BE RAD & KICK ASS [the gear list]

The Surly Pika Adventure Race takes place in the front-country of the Wind River Range in Wyoming. The terrain is rugged at times and can be thickly treed in places. The race is on United States Forest Service land, which is home to many different wildlife species, including moose, black bears, grizzly bears, mountain lions, and more. This is a compilation of gear that is mandatory for individuals and/or teams, as well as some suggestions for recommended equipment. The Great Outdoor Shop in Pinedale is offering a discount for any registered racers stocking up on gear-please bring in your registration confirmation to get your discount.

MANDATORY TEAM GEAR (each team must have these items on hand at all times, or when noted as relevant to a specific race leg)

  • Compass
  • Emergency Blanket
  • Race Punch Card, Map and Guide (to be handed out on race day)
  • Cell Phone (for emergency use only)
  • Beartooth Publishing North Wind River Range map
  • Bear Spray
  • Bike Repair Kit (tubes or patches, irons and a pump) (specific to bike leg only)
  • Bug Spray
  • First-Aid Kit

MANDATORY INDIVIDUAL GEAR (each racer must have these items on hand at all times, or when noted as relevant to a specific race leg)

  • Whistle
  • Lighter
  • Water (use good judgement with regard to the amount of water needed-dehydration is dangerous!)
  • Food (again, use good judgement-calories are your friends in a race like this)
  • Mountain Bike (specific to bike leg only)
  • CPSC-Certified Biking Helmet (must be worn at all times while biking) (specific to bike leg only)
  • Boat/Pack Raft and Paddle-no motors or sails allowed. If using a single boat or canoe for an entire team, each team member must have a seat (no sitting on the bow of a kayak, or the floor of a canoe, etc.) 6-HOUR RACERS: Canoes or Kayaks are great 12-HOUR RACERS: You will need a pack raft-a canoe or kayak will not work for your course!(specific to paddle leg only) 
  • Type III PFD/Life Jacket (must be worn at all times while boating) (specific to paddle leg only)

RECOMMENDED GEAR (not mandatory but strongly encouraged per team or individual)

  • Waterproof Map Case
  • It may be useful to leave your bike on the course while you trek over to a checkpoint. Bring a lock if you are not comfortable leaving your bike in the woods.
  • Camera
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Headnet
  • Multi-tool
  • Pants and Long-Sleeved Shirts
  • Dry Bags
  • Rain Gear

12-HOUR PIKAS: Plan on carrying your boating gear (pack raft, paddle, PFD) for most of the race. There are two paddle legs in the 12-hour race. Depending on racer strategy, you may only have one, but in order to win you must complete both. You must be able to inflate your boat during the race. We strongly recommend you test your carrying and inflation system BEFORE the race. The paddle legs are flat water only. You will not need to transport your bike in the raft. You may not put more racers in a boat than it was designed for. There will be a total of 2 TAs for this race. There will be a lot of strategy for this race, so be prepared for a challenge. Plan on carpooling or getting a ride to the start-parking will be limited. The 12-hour race begins at 6 am.

6-HOUR PIKAS: Your course will have 1 TA, and a single paddle leg, also on flat water. Any non-motorized boat is fine. You do not have to carry your boat. Each racer must have a seat in the boat. The 6-hour race begins at 12 pm.

Remember, gear can be left at transition areas. The weather in the Wind River Range can change drastically and without notice. Racers are encouraged to stage extra clothing, food, water, and shoes at transition areas.

Bike transportation will be provided after the end of the biking leg. Bikes will be transported from the transition area to the race end-point. If you do not want your bike to be transported for you, a bike lock is highly recommended to ensure the safety of your equipment until you can get back to the TA to pick it up yourself. You may also arrange for someone else to transport your bike for you.

If you have questions about the gear list or required items, contact a Race Director.