Drop bag - Purchase a large duffel bag for your aid station 3 drop bag. Please have all your gear fit inside this bag, and not tied to the outside. When returning from the mountain, place all your gear in the duffel bag so we can get it all back to you.
Racers must have the following gear with you leaving aid station 3:
medium sized backpack for the climb.
ice axe or whippet
1 locking carabiner for your harness.
2 twistlock carabiners for your lanyards. Note: do not use magnetic locking carabiners, they will freeze shut.
crampons with 1 inch teeth (no Yack tracks or Micro spikes) Kahtoola or other strap on types okay.
2 liter water container
Clothing - absolutely no cotton
extra upper base layer
puffy upper insulation layer - down or synthetic loft
waterproof jacket with hood
waterproof shell pants
waterproof boots or shoes
1 extra pair wool socks
snowshoes - On average the snow will be hard on the way up in the early morning and soft and punchy on the return. Lightweight running snowshoes are recommended. You may temporarily drop these at any aid station on the ascent but but must pick them up and return them to your drop bag.
Trekking poles with baskets - You may use trekking poles throughout the course. While on the fixed ropes you must have your ice axe in hand.
A towel to dry off
Clean dry cloths and shoes for the return run to the finish.