There exists a very real possibility of a runner or pacer in the Alpine Challenge becoming badly lost and/or injured during daylight or during the night somewhere out of mobile phone range. This could happen on either the first or second day of the event, and it could happen to anybody, even the most experienced trail ultra-runner. In such a situation, it is critically important to have all of the Mandatory Equipment for obvious reasons. You must take this requirement seriously. Temperatures below 0°C plus wind chill have been recorded during November in the race area, and this could be accompanied by rain and winds.

The Mandatory Equipment must be carried by all runners and all pacers at all times on the Alpine Challenge course. If a runner is found not to have all of the Mandatory Gear, they will not be allowed to start. If a runner or their pacer fails a gear check on the course they will both be disqualified. There are no stores near the course of the Alpine Challenge likely to stock items on the Mandatory Gear list, so it is in the runner’s (and their pacer’s) interest to make sure they have the gear as specified.

If in doubt, contact Paul Ashton on 0418 136 070 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to verify that your gear will be acceptable. It is wise to carry your Mandatory Equipment in a way that allows it to be easily checked by Race Officials to save time at inspections. NB: there will be random gear checks conducted on the course. Avoid the temptation not to carry items of the Mandatory Equipment, or carry items that do not meet the specified requirements.

All participants must provide and carry with them the following minimum safety equipment.

This list has been prepared based on running in good to mild conditions. It should be treated as your minimum safety gear and should be adjusted upwards in terms of quality, and quantity of gear depending on conditions. Many runners aim to take the lightest and smallest amount of gear with them. This will not protect you in the Victorian Alps in cold, wet and windy conditions. The 100 mile event has a 34% DNF rate because people continue to underestimate the conditions.

  • Waterproof and windproof jacket with hood—(gortex, pertex, entrant, japara, nylon or similar). NB: plastic rain poncho, wind jacket, water resistant jacket, etc. are not acceptable.
  • Waterproof and windproof pants—(gortex, pertex, entrant, japara, nylon or similar)
  • Spare long sleeved thermal top and long johns (polypropylene, wool or similar). Cotton, coolmax, lycra and any compression garment will not be acceptable.
  • Beanie/hat/balaclava or buff (1 only)
  • Windproof and waterproof gloves (large size dishwashing gloves are acceptable as waterproof gloves)
  • Waterproof map of the area and course notes (preferably laminated or in a waterproof map case or zip lock bag). Spatial Vision—Bogong Alpine Area 1:50,000
  • Compass or GPS plus spare batteries for GPS. Find out how to use your map and compass here
  • Lighter or waterproof matches
  • Whistle
  • First Aid kit including
    • Emergency space blanket/bag/light bivvi sack or equivalent
    • Personal First aid requirements, bandaids, antiseptic, painkillers etc
    • 10 cm elastic bandage for snake bites/sprains. NB: cotton crepe bandages are NOT acceptable
  • Fully charged mobile phone and portable mini power bank (1 phone per solo runner/2 per team or relay team—Telstra provides the best coverage)
  • Torch/headlamp and spare batteries
  • Back up torch/headlamp (including spare batteries)
  • Food—for the run and emergency food if lost (energy chocolate is good)
  • Water—minimum 2 litres capacity. More recommended if forecast is hot
  • Waterproof bag to keep your compulsory clothing dry (plastic bags/zip lock bags or dry sacks are fine)
  • Sun screen
  • In addition all participants must carry the following safety equipment provided by event organisers:
    • Personal Location Beacon or similar (1 per solo/team)
    • Emergency heat pack
  • Ancillary Equipment:
    • Spare clothing/runners (with support crew)


In the past a number of participants have tried to take short cuts on safety and equipment. As a result all participants are advised that failure to have the approved mandatory safety equipment at the event and at gear checks during the event will result in disqualification and the participant being removed from the event.

Unacceptable gear

If you bring this equipment, you will NOT be permitted to start

  • Water resistant jackets/over-pants
  • Jacket without a hood
  • “Skins” or equivalent are not acceptable as thermal top/bottom
  • Non elasticised snake bite bandage less than 10 cm

NB: In previous years runners have experienced sub zero conditions during the night run with strong winds, giving a wind chill factor in the area of minus 5/10 degrees. Please prepare well for the night section or be prepared for a DNF.