Will Thames

swim, bike, run, tech

North Face 50km - Mandatory Kit

Now that I’ve entered the North Face 50km, it’s time to track my mandatory kit. I don’t want to have any expensive surprises (or even any cheap ones that I realise too late)

  • 1 x long sleeve thermal top (polypropylene, wool or similar). Cotton, coolmax, lycra and any compression garment will not be sufficient even if the compression garment is called a “thermal compression garment”. You may still use compression garments however they do not replace this mandatory item.
  • 1 x waterproof and breathable jacket with fully taped waterproof seams and hood (plastic rain poncho, wind jacket, water resistant jacket etc. not acceptable) - I probably need a lighter and more compressible coat than my ski jacket or Rohan coat
  • 1 x beanie, balaclava or buff
  • 1 x High Visibility Safety Vest that complies with Australian Standard AS/NZS 4602:1999 –D/N Class for day and night time wear. It must be made of a combination of retroreflective and fluorescent materials. This is not a running vest but a workwear vest. It can be purchased at hardware stores or workwear stores for about $20. Your vest must have AS/NZS 4602:1999 or AS/NZS 4602:2010 as well as Class “D/N” on the tag. This must be worn on road sections at night. The vest must be clearly visible from both the front and the back, even when wearing your backpack so you must have an oversized vest that covers your whole torso AND your backpack.
  • 1 x headlamp (test your headlamp on bush tracks at night prior to the event to make sure it provides enough light to both see the track and the course markings)..
  • 1 x mobile phone (Telstra Next G is strongly recommended as coverage on the course is far better than any other network) - I have a phone, but not Telstra. But I can get a SIM for $30, or it might be worth getting a cheapy PAYG phone rather than risk my smartphone.
  • 1 x compass for navigation in the very unlikely event that you get lost. While we recommend a good quality compass such as the Silva Field 7, you can bring any small compass as long as the magnetic needle will settle quickly and will point to magnetic North. A waterproof watch compass is allowed as long as you can calibrate it and use it correctly. An iPhone compass is not acceptable as it is not waterproof and the batteries may be needed for making emergency calls.
  • 1 x whistle
  • 1 x emergency space blanket, light bivvy sack or equivalent
  • 1 x compression bandage minimum dimensions 7.5cm wide x 2.3m long unstretched. If in doubt the wrapping should list ‘heavy weight cotton crepe bandage’ or ‘heavy cotton elastic bandage’ (this item is used for the treatment of sprains or snake bite). - need to check the contents of my first aid kit
  • 1 x lightweight Dry Sack to keep your compulsory clothing dry (plastic bags or zip lock bags are fine but Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil dry sack is recommended)
  • Capacity to carry 2 litres of water (water bladder or water bottles) 1.5l
  • 2 x bars / food portions - need to decide what to take here!
  • 1 x Ziploc bag for your personal rubbish
  • 1 x waterproof map case or any other way to keep your maps protected such as map contact - I should have one somewhere!
  • 1 x set of maps and course descriptions (provided by organisers in your race pack). You will need to protect these from getting wet (using item above)
  • 1 x A5 Participant Emergency Instructions card on waterproof paper (provided by organisers in your race pack)
  • 1 x race number with timing chip to be worn on your front and visible at all times (provided by organisers in your race pack). A recommended method of securing your race number is to use an elastic waist strap like a triathlon band which allows you to easily have your number visible over the top of your outermost item of clothing. You will need to provide your own elastic waist strap if you choose to do this.

I’m going to likely need a new backpack to put it all in too - can’t see that all fitting in my current Salomon bag!