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Advice on your equipment

Do not underestimate your choice of equipment for this race! It can make the difference between a really enjoyable weekend or a thoroughly miserable one…


The following tips will help you have an enjoyable weekend in the mountains. The list of compulsory kit (which will be checked) is shorter and can be found under the heading of >Process >Equipment / “Eqiupment Leaflet”.



Tips concerning the equipment


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.


We hope the above is of help to you and wish you success, no hypoclycemia and a good night's deep sleep.

PS 1: You are welcome to let us know your splendid ideas concerning the equipment. ø Beginners are always keen to learn.
PS 2: The equipment should weigh: For professionals: approx. 4-6 kilograms / For hikers: not more than 8-9 kilograms.


Further tips regarding preparation, conduct during the competition and in the bivouac or in case of an accident are from our physicians Beat & Max Hintermann (click here).