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#BonCourage - The North Face® Ultra-Trail Du Mont-Blanc® 2013: The equipment

by Editor
Wednesday 24th July 2013
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Race feature: With the 2013 The North Face® Ultra-Trail Du Mont-Blanc® fast approaching (August 26 to September 1) Run247 will be taking a closer look at this prestigious ultra-event in the weeks running up to race day

We are also offering you the chance to WIN an Enduro Plus Hydration Pack (£110) from The North Face - To find out how you can win, click here or check the details at the bottom of this article.

#Bon Courage - The North FaceĀ® Ultra-Trail Du Mont-BlancĀ® 2013: The equipment

In order to participate in the The North Face® Ultra-Trail Du Mont-Blanc®, you will need to carry some compulsary kit. The organisers point out that this is the minimum necessary and that each trail-runner must adapt it according to their needs. It is important, in particular, not to choose clothing that is the lightest possible weight in order to gain a few grams, but to choose items which will give real protection against the cold, windy or snowy mountain weather, therefore giving a good level of security and performance.

All clothing must be the runner’s size and without alteration since leaving the factory. You must carry this material in a pack which must be tagged at the race-bib distribution and is not exchangeable during the race. 

If you decide to use poles, you must keep them throughout the whole of the race… It is forbidden to start without sticks and recover them up along the way. No poles will be allowed in the spare’s bags.

Compulsary kit:

  • mobile phone with option enabling its use in the three countries
    (You must store the security numbers of the organisation, and keep the phone switched on, do not hide your number and do not forget to set off with recharged batteries)
  • personal cup or tumbler 15cl minimum (water bottle not acceptable)
  • stock of water minimum 1 litre,
  • two torches in good working condition with replacement batteries,
  • survival blanket 1.40m x 2m minimum
  • whistle
  • adhesive elastic band enable making a bandage or a strapping (mini 100cm x 6 cm),
  • food reserve,
  • jacket with hood and made with a waterproof (recommendation: minimum 10,000 Schmerber) and breathable (recommendation: RET lower than 13) membrane (Gore-Tex or similar) which will withstand the bad weather in the mountains.
  • long running trousers or leggings or a combination of leggings and long socks which cover the legs completely,
  • Additional warm midlayer top: One single midlayer long sleeve top for warmth (cotton excluded) with a minimum weight of 180g (Men, size M) 
    OR a two piece clothing combination of a long sleeve baselayer/midlayer for warmth (cotton excluded), with a minimum weight of 110g (Men, size M) and a windproof jacket* with DWR (Durable Water Repellent) protection
  • cap or bandana
  • warm hat
  • warm and waterproof gloves
  • waterproof over-trousers

* The windproof jacket does not replace the mandatory waterproof jacket with hood

Required by the frontier police forces :

  • identity papers


In addition to the above the organisers very strongly recommended :

  • Knife or scissors with which to cut the self-adhesive elasticised bandage
  • walking poles for security on slippery ground in case of rain or snow
  • a change of warm clothes indispensable in the case of cold weather, rain or injury
  • the sum of 20 € minimum (in order to cover the unexpected....)

For all kit-rules visit www.ultratrailmb.com/page/16/Reglement.html

Kit recommendations for the UTMB

Kit recommendations for the UTMB (HERE)

Run247 have take a look at some of the clothing on offer from event sponsor The North Face. Designed for the mountains these items will not only get you through kit check, but will also keep you comfortable when conditions get testing!

Jez Bragg's 2013 UTMB Training - Part 1

Jez Bragg's 2013 UTMB Training - Part 1 (HERE)

Have you ever wondered how the front runners prepare? After a hectic winter (well summer technically) in New Zealand, 2010 UTMB winner Jez Bragg has made a relatively late decision to enter the 2013 race, and he has kindly agreed to share a diary of his training in the run up to race day



An Enduro Plus Hydration Pack (£110)

The North Face Enduro Plus Pack is a large hydration pack for extended adventure racing challenges. (more information)

For your chance to win, an Enduro Plus Hydration Pack from The North Face, just send an email tocompetitions@run247.com with the subjesct line of #Bon Courage.

We will be giving away one pack per week for four weeks

Terms and conditions:

1. Competition will close:
Week 1 - Tuesday 23rd July
Week 2 - Tuesday 30th July
Week 3 - Tuesday 6th August
Week 4 - Tuesday 13th August
2. Winner will be chosen at random after the closing date.
3. Judges decision is final
4. No cash alternative
5. UK residence only


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