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Lake Tahoe MedWAR
Required Gear

You will need to show all required gear at check-in and carry ALL equipment below during the entire race (except kayak and the bike itself). Time penalties or disqualifications will be assessed for littering or loss of equipment. This is an unsupported race — meaning teams are not allowed to have support crews assist them.

Teams will be directed to leave their bikes pre-race at a specified location (instructions will be handed out during the pre-race meeting). Cycling helmets may be left with bikes if securely attached; however all other cycling gear must be carried by the team throughout the race.

You will get wet. You will get dirty. All your gear and clothing could get wet and muddy. Someone always flips their kayak. It might be you this year. We are not responsible for ruined books, electronics, or other gear. Please waterproof a change of dry clothes for your own safety and comfort.

Rain, Snow or Shine: It might be rainy and muddy. It might be blazing, skin-burning sunshine. It might be bone-chilling cold. It could even snow. Unless conditions are unsafe, the race will go on as planned. Please plan accordingly.

Required Team Equipment

  • Kayak, Paddle, & PFDs (Rentals are included in the registration cost. Each team will have 2 double kayaks provided.)
  • Orienteering Compass (You will be navigating by map & compass. The map will be provided on race day.)
  • Matches or Lighter
  • Cell Phone (turned off and waterproofed - for emergency use only)
  • Water Detoxification Method*
    * You will be responsible for your own hydration for the duration of the race. Natural sources of water (e.g lakes, streams) will be on the race course, but you provide your own water detoxification method.
  • Waterproofing Method for Map and Passbook
  • Wilderness Medical and Survival Kit**
    ** You choose the contents of this kit. This is part of the perparation and team strategy challenge of the race. To use an item in a medical scenario, you will need to show that you have the item and in some cases use it. Exception: To simulate a medication in your kit, you may label an empty syringe or pill bottle with the name and dose of the medication in marker. These must be pre-labeled before the race begins.

Required Individual Equipment

  • Mountain Bike (One per person; FOUR per team)
  • Cycling Helmet (One per person; FOUR per team)
  • Spare bike tube and pump or CO2 Cartridge (One per bike)
  • An outer water-resistant jacket or shell
  • Dry Change of Clothes and Rain Gear (waterproofed & kept dry even if you get wet)
  • Whistle
  • Light Source (with extra batteries)
  • Food and Water (ability to carry 2 liters water and food for 8 hours per person)
  • A Sense of Adventure

Medical Kits & Equipment

Preparation for this race is an important part of the race itself. Familiarize yourself with the curriculum and be prepared to manage each of those types of wilderness emergencies. You may carry reference materials (books, printed material, etc.), but be sure that they are waterproofed. You will not be required to administer actual medications (such as epinephrine for an anaphylactic patient), but you should carry a syringe or vial labeled as such. If you choose to give a medication you should know the dosage and route you are using. Any bandages, needles, suture, etc. should be carried. You will not be allowed to simply say “I would suture this wound”, you must be able to actually do it (or close the wound another way).

Forbidden Equipment

  • Electronic Navigational Devices (GPS units, satellite locator devices, pace meters, etc.)
  • Communication Devices: PDAs, cell phones, ipods, radios, and other forms of communication are prohibited. "Phone a friend" is not an option as an answer.
    • One exception: You may carry a cell phone turned off for emergency use only knowing that it may get wet or dirty. MedWAR holds no responsibility for electronics that get ruined in the race.
  • Any Mode of Transportation not authorized by Race Staff
  • Any Map other than that provided by Race Staff

Gear Rentals

  • Kayak rentals are included in the race fee.
  • Bikes available to rent. Please stay tuned for information.
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