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Tips concerning the equipment

Among many other factors the equipment plays a key role of whether the Mountain Marathon remains in your memory as an adventurous event or as a nightmare. The check list here below should support you in preparing a suitable equipment.
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Tips concerning the equipment

   
Backpack
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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
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Runners Orienteering shoes with a good grip
Hikers Comfortable lightweight trekking shoes with a good grip

We do not recommend road running shoes, since they are not suitable for this kind of terrain, especially in wet weather.

   
Recommended competition wear
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Runners Dress for orienteering, track suit
Hikers Clothes for hikers, track suit

Clothes protecting from wind, rain and cold should be handy at all times.

   
Tent
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  Lightweight tent with sewed-in ground sheet (retailers of outdoor equipment sell tents weighing less than 1 kg). If your tent is very small we recommend your carrying a big plastic bag with you which can be used to protect your backpack during the night from the wet.
   
Sleeping bag
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  Lightweight but warm sleeping bag filled with down feathers. We do not accept rescue blankets. 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
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Cooker and a small lightweight pan. Lighter or waterproof matches. Experts use an aluminium form as a pan and use meta tables 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
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Dry, warm underwear, jumper or fleece. Clothes protecting from cold, wind and rain (trousers and jacket), spare socks (for professionals: plastic bag will do), a warm cap and gloves.

   
Food
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To be eaten during the day: Isotonic drinks, chocolate, fruit bars, dried fruit, glucose. Important: make sure that you eat and drink enough right from the beginning, even if you do not feel thirsty or hungry. As soon as you start feeling hungry and thirsty it's already too late!
To be eaten in the camp: You have to bear the following principle in mind: As many calories (or joules) as possible! It's very important to have a warm meal; like soups, tea, instant meals, etc. Bring so much food with you that you can eat several times in small portions. Food is as essential as sleep! Guideline: per person 3'000 ø 5'000 kcal a day, depending on the course you have run.

   
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Pocket first aid kit (elastic bandages, plaster, pain-killers, disinfectant), torch (very useful are headlamps) spare batteries (the torch should good enough to find your way in the dark for at least three hours), whistle, compass, ruler for marking 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).