WHAT FITNESS LEVEL SHOULD I BE AT PRIOR TO CAMP?
All runners are welcome. We have staff that can offer on-trail guidance and navigation to all abilities. As a general recommendation to ensure you get the most out of camp and can experience the trails and views we'd love you to see, your weekly mileage prior to camp should be at minimum 40 miles/week.
HOW FAR AND HOW HARD WILL BE RUNNING?
This will depend on your current fitness level as well as acclimatization to high altitude. We will be covering between 40 to 60 miles of backcountry trail running in our 5 days together. Advanced runners may request higher mileage and can be assigned a mountain guide of similar fitness to run with if you'd like to get more mileage in. Pace will be self-selected. Bronco Billy & Karl Meltzer will cycle between different paced groups so you will always have friends to run with on the trails of a similar fitness level.
WHAT GEAR SHOULD I BRING? WHAT GEAR WILL BE PROVIDED FOR ME?
High-quality trail running shoes are a must. Be sure to also bring your preferred hydration system (water packs, water bottles etc). Mountain weather can be highly variable especially at high elevations so be sure to bring a light rain jacket and warm clothes for the evening hang-outs. We will provide all activity specific gear (yoga mats etc). We will also provide all on-trail first aid, nutrition snacks, gels, energy chews and hydration choices of various kinds. Email us if you have any specific requests!
HOW IS TRANSPORTATION HANDLED? DO I NEED TO RENT A CAR?
All you have to do is get yourself to Durango, CO. We'll take care of the rest. We have CRR 4x4 SUVs to transport us to all camp trail heads and activities. We will also pick you up at Durango's airport (DRO) when you arrive and get you back to the airport for your departure. If you'd like to drive to Colorado Running Ranch, we do provide ample parking for all vehicles.
WHAT IS THE EASIEST WAY TO GET TO COLORADO RUNNING RANCH?
CRR is located in beautiful Durango, CO. If driving, for directions, use Google Maps and search 'Colorado Running Ranch'.
If flying, the easiest way is to fly directly into Durango airport (DRO). For cheaper flights, fly into either Phoenix (PHX), Denver (DEN) or Albuquerque (ABQ) International airports rent a car and drive. For those who fly into Durango (DRO), Colorado Running Ranch has a shuttle service to pick you up at the airport.
I have specific food allergies or dietary preferences. Will my dietary needs be able to be met while at camp?
We will meet any and all dietary restrictions and preferences. After registering for the camp, you will receive a camper welcome packet + a survey that will have a section on it where you may let us know your exact dietary requirements. Due to Jeff Browning's focus on OFM (Optimized Fat Metabolism), the menu will feature LCHF (Low Carb, High Fat), Primal/Paleo menu options and Jeff will share the emerging science on fat adaptation with regard to diet and lifestyle.