Mandatory kit

The following clothing and equipment must be worn by the participants or carried at all times. This is the absolute minimum, and depending on the conditions it may be appropriate to take much more.

  • Running rucksack/vest (capable of carrying all the mandatory kit)
  • Waterproof jacket or smock (with taped or welded seams and a hood)
  • Waterproof trousers (with taped or welded seams)
  • Spare (i.e. unworn at kit check and the start) synthetically insulated layer weighing minimum 300g
    • ideas: women’s tops / men’s tops
    • further clarification added 21/1/2022:
      • Common mistake 1: Bringing a down (instead of synthetic) layer. Because it is virtually impossible to confirm whether the down has had a waterproof treatment, we do insist that this layer is synthetic.

      • Common mistake 2: Bringing multiple layers (such as insulated vest and cycling style arm warmers). This will not pass kit check. You must bring a single layer to cover the entire upper trunk including your arms (a hood is optimal but optional).

  • Survival bag (not a blanket)
  • Compass (magnetic and full size – electronic not suitable)
  • Headlamp + spare batteries or spare torch (with sufficient light to be able to navigate in the darkness)
  • Whistle
  • Long sleeve top
  • Hat and gloves suitable for the weather conditions
  • Water bottle/flask and / or hydration system
  • Fell, trail, or mountain running shoes – road trainers are not acceptable. Your shoes must have sufficiently deep lugs (tread) to provide good grip on all terrain types.
  • Mobile phone (there is no guarantee of phone reception along much of the route, we recommend UK networks EE or Vodaphone best).
  • GPS tracker (supplied at registration)
  • Race map (supplied at registration)
  • Mug – a device that can take at least 200ml and not fall apart or damage the user
  • Sufficient food (to comfortably get you from one support point to the next)
  • Money (at least £50 cash and a credit/debit card in case a taxi to the finish or support point is needed. A mobile phone with card payment capability can replace an actual credit/debit card)


SILVA Northern Traverse mandatory kit to be carried in your drop bag

[The following three items are mandatory for SILVA Northern Traverse participants only]

  1. A small personal first aid kit
    This should contain as a minimum analgesic (paracetamol etc, but NOT NSAID such as ibuprofen), and various plasters. A roll of K-tape can make the difference between finishing the event or not.
  2. blister treatment kit

    This kit MUST contain the following items that can be used by the participant or the medical team (if a particularly serious case) when treating a participant’s blister. The blister treatment kit must include the following:

    • Sterile scalpel blade (size #11) x5

    • Steropore sterile island dressings (6x7cm) x5

    • Sterile cotton swabs (5x5cm) x10

    • Hydrocolloid carnation hydro blister plasters (large) x4

    • Clinell 2% chlorhexidine disinfection wipes x5

    • Kinesiology tape (5cm x 5m) x1

    • Small scissors x

      Participants are welcome to source the blister treatment kit supplies themselves or alternatively they can purchase a pre-made kit directly from us (this will not contain kinesiology tape and small scissors).

  3. Plate/bowl to access hot food at support points after Shap (before Shap, plates/bowls will be available at the support points)


Recommended kit

  • Your own spork
  • GPS (for participants who are not confident of their map and compass skills in all conditions. You may use your phone, but ensure that it doesn’t run out of charge in case of needing to use it to phone for help! A power bank may help in this case)
  • Altimeter (very useful aid for navigation in low visibility conditions)
  • Sleeping bag + mat in drop bag for SILVA Northern Traverse.
  • SILVA Lakes Traverse: a small personal first aid kit is highly recommended to be carried in your running rucksack/vest. It should contain as a minimum analgesic (paracetamol etc, but NOT NSAID such as ibuprofen), and various plasters. A roll of K-tape can make the difference between finishing the event or not.


We will kit check on random occasions throughout the event.

If you have kit questions, perhaps ask it in the dedicated Facebook group in the first instance, or get in touch.


Finish bag

A finish bag weighing maximum 5kg for both SILVA Lakes Traverse and SILVA Northern Traverse participants can be dropped off near registration at St Bees on Saturday morning and will be taken to Shap or to Robin Hood’s Bay respectively. This bag should be robust and waterproof to withstand handling and outside storage. You will be given a tag at registration to go on this bag.


Drop bag (SILVA Northern Traverse only)

(There are no drop bags on SILVA Lakes Traverse).

Each participant in the SILVA Northern Traverse is allowed one drop bag. There will be four locations during the event where you will see your drop bag.

  • Patterdale (~44 miles / 71km)
  • Kirkby Stephen (~81 miles / 130.5km)
  • Richmond (~116 miles / 187km)
  • Lion Inn, Blakey Ridge (~161 miles / 259km)

The bag must have a maximum 80 litre capacity and weigh maximum 15kg and be waterproof. We recommend this 79L Ortlieb dry bag that is used on the Cape Wrath Ultra®. Oversized / overweight bags will not be accepted at registration.

If you decide not to carry your sleeping bag in your hill kit, you should carry it in your drop bag instead (a sleeping bag is [highly] recommended, not mandatory kit). Please note no glass bottles or breakables are permitted in drop bags.