Race locations and dates MedWAR News Register for a Race Volunteer for a Race Subscribe to our mailing list MedWAR Messageboard
Race Home
Race Details
Register for Races
Volunteer for Races
Race Location
Required Gear
Race Specific Rules
CME Credit
Race Results
Race Photos
Race Sponsors
MedWAR Tennessee
Required Gear
You will need to show all required gear at check-in and carry ALL equipment below during the ENTIRE race (except bike and bike-specific gear).

This is an unsupported race -- meaning teams are not allowed to have support crews assist them.

The weather in Tennessee in late October is quite variable. It may be 80 and sunny. It may be snowing. We will adjust the race accordingly which should make it even more of an adventure. However, it is your job to dress accordingly. Please bring a variety of clothing and be ready to adjust. We recommend layers. Seriously. Hyperthermia and hypothermia may be real wilderness threats. Please keep you team safe.

Required Team Equipment
(1 of each per team)

  • One Mountain Bike (Able to be ridden by all team members)
  • One Cycling Helmet (Able to be worn by all team members)
  • One Tent complete with Stakes & Rainfly (Even if you are not camping)
  • Orienteering Compass (You will be navigating by map & compass)
  • Matches or Lighter
  • CPR Facemask
  • Knife (Pocket or folding knife recommended)
  • 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) may 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 preparation 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 of the medication in Sharpee. These must be pre-labeled before the race begins.

Required Individual Equipment
(3 of each per team or 1 per person)

  • Dry Change of Clothes and Rain Gear (waterproofed & kept dry even if you get wet)
  • Safety Whistle
  • Light Source (with extra batteries)
  • Food and Water (ability to carry 1 liter)
  • NAEAR waiver (part of the Racer Info Packet)
  • A Sense of Adventure

Recommended Team Equipment

  • Backpack for the above gear
  • Spare bike tube, tire pump, and patch kit
  • Other bike maintenance tools (chain tool, pedal wrench, etc.)
  • Warm clothes & drinks back in the camp waiting for you

Forbidden Equipment

  • Electronic Navigational Devices (GPS, satellite locator, pace-meter, etc.)
  • Communication Device (cell phone, radio, pager, PDA, walkie-talkie, etc.)
  • Any & all electronic devices with the exception of cameras (however be warned that they may get wet and we are not responsible for them.)
  • Any Mode of Transportation not authorized by Race Staff
  • Any Map other than that provided by Race Staff
MedWAR History MedWAR Mission Statement MedWAR Topics Tested & Taught Frequently Asked Questions Links and Downloads Race Director Resources Contact Us

Because there's more to survival than being the fittest...