Only you can decide what you really need, but here are some good suggestions…
Bring plenty of drinking water.
There is no fresh water on the mountain, some refreshment is provided at checkpoints 1, 3, 4 & 5. Klimbing from checkpoint 1 to checkpoint 2 is the toughest section with a total of about +3,500ft in elevation changes, you will need plenty of hydration. Carry as much of your preferred re-hydration drink as you can comfortably manage, and make sure you hydrate well before setting off. Good hydration should start several days before the klimb.
Train carrying water so you’ll know how much you are comfortable with carrying. A bladder system such as a Camelbak makes good sense because it leaves your hands free for klimbing or using walking poles.
Consider using sports drinks and re-hydrate frequently to help avoid cramps.
Bring some snacks.
Nuts and trail mix is a good idea, and power bars are also useful. Please remember to take your wrappers down to the trash cans at the Heritage Hall, don’t leave them on the mountain.
Get to know the trail.
There are some good reports on the internet that are well worth reading, we also provide some trail info and will keep you updated with any changes. Talk to past klimbers on FB they are a wealth of information. Put “Kusam Klimb” into Google then read, read and read some more.
Train, train, train.
Don’t forget your Camera!
You’ll be hiking through some beautiful woodland with amazing views, it would be a shame to miss the opportunity for a great photo, we can pretty much guarantee you won’t be going back up the next day to snap that amazing shot you missed!
Good footwear is essential.
We see people in all manner of footwear, from hiking boots to summer trail thongs! It’s 23 kilometres so make sure your footwear is comfortably worn-in, the last thing you want is a blister half way round. Don’t cut your toenails the night before the race – a few days before works better.
When buying trail runners consider buying a size wider and a size longer. If you suffer from blisters try MoleSkin, just ask at your preferred running shop!
Good grip is essential, the terrain changes from asphalt to mud and snow and everything you can imagine in between. If your footwear is waterproof and breathable that’s all the better. There are several creek crossings, so a spare pair of socks may help.
Don’t underestimate the need for good footwear.
A Good Jacket is essential.
The top of the trail is over 4,300ft above sea level, so it can be pretty cold up there. You may not need a jacket while you are klimbing, but if you decide or need to stop for any length of time you’ll be pleased you have one. A layered system with a wicking shirt, a fleece for warmth and a shell for water/wind-proofing is ideal, you will normally face a variety of conditions.
Train some more!
Bring a Pair of Gloves.
Strong leather gloves are ideal, there are some ropes going up and on the back of the mountain to help you to descend, the gloves will help to avoid rope burns and blisters. They also come in handy for the klimb up as well.
A Whistle could save you.
A Whistle doesn’t take up much space, but it could be useful to summons help if you need it, or if you come across another klimber that needs help. You may not be alone for long on the trail, but it if you wander off trail it could be a different story.
Consider the insects!
Insect repellant is a good idea as well as insect bite cream to eliminate any niggling discomfort and allow you to enjoy your Klimb.
If it’s a sunny day don’t forget the sun cream and a hat, you may be outside for a long time.
Did we mention Train?
The Kusam Klimb covers a very demanding route with around 1 MILE OF ELEVATION CHANGE in the first part of the Klimb, and 23 kilometres in length – OVER A MOUNTAIN! It is a serious challenge! Are you tough enough?
The more comprehensive training you do, the more you will enjoy the challenge.
Train to be Tough Enough!