APDC-2019

Regulations

I.        INTRODUCTION

The “Alfa Patrouille des Cèdres” (hereafter “APdC”) is a biennial international backcountry ski race (also known as ski-touring or ski-mountaineering) open to civilian as well as military teams of 2 skiers (hereafter “patrols”). The race comprises two itineraries to choose from, one longer than the other (hereafter the “Long-course” and the “Medium-course”) to be accomplished in teams of 2 during a single day, within a certain time-frame.

The distances, high altitudes and steep profiles of both itineraries make this backcountry ski race unique in its kind. Because of these particular characteristics, all requests to participate in APdC 2019 necessitate the following:

1.    Good knowledge of skiing and of the mountain environment together with the experience as well as the ability to handle the unforeseen extreme conditions often encountered on such terrain.
2.    A personal commitment to the physical, technical and mental preparations needed for winter racing in a mountain environment.
3.    An unconditional acceptance of the APdC Rules & Regulations as well as all instructions issued by the organizing committee, before, during and, if necessary, after the event.
4.    A positive attitude showing team spirit as well as regard for other participants, including friendliness, solidarity, prudence, a sincere personal performance, and respect for nature and the mountain.
5.    The required backcountry ski gear, in reasonably good condition.

II.        CATEGORIES

The race will include two categories, one Civilian and one Military, of two skiers each, making up one ‘patrol’.

1.    The Military category(including other officers such as Internal Security Forces, Border Guards, Customs Officers and Police) is open to the following sub-categories:
a.     Women: Patrols of 2 military women
b.     Men: Patrols of 2 military men
c.     Mixed: patrols of 1 woman & 1 man

*Note: Military Patrols can only enter the Long-Course

2.    The Civil category is open to the following sub-categories:
a.      Women: patrols of 2 women
b.      Men: patrols of 2 men
c.      Mixed: patrols of 1 woman & 1 man
d.      Family: married couples or parent & offspring (only for dad or mom with son or daughter)
e.      Senior: Patrols with a combined age of 110 years or more

*Note: Civil Patrols are free to enter either the Medium Course or the Long-Course
**Note: Patrols who fall under more than one category will have to choose which one they wish to race under.

3.    The minimum age for competitors is 15 years. Participants aged between 15 and 18 must be registered by one of their parents or their legal guardian.
4.    Any category with less than the requisite number of registered patrols will be scrapped. If so, its patrols will race under another category (as decided by the Race Committee).
5.    Prizes: APdC will offer the following bespoke APdC trophies (metals & wood) designed and produced by Blink BTL (www.blinkbtl.cm) for the first three finishers of each category:

1. Winner: Large APdC Trophy
2. Runner-up: Medium APdC Trophy
3. 3rd place finisher: Small APdC Trophy


*Note: trophies photo indicative and not final

6.  To receive their bespoke APdC trophies, winners of all categories are kindly asked to leave their skis and poles behind before proceeding to the podium. No skis or poles are allowed on the podium.

III.        REGISTRATION

1.    Patrol names and designations:

a.    Military Patrols:Each patrol shall be registered under the Country’s Alpha 3 Code, followed by a number (ex: LBN 01, LBN 02 and NLD 01, NLD 02, etc.)
b.    Civil Patrols: Each Civil Patrol shall be registered under the designation of its choice with a maximum of 20 characters. Only decent denominations will be taken into consideration. The same denomination may not be adopted by more than one patrol; it shall be given to the patrol that registered it first.
c.     Designation names and Race Numbers:Patrol designations or names only appear on the inscription sheet. All Patrols, Military and Civil will wear similar bib numbers, albeit of different colours for the different categories and / or course lengths.
d.    Wrist tags & numbers:Each patrol member will be given a wrist tag number to wear during the race and throughout their APdC stay. Wearing the tag with identification number is mandatory for both patrol members, be it for race day, and also for APdC events like the Pasta Party or Cedar Night, drinks, etc). APdC participants without a wrist tag number will not be allowed to any APdC events and could entail the disqualification of the concerned patrol.

