Esplanade Traverse Trail Running Camp
Backcountry hut-to-hut trail running traverse.
July 19-24, 2020: 3 Hut Traverse
August 23-28, 2020: 4 Hut Traverse
"The Mountains Shall Bring Peace To the People"
Do you find sanctuary on the wild western mountain trails? Do you love the idea of an epic challenge in the backcountry? Join us for a 5-day, helicopter assisted, point-to-point trail running traverse of the Esplanade mountain range in beautiful BC.
This great adventure starts at the north end of the Esplanade Range, a sub range of the Selkirk Mountains. In July, we will start from Vista Hut, and in August we will begin from Sentry Hut (one hut further north), all operated by Golden Alpine Holidays. We will traverse the range, staying at the different lodges until we reach Sunrise Lodge at the south end of the range. The lodges are about 10 km apart by trail but depending on the trip, we will extend the runs to suit the group. Check out the GAH map here.
Sunday: Arrive in Golden
Monday: 9:00 am fly into Esplanade, afternoon run
Tuesday: Point-to-point (hut to hut)
Wednesday: Point-to-point (hut to hut)
Thursday: Explore Sunrise (July) or hut-to-hut (August)
Friday: Sunrise hike, fly out
The terrain in the Esplanade is a mix of flowy single track through the meadows, technical terrain as we ascend and descend alpine ridges, and of course, plenty of peaks! Each day will be a mix of trail and off-trail running with some power hiking as we adventure across the range. The biggest challenge is most certainly the elevation (we rarely dip below 2000m) and additional gear you’ll be carrying. No matter your ability, expect to feel the effects of altitude and hike a few more of the climbs to accommodate for the lack of oxygen and additional weight of your day pack.
We have designed the August trip to be suited to "get after it" runners. If you are comfortably running trail half marathons and want to take your terrain to the next level, this is for you. The distances will be 15-20K each day, with 4-6 hours of trail time per day. You'll be with a more advanced group of runners, and we will make specific distance objectives daily as a group.
If you're a "here for the experience" trail runner, consider our July trip! If you’re comfortable running 10K, consider this the perfect adventure. Perhaps you’re new to backcountry running, or want to challenge yourself to take your trail running to new heights (literally!). We'll slow the pace and keep our days to 10K with optional add ons.
We will sleep each night in cozy backcountry lodges operated by Golden Alpine Holidays. Expect comfy single beds, with two beds to each room. Sentry Lodge (August trip only), is known as the “princess” of the range and has micro-hydro power and wifi. The rest of the lodges are peacefully off the grid, with wood stoves for heat and propane for cooking. With only small pockets of cell service on the surrounding mountain ridges, you’ll truly have a chance to unplug and immerse in mountain life. Expect outhouse glamour, and for bathing each hut comes with a glorious wood fired sauna. There will also be plenty of opportunity to hop into alpine lakes along the trails. Upon leaving the huts each day, we will work together to leave the hut as we found it with a quick group tidy. That way we can get on the trails and leave things equally as rad for the next backcountry adventurers!
Check out the lodges here:
the Food and Gear
A helicopter will be our porter to and from the lodges and will also drop our food and gear stashes at each lodge along the way. You will carry your lunch, layers, pertinent daily items, and snacks with you each day of running in a day pack. The rest of what you will need (clean clothes for the evening and next day’s running clothes) will be in our gear and food stashes for each lodge. We will provide you with a more extensive packing list upon registration, as well as appropriately sized gear bags upon arrival for each lodge to aid your packing.
Each lodge has a full (backcountry) kitchen so expect delicious and nutritious mountain catering to accommodate all dietary needs.
Experienced leaders with minimum 80-hour wilderness first responder first aid and multiple trips across the Esplanade range.
Planned running routes through the stunning alpine, on and off trail
5 nights accommodation (4 backcountry, 1 in Golden)
5 days of delicious, healthy, home-cooked meals and snacks
Helicopter transportation to and from the lodges, including gear drops
Gifts from our generous sponsors
What’s not included
Transportation to/from the staging area
Dinner on Sunday night
Accommodation after the traverse in Golden
Registration varies by trip but is between $2300 and $2500 + gst. A deposit of $1000+gst is required to reserve your spot and your final payment is due by April 30, 2020.