Capra Alpine Camp 2018

Three-day Advanced Run Camp

Capra Alpine Camp

To move safely and efficiently on foot in the alpine requires a particular set of skills, along with a strong base of aerobic fitness. The Capra Alpine Camp is an advanced, three-day, skills-based camp geared towards intermediate runners with some mountain running experience looking to acquire new skills and take their fitness to the alpine with more confidence.

Capra Alpine Camp athletes on Habrich ridge
Capra Alpine Camp participants looking towards Fitzsimmons
Capra Alpine Camp Nick Elson

Alpine Running Skills

Alpine Camp covers a foundational set of skills and knowledge to get you in to alpine running terrain with confidence and awareness all while completing alpine objectives.

The goal of Alpine Camp is to cover topics like navigation, terrain recognition, efficient movement, self-arrest on snow, etc. to provide you with a toolbox of skills and knowledge that can be used in almost any alpine running adventures you may tackle in the future—improving your ability to move smoothly through the mountains and recognize potential hazards.

The skills taught will be put to use throughout the weekend, giving you an incredible opportunity to go beyond where your previous skills and confidence may have previously allowed.

Camp Instruction

Our team has some of the most experienced mountain runners on the West Coast, having tackled some of the most challenging terrain in the Sea to Sky corridor, both on foot and on skis.

Eric Carter and Nick Elson are two of the best mountain runners on the West Coast. Between the two of them they have a knack for finding high adventure close to home in the South Coast mountains.

Ross Berg of Altus Mountain Guides is one of the best ACMG Mountain Guides around; having guided, climbed, and skied everywhere from the West Coast to the European Alps. Together with the team at Capra, you can be sure the Alpine Camp will be a fun, challenging, and jam-packed weekend of adventure and knowledge.

What to Expect

Each day of the Camp will be a full-day adventure, including a morning briefing, some travel, and a coffee/snack stop. You can expect between 6 and 10 hours of outdoor time, both on and off trail, with some significant elevation gain.

We will make several stops throughout the day to eat, drink, take in the views, and have mini learning sessions along the way. Alpine Camp will include some teaching skills and techniques, and we will go over any applicable information and technical skills required en route. Some of the skills that will be covered and practiced during the camp are:

  • Techniques when scrambling over rock
  • Techniques when traversing ice/snow
  • Self arrest on snow
  • Proper crampon/ice axe use
  • Map and compass navigation
  • Spending the night in the event of an emergency
  • Weather: forecasting and planning
  • Mountain Hazards: rock fall, glaciers, cornices, weather
  • Snow climbing/descending techniques
  • Basic rope use/skills

Who is this for?

The Capra Alpine Camp is geared towards an intermediate runner looking to acquire some fundamental alpine skills, who is already comfortable doing some moderate scrambling (Class 3 Terrain), and can handle three long days of running and scrambling in the mountains. It’s not unrealistic that you will be out for at least 8 hours each day.

This not only requires a strong running base and confidence in fuelling for multi-day adventures, but also a variety of specific ultrarunning trail equipment. If you wish to participate in the camp, it is assumed that you can handle approximately 15–25 km of alpine terrain, with between 1500–2500m+ worth of ascent/descent, each day.

Alpine Camp Details

This is an incredible opportunity to learn some new skills, push your boundaries beyond the everyday, and experience the mountains in a new way, all under the guidance of one of the best teams around.

  • Cost: $595
  • Date: July 6–8, 2018
  • Limited to 12 athletes
  • Exclusive Alpine Camp swag
  • Crampons & Ice Axes are provided

Register for Alpine Camp

Capra Alpine Camp runners descending a talus slope
Capra Alpine Camp Runners at Watersprite Lake
Capra Alpine Camp Participants