Stay safe with the right gear

Get kit­ted out for com­fort and suc­cess in the Scot­tish High­lands

Trail Running (UK) - - Challenge Yourself -

As with all ex­treme moun­tain chal­lenges, the Ring of Steall race has a manda manda­tory kit list, so make sure you pack light, w well­fit­ting ver­sions of the items belo be­low:

WA­TER­PROOF JACKET

Must have taped seams and a hood. E Even if the weather seems bril­liant blueskied at the start, this is Scot­land.

WA­TER­PROOF TROUSERS

Again, these need to have taped seams mak­ing them fully wa­terpr wa­ter­proof.

SPARE WARM TOP

You won’t re­gret car­ry­ing this once you get to the top of the moun­tain and the glo­ri­ously fresh wind starts bit­ing into you.

HAT AND GLOVES

If you keep ex­trem­i­ties toasty, the rest of your body will stay warmer.

FELL- OR MOUN­TAIN-RUN­NING SHOES

Good grip is vi­tal, so look for shoes with widely spaced, deep lugs – tractors foror your feet.

WATER

When rac­ing you need easy ac­cess to ei­ther water bot­tles or a eas­ily-sip­pable hy­dra­tion blad­der.

MAP AND COM­PASS

This race sup­plies a map, so all you need to re­mem­ber is your com­pass...and how to use it. Book a nav­i­ga­tion course if you’re un­sure.

SUR­VIVAL BAG

This must be a bag rather than a blan­ket so you can pos post your whole self (or some­one else) warmly in­side it.

HEAD TORCH

Take one that’s bright enough to run in the dark with – we ad­vise 200 lu­mens.

WHISTLE

To at­tract at­ten­tion in an emer­gency.

SUF­FI­CIENT FOOD

A spare 500kcals is a good shout to get you off the hill.

WA­TER­PROOF PEN

To note lo­ca­tion and in­ci­dent de­tails.

MO­BILE

Re­mem­ber to climb higher to get a sig­nal if you’re strug­gling in an emer­gency.

SMART­PHONE OR GPS WATCH

So you could give emer­gency ser­vices your lo­ca­tion as ac­cu­rately as pos­si­ble.

RUN­NING PACK

Make sure it’s comfy by test­ing it fully pre-race.

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