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Mandatory Gear List v.2

Mandatory Personal Equipment – on each person at all times

Gear Type Number Gear Notes
Whistle 1 Pea-less so it functions when wet. Easy accessible at all times
Race Bib 1 Must be worn at all times as the outermost garment
Waterproof Jacket 1 Should be modern (less than 5 years old), breathable, technology. Must be seam sealed
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

Mandatory Personal Equipment – carried by any team member

Gear Type Number Gear Notes
Headtorch 1 Must be working when checked
Survival Bag 1 Silver foil type. Enclosed bag style only – no foil blankets
Hat 1 Warm, beanie type, not cotton. Polypro, thermal, merino as a minimum
Waterproof Trousers 1 Should be modern (less than 5 years old), breathable, technology. Must be seam sealed
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
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

Gear Type Number Gear 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)
  • 10m (minimum) of strapping tape sufficient to strap multiple injuries (highly recommend spare rolls in box)
  • 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 inside, 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
Route Book, Maps, Race Passport 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 1 Provided by the organisers. Must be carried as specified by officials at all times
Emergency Beacon 1 GPS-Integrated Personal Locator Beacon. Must be carried as specified by officials at all times
Strobe Light 2 Must be white light, high intensity (e.g. Xenon strobe lamp), 360 degree visibility, waterproof to 1m or greater, visible beyond 1nm (1.9km) and with charged batteries. Headlamps or cycle lamps that flash are not acceptable
Stove 1 Capable of boiling water and supporting pan (see below). Will only be carried on specific sections of the race
Fuel Transported in suitable container. Enough fuel for Stove to boil 5 litres of water. Will only be carried on specific sections of the race
Pan 1 Capable of holding and boiling at least 1 litre of water. Will only be carried on specific sections of the race

Mandatory Personal Equipment – Mountain Biking

Gear Type Number Gear 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

Gear Type Number Gear 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 – Kayaking/Canoeing

Gear Type Number Gear Notes
Paddle 1 Two or four piece split length double bladed paddle. GZ Pure teams will also use this paddle for packrafting. No full length/non-split paddles will be accepted
PFD 1 Buoyancy vest that is securely fitting, free of defects and with minimum 55N buoyancy – International or Us Coast Guard type III 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
Dry Bag 1 A high quality dry bag which you can fit your entire backpack inside
Spray Deck 1 Provided by 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 Whitewater certified design with no visible signs of wear or defects. This will be used to protect your head whilst white water paddling. Certified multisport helmets such as the Scarab Kong are acceptable
Wet/Dry suit 1 Lightweight neoprene-style that has a  thickness of 2-3mm. Recommend Farmer John style. Dry-suits acceptable

Mandatory Team Equipment – Kayaking/Canoeing

Gear Type Number Gear 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
Pump 2 GZ Pursuit Teams Only, for inflating canoes. Type and nozzle details will be released in Newsletters 2
Bailing Device 4 Device for removing water from flooded kayaks. Can be hand pump or cut up milk container
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
White Light 2 White light visible for 360 degrees that will need to be attached to rear of kayak during hours of darkness. Waterproof. Headtorch not acceptable

Mandatory Personal Equipment – Packrafting (GZ Pure teams only)

Gear Type Number Gear Notes
Paddle 1 Competitors must use their kayak paddle (see above) for packrafting
PFD 1 Competitors must use their kayak PFD (see above) for packrafting. We recommend using something lightweight, particularly when wet, as you will have to carry it
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
Dry Bag 1 A high quality dry bag which you can fit your entire backpack inside
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 Competitors must use their kayak helmet (see above) for packrafting

Mandatory Team Equipment – Packrafting (GZ Pure teams only)

Gear Type Number Gear Notes
Throw Bag 2 15 metres in length minimum, rope must float. This is in addition to the two needed for kayaking/canoeing (teams need 4 in total)
Repair kit 1 Small permanent repair kit (that comes with most packrafts) plus a small roll of Tyvec tape for quick repairs (link to tape). This tape is ideal as it is robust, highly adhesive and waterproof
Inflation Device 2 Pump that can be used to inflate packrafts. Highly recommended that teams bring at least two options for inflation
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
Sling and Carabiner 2 2m long sling and a carabiner (x2)
Pack Raft (GZ Pure) 2/3/4 Pack rafts sufficient to transport all team members. You will be paddling in flat water and moving water class I-II+. Good quality packrafts are highly recommended (one or two-person rafts).

Other Considerations

The First Aid 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).