Sylvan Gear List

Mandatory Individual Gear

  • Whistle (one per person)
  • Space Blanket (one per person)
  • Rain coat (taped, with hood; waterproof, not water-resistant)
  • Suitable clothing for the conditions
  • Warm fleece, wool, or synthetic hat (buff is acceptable)
  • Hydration System (If you are in need of a new hydration system, we recommend SOURCE hydration systems.)
  • Appropriate Pack
  • Headlamp and sufficient battery power
  • Enough food for the duration of the event

Mandatory Team Gear

  • Race rules, maps, passports (provided by the race organization)
  • Fully charged cell phone (one per team)
  • Compass (one per team – if you are in need of a new compass, we recommend Kanpas products)
  • First aid kit – The list below is the mandatory, minimum requirement, but we encourage you to round out your kit with additional items as you deem necessary and wise. We recommend you consult this medical kit’s supply list for guidance on additional supplies.
    • Antihistamine/benadryl
    • Ibuprofen
    • Assorted bandaids
    • 4 gauze pads, minimum 3×3
    • Disinfecting wipes
    • Epipen if a teammate knows he/she needs one
  • Water Purification, suitable for the entire team

Mandatory Individual Bike Gear (Must be carried on all bike legs)

  • Mountain bike
  • Helmet
  • Rear blinking light
  • Front white light

Mandatory Team Bike Gear

  • Repair Kit
  • One tube per two bikes (we recommend one per bike)

Mandatory Individual Paddle Gear

  • PFD
  • Paddle (double- or single-blade are acceptable)
  • Bailer (update: required for teams and solos)

If you don’t have your own, we’re happy to provide you with a single-blade canoe paddle and a PFDPlease let us know by Wednesday of race week.

Recommended Individual Gear

  • Extra clothes and rain protection
  • Map Case or other means to keep your maps dry and accessible.
  • Foot lubricant/cream (we recommend Hikegoo and other products from Foot Kinetics)
  • A watch
  • Dry bag(s) – enough dry bag or other waterproofing for all gear and food

Prohibited Gear

  • Weapons
  • GPS devices – If you want to use a device for the sake of tracking your route for later download, you may be permitted to use it but must discuss this with the organization ahead of the race
  • Night vision googles or other similar devices
  • Communication devices – a cell phone is required for emergencies only; no other such devices should be carried unless approved by the organization
  • Any form of transportation not specifically allowed by the organization