Esplanade Traverse Trail Running Camp
Backcountry hut-to-hut trail running traverse.
July 16 - 21, 2017
"The Mountains Shall Bring Peace To the People"
Do you find sanctuary on the wild western mountain trails? Do you love adventure with a touch of luxury? 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 Esplande Range at the Golden Alpine Holiday's Vista Lodge. We will traverse the range, staying at three different lodges until we reach Sunrise Lodge at the south end of the range. The lodges are about 10 km apart by trail but we can extend the runs on any day up to about 40 km to suit the group. Check out the GAH map here.
Monday: Fly in, run north of Vista Lodge
Tuesday: Point-to-point, Vista to Meadow
Wednesday: Point-to-point, Meadow to Sunrise
Thursday: Explore Sunrise
Friday: Easy run and fly out.
We will sleep each night at the beautiful backcountry lodges operated by Golden Alpine Holidays. Expect comfortable beds with all bedding provided. Travelling from the north end of the range to the south, we'll sleep sequentially in the Vista, Meadow and Sunrise lodges (2 nights at Sunrise).
Check out the lodges here:
Food and Gear
A helicopter will be our porter to and from the lodge and will also drop our food and gear stashes at each lodge along the way. You will have to carry some supplies and snacks with you each day of running, but you can leave clean clothes in our gear and food stash for each lodge.
Each lodge has a full (backcountry) kitchen so Amelie and Magi will chef up your supper and breakfast fuel each day! Lunch we'll prepare and eat on the trail.
Amelie Goulet-Boucher (ACMG Assistant Hiking Guide) and Magi Scallion (Race Director, Golden Ultra) will be your hosts for the week. Both Amelie and Magi are Golden residents, avid runners, and passionate adventurers. You're guaranteed a good time with lots of laughs.
- Professional guiding through beautiful mountainous single track
- 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
- Amazing memories!
Registration does not include:
- Transportation to/from the staging area (let's carpool)!
- Accommodation after the traverse in Golden
We will depart early on Monday, July 17 so that we can run to the north of Vista Lodge on that same day. Please arrive in Golden on Sunday night so we can organize gear (we will cover your accommodation so it's easy). We arrive back in Golden on the afternoon of Friday, July 21 so you can opt to spend the weekend or head back to your home.
... because we're getting requests already...
July 22-27, 2018 -> 5 days, 4 nights, 3 lodges (same as described in 2017)
August 27-31, 2018 -> 5 days, 4 nights, 4 lodges (we're adding a fourth lodge to the journey so we can hit more trails!)
A $500 deposit is required to hold your spot. The $1500 balance will be due before April 15, 2018. Your deposit is refundable and transferrable.