PACKING FOR A WEEKEND OF TRAIL RUNNING
A// ARC' TERYX NORVAN V1
These are my go-to trail shoes, they offer great protection from loose rock, and they climb incredibly well.
B// ARC' TERYX INCENDO
This jacket is very lightweight, packs down to essentially nothing, which makes it a perfect jacket to always leave in my bag.
C// OSPREY REV 6
On any adventure in the mountains, you should have a small backpack with just enough room for you to carry the necessary food (plus a half-day extra), and your mountain running kit.
D// ARC'TERYX ACCELERO COMP SS
I highly recommend a good, lightweight, breathable T-shirt on long days in the mountains. Be sure to have a synthetic fabric so that any moisture will evaporate quickly.
E// BIVY SACK
You never really plan to spend a night in the mountains, but if you get stuck out there for the night, this will make that night survivable. I recommend getting an emergency bivy sack with reflective material on the inside to help keep you warm.
F// WILDLIFE HORN
Whether it’s a horn, bear spray, or a banger, having some sort of wildlife deterrent in the mountains is key. Always make sure it is in a place that’s easy to access, not in your backpack.
G// SONY A6500 WITH A 10-18 F/4 LENS
Relatively compact and lightweight, but the quality of the images and overall camera performance makes this my go-to running camera.
H// ARC'TERYX SOLEUS SHORT
I’ve had these shorts for a while now, and they are my go-to for long days in the mountains. They have an integrated pocket system in the back that allows me to carry gels, water and other essentials.
A good GPS satellite device is one of the most important things to have. When you’re in the mountains with no cell service, this is your way to contact search and rescue, or your loved ones if needed.
J// MAP & COMPASS
Navigation in the mountains is incredibly important: you should know where you’re going, and if you get lost, know how to find your way back. Also, my compass has a whistle on the end of it.
K// LEATHERMAN SKELETOOL
A multi-tool that can do as much as possible is worth its weight in gold.
I bring both a lighter and a fire starter when I’m in the mountains.
M// SUUNTO AMBIT2
A good GPS watch is essential. You can pre-load maps into it, and track your overall distance and elevation gain, which makes navigation much easier.
N// PETROLEUM JELLY
You won’t always need this… but when you do, you’ll be thankful you carried it.
O// GLOVE LINERS
A little “extra” I like to bring. As a photographer, I’ll often stop running in the alpine to shoot images from time to time, and that usually means cold hands. So for me, these help make that process a bit more enjoyable.
P// DUCT TAPE
This doesn’t have one particular use, but it can help you with pretty much anything. Whether it’s ripped clothing or first-aid, the uses are pretty much endless.
Q// FIRE STARTER
If my lighter fails me or runs out of gas, then I bring out the fire starter. Countless times lighters have failed me, so I always have this as a backup.
Running in the mountains often includes a lot of time in the alpine, or even in snowy conditions. Making sure your skin is properly protected can make or break a day.
S// FIRST-AID KIT
Whether you build your own or buy one from a store, make sure you also educate yourself with a wilderness first-aid course. The more you know, the less you need.
I can’t even count how many times I’ve ended up in the mountains after dark, without a headlamp, using the flashlight from my iPhone. Whether you’re planning to stay out in the dark or not, a headlamp should always be in your bag.
U// LULULEMON RUNNING SOCK
It’s synthetic, thin and has a very tight fit, making it a great sock on the trails.