Mandatory race gear to be carried with all individuals at ALL times:
**Random gear checks will be performed during the race. Racers not carrying mandatory gear will receive a point penalty**
Please note that in 2024 the race is two weeks earlier than usual. It may be 70 degrees or may be snowing. Please be smart and pack accordingly. Mandatory gear is the bare minimum of what you should consider packing.
- race passport (one per team, provided) WATERPROOF
- Waterproof race map (one per team, provided)
- Writing Utensil (one per team)
- Waterproof rain jacket with a hood
- Whistle (attached and within reach at all times)
- Water carrying capacity of at least 64oz
- extra long sleeve base layer
- full finger gloves (bike gloves ok)
- warm hat or buff
- space blanket
- compass (at least one per team)
- Extra pair of non-cotton socks (24 hour racers only)
- Headlamp with fresh batteries and extra batteries as needed (24 hour racers only)
- Bear Spray and knowledge of its use. One per team, easily accessible–NOT buried deep in your backpack!!) Check out this video for how to be safe in bear country, and this one about using bear spray. Although encounters are unlikely, there are black and grizzly bears in the area you will be traveling.
- First aid kit (one per team). Recommended: Adventure Medical Kit Ultralight .7, or build your own based on its contents
- Cell phone with fully charged battery (one per team). For use as a camera or in case of emergency only. Using your cell phone for navigation is not allowed and will get you disqualified.
- Water purification, drops or filter (one per team). Pack what you need in order to purify enough water for everyone for the entire race.
- Way to keep maps protected (one per team). A big ziplock or map case will work.
- Small gear bin or duffel, more details to come.
Mandatory bike gear:
- Mountain Bike (we recommend a tune-up before race day…a broken bike mid-race is a big bummer!). No E-Bikes allowed.
- Bike Helmet
- spare tube
- pump or CO2 canisters (at least one per team)
- tool kit (one per team)
- red blinking light (24 hour racers only, for all night riding)
- head lamp or handlebar light (24 hour racers only, for all night riding). We recommend both!
Mandatory Paddling Gear (24-hour racers only):
- Pack Raft (one seat per racer, doubles or singles ok)
- Helmet (bike helmet is OK)
- Way for team to carry and trek with ALL paddling gear including rafts (i.e. large backpack)
- Dry bag, with means to clip or strap securely in boat
- Splash Top or dry suit (not required but highly recommended, depending on weather)
- Way to keep hands and feet warm during paddle (i.e. gloves/booties, not required but highly recommended)
- 1 glow stick attached to the stern of each boat and 1 glow stick per person attached to PFD at shoulder-height.
- Please note, each team must be able to carry and hike with ALL paddling equipment, including your boats. Do not show up with inflatable kayaks or other heavy boats—it simply will not be feasible!
Pack Raft rental suggestions (24-hour racers only):
Backcountry Packrafts: This company rents quality rafts as well as other paddling equipment. They will be shipping the rafts directly to us and we will have them ready for you at check-in. You are responsible for cleaning and drying your rafts/gear after the race, but we will ship them back for you. Email us for a discount code to receive free shipping!
BYU Idaho Outdoor Resource Center: The BYU campus in Rexburg, Idaho, has a small number of packrafts available to rent at a decent price. (You must pick up and drop off your rafts in Rexburg, ID, and please note you can only make a reservation 30 days in advance, no sooner).
Additional Recommended gear for ALL racers:
- Bug Repellent
- Trekking Poles in case of mud, snow fields, and stream crossings
- Altimeter and knowledge of its use (Please note that GPS devices or phones are not allowed to track altitude or distance. Bike odometers are okay as long as they don’t use a satellite signal).
- Long pants for off-trail travel (if you wear shorts, your legs are guaranteed to get scratched!)
- Extra pair of dry shoes for your gear bin/bag (24 hour racers only)
- duct tape (you never know what might need fixing!)
- running gaiters
- extra layers depending on weather. You never know what you might get in June…especially early June (wink, wink, remember 2019)?
- Map board for bike
- SPOT tracker in case of emergency (Trackers provided for 24-hour racers)
- Small amount of toilet paper and ziplock baggie (please read this info on how to poop in the woods)
- Sharpies, pens, and highlighters for pre-race map work during check-in.
- Camp chair for hanging out at the finish line after the race. (24-hour racers, we also recommend you stash a change of clothes, pillow, and blanket in your car so you can take a little nap after the finish before we start awards or before you drive home. 🙂
- GPS devices or any device or phone that uses a satellite connection for navigation, distance, or elevation purposes. Please note you are welcome to track your race with a GPS device for future reference, but it may NOT be accessed during the race at all (i.e. seal it up and keep it in the bottom of your backpack). Some GPS watches will allow you to disable all GPS features and just use barometric altitude. This is OK as your altimeter but please come knowing in advance how to set your watch up this way. Some of the newest Garmins even have an Adventure Race mode. Racers caught using GPS or Phones during the race will be penalized or DQ’ed!
- No Firearms on course
- No E-Bikes