Castlewood 8-Hr GEAR


**** The CASTLEWOOD 8 RACE is now owned and operated by THE ALPINE SHOP.  Click here to link to race info.   ***  

This gear list is required.   We will not have a pre-race gear check, but there will be GEAR CHECKS on the course.  Failure of a gear check results in loss of a Checkpoint (CP).  

Other items may be necessary based on individual experience.

Individual Gear (to be carried at all times during the race):

Wool/fleece/synthetic cap (no baseball caps, etc. will be allowed!)

Synthetic (not cotton) long sleeve underwear top (mid- to heavyweight)

Synthetic (not cotton) underwear bottom (mid- to heavyweight)

Waterproof jacket (ponchos are NOT a substitute!)

Waterproof pants

Fleece jacket or pullover


Pack with hydration system (40 oz. minimum)



Lighter/waterproof matches

Emergency blanket

Individual Gear (mountain bike leg):

Approved mountain bike (no road bikes, cyclocross bikes or tandems allowed)

Bike helmet

Flashing red rear light mounted on bike

Spare tube (even if you have tubeless tires)

Individual Gear (paddling leg):

Canoes, Paddles & PFDs (provided by Bonk Hard Racing; personal paddles and PFDs are not allowed)

* Waterproof gloves are not required, but are highly recommended in cold weather

Team Gear (to be carried AT ALL TIMES during the race):

Waterproof map case

Tool for plotting UTM coordinates (with 1:10000, 1:15000, & 1:24000 scales)


Water Purification System (tablets, drops, filter, etc...)

Fully charged cell phone in water proof container (for emergency use only)

First Aid Kit that includes:

  • 4 4"x4" gauze pads
  • 1 roll of 1" waterproof medical/equivalent tape
  • Antibacterial ointment
  • 1 3" ace bandage
  • 6 bandaids
  • 2 safety pins
  • 6 doses of painkiller and/or anti-inflammatory (aspirin, acetaminophen, etc.)
  • 1 pair of latex gloves

Team Gear (mountain bike leg):

Bicycle multi-purpose tool

Tube patch kit

Tire pump / CO2 cartridge inflator

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