2.    Registrationand enrollment criteria:

a.    Registration is open as of Dec. 25, 2018
b.    Online registration:Registration can be done online at www.patrouilledescedres.com
c.     Email pre-registration:participants who are not yet complete or sure and wish to pre-register can do so by writing to: register@patrouilledescedres.comanytime.
d.    The deadline for registrations is Sunday February 17, 2019 – The APdC Race Committee has decided to extend the APdC registration deadline for one week to: Friday Feb.22 – 3pm . Late registration fee is LL30,000 (LL15,000 for Lebanese participants).
e.    Entry fees:
i.     The entry fee per participant is LL66, 000 (approx. USD 44). This includes the LL6,000 (approx. USD 4) mandatory insurance (PA policy from Arabia Insurance here).
ii.     The entry fee is the same for civil and Military participants.
iii.    Participants holding a Lebanese citizenship have been subsidized and will only pay 50% of their entry fee: that’s LL36, 000 (approx. USD 24) per participant. This includes the LL6,000 (approx. USD 4) mandatory insurance (PA policy from Arabia Insurance here).
iv.     Lebanese Army participants are exempt of entry fees and insurance fees.
v.    Non-Lebanese army military participants are exempt from insurance (but are free to purchase the offered PA policy from Arabia Insurance if they wish)
vi.    There is no need to pay the entry fee upon registration. It will be paid in cash upon bib number pickup on Friday. Feb. 22, 2019 – from 4:30 till 8:00 pm. Venue: Alfa Flagship store in Parallel Towers, Dekwaneh-Lebanon. The briefings will be at 6:45 pm. (The second time and place you can register and pick up your bib is March 1st or 2nd, location TBD soon)

*Note: 100% of proceeds from entry fees will be donated to the Fund for the Families of Lebanese Army Martyrs.

f.     Patrol selectioncriteria:It is reminded that both participants of each Patrol should fulfill the below competences:
i.     A good knowledge of the mountain environment
ii.     Good skiing skills (downhill)
iii.     A healthy physical condition
iv.     The capability of completing all race sections under non-optimal conditions
v.     Possession of appropriate equipment, kept in reasonably good condition.

3.    Insurance:

a.Every Civil participant will buy the mandatory Arabia Insurance Company Personal Accident insurance upon registration. This applies even to those who are personally insured for this type of event.

b.Arabia Insurance Company is offering participants Personal Accident insurance for all APdC events. The premium is LL6,000 per participant and the details in terms of coverage are outlined in the attached link
http://patrouilledescedres.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/PA.pdf . To seek further info please contact Arabia Insurance directly at email: schami@arabiainsurance.com / or call +961-1-376673.

c. Military participants are exempt from buying Personal Accident insurance.

d. All participants will sign a waiver stipulating that the APdC, its organisers and anyone else cannot and will not be held responsible for any harm whatsoever in case of any accident that happens to a competitor or anyone else during race week, and in particular during race day.

IV.        EQUIPMENT & GEAR

1.    Requisite Gear and equipment: Civil and military Patrols are required to carry the same type of technical gear, equipment and garments, albeit from the brand and make of their choice.

a.     Specifications for skis, bindings and footwear:

Skis:
i.               Only skis are accepted (no snowshoes or other).
ii.              Minimum ski length: 150 cm.
iii.             Width under the binding: maximum 110 mm, minimum 60 mm.
iv.            Metal edges on at least 90% of the entire length.
v.             Seal skins must cover a minimum of 75% of the ski base and attach to the spatula.
vi.            Seal skins must be clean and have adequate gluing properties.
vii.           Skis with fish scales as a means of ascending are not permitted.
viii.          Snowboards, including separable snowboards, are forbidden.

Bindings and other gear for ski-touring:
i.               Bindings must hold down the heel firmly when going downhill. Cross-country (Nordic) ski bindings or similar equipment are strictly forbidden.
ii.              Bindings must have ski stops or leashes. No competitors using skis and bindings without ski-stops or adequate attachment will be allowed to take the start.
iii.             Ski crampons (couteaux) are mandatory. Boot crampons are optional.

