Ever wondered what is needed to survive a gruelling 2 day Mountain Marathon held in the worst weather the UK can offer? Here you can see our recommended MM Kit list. This list should be seen as a minimum requirement only. Check the weather forecast and use your previous experience and sound judgement to decide the kit you should be wearing and carrying.
MM Kit List
OMM MANDATORY EQUIPMENT LIST
Each individual and team is responsible for being properly equipped for two days unsupported racing in exposed terrain at the end of October.
This list should be seen as a minimum requirement only. Check the weather forecast, your previous experience and use sound judgement for the kit you should be wearing and carrying. The organisers reserve the right to disqualify any competitors who, in their opinion, do not have the necessary kit to survive in an emergency situation. Cotton clothing is not suitable.
EACH COMPETITOR MUST WEAR OR CARRY THE FOLLOWING:
- Taped seams waterproof jacket with hood
- Taped seams waterproof trousers
- Clothing suitable for mountain running and walking
- Warm layer top.
- Hat (not a Buff), Gloves & socks
- Footwear suitable for fell and trail use
- Head torch capable of giving useable light for a
minimum of 12 hours
- Whistle & compass
- Map (as supplied)
- Insulated sleeping system
- First aid equipment
- Survival bag (not a sheet)
- Emergency rations (should still have at the finish line)
- Water carrying capability
- Pen/pencil for map marking (on waterproof paper) in wet conditions
- Fully charged mobile phone
Spare warm kit and insulated sleeping bag must be waterproofed (e.g. in a drybag)
EACH TEAM MUST CARRY THE FOLLOWING AT ALL TIMES:
- Cooking equipment including stove with sufficient fuel for duration of the race, plus some spare for emergency use, left at the end of the event
- Tent with sewn in groundsheet
- Food for 36 hours for two people
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What's a Sleep System?
A Sleep System normally just refers to a usually just a standard insulated sleeping bag but there are some other innovative ideas out there such as our own Rotor Sleep System that uses insulated trousers (that unzip to form a half sleeping bag) that then clip into our insulated jackets and the Foot Pod to complete it. So whilst not technically a sleeping *bag* it is an insulated sleep system!
Taped Seams? "What about Param-"
Nope. If it doesn’t have taped seams it doesn’t pass kit check. Yes we know there are other systems out there and yes we know cheap rubbishy waterproofs can also have taped seams but as the RO (Race Organiser) this is our decision. Taped Seams or nothing. And what is a Taped Seam: Seams covered with tape to prevent water ingress in waterproof clothing. Sewing two pieces of fabric together requires the making of holes for the thread, an issue when making waterproof clothing. To overcome this, it is necessary to cover the seams with waterproof tape, using a heat-activated adhesive. All OMM Waterproofs have taped seams and are fully race compliant.
How Much Is An Emergency Ration?
Be sensible. This is about what you need to safely survive in an emergency on the hill; in cold & wet whilst most likely already fatigued. Yes, technically a single jelly bean might count but Kit Check will reject it since it is not a Sound Mountain Judgement. Bung a couple of extra sachets of rehydrated food in and get on with it!
Will a Foil Blanket Do?
Nope! A foil blanket will just blow away with the first gust then you’ll die. Survival bag, the kind you or the casualty can actually get in. Doesn’t have to be foil, could be plastic or a bivi bag.