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Monday, February 7, 2011

Equipment

Oooohhh, that’s where all the fun begins.

In theory, you would typically need A LOT of stuff for nearly 3 week journey. However, running puts some serious constraints on the amount of crap you can carry on yourself. Every gram and cubic centimeter counts. Therefore I’m taking only the most necessary items that I won’t be able to pick up along the way.

Here’s the draft of the items I’ll need to have on myself. I’ll be detailing particular products for the slot as I go preparing for the trip.

  • Clothing
    • Baselayer shorts x 2
    • Trainer pants
    • Long-sleeve baselayer
    • Running shirt
    • Wind jacket (for those chilly nights)
    • Cap
    • Sunglasses
    • Running shoes
    • Walking shoes
    • Running socks x 2
  • Carrying equipment
    • Lightweight backpack
    • Capacity enhancement attachments (possibly)
    • Hip packs (possibly two)
  • Hygiene and health products
    • Toothbrush and toothpaste
    • Shampoo/showergel
    • Shaver? (nah, fuck it, let it grow)
    • Lightweight compact towel
    • Liquid dissolving soap
    • Compact detergent (for washing clothes on the way)
    • A set of band aids to treat sores and blisters
    • Sunscreen?
  • Other stuff
    • Water bottle(s) (at least 1.5L in total capacity)
    • Mobile phone + charger
    • Emergency nutrition (dried meat and fruits, nuts)

11 comments:

  1. Why do you need to carry shampoo/shower gel, etc.? Excessive crap, imho. It's not like you are going into a desert ;)

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  2. because the place I'll be sleeping in won't provide any for sure ;)

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  3. IMHO a bar of good soap would replace shower gel/shampoo/detergent. Also weighs less as its dry (in the case of gel/shampoo you would be carying water; and if detergent is powder, it still takes more space than solid soap)
    br in your adventure!

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  4. And what about a tent? I understand that this thing is heavy but where you gonna sleep? In caves? Or this is " 3week no sleeping run" ?

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  5. There will be plenty of guest houses or even hotels (if I feel like it) along the road. Tent is absolutely out of question.

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  6. I have no experience in this but thing the 1.5 l water could be a bit too little.
    there should be good backpacks with camelpacks with higher capacity but again.

    I found your blog because I was dreaming a bit of doing it myself and wanted to see if anyone have done it. so big respect to you if/when/for doing it.

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  7. Thanks!

    I'll be carrying 1.6L. Should be enough for a 3-4 hour runs between towns / refills.

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  8. Also I would think about water-soluble carbohydrates with vitamins and electrolytes. You will be dehydrating and you'll need energy. Sure you can depend on human body and endurance, but caring for your health is more important.

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  9. Definitely reasonable suggestion. any particular product to recommend? Preferably ones that come in smaller than 1kg packages :)

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  10. Unfortunately my carbohydrate knowledge ends with the short term cocktails that can keep you in shape for 1,5h of intense basketball so I don't want to suggest anything I didn't tried myself.

    I'm sure you'll find some professional articles about that :)

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  11. What about a backpack?

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