BETTER SORE THAN SORRY.

This list is divided into two parts. The first part details the compulsory equipment that is required by every runner as per rule 15. The second part details optional equipment. This part will be very much dependent on whether you are racing, or making the cut-off as to how much risk you want to take, and how much of that stuff you want to leave behind.

Conditions on the Eastern Escarpment are fairly mild, but expect cold nights – you‘re above 2000m. Daytime temperatures should be around mid to late 20 degrees C, dropping into single figures at night. Thunderstorms are possible, but not common during late April. Mist will very likely occur in the mornings. You are advised to pay close attention to the weather in the days leading up to race day and plan accordingly.

THE COMPULSORY STUFF

RULE 15
  1. Backpack or hydration pack able to carry all gear inside the bag.
  2. Space Blanket
  3. Carrying capacity for at least 3l of water / liquid
  4. A GPS navigation unit
  5. A whistle within easy reach
  6. A Headlamp with sufficient power / spare batteries / charger
  7. Trail shoes
  8. Cap, Beanie or Buff
  9. A Fully charged Mobile Phone with charger. Activated on a South African mobile network.
  10. Sufficient nutrition to support you for 25km – 30km: the distance between Water Stations and in the case of an emergency where you could be stranded on the route for several hours. This should include:
    • Rehydrate sachet(s)
    • At least 1000 Kcal of nutrition
  11. Waterproof jacket with hood
  12. A Thermal top
  13. Warm leggings
  14. Spare socks
  15. Basic footcare pack, including adhesive bandage and blister treatment kit.
  16. A race identification bib / race number (supplied at Registration)
  17. A Tracking unit (to be supplied by the Race Organisers at registration.

THE RECOMMENDED STUFF

Technically, you should be able to finish The Munga Trail with just the gear on the compulsory list, but it's going to be one tough run. So you might want to add a few extras. Here's our recommended additional gear:

  1. Walking / trekking poles
  2. A change of warm / dry clothes
  3. Cash (R300) and Bank Debit / Credit Card
  4. Sun cream
  5. Anti-chafing cream
  6. Toilet paper
  7. Sunglasses

MEDICAL SUPPLIES

  1. Anti-chafe cream
  2. Sun cream
  3. Lip ice
  4. Tooth brush and toothpaste
  5. Anethane (local anesthetic cream)
  6. 2 x small plasters (for small cuts and scrapes)
  7. 2 x small alcohol swabs
  8. Personal medication
  9. Imodium or Kantrexil tablets for stomach
  10. Rehydrate sachet

OTHER IMPORTANT STUFF

  1. 2 pin/USB adapter for charging
  2. Phone charge cables
  3. Batteries
  4. Battery booster pack
  5. Garmin / SUUNTO / Navigation system charge cable

AND A FEW EXTRA NOTES...

  1. Soap and towels will be provided so don’t carry any
  2. All race villages have charging facilities, however you should carry at least 1 spare set of batteries for your electronic devices
  3. We do have emergency services on the event, but there are sections of very remote track that they may not be able to get to immediately, hence should you injure yourself it’s a good idea to carry a few plasters to patch yourself up.
  4. The Spot Tracking device has 4 x small star screws to open up the back to replace the batteries. Check if your multi-tool has a small star screwdriver. If not, the Race village leads will have one to assist you when the device needs a battery swap. We will inform you if the batteries are going flat, as the system will send us a warning email.
This list is by no means thorough, but serves mainly as a guideline. The onus is on you, the runner, to plan and pack accordingly, depending on your risk profile. It is your responsibility to make sure you know how to use your stuff and are adequately prepared.