Do I send her with
a stake, silver bullets or
a garlic necklace?
–An accidental haiku, by Mr. G
As you likely know, I am preparing for my first Ultra. I have been gathering my needed gear for months now. What do you think–am I prepared or am I forgetting anything?
1. I am pretty proud of myself that I managed to figure out how to upload the GPX file for my race. Fingers crossed I won’t need to use it, but it will be invaluable if there are any visibility issues related to weather.
2. I picked up a battery charger as backup for my phone and Garmin. Considering how long the race will take, I will need it.
3. They are asking runners to bring their own cup because the race directors are awesome and don’t want to use a bunch of plastic cups. However, I don’t own a collapsible cup and bringing a regular cup would provide awkward in my hydration pack, so I will be doing this little trail running hack I picked up somewhere along the way. Turn a juice pack into a portable, collapsible cup. See below for photo instructions.
Apropos because the Bucegi Mountains have a lot of bears.
4. Compass. Getting lost is a possibility.
5. A whistle built into my hydration pack, also in case of getting lost.
6. Airhorn. For bears.
7. Trekking poles for the steep mountains.
8. Hat, two waterproof jackets (because I can’t decide which one), long-sleeved shirt, short-sleeved shirt, two pairs of gloves, windproof pants, legggings, headlamp, light neck gaiter, and Hoka ATR trail running shoes.
9. Paper map of the course provided by the race directors before the race.
10. Emergency foil blanket.
11. First-aid kit that includes a bandage wrap, alcohol wipes, bandaids, aspirin, safety pins, and a plastic garbage bag (just in case).
12. Food. Lots. Along with electrolytes and magnesium supplements.
15. And my Nathan hydration pack to stuff it all into.
This visual checklist makes it seem much more real. I am getting excited!