Backpack Your backpack should be lightweight and comfortable to carry. Content: 30-35 litres for experienced and tougher competitors; 40-45 litres for those who prefer more comfort.
Shoes We do not recommend road running shoes, since they are not suitable for this kind of terrain, especially in wet weather!
Runners Orienteering shoes with a good grip
Hikers Comfortable lightweight trekking shoes with a good grip
Competition wear Clothes protecting from wind, rain and cold should be handy at all times.
Runners Dress for orienteering, track suit
Hikers Clothes for hikers, track suit
Tent Lightweight tent with sewed-in ground sheet (retailers of outdoor equipment sell tents weighing less than 1 kg). lf your tent is very small we recommend you carrying a big plastic bag with you which can be used to protect your backpack during the night from the wet.
Sleeping bag Lightweight but warm sleeping bag filled with down feathers. We do not accept rescue blankets as sleeping bags. Rescue blankets retain the humid air inside and the crackle would keep you and your neighbours off from sleeping. Isolation mats are recommendable. Please do not forget that the overnight camp will be at an altitude of more than 2000 m above sea level - it might get very cold.
Cooker and a small lightweight pan. Lighter or waterproof matches. Experts use an aluminium form as a pan and use meta tablets as fuel. They build their stove with stones. Bring a few solid plastic bags, holding 2-3 litres and some string, so that you can carry water and store it next to your tent.
Extra Clothes Dry, warm underwear, jumper or fleece. Clothes protecting from cold, wind and rain (trousers and jacket), spare socks (for experts: plastic bags will do it), a warm cap and gloves.
Food to be eaten during the day isotonic drinks, chocolate, fruit bars, dried fruit, glucose. lmportant: from the beginning, eat regularly and drink enough, even if you do not feel thirsty or hungry. As soon as you start feeling hungry and thirsty it's already too late!
Food to be eaten in the camp You have to consider the following: as much energy as possible - but as light as possible. lt's very important to have a warm meal: soups, tea, instant meals, etc. Bring that much food with you that you can eat several times in small portions. Food is as essential as sleep. Guideline: per person 3000 - 5000 kcal per day, depending on your parcours you have chosen.
Various Pocket first aid kit (elastic bandages, plaster, painkillers, disinfectant), torch (very useful are head torches), spare batteries (the torch should be good enough to find your way in the dark for at least three hours), whistle, compass, ruler for copying the controls onto your map according to the co-ordinates.