Okay, lets start with these points:
- Carrying all mandatory gear on race day is NOT OPTIONAL
- Gear checks prior to event ARE OPTIONAL
- EVERYONE will be asked to produce at least one random piece of gear, somewhere around the course. If you don't have the required piece of gear, or the item you do have fails to meet the minimum requirements, you will NOT BE ALLOWED TO CONTINUE until you have somehow acquired that piece of gear. Don't ruin your race for small weight savings - everyone is in the same boat so it's an even playing field.
We don't require you to visit The Trail Co. to do a gear check (but we'd love to see you any time you want to say hi). Of course, if you're unsure if your gear will meet requirements, The Trail Co. team are more than happy to check your gear and offer tips. If you can't make it into The Trail Co.m we may be able to check your gear with lots of great pictures, but we can't guarantee this.
As a guide, if you know your gear meets Ultra-Trail Australia's standards, it should be good for The Guzzler too. While our list is different to theirs, we ask that each individual piece of gear lives up to the same requirements as the UTA.
You may have noted, some gear will only be mandatory in certain predicted race day conditions. We'll send an email midday 26th July confirming if you will or will not need this gear. We recognise that this will be too late to go out and by any extra items needed so please have these ready in reserve. Why can't we commit now? We think you would rather run with the lightest pack possible and want to keep you safe. And, have you ever tried pinning a weatherman down to a prediction?
See full Mandatory Gear list here.