*Note: The Race Committee reserves the right to refuse gear and / or equipment that it judges not applicable or safe for racing in the mountain environment.

Footwear:
i.               Only backcountry or alpine skiing boots are permitted.
ii.              As such, boots must give firm support and cover the ankle completely.
iii.             Cross country ski boots and similar ‘Nordic Ski’ equipment are strictly forbidden.
iv.             Telemark equipment is authorised after inspection by the Race Committee.

b.    Mandatory equipment: Each Patrol member is required to carry (or wear) the following personal items:

i.               Gear and garments:
a.    A backpack that can securely fit skis.
b.    One wind breaker
c.     One warm mid-layer
d.    One warm hat
e.    One pair of gloves.
f.     Sunglasses.
g.    One helmet

*Note: all gear should be suitable for the mountain environment and in good condition.

ii.              Food (at the start line):
a.    a minimum of 500 calories per Patrol Member for the Medium Course length (food at patrollers’ free choice).
b.    a minimum of 800 calories per Patrol Member for the Long Course length (food at patrollers’ free choice).

iii.             Fluids (at the start line):
a.    A minimum of 600 ml of water per Patrol Member for the Medium Course length (water or other non-alcoholic beverage).
b.    A minimum of 1000 ml of water per Patrol Member for the Long Course length (water or other non-alcoholic beverage).

c.     Each Patrol must have the following spare kit: To be carried by either Patrol member or split between the two.

i.               1 survival blanket
ii.              1 First aid kit
iii.             1 spare pair of gloves
iv.             1 spare hat
v.              1 spare pair of sunglasses or mask (recommended)

d.    Scrutineering (equipment and material check):

i.               There will be 2 scrutineering sessions on different days and different venues (time & venue of will be communicated by the Race Committee 10 days before):
a.    First scrutineering session: 48h before race day (in Beirut or near Race Finish line)
b.    Second scrutineering session: on the eve of race day (near Race Start line)
ii.              There will be random equipment and materialchecks
a.    Before the start
b.    At any checkpoint along the race
c.     At the Finish Line.

*Note: Any Patrol whose equipment does not fulfil the quantity or standards required (except for food and water at checks performed after the start), or who loses possession of material throughout the race will be penalized accordingly or disqualified.

V.        GENERAL RACE INFORMATION

1.    Race course distances and figures: *Note: All figures are approximate.

a.    Long-course: The Long-course shall comprise a distance of 26 km approximately, with positive altitude variations of 1,915 m and negative altitude variations of 2,100 m yielding approximately 51 km-effort. The Long-course will be marked with Red flags.Provisional Long Course GE file.

b.    Medium-course: The Medium-course shall comprise a distance of 21 km approximately, with positive altitude variations of 1,200 m and negative altitude variations of 1,400 m yielding approximately 37 km-effort. The Medium-course will be marked with Green flags. Provisional Medium Course GE file.

Note: Kilometers effort calculation: KmE = Length (km) + Height diff. (uphill) (km) * 10 + Height diff. (downhill) (km) * 3.3

2.     Race date:

a.    Race date:The set date for APdC 2019 is Sunday March 3, 2019(with a +1 reserve, weather-contingency day).

b.    Reserve / Contingencydate:In case of an adverse weather forecast for race day, the date could be changed one day forward (i.e. to Monday, March 4, 2019). If so, the date change will be announced no later than 48hrs prior to the start (i.e. by 7:30am Saturday March 2), by email and/or WhatsApp to all registered participants.

3.     Start time(s):

a.     Initial grouped start time:The start will be given at 7:30AM for both the Long-course and the Medium-course. Depending on conditions and other factors, competitors could be split into 2 groups in which case a second start could be given, no later than 30 minutes after the first start.

b.     Second (optional) start time:Depending on conditions and other factors, the Race Committee could decide to split competitors into 2 groups who will start at 2 different times, the second group start (if applicable) will be no later than 30 minutes after the first one, i.e. by 8:00am.

