The most important piece of equipment for high-altitude running is definitely a good pair of shoes
. This is because running at high altitude in the mountains is a different beast from running on asphalt: the ground is different, irregular, yielding, slippery, but the running mechanics and rhythm are also different. Trail running shoes
protect and support the foot, as well as providing more grip. Below are some further accessories to bear in mind when going trail running:
- tight T-shirt and shorts, which should be wind- and cold-resistant, but also breathable;
- a K-Way and a sweatshirt, considering that the weather can change quickly in the mountains and the temperature difference between sunny moments and cloudy, rainy ones is fairly drastic;
- sunglasses, sun visor, suncream, to protect your eyes, head and skin from the sun (which is a little more aggressive in the mountains than it is elsewhere);
- and, last but not least, a backpack, a water bottle and the map of trails and paths.