Who are these trail running tours for?
They're for just about any trail runner who wants to learn, train, and run in new and amazing mountain environments.
Am I fit enough?
Great question. As much as we want to make everyone’s trip the most fantastic and unforgettable thing EVER, and we try to cater to as many abilities as possible, there’s no getting around that there’s a minimum level we believe is necessary to get the most out of our itineraries.
For all outings, we recommend you to have experience running on trails and in terrain with a fair amount of elevation change. We also recommend that you feel comfortable running 25km at a time with about 1000m of positive elevation gain (even though we rarely do), and about 120km in a week... everything feels harder, and takes longer at altitude.
If you have any questions or concerns, or you just want to get some tips on training in the months leading up to your trip, you just let us know and we’ll be happy to give you pointers, advice, and attaboys/girls!
What if I can’t keep up?
Ok people, let’s be real. This is not a race! We bet you do enough racing, and if you wanted a race, you’d sign up for one (we even have some great suggestions for races in the areas where we run!)
This is about the experience, about seeing beautiful places, being outside, meeting amazing people, eating delicious food, and learning from the locals (with sunrise yoga sessions and post-run massages thrown in for good measure).
Of course, technical mountain running, especially at over 4000m+ is plain hard, but we’re not out there trying to drop each other. There’ll be delicious snack stops, photo ops, rests and layabouts… it’ll be nice. Quite apart from having your comfort and absolute enjoyment in mind (this is a trail-running holiday of a lifetime after all), there’s the issue of safety. We’ve got experienced running guides leading and bringing up the rear, and they’re there to make sure all goes safely, not to mention swimmingly.
What about safety anyway?
As mountain runners, we’ve chosen a pastime with some implied risk. The good news is that Traverse Wilderness Running’s very first priority is safety. From risk assessments to the fact that our guides are trained in Wilderness First Aid and we’ve always got emergency supplies (and a SAT phone) on the trail, we're prepared.
Equally as important as being prepared for eventualities though, is avoiding situations where those preparations become necessary. And that's what we've done. If you have any specific questions or concerns, please let us know.
What should I bring?
In a general way, bring all the things that you need for day-to-day living, and mountain running. Here's a list of suggestions:
- two pairs of trail shoes (unless you want to risk putting wet shoes on in the morning)
- enough running clothes for a full week of running in different environments
- a light waterproof shell
- two long sleeve running tops
- a light puffy or other such insulated jacket
- thin gloves
- tights or running pants
- sun screen
- a Buff (or other "tubular headgear")
- lightweight trekking poles
- hydration vest with more than 6L total capacity
- 2L water capacity: whatever you use, whether it's a bladder, soft flasks or bottles
- any specific nutrition or hydration needs for the trail (note, we will be providing energy bars, but if you have particular needs, it's best to be safe and bring your preferred fuel/recovery foods.)
- for itineraries where you'll be camping, bring a good, warm sleeping bag and a sleeping mat
What is provided?
- lodging for the duration of the trip (in our excellent partner hotels, unless its specified you'll be camping in tents for a few nights)
- meals for the duration of the trip (except where indicated that you've got a "free" meal in town).
- trail snacks: we'll have a selection of Farbar (our local energy bar partner) on hand as trail and post-run snacks. As stated above though, if you have specific nutrition needs (like if you only eat dried pineapple and powdered spinach juice) then you should bring those things along that make your stomach most happy, and ensure the best experience ever!
- all transportation to and from airports, trail heads, hotels, etc.
- all entrances to tourist sites that we visit as a group