Participants missing required equipment, either at the start or during the event, will be disqualified and will not be eligible to receive a HIGHLANDER Pin, Patch and Certificate.
*This equipment can be shared in a group of maximum 4 people; however, the group must cross the Finish Line within a time difference of no more than 30 minutes from the first to the last group member. Participants sharing equipment must inform the organizing staff at Registration - Event week. Staff may check equipment before the event starts.
- Tent* or bivouac sack or hammock and waterproof tarp
- Sleeping bag (not required if bringing bivouac sack)
- Sleeping pad (not required if bringing bivouac sack with a built-in sleeping pad)
- Head torch / flashlight
- Cookware & cutlery
- Water purification tablets or drops or filter
- Backpacking stove*
- Minimum 4L / 1 gallon of water on start
- Hydration bladder or water bottles with a minimum total volume of 4L
- Warm clothing and footwear suitable for terrain and conditions
- First-aid KIT*
- Survival blanket
- Bear spray - see how to use it
- Trash bag (provided by organizer)
You can leave your additional luggage with us. Leave it at the registrations and collect it after you finish. Please note that the Organizer is not responsible for any of your valuable items.
- Food packages (including cooked meals, backpacking food, ready-to-eat food and easy to prepare food) and water at campgrounds
- HIGHLANDER Ranger on campgrounds
- Camping Gas Cartridge
- HIGHLANDER ID – detailed itinerary showing checkpoint (with dedicated checkpoint stamp areas)
- HIGHLANDER Maps – detailed maps of the route
- Hiker tag, Luggage tag, and other Kit items
- HIGHLANDER Merino wool bandana
- HIGHLANDER Pin
- HIGHLANDER Patch
- HIGHLANDER Certificate
- Educational and leisure activities
- Infrastructure provided at the start, finish, checkpoints, and along the route
Event organizer is responsible for obtaining all necessary event permits from the authorities.
VIOLATION OF THE RULES
Participants will be disqualified under the following circumstances ➝
- If groups the teams sharing gear reach the finish line more than 30 minutes apart
- Preventing staff from verifying that gear meets requirements
- Missing required gear
- Fire starting
- Sleeping or cooking in mountain lodges, huts, or other accommodation facilities
- Borrowing equipment from the same facilities
- Bivouacking outside of the designated camps
The organizer will provide camping food according to the diet preference each participant chose during the registration process. HIGHLANDER Kalispell offers meat and vegan options. All meals are distributed at the start and campgrounds.
Provided camping food is suited to the average daily needs of an average adult: cooked meals, backpacking food, ready-to-eat food and easy to prepare food such as spreads, cheese, cold cuts, and bread. You can choose between a meat or vegan diet, the gluten-free option, however, is not available. You choose your diet preference during the registration process.
Participants supply their own snacks and extra food (as deemed necessary). We recommend bringing snacks, dry fruit, and similar food in addition to the meals provided by the Organizer.
There are no stores or supermarkets on the mountain, so stock up ahead of time. :)
Protect your food from black bears by using bear-resistant canisters if possible, or by hanging your food bags by the counter-balance method - Bear Safety information.
*Detailed information on the provided camping food will be given in a timely manner.
You must bring your own water to the Start (minimum 4L / 1 gallon).
It is important to stay hydrated, so please make sure to always carry enough water with you.
Plenty of drinking water will be available for the day of the hiking ahead. We will not provide a means to carry it, so please pack your own bladders or bottles. The water refill will be available at all checkpoints during their working hours.
Mountain water is NOT safe for drinking, so using water purification (tablets/drops/filter) is a must.
BIVOUACKING AND SITES
Participants choose their bivouacking spot on the site.
Choose a location on a hard dry surface such as rock, sand, gravel, or pine needle duff, not on vegetation or in meadows.
Sleeping arrangements may only include the required gear: tent, tarp, bivouac sack or hammock.
Fires are prohibited.
Lodging, cooking or borrowing gear from mountain lodges or huts are PROHIBITED.
HIGHLANDER is not a race but it does have a time limit.
All participants who collected all stamps and came to finish by the time of the finish closing, will receive their HIGHLANDER Pin, Patch and Certificate.
CAMPFIRES ARE NOT PERMITTED IN THE WILDERNESS AREAS OF THE FLATHEAD NATIONAL FOREST LOCATION.
Always be aware and alert to the danger of fire.
We recommend obtaining a free campfire permit before the event.
Note that fire restrictions can change based on the current conditions, and we will update you with the current restrictions before and during the event.
LITTERING AND WASTE
Garbage cans will be located at the bivouac camp checkpoints.
Littering and polluting are strictly prohibited and will result in immediate disqualification.
Participants may use the toilets available at checkpoints, huts, hostels, etc.
In nature, feces must be buried at least 6 inches deep and 200 feet away from campsites, water sources, buildings, and backpacking trails. Use toilet paper sparingly and pack it out. A plastic bag confines odors effectively, and double bagging prevents any accidental contamination.
This is a dog-friendly event but dogs must be on a leash. You need to carry the dog food with you.
$0No extra registration fee required.
When in a camping area: dogs will need to stay on a leash and must be taken outside of the camping area to relieve themselves. Dogs are not allowed inside any buildings including the dining hall.
Please note it might still be pretty hot and unless the dog is acclimated to the heat, overheating might be a challenge. For the same reason, please make sure the dog is well hydrated - you probably need to carry 1.5x to 2x your water amount for the two of you.
The general rule for the K9 team for wilderness in hot weather is 1 liter (0.26 gallon) per 1-2 hours for the dog and his owner together.
In the event of a serious injury or inability to walk, and if there is no cellular coverage, this must be reported at the nearest checkpoint through other participants or the organizers so that emergency service can be called.
If cellular service is available, a serious injury or inability to walk must be reported to emergency services by dialing 9-1-1.
The organizer is not responsible in any way for participants' withdrawal. Withdrawing participants will be responsible for making their own transportation arrangements.
Check Backcountry safety tips to avoid unnecessary withdrawal.
THE ORGANIZER RESERVES THE RIGHT TO CHANGE THE RULES.