General Information - (last update: 27-09-2017)

Pampa

Pampa 2017 12th edition

This year, 2017, we schedule two events again:

- a 2 days Training Camp open for all, from November 10 until 12th 2017 (mushers welcome as of Friday November 10th @ 17h00).
- a Race on December 2th and 3th. 2017. (mushers welcome as of Friday December 1st @ 17h00)

The whole Pampa crew is very much looking forward to both happenings, and we hope you do too!

Registration and entrance fee payment by bank transfer are mandatory for both events, since maximum 100 teams can enter for each event.
After 100 teams where enlisted you will be placed on a waiting list.
Entrance fee payment will be refunded after the event if your name was on this waiting list and you were not allowed to start.

Registration for the Training Camp opens October 13th 2017 12:00 PM (Noon 12:00) for ALL

Race registration opens November 15th 2017 12:00 PM (Noon 12:00) for members of the following Belgian federations MBEL, FBMC and FBMF.
Sign Up will be open for all from November 20th 2017 12:00 AM (Midnight 00:00).

So, if you wish to take part in both events you need to sign the corresponding registration form for each of them.

Continue to read below for all related information. If you have any questions please first consult our FAQ pages.

Where

Pampa Range, Helchteren 3530 Limburg, Belgium

Directions: Take exit 29 on the E314/A2 (Leuven to Aachen) and follow the N74 in the direction of Helchteren/Eindhoven.
After this follow the signs N715 Helchteren.
After about 5km, at Helchteren centre, turn right (Second traffic light after you enter the village Helchteren) onto the N719 (Kazernelaan) in the direction of Bree and Meeuwen Guitrode
After that you will pass the military base on your left.
After approx. 2km, turn right (Just after the 50km zone sign) at the former "café 't Sonnis". At the right there is a sign with Pampa Range on it.(Blue marker on the map)
This is the "Sonnisstraat" which you just have to follow all the way to the Pampa Shooting Range (Follow the signs Pampa Range) at the end of the road.

Navigation: 51° 3'4.24"N, 5°26'0.30"E

Route

When

Pampa Training Camp, November 10th - 12th and Pampa Race, December 2th - 3th 2017.
The stake out for the Training Camp will be opened at Friday 10th November as of 17:00 hours and at Friday 1st December 17:00 hours for the race.

Do not arrive too early: due to military exercises, the site will be inaccessible beforehand and is strictly prohibited.
Please respect these timings or we loose our credibility versus our hosts...

Trail info

Training Camp: trail distances 3,5,7,9,12,17,19,20,22 & 24km + extra loop
Race: Sprint distances 5,7,9 & 12km
Tour distances during Race event: 17,19,20,22 & 24 km + extra loop.


Check out the Trail page for all trails in detail and other information! Trails can be adapted by the Trail Team in accordance with terrain conditions & meteo.
If so it will be explained on the musher meeting.

For who

The two events are open for both Purebred and Alaskan Husky (Open) teams and is organized by the member clubs of Mushing Belgium .
Sign up is mandatory for these two events. Only 100 teams will be allowed to participate in each event.

Race classes and categories

Categories

1: Siberian Huskies
2: Alaskan Malamutes, Greenland dogs & Samoyeds
3: Alaskan Huskies

Classes

Class T: Tour 17,19,21 & 24 km open for all classes and categories; No classification.
CLass CX: Canicross Men/Women; 5km, no subdivision in categories
Class P: Pulka Men/Women (max 2 dogs Pulka); 5km, no subdivision in categories
Class BJ1: Bikejöring Men/Women, 1 dog; 5km, no subdivision in categories
Class DS1: Dog Scooter 1 dog; 5km, no subdivision in categories
Class DS2: Dog Scooter 2 dogs and D1,D2 2 dogs rig (min 3 wheels); 5km, no subdivision in categories
Class DR4: Dog rig 4 dogs (3 and 4 wheels rigs), which shall consist of not less than 2 dogs, with a minimum of 3 dogs in the first run; 7km
Class DR6: Dog rig 6 dogs, which shall consist of not less than 4 dogs, with a minimum of 5 dogs in the first run; 9km
Class DR8: Dog rig 8 dogs, which shall consist of not less than 5 dogs, with a minimum of 7 dogs in the first run, passenger recommended; 12km, no subdivision in categories
Class UL: Unlimited # dogs which shall consist of not less than 7 dogs, with a minimum of 9 dogs in the first run, passenger obligatory or quad; 12km, no subdivision in categories
Class HD: Happy Dog; 5-7km, No classification.