*Note 1: In the event of a second start, the Race Committee reserves the right to split competitors in the manner it deems appropriate.

*Note 2: TheRace Committee reserves the right to modify the starting times, in accordance with existing conditions, the total number of patrols registered, and other relevant factors.

4.    APdC 2019 startline and finishline locations:

a.    Start line(s):APdC 2019 will start at the Mzaar Intercontinental Hotel in the Mzaar Kfardebian ski resort: (GPS: 33°59’32.90″N by 35°50’16.30″E)
i.               Depending on conditions, there may be a different start line for the Medium-course race or both, higher up the mountain, possibly at Mzaar summit: (GPS: 33°57’54.80″N by  35°50’25.10″E)

b.    Finish line:Both APdC 2019 courses (Long and Medium) will have the same finish line: at Zaarour Club (GPS: 33°55’6.40″N  by  35°48’24.70″E)

5.     Personal Belongings bags:

a.    Patrols wishing to leave personal belongings at the start in order to have them delivered to the finish can do so by placing their items inside the thick clear plastic bag provided in the race pack containing their Race Numbers.
b.    The plastic bag will be marked with the Patrol’s race number and delivered as-is to a designated spot near the Finish Line at Zaarour Club.
c.     To reclaim the personal belongings bag at the finish area, one of the four corresponding Race Numbers will have to be provided.

*Note: Belongings bags cannot be reclaimed unless any one of the of the 4 corresponding Race Number is shown.

VI.        CHECKPOINTS & CUT-OFF TIMES

1.    Checkpoints:
The (Red and/or Green) markings placed all along the race track lead to checkpoints by which every Patrol is required to pass. Each patrol must go through all checkpoints grouped together (max. 10 m between the two members) with all race numbers visible (on thighs and on backpacks). The leading Patrol member sees and speaks to the officials manning the checkpoint and will indicate:

a.    The last name of both Patrol members.
b.    The Patrol’s number (if asked).
c.     Patrols can leave a checkpoint only when both members are present and it has been given clearance by a checkpoint official (that’s after the number and names have been registered in the manifest certifying that the patrol in question did indeed pass through that particular checkpoint).
2.    Checkpoint cut-off times: The below cut-off times are in place to ensure a safe race for everyone. Teams behind schedule will be regarded as disqualified and will be stopped at the nearest checkpoint.

a.    Long Course checkpoint (CP) Long Course (L) cut-off times:

