Rules for Passing the Different Sections
The main and obligatory part of the route for each class (short or long) must be passed in a specific order. I is not allowed to change the order of passing stages or skip any check point. After finishing these obligatory stages, teams can pass the additional stages according to their time and abilities left over. Now, stages and check points can be passed in any (not specific) order.
Each stage contains a certain number of check points. Some check points are obligatory and need to be visited in the order specified in the route sheet, some check points are optional and may be visited in any order.
For separate stages there might be special regulations for passing, which will be specified in the route sheet.
If one member of a team of two racers for any reasons has to quit the Race, the second participant cannot continue the Race alone. If one member of a team of four quits the Race, the rest of the team may continue the Race without be ranked.
* The passing of different stages assumes passing the Race Center several times.
All team members must have all mandatory personal and group equipment on the stages where it is indicated. The judges have the right to check equipment on-course. There will be a penalty of one point for any single missing item.
Before registration each racer must personally undergo a gear check specified by these Regulations. Participants who have not undergone gear check or who have presented equipment inappropriate to the requirements are not allowed to start. Detailed technical requirements for mandatory equipment for the fix rope stages can be checked here: "Technical requirements for mandatory equipment"
During the entire Race all teams must carry the following general mandatory team equipment:
1. First aid kit in a sealed package. It must contain: Bandage of 6 cm width - 2 pcs. Adhesive plaster minimum 3 cm width. Anaesthetic (like Paracetamol or others). Anti-inflammatory (like Ibuprofen and others). Aseptic bandage and cotton patches - 1 kit
3. Matches in a sealed package
4. Mobile phone fully charged in a sealed package
During the whole Race all team members must carry the following mandatory personal equipment:
1. Start bib (provided by the organizers)
2. Electronic chip (provided by the organizers)
5. Headlight with a double stock of batteries
Mandatory personal equipment for the mountain bike stage:
1. Mountain bike with rear red light
3. Bike gloves
4. Maps (received at team registration)
5. Team’s number (given by organizers at team registration), which must be fixed on the front of the bike
Recommended equipment for the mountain bike stage:
1. Clothing according to weather conditions
2. One spare tube for each team member
3. Bicycle repair kit
4. Food supplies for the whole stage
5. Bike map-board on handlebar
All participants must obey traffic rules and regulations.
It is mandatory to use a helmet during the whole MTB stage.
Mandatory team equipment for the paddling stage:
1. For teams of 2 racers: Two-seat kayak and one pair of paddles
2. For teams of 4 racers: 2 two-seat kayaks and 2 pairs of paddles. It is allowed to use kayaks of any model. The kayak should be equipped with floatation bags corresponding to its model. All standard details of the kayak's frame and body must be in working condition
3. Map and route sheet (received at Team registration)
4. Kayak repair kit in case of damage of the kayak's frame or body
Mandatory personal equipment for the paddling stage:
1. Life vest
Recommended equipment for the paddling stage:
1. Map-board of А3 format
2. Gloves with good grip
3. Clothing according to the changing weather conditions and an additional spare set of clothes packed in a dry bag
4. Food supplies for this stage
All participants must wear life vests during the whole paddling stage.
Both stickers with the team's number (given by the organizers at registration) must be placed on the kayak in a way that allows to easily identify it in the transition area.
Recommended equipment for the trekking stage:
1. Clothing according to expected weather conditions which provides protection while moving in the forest
2. Footwear with metal spikes
3. Trekking poles
4. Food supplies for this stage
5. Insect repellent. There can be a lot of mosquitoes! Mesh or mosquito net will allow you to sleep in the forest
Mandatory personal equipment for the fixed ropes stages:
2. Alpine or bike helmet
3. Self-belay with 2 loops
4. Carabiners 3 pcs
5. Descender. Recommended: reverso, atc or other. Figure-eight descender is admitted
6. Rope clamp - 2 pcs. Recommended: jumar, baisic, croll, pantin. Prusik knots are forbidden
7. Tradle for jumar
8. Clothing protecting elbows and knees
Please see detailed technical requirements for mandatory equipment for the fix rope course in the special chapter: "Technical requirements for mandatory equipment"
Mandatory personal equipment for the rowing on inflatable mattresses:
1. During this stage, competitors may use either inflatable mattresses or inflatable boats excepting dry bag, as well as paddles of any form and construction.
