Photo: Trail running in Torres del Paine, Chile.
I often get asked what's in my pack when I am out running trails - tough question, with many variables, some examples of what impacts my packing list:
There are a few key items I carry, no matter the conditions, that I consider nearly non-negotiable:
Quite a bit of gear for any run, but if you think of the most benign and very common injury like spraining an ankle, this equipment would get me back to the trail head, or worst case, get me through an unplanned overnight, alive without endangering search and rescue personnel trying to find an unprepared person. Consider that a lightly injured runner say 90 min from the trail head, would now need to return that same distance at 1/2 or 1/4 speed, this could make for a very long day and night.
Of course, winter running, especially long runs, or fastpacking requires I carry additional gear, but the list above is a good safe minimum for any trail outing.
In future posts I'll discuss specific gear I use: backpacks, runners, clothing, etc.
Get outside, get off the pavement.