Will Thames

swim, bike, run, tech

North Face Mandatory Kit - Part Two

An update on the things that weren’t green last time…

  • 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 scored at the Columbia store with a half-price rainproof soft-shell. In orange.
  • 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 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 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)
  • 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!

In my last post I said I expected I’d need a new backpack - in fact, the recommendations I’ve seen are for a smaller backpack - the Salomon S-LAB 12. So I’ll probably stick to my tried and tested Salomon Revo 20.