Will Thames

swim, bike, run, tech

North Face Kit List

Mandatory kit

  • 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. Need to check it covers my backpack - it is on the large side but might need a larger one.
  • 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).
  • 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!

Other useful stuff

  • Freezer packs to keep water bladder cooler
  • Blister plasters
  • Spare socks