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What you need in your pack for Balmoral to ensure you have a great time, and a safe time!
The weather in the Cairngorms can be very temperamental and conditions can vary greatly in just one day. So a variety of clothing is required, plus safety kit.
There will be marshals at key points on the route, as well as medical staff, but the route is not marked/guided.
You will need to use the event maps provided on Friday night – particularly in bad weather.
Please note there will be random kit checks on the morning of the challenge conducted by staff and volunteers . These are for everyone’s safety so we are grateful for your understanding and patience.
Technical event t-shirts will be supplied on the Friday night at registration for you to wear should you wish. Please avoid wearing cotton tops as they do not wick sweat away and you will get cold in the wind up high. Likewise, jeans are also inappropriate and not allowed for walkers as they are heavy and rub when they get wet and add to the risk of a serious incident on the hill in bad weather.
Tip: Before packing your rucksack lay out all of the above items, plus any personal preferences, and tick them off one by one. It is important all of these items are in your rucksack to improve your comfort on the day and to help deal with any unforeseen circumstances.
Due to the nature of this challenge plenty of small snacks are advisable allowing food to be eaten on the go or during short breaks. Good snacks are:
It is personal preference but a good mix of slow energy and fast energy release foods with carbohydrates will keep you going.
Water is ideal for keeping hydrated. If you prefer to have flavour to your water you can add squash but it is classed as a mild diuretic and therefore you are likely to need the toilet more often.
Caffeine based liquids such as tea and coffee are also seen as mild diuretics so the same applies; definitely worth taking into consideration for a long day on the hill!
Energy drinks such as Mountain Fuel (long-term supporters of WWTW) can make a difference but make sure you try them out in advance to see that it works for you.
For one of the best weather forecasts for the Lake District which shows you how cold it can be on the mountain tops, the effect of the wind and the chance of cloud-free summits, go to the Mountain Weather Information Service
There is a compulsory safety briefing at registration on the Friday night. These will be held every 45 minutes from 5pm to 9:30pm.