i.     Start:                Igloo Parking near Mzaar Hotel       Run Carrying skis (with skins)  [and Helmet ON]      [Water Point]              07:30
ii.     CP LM1:           Refuge bottom                  Straight                                              Put skis on(with skins)
iii.     CPLM2:           Refuge top                        Straight                                              Take skins OFF
iv.     CP LM3:           Mzaar  bottom                  Turn Left                                              Ski down
v.     CP LM4:           Nabil bottom                      Straight (slightly Left)                        Ski down
vi.     CP LM5:       Cedar Forest(turn left&up)    Jabal Dib bottom (slightly Right)      Put skins ON
vii.     CP LM6:       Nakhnoukha                          Turn Right                                        Keep skins ON
viii.     CP LM7:      Rocher Bottom COT 1 : 1h 40m / 5.53Km from the Start / Altitude: 2100 m   Turn Right  [Water Point]
ix.     CP LM8:        Technical bottom                   Straight Up                                       Put skis on pack
x.     CP LM9:           Technical top                        Turn Left                                          Put skis on (with skins) [No need for Helmet]
xi.     CP LM10:        El Manzoul trough (mid-way to Sannine) COT 2: 3h  / 7.7 Km / Altitude: 2319 m            Keep skins ON  [No need for Helmet] [Water Point]
xii.     CP LM11:        EL Mraffe    Stay on Tracks  – Long C go Right Med C Left        Keep skins ON [No need for Helmet]
xiii.    CP L12:           Top of Kookadoo                  Ski Down                                        Take skins OFF [Helmet ON]
xiv.    CP L13:           Middle of Kookadoo             Ski Down                                         Ski Down
xv.     CP L14:           Ain en Nsour                         Turn Left                                         Ski down Traverse
xvi.   CP L15:            El Himi                                 Turn Left – Long UP ahead             Put skins ON  [Water Point]
xvii.  CP L16:            Korotova rock                        Straight UP – almost there !            May need Ski-crampons
xviii. CP L17:            Top of grand coulée  COT 3: 4h20min  / 12 Km / Altitude : 1822 m             Well Done! 50 m more to Fr. Rm – Keep skins ON
xix.   CP LM18:         Chambre des Francais          Enjoy the view                                Take skins OFF
xx.  CP LM19:           Top pf Petite Coulée              Turn Right                                       Ski down
xxi. CP LM20:            Nabaa Sannine (Btm Petite Coulee) Turn Right – take skins OFF
xxii. CP LM21:            Himi el Rahban (Sannine Road)      Turn Left slightly                            Put skins ON [No need for Helmet]
xxiii. CP LM22:           Bou Moustafa’s (Qaa el rim)              Turn Right                                      Take skins OFF  [Helmet ON] [Water Point]
xxiv. CP LM23:           Ain Bou Moustafa                 Straight                                          Ski down Traverse
xxv. CP LM24:             Sheer Es Snoun                    Turn Left                                         Put skins ON
xxvi. CP LM25:            360 Top of Zaarour             Straight & down Piste                     Take skins OFF
xxvii. CP LM26:           Cabannaz                           Run to Finish line                            Take skis off
xxviii.    Finish Line:     Le Grand Chalet                      Well done!!  [Water Point] 

b.    Medium Course checkpoint (CP) Medium Course (M) cut-off times:

i.     Start:                Igloo Parking near Mzaar Hotel       Run Carrying skis (with skins)  [and Helmet ON]      [Water Point]              07:30
ii.     CP LM1:           Refuge bottom                  Straight                                              Put skis on(with skins)
iii.     CPLM2:           Refuge top                        Straight                                              Take skins OFF
iv.     CP LM3:           Mzaar  bottom                  Turn Left                                              Ski down
v.     CP LM4:           Nabil bottom                      Straight (slightly Left)                        Ski down
vi.     CP LM5:       Cedar Forest(turn left&up)    Jabal Dib bottom (slightly Right)      Put skins ON
vii.     CP LM6:       Nakhnoukha                          Turn Right                                        Keep skins ON
viii.     CP LM7:      Rocher Bottom COT 1 : 1h 40m / 5.53Km from the Start / Altitude: 2100 m   Turn Right  [Water Point]
ix.     CP LM8:        Technical bottom                   Straight Up                                       Put skis on pack
x.     CP LM9:           Technical top                        Turn Left                                          Put skis on (with skins) [No need for Helmet]
xi.     CP LM10:        El Manzoul trough (mid-way to Sannine) COT 2: 3h  / 7.7 Km / Altitude: 2319 m            Keep skins ON  [No need for Helmet] [Water Point]
xii.     CP LM11:        EL Mraffe    Stay on Tracks  – Long C go Right Med C Left        Keep skins ON [No need for Helmet]
xiii.    CP L12:           Top of Kookadoo                  Ski Down                                        Take skins OFF [Helmet ON]
xiv.    CP L13:           Middle of Kookadoo             Ski Down                                         Ski Down
xv.     CP L14:           Ain en Nsour                         Turn Left                                         Ski down Traverse
xvi.   CP L15:            El Himi                                 Turn Left – Long UP ahead             Put skins ON  [Water Point]
xvii.  CP L16:            Korotova rock                        Straight UP – almost there !            May need Ski-crampons
xviii. CP L17:            Top of grand coulée  COT 3: 4h20min  / 12 Km / Altitude : 1822 m             Well Done! 50 m more to Fr. Rm – Keep skins ON
xix.   CP LM18:         Chambre des Francais          Enjoy the view                                Take skins OFF
xx.  CP LM19:           Top pf Petite Coulée              Turn Right                                       Ski down
xxi. CP LM20:            Nabaa Sannine (Btm Petite Coulee) Turn Right – take skins OFF
xxii. CP LM21:            Himi el Rahban (Sannine Road)      Turn Left slightly                            Put skins ON [No need for Helmet]
xxiii. CP LM22:           Bou Moustafa’s (Qaa el rim)              Turn Right                                      Take skins OFF  [Helmet ON] [Water Point]
xxiv. CP LM23:           Ain Bou Moustafa                 Straight                                          Ski down Traverse
xxv. CP LM24:             Sheer Es Snoun                    Turn Left                                         Put skins ON
xxvi. CP LM25:            360 Top of Zaarour             Straight & down Piste                     Take skins OFF
xxvii. CP LM26:           Cabannaz                           Run to Finish line                            Take skis off
xxviii.    Finish Line:     Le Grand Chalet                      Well done!!  [Water Point] 

