Mandatory Kit

Note that this is the kit list regardless of the weather – even if there is bright blue sky and not a cloud to be seen. With the length of this event and the fickle nature of weather across England, all this kit needs to be carried and most probably more!

  • Waterproof jacket – not a bin bag or fashion jacket. It needs to have a waterproof membrane and taped seams.
  • Waterproof trousers – as above
  • Insulated layer – fleece / lightweight duvet jacket
  • Long sleeve top
  • Hat (can be a buff although if you think you may have trouble in turning it in to a hat at 3 in the morning take a hat)
  • Gloves
  • Map (does not have to be map supplied but must have event route marked and a scale no greater than 1:50k)
  • MUG – a device that can take at least 200ml of hot water and not fall apart or damage the user. And can be used for hygenically drinking from (so you cannot use your shoe!)
  • Compass
  • Torch and spare batteries (or spare torch)
  • Survival bag (can be a bivy bag or one of the small adventure medical kits bags) – needs to be designed for the job and not altered (added May 9th)
  • Mobile phone
    • This phone should not be used for mapping, distance recording or tracking (its GPS capabilities should not be used)
    • Bluetooth / wifi etc should all be switched off
    • We recommend a simple unlocked phone and a MANX sim card, these work on all 4 UK networks and the credit does not expire
    • If not a MANX Sim then the phone should either use Vodafone or EE. Not O2 or Three.
  • Whistle (often found on rucksacs)
  • Small First Aid kit (Minimum of crepe bandage, triangular bandage, wound dressing, 2 safety pins and 6 adhesive dressings)

Dropbags (Northern Traverse only)

No drop bags on Lakes Traverse. There will be 4 locations during the Northern Traverse where you will see your drop bags. These bags should be a waterproof duffle bag and weigh no more than 15kg. No liquids should be stored in your bags except factory sealed bottles (your bags will be loaded on top of each other). If you decide not to carry a sleeping bag with you, there should be one in your dropbag.

– Drop bag A will go to Patterdale and Richmond
– Drop bag B will go to Kirkby Stephen and the Lion Inn

At these key checkpoints we will provide a tent for those who wish to sleep. Note tents at Patterdale are not for Lakes Traverse participants.

Strictly no sleeping inside any of the venues we use for these checkpoints. If you wish to sleep at the checkpoint you must use a tent provided.

Finish Bags

Finish bags for both Lake Traverse and Northern Traverse runners can be dropped off at the start at St Bees and will be taken to Shap or to Robin Hoods Bay. You will be given bag tags at registration to go on these bags. You must make sure your bags are dropped at the designated location for your event outside the St Bees school hall on Saturday morning.