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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Explorer's essentials: Anna McCormack, full-time adcenture racer.(jackets, gloves, headwear, running shoes).

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(1.) Nike ACG Orizaba Trail-Running Shoes and 'Run Speed One' X-Socks. These stable, lightweight shoes can be worn as comfortably in the jungle as in the mountains. * www.nike.com

(2). Buff Headwear, These versatile seamless garments are made from fast-drying microfibre cloth. Great as bandanas, dust screens, neck-warmers, hair bands and even emergency bandages. * www.buff.es

(3.) Lightweight eVENT Jacket. Lighter than, but as durable as, any other waterproof fabric, the real difference lies in its breathability; I can even wear it when I go running. * www.eventfabrics.com

(4.) Primaloft/pertex combination jacket and powerstretch tights. Rab's Photon hoody jacket and Kimmlite's run ride pants are two pretty essential items of clothing in my wardrobe. * www.rab.uk.com, www.kimmlite.com

(5.) Outdoor Designs Winter flex Inferno Gloves. These Coves are breathable and dexterous enough to use for cross-country skiing, but also warm and windproof enough to use for downhill skiing or biking in temperatures down to-30[degrees]C. * www.outdoordesigns.co.uk



(6.) Petzl Myo XP head torch with lithium Energizer batteries. Lasts an incredible 170 hours and has a range of 65 metres. * www.petzl.com

(7.) Nalgene CXC reservoirs. These water bladders have great bite valves, made from a material that never seems to go mouldy, and 'quick connect' tubes that make them easy to refill. * www.nalgene-outdoor.com

(8.) Leki Ultralite walking poles. In a 1,000-kilometre race, the ten per cent reduction in stress they give to legs and feet is a godsend. * www.leki.com

(9.) Suunto X6HR. As well as measuring basic performance, these mini computers offer useful tools such as an altimeter and a digital compass. * www.suunto.com

(10.) Garmin GPSMAP 60CS handhold navigator. A colour display plans your route and presents it simply and logically * www.garmin.com

(11.) Some essential girlie stuff. The essential oils in Biobas foot cream keep everything soft, supple and infection free; Elizabeth Arden eight hour cream is a pleasant (if expensive) alternative to iodine tincture for minor scrapes and burns; and a few drops of Japonica Hair Remoisturiser (Boots Natural Collection) make my hair feel and smell great, even if l haven't showered in weeks!

Source Citation:McCormack, Anna. "Explorer's essentials: Anna McCormack, full-time adcenture racer." Geographical 78.6 (June 2006): 93(1). Academic OneFile. Gale. BROWARD COUNTY LIBRARY. 13 Oct. 2009
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