Mandatory Gear – GSER28 Entrants:

Mandatory Gear

All GSER 2021 28K runners must carry the following mandatory gear at all times during the race.

No mandatory gear = no start!

Compulsory Gear

There will be no good weather or bad weather kit- the weather changes rapidly in the high country and you’ll be out for up to two days- so you must take all the items listed below as a minimum. If you feel you need more gear – feel free to carry it!

Compulsory from start to finish:

  • Waterproof jacket with hood
  • Thermal long shirt (not a compression shirt)
  • Full-length thermal tights (not compression, and they must be long enough to completely cover the legs)
  • Waterproof pants
  • Beanie, buff or similar warm headwear x 2 pieces
  • Full fingered gloves
  • 2.5 litres fluid minimum
  • Food for 5 hours of running
  • Mobile phone (we STRONGLY recommend Telstra Next G)
  • Phone charging case or battery
  • Avenza PDFMaps app loaded on phone and maps installed
  • Whistle
  • Space blanket
  • Compression bandage for snakebite
  • One headlamp or torch with spare batteries 
  • One 200 weight fleece top, or two 100 weight fleece tops, or equivalent, eg primaloft
  • Waterproof case with Maps (Maps provided)

Gear Guide

Here is an expanded explanation of the gear that you need to carry. If AFTER reading this you have questions – see below for the contact number.

Long Sleeve Thermal Top (polypropylene, wool) Cotton, Coolmax and lycra garments are NOT suitable. Compression garments and thermal compression garments are NOT suitable. Compression garments may still be used in the race but they are in addition to your mandatory thermal top and do not replace it.

Long Leg Thermal Pants (polypropylene, wool) Cotton, Coolmax and lycra garments are NOT suitable. Compression garments and thermal compression garments are NOT suitable. Compression garments may still be used in the race but they are in addition to your mandatory thermal pants and do not replace it.

Waterproof and Breathable Jacket with Fully Taped Waterproof Seams and Hood The breathability must be provided by the material itself and not exclusively by mesh panels. Minimal underarm vents are allowed if the jacket material itself is technical and breathable. Large mesh panels, even if covered by flaps are NOT permitted. A premium jacket would have a waterproof rating of over 15,000mm hydrostatic head and a breathability MVTR rating of 20,000g/m²/25hrs however much lower ratings are completely acceptable. Any non-membrane jacket must still be in very good condition with waterproof coating intact. The jacket must fit you. Plastic rain ponchos, wind jackets, water-resistant jackets are NOT suitable.

Beanie, Balaclava or Buff Styled Headwear x 2

Full-Fingered Lightweight Thermal Gloves (Polypropylene, Wool)

Mobile Phone in Working Order with Fully Charged Battery Mobile phone coverage over the course varies from excellent to average. We strongly recommend you have a phone with a Telstra sim.


Emergency Space Blanket (or Light Bivvy Sack Equivalent) Don’t underestimate your needs!
Compression Bandage (Minimum Dimensions 7.5cm Wide x 2.3m Long Unstretched) The wrapping should list ‘heavy weight cotton crepe bandage’ or ‘heavy cotton elastic bandage’ or ‘heavy weight elastic support bandage’. This item is used for the treatment of sprains or snake bite. Generally the pink coloured bandages are suitable and the white bandages not.

Lightweight Dry Sack This is to keep the compulsory clothing dry (multiple NEW Ziplock plastic bags work well for compressing your clothing and being able to see the item through the plastic; useful for random gear checks).

Water Bottles or Bladders 2.5 Litre Capacity is mandatory and must be refilled to full at every aid station. Water Bottles or Bladders with a capacity to carry a minimum of 2.5 Litres of water. We strongly suggest you carry 2L in a bladder and another 500ml plus in handhelds or soft flasks.

Food Bars / Portions: You will need food portions so you sustain energy during the whole race.

Ziplock Bag For Personal Rubbish

Waterproof Map Case Or any other way to keep map and course descriptions protected. You will be provided with a set of waterproof maps at runner check in.
Long Leg Waterproof Pants Must be waterproof but does NOT require the same specs as the waterproof jacket, i.e. does not need taped seams, does not need to be breathable, may be plastic.

100-Weight (Minimum) Long Sleeve Synthetic Fleece Top 100-weight fleece is equivalent to 214gsm Polartec Fleece. Must not be made of wool as you will mostly need this item if it is wet and just above zero. If it were guaranteed to be dry weather for the race, a woollen fleece would actually be preferable. The fibres of a synthetic fleece will not absorb water whereas the fibres of a woollen fleece will hold water and make you feel colder and clammier. Also once a woollen fleece is wet, it will never dry out for the rest of the race.

Course Map & Course Descriptions You will be provided with the files for printing these.

Race Bib To be worn where it can be seen on your approach to the finish line and any Aid Station.

External Mobile phone charger and relevant cords!

GPS Trackers
For the purposes of live tracking of runners – all runners will be fitted with GPS Trackers. These are fitted on race morning and must be stowed high on the shoulders or at the very top of the pack. We fix these with a zip tie to ensure they are secure. These will be provided by the Event team at Check-in.

If AFTER reading this list – you have Mandatory Gear related questions – you can call Matt Veensttra direct on 0424 333 576. The direct line is available up until 14 days prior to the event, when we consider you should have your gear altogether, tested, and finalised. This is also the time when Matt will be on course marking with the team and not easily available.

Please note: We will take a very hard line with the Mandatory Gear list, It is not negotiable, it must be taken on your person. If you are found to NOT have the gear – unlike in our other events where we warn/penalise you and give you the opportunity to get the gear before continuing – we will pull you from the course with NO WARNING! In this event, in this environment – it is that important.