Plus: Retiring Your Climbing Harness, Bogong Trail Night Recap, New Gear from Outdoor Research, Exped, Lowe Alpine and more.

Bogong Newsletter 27

Welcome to the Bogong Newsletter

In this edition of the Bogong Newsletter: meet our newest tent, the Exped Mars II Extreme. In upcoming events, mountain guide Gavin Lang's touring talk Mountains of the Mind is around the corner. Plus, highlights from the Bogong Blog.

And, lots of new and rad products in-store, including gear from Outdoor Research, Lowe Alpine, Mont and Exped.

Mandatory Gear Checks for UTA

Bogong is an official Gear Check Store

Ultra-Trail Australia

Ultra-Trail Australia is arguably the biggest ultra trail event on the calendar – 100km (or 50km) in New South Wales' Blue Mountains.

Because of the fickle weather in the Mountains, which can switch from one extreme to the other very quickly, every year event organisers provide a Mandatory Gear List that 100km runners must carry at all times during the event.

UTA makes it a rule that before collecting your race number, you have to get your gear checked.

You can do this two ways: Option 1 is doing this at an official Gear Check Store, e.g. Bogong, where one of our experienced staff members will check your gear. Alternatively, you can get your gear checked at 'Race Check-In', immediately prior to collecting your race pack. However, if you fail the gear check, you'll need to find a replacement item at the event expo.

We advise getting your gear checked in advance, so that you have the opportunity to train with the gear you'll be using during the race.

Get your gear checked at Bogong Equipment.

See a list of recommended items here.

New In: Exped Mars II Extreme Tent

Exped Mars II image

Exped Mars II Extreme Tent
We've added a new tent to our range: the Exped Mars II Extreme. This tent is made by Exped, a Swiss company that has a reputation for producing high-quality, innovative, high-performing gear.

The Mars II is a two-person tent that is particularly suitable for tall people. The tent boasts generous dimensions – both in terms of length and in terms of internal living space, thanks to its steep side walls. It also features a good sized vestibule. And, if you're someone who likes to keep your rucksack inside the tent, the Mars II gives you ample room to do so without compromising too much of your sleeping space.

Spacious dimensions for tall sleepers.
Large, wind-shield vestibule.
Four-season use.
Bogong weight*: 3.18kg.

*Bogong Weight: At Bogong, we weigh each tent model we stock. This is because weights quoted by brands can be inconsistent – some include the pole bag, some don't; some include four pegs, some include six. This makes it difficult to compare tents accurately. That's why we use our 'Bogong Weight', which includes the following: tent fly, inner, poles, tent bag, pole bag, peg bag and six pegs. (We believe this is the minimum you need for camping in good conditions.)

Upcoming Event: Mountains of the Mind, with Gavin Lang

Mountains photo by Gavin Lang

Gavin Lang is a mountain guide based in Wanaka, New Zealand. This year, he's touring the country to present his talk, Mountains of the Mind. In Melbourne, he'll be doing his talk upstairs at Bogong Equipment.

Gavin's talk revolves around the mental health beenfits of climbing in the mountains. He'll be delving into the 'why' of adventure and showing photographs and footage from his climbing in Patagonia, Peru, Nepal and New Zealand's Southern Alps.

The talk takes place Thursday 24 May, 6pm.
Venue: Upstairs at Bogong Equipment.
Entry: Free

Bookings are essential for this particular event.

Get tickets here:

More details on Mountains of the Mind with Gavin Lang here.

New In

Mont Tanami

Mid-sized top-loader.
Ideal for 2-4 day hikes.
55/60/65 litres.

Outdoor Research
Splitter Gloves

Crack-climbing gloves.
Synthetic suede.
Synthetic leather.

MSR Windburner
Combo System

Backcountry stove set.
Windproof, efficient.
Non-stick pot and pan.
Ideal for group cooking; gourmet bush meals.

Exped WinterLite
-6 Long

800+ loft down.
For -1 to -6/-22°C.
Fits users up to 190cm.

Ultimate Direction
Signature Series 4.0

New materials.
Improved fit.
20% lighter.
New pole holders.

prAna Rockaway
Women's Jacket

Zip-front hoodie.
Snuggly and warm.
Fitted cuffs.
50% recycled fabric.

Recap: Bogong Trail Night with Salomon and Suunto, Lucy Bartholomew and Paul Day

Lucy Bartholomew at Bogong Equipment

Full house at Bogong Equipment

Email sign-up competition at Bogong Equipment

Trail runners at Bogong Equipment

What a turnout at this year's Bogong Trail Night with Salomon and Suunto! It was standing-room only during March's evening info session with Suunto Beta Tester Paul Day and Salomon trail runner Lucy Bartholomew.

We enjoyed hosting Paul, who completely nerded out on Suunto watches – and, we were so pleased to see everyone engaged in his discussion. It was a pleasure also hosting Lucy Bartholomew, a trail star who has been in the spotlight ever since getting into the sport at a young age. Lucy provided vibrant, interesting answers to your questions. Once again, thank you for participating. We're enjoying watching Lucy's trail running journey, and we're sure there are more big things to come.

Thank you to everyone who joined us on this evening, and congratulations to those who won spot prizes on othe night. A huge congrats also to Geoff Markley, who won the evening's email newsletter sign-up prize: a Suunto Spartan Sport watch with Heart Rate in blue.

Missed out? Check out our videos from the evening that we ran live on Bogong's Facebook page.

Bogong Blog: Retiring Your Climbing Harness

Climbing harnesses

This month, we take a look at retiring your climbing harness. When do you do it? How can you tell if it needs replacing? We answer your questions (we hope) in our latest Bogong Blog article.

Read the article.

PS Did you know that we have a Gear Advice section on our website? We've compiled a whole bunch of articles that might be useful to you – including climbing gear advice, hiking gear advice, ski gear maintenance, reviews, videos and more. Check it out here.

And, if ever you have a question you want answered in the Bogong Blog, please email us. We'd love to hear from you.

Staff Snippets: Cascade Crossing – in the Era of Long Hair and Short Shorts

Cascade Crossing

Bogong owner Neil's story about his trip across Cascade Saddle from the Matukituki Valley in New Zealand isn't new, but it's one we keep coming back to. Originally written for the Melbourne University Mountaineering Club magazine Mountaineering by a youthful Neil in 1975, which was a time of long hair, short shorts, bravado and basic equipment.

Read the article.


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Tuesday 24 April: Normal hours
ANZAC Day Wednesday 25 April: Closed
Thursday 26 April: Normal hours resume

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About Us

Bogong Equipment was founded in 1989. Everyone who works at Bogong Equipment is a climber, hiker, mountaineer or runner. We have first-hand experience in cragging, multiday bushwalking, alpine climbing and trail running. We use the gear we sell. That means, we can tell you how a product truly performs in the field. That's how we only select the best gear to stock our shelves.

Our stock room in our brick-and-mortar store on Little Bourke Street, in Melbourne, is filled with purpose-designed, technical equipment. With our vast selection of gear, it can be tricky to know where to begin. Especially if you don't know exactly what you're looking for. That's why we employ knowledgeable, experienced staff. We can help you get equipped for your remote trekking expedition, your ice-cap crossing, climbing your first peak or simply your next wander in the hills.

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