DSC_5142At all times:

  • sturdy running/trail shoes
  • full length pants, tights, or leggings
  • long sleeve shirt
  • rain jacket
  • 2 liter water container or equivalent
  • whistle
  • flashlight/headlamp (suitable for biking, paddling, or hiking)
  • knife (or multi-tool with blade)
  • Small backpack/daypack to carry gear

While biking:

  • mountain bike
  • certified biking helmet
  • spare bike tube

While canoeing:

  • approved lifejacket with whistle attached

While Hiking:

  • Gloves – preferable full finger with durable palm


DSC_5311Transition: Each team will need to provide 2 Drop Bins/Bags for the transitions.
You will need to have this labeled with your team name/number. It will need to hold your team gear for the next event. A large RubberMaid bin, or a duffle bag will do.

At all times:

  • Team Passport (provided)
  • First Aid kit containing Band-Aids, adhesive tape, moleskin, gauze, tensor bandage, emergency blanket
  • compass
  • waterproof matches or lighter
  • pen/pencil to write in passport
  • watch in waterproof case

While biking:

  • tire levers
  • tire pump
  • tire repair kit

While Paddling:

  • 2 Man Inflatable Kayak (provided) Inflation pumps available at Start of Paddle section

You must supply

  • paddles (kayak paddle recommended, 1 per person, recommend 1 spare/team.)
  • throw line
  • baler (a cut bleach bottle with a cord attached will do)


  • use fast drying synthetic clothes (instead of cotton)DSC_5366
  • shorts & short sleeved shirt (in case it gets hot. Bike shorts are good, but bushwhacking in short pants can be murder on the legs)
  • sunglasses and/or clear glasses (worn while in bush)
  • spare socks
  • toque and gloves/mitts (there could be frost or snow)
  • biking gloves
  • rain pants (if needed)
  • warm jacket for before/after the race
  • gaiters (cover the bottom of your pant leg and shoes to help keep the crud out)
  • map bag to keep your map dry (you only get 1 map!)
  • ziplock or dry bags to keep other things dry (especially paddling)
  • more than one compass
  • colored markers and highlighters (to mark map)
  • one stronger flashlight or headlamp (you will be navigating about 1.5 hours in the dark)
  • bike computer (odometer)
  • bike repair tools or multi-tool
  • two whistles – one on your pack and one on your lifejacket


  • take things that pack well, provide good energy, and are easy to digest
  • bagels/cheese buns
  • peanut butter/jam sandwiches
  • bananas, apples
  • dried fruit and nuts
  • baked potatoes
  • chocolate/energy bars
  • energy gels
  • energy/hydration drinks

Be prepared! Keep in mind that you might be on your own for a number of hours (more if you get lost or injured) and the weather may change.