Gear List


Please ensure your gear, especially footwear and socks, are cleaned and have no dirt or seeds before coming to the event.   Also straight after the event do the same cleaning of all your gear ready for your next adventure.  Our continuing use of public and private land is dependent on this.

Compulsory Gear List

Heights of Winter 2024 is being held in a foothills environment ranging up to 1050m. At the higher altitudes winds may be strong and cold.  Snow is quite possible.  Competitors must be fully prepared for adverse winter conditions.

All teams taking part in the event must wear or carry the following equipment:

Per team member

  • Whistle
  • Thermal top in addition to whatever you start off wearing (e.g. polypropylene, merino)
  • Thermal bottom (eg polypropylene, merino)
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Hat and gloves.
  • Water (some water replenishment stations will be provided on course, but the complete course will not be covered. As most of the course is on grazed farmland, drinking from streams may not be a good option.)
  • Food (e.g. lollies, muesli bar, other snack foods)
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp/torch with new batteries
  • Backpack to carry above
  • Suitable, robust, well-fitting footwear with well-treaded soles

Per Team

  • Watch
  • Compass.
  • First aid kit

Suggested Additional Gear– Participants may also wish to consider having and/or carrying the following:

  • Highlighter to plan and mark your route.  
  • Pencil or pen to record codes if there are faulty controls.
  • Gaiters, tights or similar lower body protection clothing.
  • Waterproof leggings.
  • Personal Locator Beacon (highly recommended)
  • Cell phone (there is reception only at higher altitudes)