Making Sure Everyone Has the Correct Equipment
  • Note that this event can take place in extremely bad weather - it has never been cancelled in its history
  • So it is important that equipment is of good enough quality and it is a rule of the event that teams are properly kitted out
  • There is no formal kit check - so it is the responsibility of the teams / leaders to ensure that walkers are properly prepared - but be prepared for spot checks.
  • Maps and route cards are included for all teams and Shadows
  • Light refreshments and hot drinks are available at the end of the hike

  • Group / Unit scarf must be worn
  • High visibility sash or vest: must be worn at all times
  • Inner-layer cotton shirt
  • Mid-layer fleece or woolly sweater.
  • Waterproof jacket - good quality
  • Trousers - cotton or quick-dry synthetic (not jeans)
  • Waterproof trousers - good quality
  • Footwear (Hiking boots preferred)
  • Hiking socks (consider cotton inner and wool outer)
  • Headwear
  • Gloves
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Pencil / paper 
  • Day bag / small rucksack
  • Compass
  • Whistles
  • Torch and spare batteries
  • Watch
  • Lunch
  • Emergency rations
  • Water bottle with 1L minimum water

  • Plastic map cases - two each per team
  • Survival bag – one per team
  • Rucksack - lined with waterproof plastic bag.
  • Sleeping bag in plastic bag – INSIDE rucksack
  • Karrimat or similar
  • Spare clothes - socks, warm top, track suit etc. 
  • Toothbrush / toiletries
  • Toilet paper
  • Small towel
  • Team tent(s) split between team
  • Cooker(s)
  • Fuel
  • Matches
  • Cooking pan(s) / mess tins
  • Cutlery / Mug 
  • Lightweight food for evening meal, breakfast
  • Lunch for second day.
  • Mobile phone
  • Note: for the second day's hike, competitors do not need to carry all the equipment: hikers may consider wearing orienteering-style kit (in which case it must be carried on the first day)
  • Overnight equipment and kit may be left at the site and collected later (at the team's own arrangement)