A list of equipment you need to carry on the stage and ultra races
The UTMR is a tough and challenging long distance race on high, alpine trails. We want you to be safe, we want you to be prepared for the conditions that you could face, and we want you to enjoy your race experience. We will, therefore, ask you to carry some obligatory equipment. Please respect this – it is for your safety and enjoyment. If you are sufficiently prepared you will be able to have some fun whatever the conditions.
Why do we ask for an extensive list of obligatory equipment? This is a tough race. The nature of the terrain means that checkpoints can be up to 8 hours apart for slower runners. This is an alpine environment and weather can change very quickly. Different valleys have a different microclimate so you can find totally different conditions at the same time in different parts of the race route, and even crossing a col (pass) between adjacent valleys. This is a race that will quickly find out your weaknesses and poor equipment choice. What we ask you to take is the minimum. Please be sensible and add to this if the weather forecast is poor or if you are a slower runner in the ULTRA races. By entering a race you do not hand over responsibility for your personal safety. Please respect the route, take what you need to keep comfortable and safe, and have a great race!
The obligatory equipment will be checked at race registration, and can be checked at any time during the race. You must have all of your spare equipment in waterproof bags inside your rucksack. If the weather is bad you will need your spare thermal top plus hat to be dry when you need them. If the weather is hot you can soon soak your spare clothes with sweat rendering them useless if the weather changes or you need them for a night section. A drybag is ideal. If you come unprepared to race registration we will have ziplock bags available at 1 euro per piece, all proceeds will be contributed to our fund to help Nepali runners participate in international races.
Mobile phone with sufficient battery life, and with the numbers of the emergency services and race organisation saved is mandatory during all the race. The phone has to be turned on from the race start, with active roaming, sound at maximal volume, fully charged battery and perfect working condition to withstand the entire race.
Why? The mobile phone allows the participant to receive and make emergency calls to the organisation (the telephone number will be noted on the back of the race bib). In addition, it may be useful to send geo-localization information via applications like WhatsApp. The race organisation may also need to send sms to participants before and during the race with updates of essential weather and route information. Therefore, the phone must be active during the entire race. It is essential to keep the battery as charged as possible, and to avoid making calls or sending data unless it is needed. Functions requesting high battery consumption such as bluetooth or wifi should be inactive (and gps when not needed). The reason why the roaming services must be active is that, given the proximity with France, some points of the course may be better served by Italian telephone network than by Swiss network.
Stage: 1 x fully functioning torch must be carried with spare batteries
Ultra: 2 x fully functioning torches must be carried with spare batteries for each torch. We recommend 200 lumens for the main torch.
NOTE: If your torch uses a rechargeable battery you must carry a second charged battery. A battery pack is not sufficient. This is why: in a worst case scenario your first torch breaks, and your second torch runs out of battery – you need an instant replacement battery otherwise you will find yourself standing still on the trail, getting cold, waiting for your battery pack to charge your headlamp.
PLEASE COME PREPARED WITH TWO TORCHES EACH WITH SPARE (CHARGED) BATTERIES.
The headlamp can be worn on the head, leaving the hands free. When packing your headlamp, ensure that it works properly and its batteries are fully charged. Check that it is turned off when inside your backpack, to ensure it works properly when needed.
Why? The headlamp will be mandatory during the entire race. The lamp may be turned on accidentally inside the backpack, or by incorrect handling. If this goes unnoticed by the runner, it may drain the batteries causing the lamp to fail when needed. This is why it is mandatory to carry a spare set of batteries and a second headlamp working properly and also with spare batteries.
Mandatory during all the race. They can be one or more rigid containers, bags or a combination of both. In any case they should provide a total minimal capacity of 1.5 L.^Top
To be consumed in an emergency situation only, please take sufficient supplies from the checkpoints to satisfy your hunger.^Top
Mandatory during all the race. It is essential this is a bag (not a blanket). If you have an emergency and need to stop a bag will provide you with greater protection than a blanket that will flap around. We recommend the SOL ® Emergency Bivvy.
If you are unsure where you can obtain this we can order for you and have ready for you at registration in Grächen or Gressoney.^Top
This is mandatory during all of the race. It may be required to indicate your location if you are lost or injured.^Top
A self-adhesive elasticised band that can be used as a bandage or for strapping (minimum 100cm by 6cm) is mandatory. If you are injured along the route this can be used until you reach the nearest first aid point / checkpoint.^Top
Mandatory during all the race. It can be any container, foldable or not, which may be used as a cup for drinking without wasting the liquid contained. Hands or any object that may lose liquid are not accepted.
Why is it required? For environmental protection reasons, no cups/glasses will be provided at aid stations.
Mandatory during all the race. With breathable insulating membrane such as Gore-Tex, Clima Pro, Water Proff, MemBrain, H2O, Hyvent or similar, to sustain bad weather conditions in mountain.
IMPERMEABILITY: At least 10,000 mm Schmerber water column (*)
BREATHABILITY: RET score equal or below 13; or MTVR score equal or over 5.000 (*)
(*) Consult the values of your jacket with your retailer/brand.
Why?The impermeable breathable jacket with hood will be mandatory during the entire race.
Why a hood? The head is one of the parts of the body with greater heat loss. This is why it must be protected from the rain, wind or cold when needed.
Why impermeable? Storms and unexpected rain episodes are very frequent in mountains. Having the body wet for a long time may cause serious problems.
Mandatory during all the race.
They must be impermeable (at least 10,000 mm Schmerber water column), and it is recommended that they also are breathable, although this is not mandatory. Seams must be sealed!
Why? Trousers or leggings are not useful when they are wet or in windy conditions. If you become injured and have to sit on wet ground, waterproof trousers will give you some protection.
Mandatory during all the race. Weather conditions can change from sun to snow to rain. This must be an extra layer, secondary to whatever is worn at the start of the race.^Top
If you are running in shorts/skirt then please make sure you are carrying something to cover you at least over the knee. Weather conditions can change quickly.^Top
Mandatory during all the race. Weather conditions can change from sun to snow to rain. A buff / bandana is not adequate for this.^Top
Warm gloves are mandatory during the entire race.^Top
Obligatory. We will provide you with a GPS tracker as well as your race number and timing chip when you register in Gressoney or Grächen. The trackers and small and weigh just 65g. You must carry this with you for the duration of the race.
Added benefit for you is that friends and family will be able to follow your exact location during the race!^Top
You must carry a photocopy of your passport biodata or ID stored in a sealed plastic bag.^Top
To wear in a visible part of the back (such as in the backpack).
Highly recommended for safety on any road section at night or with limited visibility.^Top
To be advised if required*
NEW 2019 – due to the condition of the Teodul glacier in 2019, we decided to enforce the use of microspikes to cross the Teodul glacier. Runners collected spikes in Zermatt and deposited in Gressoney. For 2020, a decision will be made in mid-August if this requirement will be repeated for 2020 for 170 km & Stage Race runners.^Top