You need the following equipment for the XCC. Don't forget anything, and don't bring any more than what is listed below.
Equipment Guidelines: Your backpack should weigh only 30 lbs., not including 2 litres of water (that you must also bring and carry with you). At the start of the weekend, you will be given an extra 5-7 lbs. which consists of food and extra equipment. So, in total your pack should weigh approximately 40-45 lbs.
Other (unnecessary) equipement and supplies like cameras, phones, snacks etc. will be held for you so that you’re not distracted during the weekend (so don’t even bring it!) Each team is allowed to carry one mobile phone for emergency purposes only. Make sure that these phones are charged correctly!
Equipment Tip: Try to borrow items you do not already have, unless you know you will use the equipment more than one time, there is no need to spend extra money in aqcuiring items for the XCC.
Since we will be un-packing and re-packing each night and morning to set up and tear down camp, it would be good to practice a few times. This will help you identify how the items on the packing list best fit in your pack.
No matter the size or shape of your pack, it is best to put the heavier gear closest to your spine and in the lower half of your pack. You should put the items that are least likely to be needed during the day at the bottom. Also, Be sure to leave room for your food which we will provide when you arrive. If you need to, your sleeping bag can be strapped to the bottom of your pack using bungees. Just be sure to put your sleeping bag in a trash bag if you need to put it on the outside of your pack. Here are links to a couple of helpful videos that demonstrate how to pack your pack. REI , Sierra Trading
To prepare physically, you should begin walking or jogging for a bit each day. You may even want to build up to carrying your pack fully loaded. Start by just carrying some of the lighter items in it to get used to the feeling, building up to a fully loaded pack. You could even do this while taking on normal chores around the house like mowing the lawn... Your wife and kids might be embarrassed, but the neighbors will enjoy the show!