Monday, 2 April 2012

MDS equipment - the essentials and desirables

Marathon des Sables has a compulsory list of items you need to carry.....

I've added links to where I got mine from

NEW! Marathon des Sables kit: What worked and what didn't

What I ended up taking

MANDATORY KIT
Backpack or equivalent - Raidlight 32l
Sleeping bag - Marmot Atom
Torch with spare batteries - Petzl Tikka Plus with Energizer lithium batteries
10 safety pins
Compass with 1°ree; or 2°ree; precision - Silva expedition
Lighter
Whistle
Knife with metal blade - Gerber ultralight or Victorinox Jelly Swiss Card
Tropical Disinfectant - Tea Tree Oil
Anti-Venom pump (insect poison remover)(gah!) - Aspivenin
Signalling mirror - Adventure Medical Kit
One aluminium survival sheet

SUPPLIED KIT
Road-book
Distress flare
Salt tablets
Punch card (Punched at checkpoints and water distribution)
Luminous stick (for raving in the desert emergencies) - issued at checkpoint 3 of the non stop stage (oh how I am looking forward to that!)

And this is the rest of what we think we'll need....

BIG KIT
Frontsack - TBC
Hydration system - Raidlight bottles and shoulder straps
Shoes - Brooks Cascadia 7

RUNNING KIT
1x running top - Under Armour Woman's Escape
[2]x running socks - Hilly Twin Skin, Bridgedale Trial Light and Injinji Toe Socks
1x running shorts - Under Armour compression shorts and Under Armour Escape loose fit
1x hat with neck guard - old one. White.
1x buff - old one. Blue!
1x gaiters - Sandbaggers
1x sunglasses / anti-sand glasses - TBC

CAMP KIT
1x wind trousers - old ones. Nike.
1x spare shirt - old one.
1x windstopper - old one used. Montane - very lightweight.
1x lightweight fleece - Montane Chukchi
1x slippers / flip flops - Baffin
1x leggings - old pair of skins.
Sleeping mat - TBC
1x stove - Esbit pocket stove
1x cooking pan - Esbit titanium pot
Fuel - Esbit solid fuel tabs - Ordered for arrival in Morocco
1x spoon / fork - Esbit spork
Wind shelter - tin foil

EQUIPMENT/LUXURIES
iphone with Speck cover
Sewing kit
Map holder
Passport and travel docs
1x sleeping mask/earplugs
Toothbrush and paste
Toilet roll

MEDICINE
Hand sanitizer
Wet wipes
Foot tape - Kinesio
Painkillers
Antiseptic cream
Suncream
Insect repellent
Suncream
Earplugs
Vaseline
Dressings
Compeed
Talcum powder
Immodium
Diaralyte
Bodyglide
Alcohol pads

I'm also going to look into these items:-
Glacier Gel
Blisto-o-ban
Engo

FOOD
See my marathon des sables food post

3 comments:

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  3. According to medicine stuff - i don't think that talcum powder is really necessary. Just sayin'..

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    Hwesta

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