Friday, 31 August 2012

UTMB Kit Requirements

Crossing old snow in a snowstorm on the TMB

Based on my own experiences on the Tour du Mont Blanc earlier this summer the weather really can change in a few minutes. We regularly had rain, snow, and sunshine in a few hours. Initial forecasts have suggested snow falling down to 2000m during this years UTMB. The organisers insist on a minimum kit list for safety reasons although personally I'd be carrying a wee bit more than this for an event of this length.

  • Mobile phone
  • Personal cup (150ml minimum)
  • 1 litre of water
  • Two torches with spare batteries
  • Survival blanket
  • Whistle
  • Strapping bandage
  • Spare food
  • Waterproof jacket with hood
  • Long running tights (or a combination of leggings and long socks which cover the legs completely)
  • Additional warm top (180g midlayer OR 110g midlayer & windproof)
  • Cap or bandana
  • Warm hat
  • Warm and waterproof gloves
  • Waterproof over-trousers
  • Identity papers for border
  • Rucksack
Surprisingly there is no requirement to carry a map and compass as the route is well marked and marshaled. In addition to the list above many competitors will use trekking poles to help protect their legs and aid stability especially in the latter stages of the race.The organisers will also transport a bag of clothing to Courmayeur at just under half distance so runners can have a change of kit and resupply.