Mandatory equipment of the participant may be checked in the starting area before the start of the event.
Participants who are missing a unit of equipment required by the organizers during the equipment check and during the event will be disqualified. HIGHLANDER Pin, Patch and Certificate will not be issued.
- 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
- Portable stove (gas / gasoline / alcohol)
- Start water 3L
- Hydration bladder or water bottles with a minimum total volume of 3L
- Warm clothing and footwear suitable for terrain and conditions
- Boots or trail runners (footwear)
- First-aid supplies (bandages, adhesive tape, adhesive bandages, stretch bandages, sterile gauze, antiseptic, repellent, pain relievers)
- Survival blanket
- Trash bag (provided by organizer)
Some of the 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 start. 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.
- Portable stove and canister
- First-aid KIT
- On duty Portuguese Mountain Rescue Service
- 3 hiking meals per day (dehydrated food, ready meals, cold cuts, cheese, bread, etc.)
- HIGHLANDER ID – detailed itinerary showing all checkpoints (with dedicated checkpoint stamp spaces)
- HIGHLANDER Maps – detailed hiking maps
- HIGHLANDER Map cover - waterproof cases
- HIGHLANDER Pin
- HIGHLANDER Patch
- HIGHLANDER Certificate
- Educational and leisure activities
- Infrastructure at the start, finish, checkpoints, and along the route
VIOLATION OF THE RULES
Participants will not receive the HIGHLANDER Pin, Patch, or Certificate in any of the stated circumstances.
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
You can choose between a meat-eating and vegan diet. Provided camping food is suited to the average daily needs of an average adult.
You choose your diet preference during the registration process; vegetarian and gluten-free options, however, are not available.
For each participant, the Organizer will provide mountaineering/camping food, distributed at each checkpoint in the form of cooked food, dehydrated food, and pre-made food, 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 Organizer.
There are no stores or supermarkets on the route, 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 3L).
It is important to stay hydrated so please make sure to carry enough water with you at all times.
Plenty of drinking water will be available for the day of the backpacking 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 (filter/tablets/drops) 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 is 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 SERRA DA ESTRELA.
Always be aware and alert of the danger of fire.
Note that fire restrictions can change based on conditions, and we will update you with the current restrictions before and during the event.
LITTERING AND WASTE
Garbage cans will be located at some 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.
In nature, feces must be buried at least 15cm deep, and 60m 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.
More information coming soon.
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, serious injury or inability to walk must be reported to emergency services by dialing 112.
If withdrawing for reasons other than injury, participants must reach a road and go to the either the last/next checkpoint. The event organizer must be informed immediately of the withdrawal.
The organizer is not responsible in any way for participants withdrawing. Withdrawing participants will be responsible for making their own transportation arrangements.
THE ORGANIZER RESERVES THE RIGHT TO CHANGE THE RULES.