Minimum Equipment Rules

Minimum Equipment Rules (Two Day Event)

Please read the minimum equipment rules carefully and ensure that your whole team understands them. Only the Rogaine Division is exempt from these rules.

The safety of all participants is a serious priority at Navshield. Therefore the minimum equipment is mandatory. Since the event is held in July the Navshield can be extremely cold, and hypothermia is a real risk. The minimum equipment must be carried for the duration of the event. Even if you plan to return to base overnight the same gear must be carried the next day.

Each individual participant in the two day event must carry all of the personal gear listed below, and between the team members, all of the team gear must be carried.

During the event Bushrangers will patrol the course, and may ask to inspect some of your equipment to ensure that you and your team are complying with the event rules. Team penalties may apply to breaches of the event rules, including a failure to carry the minimum mandatory equipment mentioned below.

Minimum Mandatory Equipment (Two Day Event)

 Personal Gear

 Team Gear

  1. Wet weather jacket (high quality outer layer).
  2. Cold weather clothing, example; inner layer consisting of thermal top and underwear, mid-layer consisting of a warm, dry, jacket (fleece or wool), warm head wear.
  3. Compass.
  4. Whistle.
  5. Fire starting equipment (matches, lighter, flint striker, or similar).
  6. Torch.
  7. Pen or pencil.
  8. Sleeping bag of suitable winter standard; rated for at least -5°C (comfort) or 3-4 season rating.
  9. Food for the duration of the event.
  10. Minimum one litre water bottle (must be full at start of event).
  1. Tent or shelter (minimum tent fly).
  2. Stove and cooking equipment.
  3. Two map sets covering the entire event course (Each team member is provided one map set during the event registration).
  4. Adequate first aid kit.

Is this the first time that you have participated in the Navshield two day event?

For those competitors who are new to Navshield we encourage you to look at the recommended gear lists.

This list provides some suggestions for personal gear which you might pack for Navshield. As long as you carry the minimum equipment your team will suffer no penalties which relate to your personal choice of brands, materials, or manufacturers of your equipment.

Being conscious of your pack weight will ensure that you enjoy Navshield more, and will help your team to prevent injuries. You should carefully select your gear to ensure that you meet the Navshield rules, but you should also strive to achieve a suitable pack weight for the activity.

We suggest a maximum pack weight of 15kgs for a winter bushwalk. However, at Navshield you should be able to reduce your pack weight to approximately 12kgs.

Minimum Equipment Rules (One Day Event)

Minimum Mandatory Equipment (One Day Event):

 Personal Gear

 Team Gear

  1. Wet weather jacket (high quality outer layer).
  2. Cold weather clothing, example; inner layer consisting of thermal top and underwear, mid-layer consisting of a warm, dry, jacket (fleece or wool), warm head wear.
  3. Compass.
  4. Whistle.
  5. Torch.
  6. Pen or pencil.
  7. Food for the duration of the event.
  8. Minimum one litre water bottle (must be full at start of event).
  1. Two map sets covering the entire event course (Each team member is provided one map set during the event registration).
  2. Adequate first aid kit.

Is this the first time that you have participated in the NavShield one day event?

For competitors who are new to NavShield we recommend that each team member in the one day event prepares a small to medium sized day pack which is suitable for a day walk in winter. Whilst we always plan to finish our day walks before sunset, sometimes the unexpected can happen, and you may be accidently benighted. In winter it is prudent to carry fire lighting equipment and some form of lightweight emergency shelter on your day walks. Therefore we suggest that you think about carrying a space blanket, bivvy bag, or fly sheet during the one day event. Some spare food and water might also be considered.

Please note that these are only suggestions, and are not part of the minimum mandatory equipment for the one day event. Additional gear will not be checked by the Bushrangers, and your team will suffer no penalties which relate to your choice of additional personal or team gear.

In the interests of safety, if your team does not expect to finish the one day event on time then we ask that you try to get to a radio check point by the finish time.