Runners accepted into Hells Cauldron–The Anvil will be sent a separate mandatory gear list prior to the event.

22—40—58—64 km

Every year we get queried on the information below – it is simple, clear and self explanatory. In a nutshell – turn up without the mandatory gear below and you will not be permitted to start.

All runners (that includes those doing the 22 km—so please do not ask again), must carry with them as a minimum the following safety equipment. The reason for this is if someone were to injure themselves out on the trail, they may need to either walk out or wait a couple of hours for medical assistance. Given the area is subject to sudden changes in weather and the possibility of an injured person rapidly loosing core body temperature or going into shock, these items are considered the minimum safety requirements:

  • Face mask and hand sanitiser
  • Compass and/or GPS, whistle, waterproof map of the area (recommended is Rooftop’s Mt Feathertop – Hotham 1:30,000 and adjacent Bogong High Plains or Spatial Vision – Bogong Alpine Area 1:50,000). Maps may be downloaded from the website
  • Pressure Snake Bandage (see article below)
  • Antiseptic swipes, bandaids, painkillers (6)
  • Water proof jacket with hood and waterproof overpants
  • Spare long sleeved thermal propylene /wool top and long johns
  • Beanie/hat, gloves
  • Minimum of 500 ml of water (better still 1 litre if it's hot) and/or a container to carry it
  • Torch, spare batteries
  • Emergency space blanket
  • Food
  • Emergency food (energy bar/chocolate)
  • Mobile Phone (for emergency calls)

A gear check will be conducted on the Friday night. Failure to carry ALL the mandatory gear listed above will mean you will NOT be permitted to run. Please pay special attention to the requirements regarding bandage.

Snake Bite - Mandatory Safety Equipment —make sure you read this, it is very important!

NB: All 58/64 km runners MUST have sufficient experience/equipment to allow them to either find an alternate route back to run to headquarters or wait out the night and complete the run the following day.

Any runner who withdraws or is unable to complete the run back to Harrietville by 9:00 P.M. on the Saturday MUST attempt to contact the run director by mobile phone (0418 136 070) and advise their status.