Mandatory equipment list - hells bells

As a competitor in the Hells Bells or Fairy Bells, you and your team are required to carry a number of mandatory equipment items with you. The mandatory equipment is divided into two categories, equipment you and your team must carry at ALL times, and equipment you and your team must carry during a specific DISCIPLINE. It is not a list of what you should take, just the mandatory items that you must take for injury and short term survival purposes. You are responsible entirely for carrying the appropriate equipment and clothing for the climate, conditions and activities. Checks of mandatory equipment will occur during the race and missing equipment may result in penalties or disqualification as per the race rules.
1. Any GPS device. Includes devices that show your position, display maps, distance travelled etc (excludes trackers provided by the organisers).
2. Distance measuring devices. Includes foot pod accelerometers, pedometers etc (cycle computers exempt)3. Mobile phones, radios, other communications or internet access devices etc (excluding the compulsory emergency phone sealed prior to the race).
4. Maps other than those provided by the organisers (specifically from race start to crossing the finish line. i.e. you may use other maps and information sources for research purposes prior to the start) Exemptions
If a competitor wishes, for example for post race performance analysis, to carry such a device as outlined in
points 1,2, they must register it, including any separate display devices (e.g. watches) at HQ and have it sealed
in a tamper proof bag prior to the start. Officials will check the bag is intact at the finish line.
General Notes
1. Once your equipment has been approved at the pre-race equipment checks, it may not be substituted for
another piece of equipment without an inspection and approval by the equipment check official.
2. “On Person” items must be carried by each team member at all times. “On Team” items may be spread out amongst team members. These will be checked. 3. Specific permitted items include altimeters and cycle computers without GPS.
4. Any mountain bike towing systems must have a quick release system to reduce the risk of accidents.
5. Manufacturers tags must be left on equipment so officials may inspect the technical specifications.
6. Successful teams carry not the lightest equipment, but that most suited to the course/weather. 7. Kayaks, paddles and PFDs will be provided. Competitors will need to provide other miscellaneous kayaking items on the list below. Competitors are permitted to use their own paddles and PFDs if they choose.

PP - means Per Person. That item is required by each person in the team.
PB - means Per Boat. That item is required in each boat/kayak the team has.
QTY - means Quantity. The quantity is left to team decision, though minimum is ONE.
Pea less so still functional in wet conditions and easily reachable at all times.
Functional and water resistant, with sufficient qty of batteries. This item is classed as an On Team item during daylight hours.
The official race bib must be worn at all times as the outermost garment. Vest/packs must not be worn covering the front of the bib.
Jacket to suit conditions on the day.
This first layer garments must be of a thermal material e.g. polypropylene or wool, not cotton. Only one long sleeve top is required, whether it is in your pack or you are wearing it.
minimum contents must include:- 3x crepe/stretching bandage (min 7.5cm x min 2.3m unstretched).
- 1x triangular bandage- 2x sterile dressing- roll of strapping tape (sufficient tape to strap an ankle for example).
- strong antihistamine tablets (e.g. Phenergan or Polaramine) (taken for allergic reactions) Silver foil type. Enclosed bag style recommended. Must be in serviceable and usable condition. (check this before you race as they deteriorate over time).
Ensure that water containers donʼt leak. Water requirements will differ from person to person, but it is recommended that a minimum of 2-4 litres is carried by each person starting each leg.
Must be "proper" southern hemisphere navigational compasses (zone 5) such as a Silva or Suunto etc. Not e.g. integrated into a watch.
Minimum 2 inch blade, sharp enough to cut rope or webbing in an emergency. When kayaking it must be easily reachable at all times.
Required for burial of human waste. Must be capable of digging 15cm deep hole. Spoons NOT acceptable. Qty of biodegradable toilet paper recommended.
Waterproofed and with fully charged batteries and turned off during the race. Ensure any pin numbers accessible to all team members. Must be on the Telstra NextG network (this will be checked). Course booklet and map of the area you are in must be carried at all times. Control cards will be issued before each leg/start of race. Maps covering previous or later sections of the Provided by the organisers. Must be carried as specified by officials at all times.
Other appropriate clothing and footwear, hat, backpack, food, water, appropriate glasses/ eyewear, waterproof map case/ contact, sunscreen, insulation mats, plastic bags to waterproof equipment, marker pens, matches, wristwatches, Paracetamol, kitchen sink, duct tape.
Appropriate for rugged trails and long distances.
Australian Standard (AS) approved or international equivalent.
Repair kit, bike computers, gloves, additional spare tubes, patches, chain breaker and spare link, map board, tyre levers, pump, spare batteries, spare rear lights.
(provided or BYO) PFD type 2 or 3 Australian Standard or international equivalent. Attached to PFD or person, pea less so still functional in wet conditions.
Footwear must be worn at all times when kayaking.
100mm glow stick in a highly visible position at all times (i.e. shoulder position). Attached securely to PFD (cable ties are a good way to do this) day and night. Glow stick is to be glowing when dark. Multiple sticks may be required. Green and red not permitted so as to avoid confusion with navigation lights. Extras recommended in case a stick is faulty.
[**Guaranteed available for purchase $1.50 each at registration desk if you choose.] Provided by organisers. They will be the Sevylor SVX 500DS inflatable kayak. One per team and three team members fit inside. No modifications to the kayak itself (including rudders, sails, kites etc) permitted.
Qty 100mm glow stick fixed to rear deck of each boat in a highly visible position at all times, day and night. Stick is to be broken and glowing when dark. Multiple sticks may be required. Green and red not permitted so as to avoid confusion with navigation lights. Extras recommended in case a stick is faulty.
[**Guaranteed available for purchase $1.50 each at registration desk if you choose.] Dry bags, spray jackets/CAG, carabiners for towing/rescue, warm clothing depending on the conditions, reflective patches on your equipment.


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