Mandatory equipment list for THE NORTH FACE Kathmandu Ultra 50 & 80km
NB: Here is the current forecast, which may change, on Accuweather.com
As a minimum each participant will need to carry with them at all times the following items:
- 1 x long sleeve thermal top (polypropylene, wool or similar). Cotton, coolmax, lycra and any compression garment will not be sufficient even if the compression garment is called a “thermal compression garment”. You may still use compression garments however they do not replace this mandatory item.
- 1 x waterproof and breathable jacket with fully taped (not critically taped) waterproof seams and hood. The jacket must fit the wearer correctly. A recommendation only for a good jacket is one that has a waterproof rating of over 20,000mm hydrostatic head and a breathability MVTR rating of 25,000g/m²/25hrs. (plastic rain poncho, wind jacket, water resistant jacket etc. not acceptable).
- 1 x hat, balaclava or buff
- 1 x headlamp (test your headlamp on bush tracks at night prior to the event to make sure it provides enough light to both see the track and the course markings).
- 1 x mobile phone, fully charged with emergency numbers in it.
- Rs. 1000 – enough to catch a taxi home if you drop out.
- 1 x emergency space blanket, light bivvy sack or equivalent. Available in Thamel
- 1 x compression bandage minimum dimensions 7.5cm wide x 2.3m long unstretched. If in doubt the wrapping should list ‘heavyweight cotton crepe bandage’ or ‘heavy cotton elastic bandage’ (this item is used for the treatment of ankle sprains.).
- 1 x plastic bag to keep your compulsory clothing dry Capacity to carry 2 litres of water (water bladder or water bottles)
- 1 x Ziploc/plastic bag for your personal rubbish
- 1 x clear plastic bag to keep your maps protected such as map contact
- 1 x set of maps and course descriptions (provided by organisers in your race pack with race number).
- 1 x A5 Participant Emergency Instructions card on waterproof paper (provided by organisers in your race pack)
- 1 x race number to be worn on your front and visible at all times (provided by organisers in your race pack).
For the 50km and 80km, you may also wish to carry:
- long leg thermal pants or tights. Polypropylene, wool or similar is best if wet conditions are forecast. Note that lycra and any compression tights work well to keep you warm when conditions are dry however they will cause you to freeze when they get wet so check the weather forecast.
- 100-weight long sleeve synthetic fleece top especially if you expect to take more than 8 hours to complete the course
- Full-fingered lightweight thermal gloves (polypropylene, wool or similar) especially if you expect to take more than 8 hours to complete the course
- Body Glide or other body lubricant
- Favourite race food
- Cap or sun hat
- Spare socks
- Spare headlight batteries
- More substantial first aid kit (sterile dressings, roll of strapping tape, blister care such as blister block patches, Compeed, antiseptic wipes, painkillers, and any relevant personal medications).