We recommend comfortable clothing which takes sweat away from the body. You should be prepared for a wide range of temperatures, as well as wet weather - so clothing that can be layered, plus waterproofs too!
There is also some compulsory gear that you will need to carry - click here for more details.
Yes! Click here for the list.
If you are following the detailed course notes and the markings on the course, it is extremely unlikely that you will get lost. However, you can download directions on what to do if you get lost by clicking on this link.
Your safety is of paramount importance, and we have strict safety procedures in place to ensure you are well looked-after in the event of an incident. Follow this link to the Emergency Procedures document. You will be given a copy of the Emergency Procedures on the back of the Map & Info Book (you will need to protect this from getting wet).
There is a strict 36 hour time limit for 100km teams. 50km teams have 21 hours to finish.
Please note that each Checkpoint has a strict closing time. The times are based upon how long it would reasonably take to complete the remainder of the course before the 36 hour cut-off. Teams must ensure that they check-in and checkout from each Checkpoint before this closing time.
|Checkpoint 1:||5pm Saturday|
|Checkpoint 2:||3:15am Sunday|
|Checkpoint 3:||2:30 pm Sunday|
|Finish:||8:30 pm Sunday|
Part of your preparation you will have to work out a team strategy. You may consider your target pace, the regularity of breaks on each leg, the rest time at checkpoints etc. Times for each section of the course vary quite a lot as some teams run most of the course and others just aim at finishing before the cut off time. Below is a table of average times of the past years. You can use this as guideline and compare it to your experience from training walks.
You can if you want to - but if you do it is best to sleep for short periods of 3-4 hours at a time. Do not sleep on the course. You must leave the course at a checkpoint and either camp there, or go to a local B&B or hotel - and always let us know where you are.
Checkpoints are stations at regular intervals around the course where event marshals will record your progress and you will be able to meet your support crew and eat or rest for a while.
Toilets and some rest facilities. Fluids and basic foods (fruit/snacks etc) are provided - however your support crew should cater for your primary nutrition needs
Yes. To participate in an event of this duration you will need more food and equipment than you can carry with you. Your support crew can meet you at the Checkpoints with whatever you need. Crewing is great fun and also a great way for interested people to get an idea of the event for future participation.
Yes. It is compulsory for the whole team to stay together the whole time. The team must arrive together and depart from each Checkpoint and also cross the finish line together.
No. WildEndurance is a team challenge event. Preparing, training, fundraising and competing as a team is all part of the special experience of WildEndurance.
All participants must be at least 18 years of age on the first day of the event - 4th May 2013. There is no upper age limit, but you will need to be in good shape to complete the course! In 2008 the oldest competitor was 60 years of age - and he completed the course in 36 hours!
Some parts of the course have no phone access and teams are required to carry two mobiles on different networks, to maximise coverage. Click here to get information about the coverage.
Click here and follow the prompts.
Registration starts from $100 per person depending on the date of registration. Each participant must then also raise a minimum of $400 in tax deductible sponsorship before the event.
The easiest way for your sponsors to make their donation is via the sponsorship link. They will receive a tax deductible receipt after they have donated.
Yes. Failure to meet the $400 minimum target will affect your eligibility to participate in the WildEndurance event. There are lots of fundraising tips on this website to help you get started.
By raising money for The Wilderness Society you will be directly supporting the on-going protection and restoration of our wilderness and wildlife, helping keep our climate, our rivers and our unique Australian wild places healthy and safe for future generations to enjoy.
The first thing to do is e-mail us here and let us know.
If you withdraw more than 30 days before the event, your registration fee will be refunded (less a $50 administration fee). If you withdraw less than 30 days before the event, no refund will be made. Donated sponsorship funds are non-refundable.
The course has a number of long steep climbs and many sets of stairs, but the tracks are generally wide fire trails and provide a good footing. You will be walking through some of the most spectacular wild places in Australia. Click here to check out the route.
The 50km course covers the first two legs of the 100km course. 50km teams start at Dunphy's and finish at checkpoint two at the Queen Victoria Hospital.
You should allow yourself enough time to prepare properly beforehand and make a realistic assessment of your fitness and capabilities. The course is tough, but with proper training, any reasonably fit person can successfully participate. Long walks (6 hours or longer) over hilly ground should be a core part of your training program before the event. There are several training ideas on this website.
No. We have to limit the numbers on the actual course so only registered participants can use the trails during the event.
Although 'skins' may keep you warm enough when you run or walk in normal conditions, they will not protect you from the potentially freezing overnight temperatures in the Blue Mountains.
Make sure you read our advice on avoiding blisters! But if you do get a blister you need to fix it yourself using your first aid kit. Your support crew should have plenty of extra blister bandaging with them in case you need to top up your team's supplies.