The number of inflatable mattresses or inflatable boats for team is not regulated.
Organizers don’t provide inflatable mattresses or inflatable boats and pumps for inflating.
Using of paddles for rowing is not obligatory.
2. Life vest
1. GPS devices
2. Motororized or mechanical means of transportation, which are not mentioned in this regulations
Check points – CP
Check points are exact points which the team has to pass and make a mark.
The check points are located at or on distinctive natural or artificial objects. Check points are marked on maps by circles, the center of which shows the exact position of the check point.
Check points themselves are marked by white-and-orange signs, the size of which may be different, depending on the objects on which they are located. At some checkpoints, only the station of electronic punching may be installed, without a sign indicating the check point itself. This will be incicated separately in the route sheet.
The signs of check points are visible from the way points, shown in the legend, but not at an earlier stage. The station of electronic punching is installed right near the signs.
Any other important information concerning a specific check point is given in the legend.
The legend describes, in words, the location of an object, at or on which a check point is located. The legend is included in the route sheet.
The route sheet provides the following information: order of passing sections; order of passing check points; legends of all check points; operating hours of transition areas; specific rules for passing specific check points, or time limits for passing them. The route sheet includes the Race Scheme.
Check points are equipped by electronic punching system SFR. The according SFR-chip will be handled to the competitors during Race Registration and has to be fixed by judges on each competitor's wrist.
Registering at a check point is obligatory for each team member, otherwise passing of the check point will not be valid for the whole team!
The time for passing a check point from first to last member of a team cannot be more than 1 minute. This does not apply to rope and rock climbing stages and other special sections that will be mentioned in the route sheet.
If a chip fails or breaks due to pressure or other impact, do not panic and continue the Race in normal order. Continue to mark checkpoints on the course with all other chips and inform the timekeepers on the way.
There is a slight chance that an electronic check point or chip may be out of order or has been removed by outsiders. Please do not stop the Race to call to the organizers, but continue and inform the organizers about it on arrival at the Race Center. This CP will be scored for your team.
For score keeping of intermediate results during the Race, the teams need to pass by the timekeepers at the Race Center each time they reach it.
Transition areas - TA
Transition areas are located in places, where teams will change Race stages and mode of travel.
The teams must deposit their equipment at the team’s number (if it is shown) or, if there are no numbers, at the places shown by the judges.
The working hours of transition areas are indicated in the route sheet.
Transportation of individual or team gear to some of the transition areas may be organized (information about this will be published later).
Transition areas are served by race volunteers. Their duty includes also control of observance of the Race Rules by the participants.
We provide special maps, drawn and edited exclusively for the Race, with common symbols, used in topographic maps and orienteering.
Maps are drawn on the base of topographical maps of the area with a scale of 1:250 000, satellite imagery and field work, done in the year 2018. The maps are laminated on both sides (mat laminate).
There will be several maps with different scales for the different sections of the course. Some routes or parts of the routes may be shown only on satellite imagery.
Each competitor will get a full set of maps. We recommend to bring along thin permanent pen markers for marking your routes on the maps.
Each competitor has to be aware of the fact that the Race bears inherent dangers due to technical, natural and climatic circumstances.
The competitors must not admit fatigue and overwork and need to stay attentive, coordinated and maintain a good reaction throughout the whole course.
Competitors must not continue the course or refuse to pass a certain section of the course, if they are lacking physical or psychological abilities to continue.
Each team has to carry a cell phone in a sealed bag to connect to the organizers in emergency. The emergency phone number is indicated on each map.
Cell phone connection is available not everywhere during the course. On the top of hills or on wide open waters the connection normally is good. "Megafon" is working better than all other providers!
All competitors must wear life vests during the paddling stage.
All competitors must wear helmets during mountain bike and rope stages.
There will be a doctor and medical station located in the Race Centre, where every competitor can get medical help at any time.
The organizer disclaims any material, civil and criminal liability in case of injury or material damage received during the course. The competitors must have medical and accident insurance.
A team which has left the course prior to the finish gate, or could not reached the finish gate in time, must contact the organizers as soon as possible to inform them about their wellbeing or problems and, thereafter, show up at the finish gate and return all electronic chips.