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Four Winds 2002

Four Winds USA Supreme Gear List


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Teams and racers shall supply all personal equipment necessary to cover the racecourse for varying types of terrain, weather and water conditions for the August 2002 USA Supreme Adventure Race in Utah.

There will be spot checks for mandatory equipment along the course. This may include complete pack breakdowns at any time in the field, as well as in transition areas.

PERSONAL MANDATORY EQUIPMENT

Each team member must supply the following and must carry these items at all times during competition:

  1. Small shovel (a broad scoop or wide blade, no spoons) for dealing with personal waste
  2. A lighter or other weatherproof fire starter
  3. A whistle
  4. A knife with a fixed or locking, straight or serrated blade of 3 1/2" or greater, which is easily accessible
  5. 1 hand held flashlight (no mini light smaller than 3") and 1 head lamp (both in working order, both waterproof)
  6. A polar fleece top - 200 weight minimum
  7. A working wind/waterproof torso shell (taped seals)
  8. Protective gloves (for biking, climbing, or water sections)
  9. One pair of sunglasses with UV protection
  10. Water bottles or water bladder capacity (minimum) 120 oz. or greater
  11. One race organization provided racing bib or jersey to be worn and visible over other clothing without exception, at all times on the race course
  12. Two green or white chem lights - 12 hour version, 6 inches or greater in length
  13. One ski-type cap/balaclava/equivalent
  14. Suitable shoes for all venues
  15. One space blanket, minimum size 6' X 6'
  16. 15-20 degree sleeping bag
  17. Individual weatherproof bivvy per person or team tent shelter required
  18. Survival mirror, at least 2" X 3
  19. Backpack suitable to carry all mandatory and other equipment as specified for each venue

MANDATORY TEAM EQUIPMENT

Each team must possess and carry permanently throughout the competition:

  1. A team first aid kit (See First Aid Kit below for detailed list of mandatory supplies.)
  2. One water-sealed containment unit for emergency radio and battery provided by the event organization
  3. One altimeter
  4. Two compasses, each carried by separate individuals
  5. One four season tent capable of keeping the entire team dry or two smaller four season tents capable of keeping 2 or 3 team members dry and out of the weather (see personal equipment section for optional individual bivvy sack option)
  6. Two authentic Coast Guard-approved waterproof strobe lamps in working order (typical strobe lamps measure 1" X 4" or greater)
  7. Two Bike pump or inflation kits, each carried by separate individuals (bike venue only)
  8. Two (for 4 person team, one for 2 person team) Mini repair/wrench kits, suitable to tighten all major bike components, each carried by separate individuals (bike venue only)
  9. 10 feet of usable standard duct tape
  10. One waterproof map case
  11. One portable stove and mess kit
  12. 15' small nylon lightweight cord
  13. 75' or longer 10mm static line
  14. Two bear bells, each carried by separate individuals
  15. One indelible, waterproof black marker
  16. Packaging of food/water/consumables must be marked in indelible ink with the team number

MINIMUM MANDATORY INDIVIDUAL RACER MOUNTAIN BIKING EQUIPMENT:
ADDITION TO FULL TIME EQUIPMENT

  1. A mountain bike
  2. An approved mountain biking helmet with chin strap
  3. Functional, working biking headlight and rear light (or red flashers) suitable for bicycling per the motor vehicle laws
  4. Reflective clothing for night biking
  5. Tire repair kit and 2 (minimum) spare tubes

MINIMUM MANDATORY INDIVIDUAL RACER MOUNTAINEERING EQUIPMENT:
ADDITION TO FULL TIME EQUIPMENT

  1. Approved climbing harness, either UIAA, NFPA, or ASTM rated
  2. Climbing or biking helmet with a chinstrap
  3. Four locking carabineers
  4. One figure eight or ATC, or other approved rappelling device, allowed up to a 350' drop; brake bar devices will be provided on drops exceeding 350'
  5. Two 3 foot sewn slings and one daisy chain
  6. Two prussiks are required; may be used as back-up device to rappelling
  7. Approved climbing/ascending system - no prussiks as primary ascending device
  8. One pair leather climbing gloves, or other leather gloves suitable for climbing

MINIMUM MANDATORY INDIVIDUAL RACER KAYAK EQUIPMENT:
ADDITION TO FULL TIME EQUIPMENT

  1. Life jacket (that does not require inflation) suitable for rafting and kayaking or other water venues which allows uninhibited movement and with the minimal flotation requirement by the U.S. Coast Guard for Type III P.F.D's
  2. The required fixed or folding knife with 3 1/2" blade or greater, within easy reach during the water section
  3. Personal paddles will be required by all team members for water venues; spare paddles will not be provided by the organization. Teams will provide their own suitable paddles for kayaks on various water sections of the course.
  4. Dry bag, waterproof and suitable to keep clothing and mandatory equipment dry
  5. Farmer John wetsuit, shortie, or some combination of top and bottom suitable for day or night water temperatures as low as 40 degrees F. (night temps off the water can be 32 degrees F. or lower)
  6. Neoprene booties
  7. Whistle attached and accessible on P.F.D.
  8. 2 chem lights/glow sticks (12 hour version) visibly affixed to each racer on the P.F.D, and activated during each night hour paddling section
  9. One sponge per person
  10. One bilge pump per boat
  11. One throw bag per boat
  12. 2 white or lime 12 hour chemical lights per boat
  13. Four red aerial distress flares (for water venues only)

(Teams must be prepared for conditions of water crossing both in and out of watercraft)

MANDATORY INDIVIDUAL RACER HORSEBACK RIDING EQUIPMENT:
ADDITION TO PERSONAL MANDATORY FULL TIME EQUIPMENT

  1. A climbing helmet or mountain biking helmet with chin strap is acceptable as is a cross-country or polo type helmet
  2. Hoof pick
  3. Headlamp if night travel is permitted

MANDATORY TEAM FIRST AID KITS

  • Water purification tablets - enough to purify 2 gallons of water
  • 8 - 3/4" bandages
  • 8 - I" bandages
  • 8 - Fingertip bandage
  • 8 - Knuckle bandages
  • 8 - Butterfly bandage
  • 8 - Gauze pads 3" x 3" and 3" x 4"
  • 2 - Eye pads
  • 1 - 2" x 5 yards gauze roll
  • 1 roll - 2" adhesive tape
  • 1 - needle/safety pin type 1 1/2" length
  • 1 - Razor blade
  • 4 - 4"x6" moleskin pads
  • 1 - First aid tweezers
  • 1 - Thermometer
  • 8 - Antibacterial towelettes
  • 8 - Antibiotic ointment packets
  • 1 pair - Scissors
  • 1 oz. Hydrogen peroxide
  • Electrolyte replacement (tablets or other equivalent such as Gatorade powder)
  • 12 - Pain reliever/fever reducer tablets (such as Tylenol, Motrin, etc.)

 

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