North Pole Marathon - Equipment List

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My equipment list may seem very long .... but almost every item here was used either by myself, or lent to others.  Most other people took a similar amount.

 

Things I found really helpful include :-

   - two sets of goggles, this allows one to thaw out in the mess tent ready for demisting and cleaning on a later lap

   - spare balaclavas - I used two in the race, and a third afterwards.

   - neoprene toe caps - they go between the socks, and are very comfortable

   - the Atlas Dualtrac SLs are really comfortable, some other makes were awkward and heavy

   - Merino wool liner gloves - excellent for keeping some warmth when the mitts are off

   - mittens ... essential, gloves are indequate.  I used two pairs as the racing pair became damp from perspiraton

   - neck gaiter ... a new bit of kit for me, but very good for maintaining heat in the torso and neck

   - oversized singlet - great for putting the number on  !

   - thermos, keeping drinks from freezing during the race is a problem

   - the McMurdo down Parka was fantastic, its outer windproof layer is a plus over normal down jackets

   - ski trousers, good for warmth post run

   - taking some dehydrated food & fresh water (I took 3 litres) is a good idea,  Russian supplies are a little random

 

Items I did not use include

   - second down duvet jacket, the McMurdo Parka was enought.  I lent my duvet out.

   -  all five balaclavas (!) ... three were adequate

 

For my feet post run, I used an old pair of plastic climbing boots.  These kept my feet warm, but were a real nuisance to take on and off.  Winter walking boots are only just adequate for standing around on ice at - 20 degC, and a pair of insulated boots is a better idea.  These were readily available in Spitsbergen, but are harder to find in London !

 

I experimented with a normal running top in Oslo and Sweden over my wool base layer, but found it attracted water and chilled.  Another runner used a dryfit top as as one of his layers, and similarly found it held water and cooled significantly.  So wicking base layers over an insulating layer which breathes & idealy holds warmth when damp is a good idea, my Merino wool 320 weight top by "Icebreaker" worked well.

 

If I were going again, I would put in a small collapsable insulated bag for my run drinks & food, and put some chemical hand warmers around them to prevent them from freezing during the run.  That way all supplies can be left outside - taking snowshoes off to get into the mess tent is a nuisance.

 

 

North Pole

 

Run

Feet

Liner sock

Merino wool - Smartwool

Running sock

Thorlos

Neoprene toe caps (1.5mm)

Snow & Rock Warm Toes

Thick hiking socks – wool

Merino wool - Smartwool

Trail running shoes (oversize)

Montrail Hurricane Ridge

Neoprene shoe cover

Universal Bootglove

Snowshoes

Atlas Dualtrac SL

Legs

Windstopper underpants

Helly Hanson

Lycra running shorts

Mizuno

Thin Merino wool base layer

Icebreaker Bodyfit 260

Insulating windproof trousers

Arc’Teryx Gamma MX Pant

Torso

Heat rate monitor chest strap

Polar

Thin Merino wool base layer

Icebreaker Skin 200

Long sleeve wicking vest

Berghaus X-Static Top

Merino wool insulating layer

Icebreaker Sport 320

Gortex paclite windproof shell

Montain Equipment Matrix Jacket

Charity running singlet

XL size, to pin number on

Head

Balaclava (wide opening)

North Face

Neoprene fask mask

Seirus

Goggles

Oakley L Frame

Mountain cap, covers ears

Lowe Alpine Casquette

Hands

Liner gloves

Merino wool – Icebreaker

Mittens

Phoenix M Spirit Gortex Mitt

Heart rate monitor watch

Polar S610

GPS running watch

Garmin Forerunner 205

 

Run changes / alternates

Feet

Ice grips, pull over trainers

Yaktrax Pro Ice Cleat

Torso

Wicking base layer

Helly hansen

Wicking running t-shirt

Helly Hansen

Merino wool insulating layer

Icebreaker Bodyfit 260

Fleece insulating layer

Berghaus

Head

Balaclava (narrow opening) x 3

Terra Nova Powerstretch

Neoprene fask mask

Seirus

Mountain cap, covers ears

Event

Goggles

Oakley L Frame

Standard Buff

Buff

Polar Buff (with neck gaiter)

Buff

 

Post run clothing

Feet

Liner sock x 2

Bridgedale Isolfil lycra

Thick hiking socks – wool

Merino wool - Smartwool

Thick hiking socks – wool

Bridgedale Summit

Plastic climbing boots

Koflach (removable inners)

Gaiters

Yeti gaiters, integral with boots

Chemical foot warmer

 

Legs

Underpants x 2

 

Wicking base layer

Helly Hansen

Insulating leggings (Polartech)

Lowe Alpine Power Stretch tights

Insulating duvet style trousers

J.Linderberg ski trousers

Windproof shell, Gortex

Berghaus Gortex Paclite

Torso

Thin Merino wool base layer

Icebreaker Skin 200

Merino wool insulating layer

Icebreaker Sport 320

Fleece

London marathon fleece

Down jacket with hood

Rab

Windproof down Parka

North Face McMurdo Parka

Head

Balaclava (wide opening)

Mountain Equipment

Beanie – wool

Icebreaker merino wool

Neck gaiter

Berghaus

Hands

Liner gloves

Merino wool – Icebreaker

Mittens

Montain Equipment Pinnacle Mitt

Cheimcal hand warmers

Hand hot pack – White Rock

 

Other Items

Eyes

Sunglasses

 

Prescription sunglasses

 

Prescription glasses

 

Contact lenses

 

Mirror

 

Skin

Chapstick

 

Sunblock

 

Bodyglide

 

Hygiene

Handwipes

 

Camping towel

 

Toothbrush / paste

 

Camera

Digital camera

Canon Ixus

Other

Union Jack

 

Walking pole

 

Swiss army knife

Rucksack

Notebook

 

Pen & Pencil

 

Map case

 

Laces

Spare

Passport

 

 

Marathon fuel

Gels & bars

Energy gels x 4

SIS Isotonic energy gel

Energy bar x 1

GO Bar

Drinks

Eectrolyte drink, 2 x 0.5 litre

SIS GO Electrolyte powder mix

Energy drink, 1 x 0.5 litre

SIS PSP 22 Energy powder mix

Recovery drink, 1 x 0.5 litre

SIS Rego powder mix

Drink bottle, 1 x 0.5 litre

SIS GO bottle

Drink bottle, 2 x 0.75 litre

SIS GO bottles

 

Food & meals (36hr)

Main meals

Oatmeal

In 0.5 litre tuppleware box

Beef Stroganoff

Reiter dehydrated Travellunch

Chicken & Noodle Hot Pot

Reiter dehydrated Travellunch

Vedgetable Risotto

Reiter dehydrated Travellunch

Chocolate Mouse

Reiter dehydrated Travellunch

Baked Beans, 2 x 200g cans

Heinz

Rye bread, 500g

Schneider Brot

Snacks

Nuts / dry fruit x 2

300 g in total

Snicker bars (marathons) x 3

 

Choclalate crème eggs x 8

Cadbury

Bottles

Waterbottle, 1 litre x 2

Wide opening

Insulated mug

With cover

Thermos, 0.5 litre

Plastic

Other

Spoon

Plastic

 

Spitsbergen

 

Clothes

Feet

Socks x 2

 

Legs

Underpants x 2

 

Trousers – walking

 

Torso

Shirts x 2

 

Hands

Windstopper gloves

 

 

Other

Computer

Laptop

 

Power cords

 

USB cable for camera

 

Phone

Work telephone

 

Camera

Charger

 

Hygiene

Electric shaver

 

Deodrant