VII.        APdC RULES FOR ALL PATROLS

1.    Regulations & instructions:
Patrols and each individual participant must comply with the race regulations and any instructions received from organizers before, during and after the competition.

2.    Precaution:
In addition to the official instructions, Patrols are to take all appropriate precautions, as imposed by the mountain environment and the prevailing conditions, to avoid any accident.

3.    Patrols of two:
Patrol members must remain together throughout the APdC course (a maximum of 10 meters between Patrol members is allowed at any time) and must cross the finish line together.

4.    Patrols of two only:
Never should a Patrol member be left alone anytime, anywhere. No participant can complete the race alone.

5.    Checkpoint cut-off / time-limits:
Patrols who fail to reach any checkpoint by the designated cut-off / time limit (see appendix V.11. below) are automatically disqualified and must follow the instructions given by the checkpoint official.

6.    Mobile phone: Each Patrol should carry at least one mobile phone in which the SOS number is saved. It is preferable to have one mobile phone per participant. All mobile phones should be fully charged at the start line.

7.    Race numbers and ID:
All Patrol members should have their provided race numbers clearly visible at all times during the race. One race number on the right thigh and the other on the backpack. In addition, participants must carry a valid ID (photocopies are permitted only if clear, inside waterproof sleeve or bag and perfectly legible).

8.    Exterior help or assistance:
No exterior help or assistance is authorized (except for a broken ski – see Rule IV.8. below). Patrol members shall use their own gear from the start to the finish line, without being handed anything from anyone outside the race.

9.    Broken ski replacement:
Only the exchange of a broken ski is allowed and could be done at the nearest checkpoint or by notifying the next checkpoint official. The replacement ski(s) can come from anyone, including another competitor or Patrol willing to sacrifice their race.

10.    “Witch-riding”:
Straddling the ski poles on downhill stretches is permitted -indeed recommended in unfavorable snow conditions.

11.  Timing:
The finish time is recorded when the second Patrol member crosses the finish line. Note: as per rule IV.3. above, Patrol members should be no further than 10 meters from each other along the course, but alongside one-another at the finish line.

12.  Protests, complaints and claims:
a.    Protests, complaints and claims will be submitted after crossing the finish line, and a maximum of 60 minutes after the concerned patrol has completed the course.
b.    They shall be duly justified, perfectly clear and sent by email to the PdC Race Committee  at  (rc@patrouilledescedres.com).
c.     All protests, complaints and claims must be accompanied by a payment of LBP 50.000 (Approx. USD 33) which will be handed -inside an envelope bearing the Patrol number, to the finish race marshal.
d.    The Race Committee will endeavor to provide feedback by return email as soon as possible after investigating the protest, complaint or claim.
e.    The payment will be refunded if the protest, complaint or claim is accepted.
f.     The payment will not be refunded if the protest, complaint or claim is rejected.
g.    The decision of APdC Race Committee is final and will not have recourse in any court of law.

