Because of the varied weather in the UK we will be operating a mandatory gear list. Expect all mandatory kit items to be checked before you start, not having an item will result in you not being able to start.
*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 organising staff at Registration - Event week. Staff may check equipment before the event start.
- Tent* (bivouac sack or hammock+tarp option are not allowed for this evet)
- Sleeping bag
- Sleeping pad
- Head torch / flashlight
- Cookware & cutlery
- Water purification tablets or drops or filter
- Gas stove on gasoline or alcohol*
- Start water 3L
- Hydration bladder or water bottles with a minimum total volume of 4L
- Warm clothing and footwear suitable for terrain and conditions
- Waterproof jacket and waterproof trousers
- Boots or trail runners (footwear)
- More detailed map as OS Landranger 90 or Harvey Lake District
- First-aid supplies (bandages, adhesive tape, adhesive bandages, stretch bandages, sterile gauze, antiseptic, repellent, pain relievers)*
- Survival blanket
- Trash bag (provided by organiser)
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.
- Mountain Safety Team
- 3 meals per day
- HIGHLANDER ID – detailed itinerary showing checkpoint (with dedicated checkpoint stamp areas)
- HIGHLANDER Maps – NOTE: this is less detailed map of the route so additional more detailed map, such as OS Landranger 90 or Harvey Lake District, is mandatory
- HIGHLANDER Map Cover – waterproof cases
- Hiker tag, Luggage tag and other Kit items
- HIGHLANDER Pin
- HIGHLANDER Patch
- HIGHLANDER Certificate
- Educational and leisure activities
- Infrastructure provided at the start, finish, checkpoints, and along the route
- Transportation before the event for the HIGHLANDER Pegasus Lake District: from Park Foot Holiday Park, Pooley bridge to the start of at Stool End Farm, Langdale
Make your adventure much more pleasurable by coming to it prepared.
- HIGHLANDER is a self-supported event that includes remote and exposed locations in the Lake District mountains therefore in parts it can be challenging.
- Although HIGHLANDER will provide logistical support, you still need to take care of your welfare and know how to navigate during your HIGHLANDER adventure.
- For this reason, we recommend getting some walking experience in the mountains and learning basic navigation skills before coming to the event and becoming a HIGHLANDER.
- Each leg will vary in length, but most will take between 5-12 hours, so a good level of fitness and HIGHLANDER spirit will go a long way.
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 organiser will provide 14 meals according to the diet preference each participant chooses during the registration process. HIGHLANDER Lake District offers both vegetarian and vegan options. All meals are distributed at checkpoints.
Provided meals are suited to the average daily needs of an average adult: cooked food, dehydrated food, and pre-made meals, spreads, cheese, cold cuts, and bread.
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 Organiser.
There are no stores or supermarkets in the Lake District National Park, so stock up ahead of time. :)
Detailed information on the provided meals 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.
Since it is illegal to wild camp in the UK, bivouacking is allowed only inside the designated bivouacking camps which are on the Checkpoints for each HIGHLANDER format or in the close vicinity.
Because of practical and safety reasons, sleeping arrangements may only include a tens. Tarp, bivouac sack or hammocks are not allowed.
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 LAKE DISTRICT NATIONAL PARK.
Always be aware and alert of the danger of fire.
Personal gas stoves can be used to cook food items and make hot drinks.
LITTERING AND WASTE
Garbage cans will be located at the bivouac camp checkpoints.
Littering and polluting is strictly prohibited and will result in immediate disqualification.
Participants may use the toilets available at checkpoints, huts, hostels, etc.
This is a dog-friendly event but dogs must be on a leash at all times.
$0No extra registration fee required.
You need to carry the dog food with you.
You’re responsible for the waste removal and the behaviour of your dog.
If you’re withdrawing on the route you will need to make your way to the nearest road or safe place.
Participants cannot withdraw whilst on the mountain tops, we do not have the ability to get you off the mountains. You can call the helpline and we can help you see how you can get off the mountain. It’s important you are well prepared, have all the mandatory kit and are able to use a map and compass in case the fog comes down.
The mountain rescue should only be called in the case of an emergency. 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 organisers so that emergency service can be called. In the case of a major incident where cellular service is available, call 9-9-9.
If you decide to withdraw from the event you MUST IMMEDIATELY inform the event organizer by email or phone number or you could initiate a costly Search and Rescue operation.
The organiser is not responsible in any way for participants withdrawing. Withdrawing participants will be responsible for making their own transportation arrangements back to checkpoints or the car park.
THE ORGANISER RESERVES THE RIGHT TO CHANGE THE RULES.