Mandatory Gear List (V.3 January 2015)

The mandatory equipment is divided into two categories, equipment you and your team must carry at ALL times, and equipment you and your team must carry during a specific DISCIPLINE. It is not a list of what you should take, just the mandatory items that you must take for injury and short term survival purposes. Checks of mandatory equipment will occur during the race and missing equipment may result in penalties or disqualification as per the Race Rules. General Notes:

  • Mandatory Personal Equipment is divided into two categories. Items that MUST be carried by each team member at all times (not passed to team mates to help lighten the load) and personal equipment that may be shared. Despite the rule that states that team mates stick together at all times, teams frequently get separated and the gear you carry at all times will help you survive and be located should you find yourself detached from your team.
  • Mandatory Team Equipment can be shared any way a team likes
  • Do not carry any prohibited items as outlined in the Race Rules
  • Make sure you have all Mandatory Gear before you leave a TA otherwise tough penalties may be applied and you may not be permitted to continue on the course until absent item is located
Mandatory Personal Equipment – on each person at all times
Item Quantity Notes
Headtorch 1 Must be working when checked
Whistle 1 Pea-less so it functions when wet. Easy accessible at all times
Survival Bag 1 Silver foil type. Enclosed bag style only – no foil blankets
Official Race Bib 1 Must be worn at all times as the outermost garment
Waterproof Jacket 1 Should be modern, breathable, technology. Must be seam sealed
Hat 1 Warm, beanie type, not cotton. Polypro, thermal, merino as a minimum
Long Sleeve Top 1 This first layer garment must be of a thermal material e.g. polypro or wool, not cotton. Short sleeve top with full length arm-warmers is acceptable.
Long Pant Bottom 1 This first layer garment must be of a thermal material e.g. polypro or wool, not cotton. Shorts with leg warmers is not acceptable


Mandatory Personal Equipment – may be carried by any team member
Item Quantity Notes
Backpack 1 At least 20 litre capacity
Waterproof Trousers 1 Should be modern, breathable, technology. Must be seam sealed
Warm Top 1 Long sleeve fleece of ‘200’ weight rating or synthetic/down jacket with equivalent fill power or greater
Gloves 1 Long fingered, polypro, thermal, merino as a minimum


Mandatory Team Equipment – carried at all times
Item Quantity Notes
First Aid Kit 1
  • 3x crepe/stretching bandage (min 7.5cm x min 2.3m unstretched)
  • 1x triangular bandage (+ 2 safety pins)
  • 2x sterile dressings (min 10cm x 10cm)
  • 2x roll of strapping tape (each sufficient to strap an ankle, for example)
  • Strong antihistamine tablets (e.g. Phenergan or Polaramine) (taken for allergic reactions)
  • Pain killers (paracetamol, ibuprofen or similar)
Compass 2 Southern Hemisphere variety
Pocket Knife 1 Minimum 2 inch blade, sharp enough to cut rope or webbing in an emergency
Spare Headtorch 1 To serve as back up to 4 personal headtorches
Tent 1 The tent  (carried as an emergency shelter) must be rated at least 3 seasons. Must have a sewn in floor. Waterproof single skin tents acceptable, double skin recommended. Must be sufficient size for all team members to fit in without touching the sides, this will be tested. Must include all poles, pegs and ropes. No bivy bags
Sleeping Bags 4 Must be proper sleeping bags. No bivi bags, blizzard bags, top bags or wraps. Must include synthetic or down insulation and be full body length
Insulation Mat - Minimum combined area of insulation mat/s to be 1.2m2 or greater (eg, two mats 120cm x 50cm would meet the requirement). Thickness no less than 4mm. No bubble wrap or LDPE (foam sheet that wraps electronic equipment)
Route Book, Maps, Control Card - Route Book and map of area you are in must be carried at all times. Control Card/Race Passport information will be released in the pre-event briefing
GPS Tracker and Emergency Beacon 1 Provided by the organisers.  Must be carried as specified by officials at all times
Strobe Light 1 Must be white light, high intensity (e.g. Xenon strobe lamp), 360 degree visibility, waterproof to 10m or greater, visible beyond 1nm (1.9km) and with charged batteries. It can be used in an emergency situation (on both land and sea) to alert others to your location. Headlamps or cycle lamps that flash are not acceptable


Mandatory Personal Equipment – Mountain Biking
Item Quantity Notes
Mountain Bike 1 Mechanically sound
Helmet 1 International Safety Certification
Front Light 1 Must be working when checked. One or two white or amber headlights that can be seen from a distance of 100 metres (one of these headlights may flash).  Helmet mounted lights acceptable
Back Light 1 Must be working when checked. A red rear-facing light that can be seen from a distance of 100 metres (this may be steady or flashing). Bike mounted, not on backpack
Reflector 1 You must have a rear reflector (or reflective tape) that is visible from a distance of 100 metres when light shines on it (eg a car’s headlights). This is New Zealand law and must be enforced


