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Annapurna Compulsory kit List


Most backpacks / rucksacks for the Annapurna Ultra weigh between 6.5kg and 12kg     (excluding water) depending on kit choices made

Your Kit must be presented at registration, the compulsory kit list is ........... compulsory 

The list is compiled for your safety, and is the minimum you MUST have, you can take any extra items (camera, iPod etc.) or any other luxuries that you wish, such as a hardback copy of War and Peace etc., but you cannot start without ALL items on the compulsory kit list in the required minimum specification

The contents on this are based on experience of many multi-day events like the Annapurna Ultra, coupled with knowledge of potential conditions that may occur during the Annapurna Ultra. 

  1. Backpack / Rucksack, capable of carrying all compulsory equipment, food and other items you wish to carry, cameras etc. Normally 25 to 35 litre backpacks / rucksacks are required. Larger size is possible, but less is difficult but not impossible to cater for minimum kit requirements. Kit checks are compulsory, we check all bags, we look closely at large bags in case we can assist to safely reduce the size, we look very, very closely at small bags to ensure that all compulsory items and kit specifications are met. Random kit checks during the event are possible in some circumstances. For your safety, you cannot start without passing the kit check. 
  2. Sleeping bag, capable of keeping you warm at night time temperatures of 2 degrees centigrade. A liner is optional, but this can be used along with your sleeping bag to achieve the 2 degrees’ centigrade minimum requirement. It is compulsory that your sleeping bag is in a waterproof stuff / compression sack, down is the lightest and most compact option, but when wet it is useless, synthetic materials tend to be more bulky, and although unpleasant can still help ( a little ) to keep you warm when they are wet.    NO SLEEP MEANS NO ENERGY. the next day 
  3. Sleeping Mat,) some houses will have a mattress, but not guaranteed.
  4. Head torch AND emergency light, WITH Spare Batteries
  5. 12 x Safety Pins for number (plus spares for other use).  Your numbers MUST NOT BE FOLDED, TRIMMED OR ALTERED IN SIZE, and the whole number secured plainly visible on the front of your chest, time penalties apply for numbers not fully visible.
  6. Small knife or multitool
  7. Survival BAG, IT MUST NOT BE A SHEET .it MUST be a bag you can get inside, with your clothes on if necessary,
  8. Small flashing " RED " light, to fit on back of backpack in darkness
  9. Sunscreen, waterproof type suggested
  10. Lip balm lots of choices
  11. Medical kit, with special provision for Blisters, include for Stomach disorders, Diarrhoea etc.
  12. Tissues / Wet wipes
  13. Hand cleaner, alcohol gel, keep those stomach upsets at bay
  14. Base layer should be Long Sleeve T-shirt style, Merino wool or lightweight fleece, with wicking properties, lots of choices, many have a half zip which is a good idea for ventilation flexibility. 
  15. Waterproof jacket (or smock) and trousers, with taped seams, waterproof AND breathable, minimum material specification applies, A Hydrostatic head of 10,000 is minimum material requirement.  Jacket must have an adjustable and peaked permanently attached hood. For your comfort, Velcro, tabbed cuffs are strongly recommended, so gloves can be fitted and located more securely in bad weather. You will be grateful for this minimum specification if it is wet and windy at any time.
  16. Warm mid-layer, lightweight down or synthetic sweater or similar, for use on a cold day, and / or at the camp in the evening
  17. Shorts and tights, anyone using shorts during the day, must also bring long tights or leggings, for cold days or for evenings
  18. Buff and must be suitable for protecting head and neck against the sun, and to cover mouth during windy conditions
  19. Hat – For warmth during the day and cold evenings, (separate to a cap you might wear, which is not compulsory.)
  20. Shoes, trail running shoes, for events of this type it is normal to use shoes at least 1 size bigger than normal, to allow for swelling, blisters etc, remember your feet swell sideways not just lengthways, so consider a shoe with a slightly wider fitting.
  21. Socks, your feet may get wet from time to time, minimum of 2 pairs of socks required, more if you wish to. Many socks are designed to help reduce friction and blisters, worth considering. 
  22. Lightweight, warm gloves, windproof is compulsory, water resistant, quick drying, must be long enough to tuck under jacket sleeves, combined with a jacket with Velcro cuffs offers best protection, and remove skin gap between glove and jacket in bad weather. Consider Convertible glove, with pull over water resistant cover.
  23. Sunglasses with UV protection
  24. Food and nutrition,  Extreme Adventure Food is lightest weight with highest energy, large choice and great tasting. Please check for food and nutrition details bearer the time (You carry Food & Drink) You must bring and carry Energy Bars, Chews etc, to equivalent of 500 Kcal per day. You CAN buy Snacks, Fizzy drinks on the route, and each evening, but you CAN NOT buy full meals, Alcohol on route or on an evening, but Pancakes, Apple Pie etc you can buy after your main evening meal.  You will need cash to do this, make sure you have Nepalese currency notes of a smaller denomination.
  25. Hydration system, water bottles, Platypus etc., you must have the capacity to carry a minimum of 2 litres, you must leave each CP with a minimum of 1.5 litres.( Some stages are a little longer, on those you must start with 2 litres on those stages.) 
  26. Plus, whatever you wish to carry, camera, extra food, gaiters, kitchen sink, ipod etc

Ear Plugs recommended for light sleepers, walls are thin, noises ( snoring ) in other rooms can be easily heard

Charging ipods, phones etc, a solar charger or similar is recommended, many options available.

Dry bags or waterproof compression sacks for your kit inside your rucksack / backpack are strongly advised, despite common belief backpacks are not usually fully waterproof, an optional backpack cover is also worth considering. 

It is compulsory that your Sleeping Bag is in a waterproof stuff sack or compression sack  

Once your kit check is complete, you will get your event Top. 

You cannot start without successfully passing a kit check

Mobile phones are not compulsory, but a signal is usually available on around 60% of the course, we recommend you carry your phone in a waterproof bag and let us have the number, emergency contact numbers will be given to all competitors, for use during the event by competitors only. 

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