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UK Gear’s training shoes were originally designed in association with the Royal Army Physical Training Corps (RAPTC). These elite fitness professionals were closely involved in the development and tested our products in some of the most inhospitable conditions on Earth. Only when approved by the Military do we consider our products... Built to survive.

The Atacama Crossing

The Atacama Crossing is held at least one mile (1600m) above sea level and covers the distance required to make a horizontal crossing of the country of Chile (250 kilometers).




The Atacama Desert stretches 960 kilometers (600 miles) south from the border of Peru and its average width is less than 160 kilometers (100 miles) wide between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes Mountains. It is 15 million years old and 50 times more arid than California's Death Valley. The day time temperatures expected are 32 Celsius (90 Fahrenheit) while night time temperatures may drop to 16 Celsius (61 Fahrenheit) or lower. The Atacama Desert has the most lunar-like landscape on Earth and is frequently used by NASA to test its Mars rover vehicles

Required kit

All competitors are required to carry certain mandatory equipment. A list of optional equipment is also provided.   Competitors backpacks weigh on average about 9 kilos (20 pounds). Backpacks range in weight from 7 kilos to almost 15 kilos.

Click here to see the list of mandatory and optional equipment.