13.  Disqualification:
Any infringement of the rules could entail disqualification. This penalty may be notified during the race by a checkpoint official or a APdC technical delegate or at the finish line. A disqualified Patrol will not be entitled to any prize or medal.

14.  Warning:
A warning could be issued prior to disqualification, but not necessarily. The Race Committee has this option but could decide, at its discretion, to disqualify a Patrol without issuing a prior warning.

15.  Medical elimination:
An official APdC doctor may decide, for medical reasons, to prevent a Patrol from continuing with the race. In such a case, both members of the Patrol must hand in their bib numbers and comply with the orders given by the doctor and checkpoint official. An official APdC doctor’s decision is irrevocable.

16.  Patrol discipline:
a.    Each patrol moves as an independent group with its own complete equipment, like a roped party in the mountains.
b.    Participants must comply with instructions given by race officials and doctors at all times.
c.     In addition to the official instructions, patrols are to take all appropriate precautions, imposed by the prevailing conditions, to avoid any accident.
d.    Every participant shall follow the markings at the risk of being disqualified.

17.  Withdrawal:
Every patrol wishing to withdraw from the race must announce it to the nearest checkpoint. A competitor may not continue the race alone if his / her partner has withdrawn. In no case whatsoever will a competitor be left alone on the course outside a checkpoint. Any competitor who does not respect this basic rule will be disqualified and possibly banned from taking part in future APdC events.
a.    Any patrol that has withdrawn from the race is required, using its own equipment if possible, to head immediately to the nearest checkpoint to announce it.
b.    Under no other circumstance shall the patrol quit the race, remove the tag numbers, or stop anywhere without the consent of race officials.
c.     The officials of the checkpoint where the withdrawal was announced will take charge of the Patrol whose members must, in all cases, abide by the orders given by APdC officials.

18.  Duty to rescue:
In case of danger or accident, Patrols must exchange assistance and/or call for assistance at the SOS emergency number printed on their bibs (+961-71-970 539) and/or proceed with help procedures either spontaneously or at the request of a checkpoint official or doctor.

19.  Outside assistance:
It is strictly forbidden for people outside the race to help competitors, even with simple tasks such as putting on or taking off sealskins, skis or other.

20.  Environment protection:
All participants are expected to show respect for the mountains and to be environment-conscious, particularly by carrying along all their waste until the next post.  Note: Participants seen littering on the course will be penalized. “Take nothing but photographs and leave nothing but ski-tracks”.

21.  The Obligatory hand-kiss rule:
It is obligatory for male participants to hand-kiss any women participants that ski past going uphill, with her consent of course. (Okay, we made that one up. But hey! that would be cool. We’re thinking of making it a genuine rule for all our events!).

22.  The APdC virtuous circle:
You enter – You train – You compete – You feel great – You enter again.

APDC-2019

Snowshoe Rules

Snowshoe Race Map - 1 LAP of 9KM

APDC FAQS

Who can take part in APdC?

Anyone with:

  • Good knowledge of skiing and of the mountain environment together with experience as well as the ability to handle the unforeseen extreme conditions often encountered on such terrain.
  • A personal commitment to the physical, technical and mental preparations needed for winter racing in a mountain environment.
  • An unconditional acceptance of the APdC Rules & Regulations as well as all instructions issued by the organizing committee, before, during and, if necessary, after the event.
  • A positive attitude showing team spirit as well as regard for other participants, including friendliness, solidarity, prudence, a sincere personal performance, and respect for nature and the mountain.
  • The required gear, in reasonably good condition.

What categories are there for the civil participants?

The Civil category is open to the following sub-categories:

  • Women: patrols of 2 women
  • Men: patrols of 2 men
  • Mixed: patrols of 1 woman & 1 man
  • Family: parent & offspring patrols (only for dad or mom with son or daughter)
  • Senior: Patrols with a combined age of 100 years or more*Note: Civil Patrols are free to enter either the Medium Course or the Long-Course

 

How can I register?

