I organise monthly trail running events and I always get the same question: “why do I need all this stuff?” I have a list of things which are necessary for your safety, and most likely to be mandatory during races. This includes backpack, 1l water, food, whistle, safety blanket, head lamp, jacket, phone and appropriate shoes.
Why the blanket when running a trail run in August? Well above 1000m elevation the weather can change pretty quickly. If you’re tired and just broken a bone you will be cold very quickly. What if you dont have cell phone coverage? You might have to wait for hours before you see someone. Hence good to have a blanket, jacket, whistle and some food and water.
Bring a map or have an application that helps you read your location. I use the Swiss Mobility application which is brilliant. Tell someone where you are going as you never know what can happen.
Always wear a helmet. Always. Always. Always. This can save your life as cycling is a very dangerous activity and we have to share the roads with cars (which are not very friendly sometimes!). I also always bring enough food, my phone, some money and even a little jacket in case the weather turns.
Make sure to always have a fully functional bike so ensure to make a service twice a year. Always check tire pressure and quality of your break pads. Clean your bike on a regular basis as this will help to keep it working safely for a longer period of time.
Again : HELMET. Always. It’s not cool not to wear a helmet. What warm clothes and always bring your phone. If you’re doing ski touring let people know where you are going.