Mandatory Team Equipment – Mountain Biking
Item Qty Notes
Repair Kit 1 Contents optional but at least enough to mend several punctures, a slashed tyre and broken chain. We highly recommend that you carry a spare rear light as these commonly break during events and will need to be replaced before continuing in the dark


Mandatory Personal Equipment – Water Activities
Item Quantity Notes
Paddle 1 Competitors to supply their own double bladed variety. All team paddles will need to be stored together for transport and tagged with your team name and team number (available before the start). You can use a dedicated storage bag for your 4 team paddles or alternatively simply bind them together securely. Ultimately, the safety of your paddles in transit is up to you so think carefully about how they are packed
PFD 1 Buoyancy vest that is securely fitting, free of defects and with minimum 55N buoyancy – International Standard
Glow Sticks - 100mm glow stick in a highly visible position at all times (i.e. shoulder position). Attached securely to PFD day and night. Glow stick is to be glowing when dark. Multiple sticks may be required (we recommend 4 per person)
Dry Bag 1 For dry storage of equipment (we highly recommend that this is a high quality dry bag which you can fit your entire backpack inside. It is acceptable to have 2 extra large dry bags per team each capable of holding 2 backpacks
Spray Deck 1 Waterproof material, neoprene or similar. To fit cockpit size 84cm x 40cm (must be a secure fit). Note: Most teams hire these from the event organisers.
Whistle 1 Fixed to PFD, easily accessible. Pea-less so it functions when wet
Pocket Knife 1 Fixed to PFD via a lanyard so that it is easily accessible and within reach at all times. Blade long enough to cut rope or webbing in an emergency
Helmet 1 Either a white water certified or climbing certified design. This will be used to protect your head whilst white water paddling and also to protect your head on a trekking section where stone fall is a possibility. You are welcome to bring both types but need to fit them in your Gear Boxes. Certified multisport helmets such as the Scarab Kong are acceptable for both white water and climbing


Mandatory Team Equipment – Water Activities
Item Quantity Notes
Throw Bag 2 10 metres in length minimum, rope must float, and it must be secured to boat and easily reachable at all times. One per boat
Duct Tape 1 Roll of tape to be kept in dry bag which can be used to temporarily repair any holes, cracks or leaks
Bailing Device 4 Device for removing water from flooded kayaks. Can be hand pump or cut up milk container
Inflatable Pump 1 Pump that can be used to inflate canoes. Highly recommended that teams bring two. Details on valve fittings will be provided in Newsletter 2
Glow Stick - 100mm glow stick attached to rear deck of each boat. Glow stick is to be glowing when dark. Multiple sticks may be required (we recommend 4 per boat)
White Light 2 White light visible for 360 degrees that will need to be attached to rear of kayak and canoe during hours of darkness. Waterproof. Headtorch not acceptable


Mandatory Personal Equipment – Mountaineering & Snow Precaution
Item Quantity Notes
Climbing Harness 1 Fully certified (to International UIAA and CE norms) climbing harness with full webbing for waist and leg loops. Waist webbing must include a metal buckle for closure/fitting and not be reliant on velcro or a carabiner mechanism. Must be in good condition with no visible signs of wear and tear
Open slings 2 120cm (length when pulled taut) either Nylon or Dyneema. Minimum width 11mm, maximum width 18mm. Must be commercially stitched to create loop and not knotted. Must be in good condition with no visible signs of wear and tear
Locking Carabiners 3 Screwgate or auto-locking. Fully certified (to International UIAA and CE norms). Must be in good condition with no visible signs of wear and tear
Ice Axe 1 General mountaineering ice axe with a standard pick and adze design. Must have a leash to connect to wrist. Minimum length 50cm
Crampons 1 Metal or alloy walking crampons with a minimum of 10 points. Points must be sharp. Binding mechanism appropriate for footwear (ie no automatic or semi-automatic crampons with soft shoes)
Prussic Loop 1 30cm (length when taut) made out of 6mm cord using double Fisherman’s Knot for construction

Note: First Aid Kit

The list above is the MINIMUM required and is in place to deal with ‘trauma’-style injuries and acute blood loss. However, by far the most common injuries or illnesses in expedition events are due to cold/heat, gastrointestinal complaints or are foot related.  We highly recommend you consider, as a team, what other items you may require (electrolytes, immodium, blister dressings, foot lubricant, etc). It is important that you and your team mates take personal responsibility for understanding the practical application of the above items. In most cases you will be the first responder to any injuries within your team. We will have a number of trained medical staff positioned around the course but they are there to deal with emergencies and will not be available to deal with standard AR-related injuries such as sore feet, blisters and chaff. With a number of teams only coming together just before the event it is important that you talk together about any medical issues you may have, however personal. For those of you who have personal medication e.g. inhalers, please carry a spare with you when out on the Event (not just in transition bag).