In 2020 BAMM is adding a new class to the competition in, 10, which unique amongst all classes is a single day event. The traditional classes, 30, 50, and 70 continue as two-day orienteering racing with one night in the mountains.
Participants competing in classes 50 and 70 are responsible for carrying themselves all necessary gear to complete these two tough days and one night on the mountain. For competitors in class 30, transportation for tents and sleeping bags is provided to the overnight locations. Competitors in class 30 are also allowed a somewhat lighter backpack to run with. Competitors in the new class, 10, will run a path demarcated by taped lines during a single day, however, just as competitors in other classes they will be required to carry a set of obligatory gear during the race. The starting location for all classes is in Riksgränsen.
On the Friday morning before the race start, teams will be given a map with the course to begin planning their strategic path. Soon after, all teams will begin simultaneously from the starting point. After each of the required checkpoints have been taken, the teams will arrive to a communal camping point where all teams will sleep together in a large tent.
On day 2, the race begins in the morning with a staggered start; the team that arrived first on day 1 will begin, with each team following in the order in which they arrived the previous day. Teams which arrived more than an hour after the starting team will begin together before the staggered start. The finish line is back in Riksgränsen, where a shower, sauna and mingle is awaiting the tired competitors, which is followed that evening by the prize ceremony and a dinner.
BAMM 10, New Class!
This class is perfect for those who are maybe less experienced in orienteering, and want to try hiking or running a back country race through the mountains. This class will not require significant experience in the mountains. The course will range from 10-15 kilometers, both following a path and over unmarked, partially mountainous terrain. If you’re interested in trying out this exciting challenge without needing to sleep out overnight, this is the class for you.
Even though Class 10 begins on the Saturday (the 2nd day of the full competition), competitors will still receive the map and course the day before, on Friday. Participants will begin at the hotel in Riksgränsen and set out into the mountains. The itinerary will be decided on the day amongst the teams, depending on each groups’ goal and the weather. This is so each group can familiarize themselves with this unique mountain area and the challenge itself in order to have the most fun, and create memories you won’t soon forget!
This class is for those who have some experience in mountainous terrain, with orienteering and planning diverse pathways in order to reach identified targets. If you are able to hike through challenging mountainous terrain up to a total of around 15 kilometres a day over 10 hours, this class is the best pick for you, especially if this is your first time in this kind of competition.
This is the ideal choice for competitors with significant experience in the mountains and in nature. Class 50 will place higher requirements on your orienteering and ability to navigate in mostly unmarked terrain and past, “large obstacles” such as mountains and lakes, which will serve as your points of orientation. If you’re in good physical condition and want a challenge, this is the perfect class for you.
This class is recommended for those who have exceptional experience in mountainous terrain, orienteering and are in superior physical condition. We recommend that you have at least competed previously in BAMM 50 or a similar competition before registering for BAMM 70. This class is ideal for those looking to test themselves against a considerable challenge.
On day 2 there is also the “Exercise” Classes, to allow as many people to participate as possible, even if they were for some reason not able to finish day 1. Teams will choose between the distance classes, 10, 30, 50 or 70 split between two days, and the course will be a birds eye path. In these classes, teams can be Men, Women or Mixed.
DEAR PARTICIPANTS IN BAMM 2020,
Sweden is a long country. Especially in May. While we in the north see fantastic summer pictures of green lawns, summer bbq’s and biking through southern and central Sweden, we still have meters of snow and the summer melt has barely even begun. Maybe we’re just the special type, but we love this slushy springy winter conditions, and Riksgränsen recorded 550 cm of snow this year. Outstanding!
However, right now we find ourselves in the middle of a pandemic, and our government and municipalities are working hard to stop the spread of Covid-19. In Sweden, a law was enacted on the 27 of March which stipulated that groups of greater than 50 people were not permitted to congregate. In Norway, the restrictions are even more stringent, and the course of BAMM often travels through both countries. The laws and restrictions still currently apply, though it is relatively difficult to predict when they may be removed or eased, and we feel we cannot wait any longer to make a decision.
We have been working hard, but the maps, officials, timekeepers, etc. are long overdue, and we are unfortunately unable to continue. The current global circumstances are still too tenuous, and we are governed by laws and rules that we are responsible to follow. We therefore feel it is our responsibility to take the hard decision of cancelling this year’s competition and instead re-focus our efforts to planning BAMM 2021. We are deeply sorry to be unable to offer this event in 2020, but we feel this decision is rightly placed in prioritising the safety of all the participants involved. We are looking forward to BAMM 2021, and hope we see you on the starting line then!
What happens now?
As a registered participant in BAMM 2020 you have the following three options:
1. Your registration fees and participation fees from this year’s competition will be transferred to BAMM 2021. This will automatically be the option which is chosen if you do not respond to us by June 30 with another option. A booking confirmation will be mailed to you sometime during the summer or fall. BAMM 2021 will be arranged sometime between August 6-7, as we are advancing the time of the competition by one week.
2. You can exchange your paid participation fees from BAMM 2020 for accommodation in Björkliden during summer 2020. As a registered competitor you will also receive a 30% discount on Björkliden’s normal summer prices. The registration fee will be refunded*. This offer cannot be combined with other discounts
3. You can have both your participation fees and registration fees* refunded to you.
If you choose options 2 or 3 you need to contact firstname.lastname@example.org and they will assist you.
Regardless of which alternative you choose we would love to welcome you back to our wonderful mountain and see to it that you are well prepared for BAMM 2021! Therefore, we will also be offering you a 10% discount code that you can use while booking accommodation at Lapland Resorts, both at Björkliden and Riksgränsen. This offer cannot be combined with other offers.
/Head of Competition, Per Jonsson Öhlin