Logistics

  1. Toilets (men/women), water, multiple stake-outs, tables/chairs and Musher Bar and food in the heated tent.
  2. Musher Dinner: there will be no musher dinner, but we warmly welcome you to get together with other participants in the evening and prepare your meal at the BBQ sets placed near the tent and musher bar.
  3. Note: if you use the BBQ places and heated tent but please CLEAN UP afterwards (trash in the bags)!
  4. No parking on the concrete road which leads to the facility!
  5. The stake-out is open for participants as of 17h00 and not one minute before. If you arrive early, you will be asked to make a U turn and wait outside the military site.
  6. Pampa Crew members will assign a stake out zone to you upon arrival. This is non-negotiable. Remember: Stake-out space is quite limited!
  7. In general follow the instructions from the Pampa crew which is competent/authorized at all times during both events.
  8. It should go without saying, but please: clean up your stake-out spot when leaving and CLOSE ALL HOLES! If not, you risk being excluded from future events.
    The military is so kind to host us, we all should cherish this hospitality...
  9. NOTE: The Pampa Crew will check this year extra on above. So please close all holes and clean-up!

Cost and registration

  1. Training Camp 10th - 12th November 2017: Online subscription open October 13th 2017 for ALL and money transfer on MBEL bank account.
    - For the training camp fee please view the payment instructions.
  2. Race 2th - 3th December 2017: Online subscription open November 15th 2017 for members of the following Belgian federations MBEL, FBMC and FBMF and from November 20th for all others and money transfer on MBEL bank account.
    - For the training camp/race fee please view the payment instructions.
  3. Your registration is Confirmed only when payment of the fee is received on the MBEL bank account and you completed the online registration for the specific event, after which your name will be added to the online entrants list.
  4. By signing up for the events, you agree with all rules and regulations that apply.

Schedule Pampa Training Camp, 10th - 12th November 2017

  • Stake Out opens Friday November 10th 2017 @ 17h00
  • Administration Friday from 19h00 to 21h00 & Saturday from 09h00 to 10h00 @ Secretariat.
  • Starting BIB is mandatory and you must wear it visible when you are on the trail.
  • Free training Saturday & Sunday; First training 07h00, last training 20h00 and last training 12h00 on Sunday.
  • If the trail is build-up and open (depending on the trailteam) and you have a BIB number it is possible to train on Friday evening already.
  • Return of the BIB numbers on Sunday between 14h00 and 15h00 @ Secretariat
  • 12h00 - 16h30 catering hamburger and soup on Saturday.
  • 11th November - 14h00 to 16h00 AMCB Mushing initiation. Welcome from 11h00
  • Dogs in the boxes from 23h00 to 06h00

Schedule Pampa Race, 2th - 3th December 2017

  1. Stake Out opens Friday December 2th 2017 @ 17h00
  2. The Pre-race quad, cart, scooter etc. and mandatory equipment check is in the starting zone before you start.
    So make sure everything is ok!
  3. Administration & Vaccination check Friday from 19h00 to 21h00 & Saturday from 09h00 to 10h00 @ Secretariat in the tent.
  4. Briefing trailposts Saturday 09h30 @ Secretariat
  5. Mushermeeting Saturday 09h30 @ The tent.
  6. First start Saturday @ 10h30 (TOUR teams first, followed by the race classes).
  7. Sunday first start @ 09h00.
  8. Saturday 12h00 - 16h30 catering hamburger and soup and on Sunday between 12h00 and 16h00
  9. Return of the BIB numbers on Sunday between 14h00 and 15h00 @ Secretariat in the tent.
  10. Podium and Awards on Sunday 16h00 @ The tent.
  11. Dogs in the boxes from 23h00 to 06h00

If you have any more questions consult our FAQ pages and please feel free to contact us through the Contact page.

The Pampa crew