly recommend that you come well prepared.

 

 

Let’s unpack some of the rationale behind the above list.

Taking both a quality waterproof jacket and a windbreaker may seem excessive. 90% of the time a windbreaker is sufficient. The waterproof is in your pack to save your life, or potentially the life of a fellow participant. The weather changes with limited warning at the top of a mountain, and a whipping of icy rain will make a mockery of the windproof that you might have been wearing quite comfortably until then. Best to remove the windproof, and replace it with a dry layer and your waterproof layer, quickly. We insist on top quality, genuine waterproof layers. Refer back to this article for more on that.

A microfleece or long sleeve is NOT a long sleeve running top.  Piled microfleece traps air and therefore insulates better. The perfect base layer weapon in preventing hypothermia if or when you slow your pace or are forced to stop due to injury.

A multi-functional headband will assist in everything from keeping the sun off your neck to an emergency arm sling. Never leave home without one! The additional beanie should be locked away in a ziplock and used when temps drop suddenly or when you are forced to slow or stop. We lose a lot of heat via the tops of our heads at a very rapid pace.

The space blanket is a flimsy piece of space-aged foil that could just save your life, or that of a fellow competitor. If your space blanket is older than a couple of kit checks, replace it! They do eventually fall apart at the folds.

Hook a whistle up to your pack as a permanent trail friend. When you are lost in the mist or have fallen off the path out of view this little number will save your life.  Three blasts of three seconds each is the international emergency call. A pea-less whistle is the most reliable option – not the one you got in last year’s Christmas Cracker.

The collapsible cup is an investment in running clean, and you’ll find a million moments where you’re glad you had it on you. We do not have cups at our water stations, so you MUST have your own on you during the event. Reducing the number of single use cups that go to landfill has been a Wildrunner commitment since 2017.

Basic first aid is not just a plaster and a painkiller. Refer to this article for more on what you should have in your Ouch Pouch, and remember that more often than not, you’ll be using your first aid kit to assist someone else.

Bring the lightest of the above, with sufficient food and water, but do not skimp on any of the critical kit. We are strict at registration and you won’t be permitted to race if you do not have it all on you. We are equally strict at the finish line, and we dread having to hand out any time penalties so work with us, our medics and our marshals to ensure that your race experience is as safe as it is epic.

See you in Somerset West!

 

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