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

22—40—64—85 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:

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

Given the area is subject to sudden changes in weather and the possibility of an injured person rapidly losing core body temperature or going into shock, these items are considered the minimum safety requirements. X—Mandatory to carry.


Mandatory Items 64 km 40 km 22 km
Waterproof and windproof jacket with hood X X X
Waterproof and windproof pants X X X
Spare long sleeved thermal top and long johns (not “skins” or equivalent) X X X
Beanie and/or hat, gloves X X X
Waterproof map of the area, compass or GPS (knowledge of how to use X X X
them). Recommended is Rooftop's Mt Feathertop-Hotham 1:30,000 and adjacent Bogong High Plains or Spatial Vision Bogong Alpine Area 1:50,000. You may download the maps on the website      
Lighter or waterproof matches X X X
Whistle X X X
Emergency space blanket/bag X X X
Personal First aid requirements: bandaids, antiseptic, painkillers etc. X X X
Pressure Snake Bandage (see this article). X X X
Minimum of 500 ml of water (better still 1 litre if it's hot) and/or a container to carry it X X X
Mobile phone (Telstra has best coverage) and/or Personal Location Beacon X X X
Torch and spare batteries X X  
Food for the run and emergency food if lost X X X


Mandatory Items 85 km
Waterproof & windproof jacket with hood, tape sealed seams(gortex, pertex, entrant, japara, nylon etc) X
Waterproof & windproof pants, (gortex, pertex, entrant, japara, nylon or similar) X
Long sleeved thermal top and long johns (polypropylene, wool or similar). May be worn at the start of the run
Not acceptable: cotton, coolmax, lycra and any non-thermal compression garment
Beanie and or hat and or balaclava or buff (1 only) X
Sun hat X
Fleece or down jacket or vest X
Windproof & waterproof gloves (large size dishwashing gloves are waterproof ) X
Hard copy map of the area and course notes (laminated or in a waterproof map case or zip lock bag). Spatial Vision—Bogong Alpine Area 1:50,000 or off the website X
Compass X
Lighter or waterproof matches X
Whistle X
First Aid kit including
  • Emergency space blanket/bag/light bivvi sack
  • Personal First aid requirements, bandaids, antiseptic, painkillers etc
  • Pressure bandage for snake bites/sprains
Fully charged mobile phone and spare power bank (Telstra provides the best coverage) X
Torch/headlamp and spare batteries X
Back up torch/headlamp X
Food—for the run and emergency food if lost (energy chocolate is good) X
Water—minimum 1.5 litres capacity. More recommended if forecast is hot X
Cup or other container for drinking at the refreshment points (water bottle is OK) X
Waterproof bag for spare clothing (plastic bags/zip lock bags or dry sacks are fine) X
Sunscreen X

Personal Location Beacon or similar (use your own or buy/rent from EPIRB Hire 02 4997 8183. PLB will be delivered to Running Wild for you to pick up at registration)

Emergency heat pack (provided in race pack) X
Race number (provided in race pack) X
Ziplock bag – for your rubbish X
Snow goggles (subject to weather/snow conditions) X
Sealskin Sox (subject to weather/snow conditions) X
Snow shoes or boot chains (subject to weather/snow conditions) X


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

NB: All 64/85 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.