Rules, equipment & the course

Keb Classic is a ski alpine competition in the Swedish wilderness, largely in high alpine terrain. The area itself and the activities during the competition place demands on both the design of the event and the participants. The competition rules are set based on these conditions. KebClassic follows the Patrouille des Glaciers (PDG) regulations regarding equipment.

Rules for the race

Important information: The helmet used during the competition in the alpine class must be approved for both climbing and skiing. In the touring class, the helmet must be approved for skiing, or it must be double certified.

In general

  • Participation at own risk.
  • Paid membership in a climbing club connected to the Swedish Klätterförbundet or the equivalent in another country.
  • Participants are obliged to keep updates with information about the course and rules that the race organization is providing.
  • Registration and payment is binding due to STF’s canceling policy.
  • Minimum age to participate in the race is 18 years old.
  • As participant the information meeting the evening before race days is mandatory.
  • It must be two or three people in the team. And you compete in Ladies, Men och Mixed.


  • During the race the participants have to move between checkpoints along the course that are decided by the race organization.
  • The checkpoints have to be passed in the right order before a certain time.
  • The team are obliged to follow the instruction and information the organizations crew gives along the course.
  • Markings along the course have to be followed, for example downhill.
  • All the team members have to pass the checkpoints together with maximum 50 meters or 15 seconds between each other. Everyone in the team have to pass the checkpoint.

To forfeit the race

  • If one member of the team have to forfeit it must be at a manned checkpoint.
  • This means that if a team of three have to split the other two can continue the race. If it’s a team of two the other person have to wait for another team of two to join them and continue the race. This must be done at a manned checkpoint.
  • If a team don’t pass a checkpoint before announced time the person from the organisations crew have the right to stop them from continuing the race.


  • You finish the race when the last member of the team crosses the finish line. With a maximum of 5 seconds between you
  • A written protest should be given to the race office before 45 minute after the last team have crossed the finish line. This due to a administration fee of 300 sek.


  • The mandatory equipment for the team and the personal equipment have to be carried by the team during the whole race.
  • The personal equipment have to be carried in each team members own backpack.
  • If someone miss anything of the mandatory equipment the race organization can disqualify the whole team.
  • Participants can not use drinks, food or other equipment given to them from non-competing people during the race except for drinks given by the organizations crew. Teams can help other teams.


  • All competitors are obliged to help other participants if there would be an accident at the mountain.
  • In case of accident, the members of the team must start with first aid and call for help.
  • To participate in the race all of the team members have to know how to rescue someone if there would be a avalanche. We recommend you have done at least one Avalanche course. You have the opportunity to train during the clinics the day before the race.
  • To compete along the alpine course all of the team members have to know how to safety move on glaciers. You have the opportunity to train during the clinics the day before the race.
  • To participate in the race all the team members have to know how to navigate with compass and a map in all weather and during winter conditions.

Causes for disqualification

  • The team/team member miss a checkpoint or pass them in the wrong order.
  • The team/team member can’t show all of the obligatory equipment when asked to.
  • The team won’t stick together.
  • The team/team member are not following the rules or the instructions given by the race organization before and during the race.
  • The team/team member is not showing sportsmanship.
  • The team/team member do or show something that the organization couldn’t foretell but are judged reckless with consideration to the environment, conditions, safety and sportsmanship due to other competitors.

The authority of the race organization

  • To change the course due to conditions on the mountain.
  • To stop teams to continue the race if they don’t have passed a checkpoint before the announced time.
  • Unanimously decide about protest received.
  • To reservations for clerical error or other changes.

Mandatory equipment

Personal Equipment

  • Back pack with room for all your equipment
  • Avalanche rescue shovel according to UIAA 156 or ISMF standard, plastic blade not allowed.
  • Probe, minimum length 240 cm and minimum 10 mm in diameter.
  • Your transceiver must be in send mode and close to your body. Minimum battery level at start 80% .
  • Headlamp with fresh batteries.
  • Goggles, sunglasses or Visor.
  • Helmet, the helmet in the alpine class must be approved for both climbing and skiing.
    UIAA 106 and EN 1077 or EN 12492 EN 1077.
  • In the touring class, the helmet must be approved for skiing, or it must be double certified.
  • Skis, minimum 90% of the length must have steel edge. The skis have to be a least 160 cm for men and 150 cm for ladies.
  • The boots have to be over the ankles and have a rubber sole. It must be possible to attach crampons correctly. Telemark, alpine, randonné boot and snowboard boots that fulfill the requirements are allowed.
  • Poles
  • Skins. Recommend 2 pair if you use skimo skis.
  • Climbing harness and a CE-certified repelling device. Competitors in Ski Touring can borrow this equipment.
  • First Aid kit and tourniquet
  • Whistle
  • Food to manage the day.
  • 2 pair of gloves, at least one pair that’s warmer.
  • A hat
  • Windproof jacket and trousers to put over the race suit if it’s not wind or waterproof.
  • Förstärkningsplagg dunväst/dunjacka/fleece minimum 300g.

Team equipment

  • 1 compass that everyone in the team know how to use.
  • Mobile phone with Telia or Halebop as operator, that’s the ones working best in the area. Some areas mite be without reception. The teams phone number must be registered at the race office at the equipment check. At the race meeting you will get the number to the race office.
  • Windsack, room for all team members.

Personal Equipment Alpine course

  • All climbing gear must me CE/UIAA certified and made for climbing and not modified.
  • 2 Prussik fitted for the rope’s dimension, at least 5 mm in diameter.
  • Repelling device or other gear made for repelling. HMS-knot or similar are not allowed to use while repelling.
  • 2 Slings, minimum 60 cm in length.
  • 3 Carbine skrew/quicklock
  • Crampons with with 10 spikes or more, 2 of them in the front, not modified. The crampons must have straps to attach around the wrist. When not used, store in the backpack.
  • Ice axe
  • Via ferrata sling (possible to borrow at the race office)

Team equipment Alpine course

  • Rope 30 meter, 8.5mm or more in diameter.

Equipment provided by the race organisation:

  • Bibs
  • Map with the valid course.
  • Repelling gear for competitors in Ski Touring and for those who don’t have.

The equipment will be controlled the day before the race and after finish both days. If the mandatory equipment can not be presented the team can be disqualified.

The race organization has the right to fail equipment that they find defect or not suitable for the race.

Some of the equipment is possible to rent att STF Kebnekaise mountain station, please contact us is in advance if you want to rent anything.
If you have any questions about the equipment don’t hasitate to contact us with an email.