The following is a translation of the Mandatory Gear section from the official Shinetsu Five Mountains Trail race website.


Mandatory Gear

During the race, all racers and pacers must carry with them at all times, the following mandatory gear.

Mandatory gear will be checked before racer check-in.

  1. Racer number and timing chip given to you at racer check-in.
  2. Water and food
  3. Mobile phone (you must be able to receive SMS text mails). You must keep the phone turned on during the race (until Sept 16, 5:30) so that the race organizer is able to contact you to confirm your safety.
  4. Medical insurance (photocopies are allowed)
  5. Cup (cups will not be provided at the aid stations)
  6. Poison remover
  7. Survival blanket
  8. Rainwear - both jacket and pants (must be waterproof and breathable, seams must be seam sealed and the jacket must have a hood). The rainwear must be in reasonable condition without notable damage/wear & tear.
  9. Long sleeve base layer shirt (in addition to the one you are wearing during the race)
  10. Two lights - with extra batteries for both. (The lights must be bright enough to continue racing in the dark. Smartphone lights are not acceptable).

 *Depending on the conditions, additional items may be added to the mandatory gear list to ensure racer safety.



Recommended Gear

  1. Course map, compass (electronic compasses are acceptable)
  2. Taping (that can also be used as a medical bandage and/or strap)
  3. Warm clothing (down or fleece)
  4. Gloves (with fully covered fingers)
  5. Hat
  6. First aid kit (bandages, disinfectant, etc)
  7. Other equipment such as sun screen, vaseline, cash, mobile phone charger cable, waterproof bag, extra batteries, waterproof shoes, etc.
  8. Cash (to cover medical fees if taken to a hospital)
  9. Flashing/reflector light that can be seen from the back during the night
  10. Bear bell