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MANDATORY GEAR

While June weather in the Simpson Desert is usually beautiful, it can be freezing cold (we’re talking ice cold), and while rare, it can also rain. In saying that you are much more likely to freeze than to get rained on, but we like to be prepared for all eventualities and will always put your safety ahead of convenience.

 

As such we have compiled a list of mandatory gear which must be carried by participants at all times. There will most definitely be spot checks, firstly because the cold will shock you at night, and secondly because we don't like it when people skimp on a 300g fleece to run faster. Just carry the fleece. 

 

25km Dawn

  • Minimum 1.5L water capacity container

  • 1 x hat

  • 1 x sunglasses

  • 1 x merino wool or polar fleece jumper/sweater

  • 1 x beanie 

  • 1 x waterproof jacket (weather dependant)

  • 1 x smart phone on the full Telstra network

  • Avenza Maps App with course downloaded (download the file here)

 

25km Dusk/50km/75km/100km

  • Minimum 1.5L water capacity

  • 1 x hat

  • 1 x sunglasses

  • 1 x seam sealed waterproof jacket

  • 1 x merino wool or polar fleece jumper/sweater

  • 1 x beanie

  • 1 x buff or similar

  • 1 x merino wool or polypropylene long tights

  • 1 x merino wool or polypropylene long sleeve top

  • 1 x merino wool or polypropylene gloves

  • 1 x waterproof pants (weather dependent - bring to Birdsville)

  • 1 x emergency space blanket or bivouac

  • 1 x 8cm+ compression bandage (snake bite bandage) 

  • Blister kit (make your own or grab one here) 

  • 1 x headlamp (able to maintain 350 lumens for the duration of night)

  • 1 x backup torch (not a phone)

  • 1 x smart phone on the full Telstra network

  • Avenza Maps App with course downloaded (download the file here)

  • 1 x red flashing light

  • 1 x hi-vis vest with reflective strips (to be supplied)