Registration is open from Dec. 25, 2018. Either online registration (click here) or by email pre-registration: This is for lone participants who are not yet sure about their teammate and wish to pre-register. They can do so by writing to: register@patrouilledescedres.com

What is the deadline for registrations?

The deadline for registrations is Sunday February 17.

What are the entry fees?

The entry fee is the same for civil and Military participants: LL66,000 (Approx. USD 44) this includes the LL6,000 (Approx. USD USD 4) Insurance fees. Participants holding a Lebanese citizenship have been subsidized and will only pay 50% of their entry fee: that’s LL36,000 (Approx. USD 24) per participant this includes the LL6,000 (Approx. USD USD 4) Insurance fees. Lebanese Army participants are exempt of entry fees and insurance fees.
*Note: 100% of proceeds from entry fees will be donated to the Fund for the Families of Lebanese Army Martyrs.

Do I need special insurance?

Every Civil participant will buy the mandatory Arabia Insurance Company Personal Accident insurance upon registration. This applies even to those who are personally insured for this type of event.

Can I use snowshoes?

No. Only backcountry skis and equipment are allowed.

 

Can I take part in the Snowshoe Race ?

The Snowshoe race is not for APdC participants. Like the Snowshoe Outings, this activity is only proposed to non-skiers who also wish to be part of the day’s events.

 

Do I need to wear a helmet?

A helmet is mandatory.

 Can anyone opt for the Medium Course?

Civil Patrols can opt for either the Long or the Medium Course. Military Patrols can only enroll in the Long Course.

Can I take part in the Backcountry Ski outings on March 5 and 6?

Anyone with good backcountry ski equipment and a reasonable fitness level can take part in the Backcountry Ski outings on March 5 and 6. A good dose of patience and  humor is also needed in case of adverse conditions on the day. The rate per person per outing is Lbp160,000 (US$106 approx.). This includes transport, bed (in double occupancy), breakfast and dinner.

Are all APdC participants invited to the award ceremony?

Yes. All APdC participants are invited to take part in the award ceremony, even those who did not finish.

Can I leave a bag at the start and collect it at the finish line?

  • Patrols wishing to leave personal belongings at the start in order to have them delivered to the finish can do so by placing their items inside the thick clear plastic bag provided in the race pack containing their Race Numbers.
  • The plastic bag will be marked with the Patrol’s race number and delivered as-is to a designated spot near the Finish Line at Zaarour Club.
  • To reclaim the personal belongings bag at the finish area, one of the four corresponding Race Numbers will have to be provided.

    *Note: Belongings bags cannot be reclaimed unless any one of the of the 4 corresponding Race Number is shown.

    When will the final racecourse distances and cut-off times be set?

The final race course(s) will be set at least 10 days before race day (but probably as early as the end of January 2019).

Are the start lines and finish lines the same for both the Long and Medium Courses?

Yes, the start and finish lines are the same. Only the Medium course will cover less terrain to cover, and less positive ascent / descent.

Do I need a harness, crampons and an ice-axe?

No, only ski-crampons (couteaux) are mandatory.

Do I need avalanche gear as in transceiver, shovel and probe?

No, the near-zero probability of avalanches along both courses mean that there is no need for transceivers, shovels or probes. However, you are welcome to carry these if you do not feel comfortable without.

APdC Medium Course (prov.)

Approximate figures:
Length: 11.6 km
Up = 990 m
Down = 1020 m
Km Effort = 24 KmE
COT1 = CP1 – 1 H
COT 2 = CP11 – 2 H
Click Here to download the Provisional Medium Course GE file.  Google Earth App.

APdC Long Course (prov.)

Approximate figures:
Length: 14 km
Up =1255 m
Down = 1283 m
Km Effort = 30.8 KmE
COT1 = CP1 – 1 H
COT 2 = CP11 – 2 H

 Click Here to download the Provisional Long Course GE file.  Google Earth App.

APdC Map of Lebanon