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Space blanket

Obligatory equipment

Tour de monte rosa

River crossing, stage 2

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 kit. 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.

Obligatory equipment

The obligatory equipment will be checked at race registration, and can be checked at any time during the race.

 

1. Mobile phone

Required

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.

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2. Fully functional head torch with replacement batteries

Required

Stage: 1 x must be carried with spare batteries

Ultra: 2 x fully functioning torches must be carried with spare 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.

Examples There are many different brands and models of headlamps in the market.

  • Petzl headlight ultra trail race
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3. Bottles or bladders with capacity to carry 1.5 litres

Required

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.

Examples There are many different models and brands of drinking containers and/or hydration packs in the market.

  • salomon soft water bottle
  • salomon water bladder running
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4. Emergency food rations in a sealed ziplock bag (400 calories)

Required

To be consumed in an emergency situation only, please take sufficient supplies from the checkpoints to satisfy your hunger.

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5. Emergency blanket

Required

Mandatory during all the race. Thermal blankets (also known as space blanket or first aid blanket) are made of heat-reflective thin plastic, silver colored on one side and golden on the other. Their design reduces heat loss or increases it depending on how it is placed to cover the person in need. The minimal surface must be 1.4 m x 2.0 m.

Why? Thermal blankets are mainly used to cover an injured person while waiting for help to keep them warm, but it can also be used to signal the position to the aerial rescue team or simply as a protection against wind and rain.
The way it should be used to cover the injured person depends on the situation:
To retain heat: place the silver side in contact with the body and the golden side facing outwards. It is useful in case of hypothermia, injury, having to wait in the cold…
To reduce the temperature: place the golden side in contact with the body and the silver side facing outwards – shade the body from the sun only, don’t wrap the person up.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_blanket

  • Space blanket
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6. Whistle

Required

This is mandatory during all of the race. It may be required to indicate your location if you are lost or injured.

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7. Elastic bandage / strapping

Required

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.

 

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8. Drinking cup (cups will not be provided at refreshment points)

Required

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.

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9. Waterproof jacket with hood

Required

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.

  • waterproof jacket trail running
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10. Waterproof trousers

Required

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.

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11. Warm long-sleeved thermal top layer

Required

Mandatory during all the race. Weather conditions can change from sun to snow to rain.

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12. Long running trousers or trousers that cover over the knee

Required

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.

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13. Warm hat

Required

Mandatory during all the race. Weather conditions can change from sun to snow to rain.

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14. Identity papers (required by border control)

Required

You must carry a photocopy of your passport biodata or ID stored in a sealed plastic bag.

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15. Back red light or reflector

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.

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16. GPS Tracker

Required

Obligatory. We will provide you with a GPS tracker as well as your race number and timing chip when you register in Cervinia 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!

 

 

  • gl300-gps-tracker
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