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Our Location - Donner Summit near Lake Tahoe  offers access to some of the most spectacular trails and ecosystems in the country. Situated on the northern end of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range it is a beautiful area.  Working with the Forest Service we've put together a week full of learning and running. From stunning mountain views to outdoor lessons on navigation, wilderness safety, and geology we'll explore the Sierra Nevada Mountains. 

 

The Daily Schedule – Just getting runs on beautiful trails every day is the easy part and you could do that anywhere, anytime. We want you to get something out of this camp you can take home and put to good use in your own running, that’s why we’ll be teaching technical running form, downhill trail running, nutrition guidelines, trail building skills, how to put together a trail training plan, trail etiquette, and more. 

 

How To Prepare - We want you to enjoy your time at camp and one of the ways to do that is to come prepared. While this is a camp for all abilities, there are some strenuous activities that will test your limits no matter who you are. The stronger you come in, the more fun you'll have. 

 

What To Bring - Your packing list should include the basics without much fluff. In other words, you won't need the kitchen sink. 

CAMP SPECIFICATIONS

LOCATION – DONNER SUMMIT, CA
ELEVATION – 7,200ft
CREW – 5
RUNNING MILEAGE –  30-50mi
CAMPERS – 30
 

ACTIVITIES and TEACHING

Trail Running
Trail Maintenance
Nutrition Planning
Map Reading
Compass Use
Wilderness Preparation
Trail Etiquette                              

DOWNLOADS

To Bring List
Tentative Camp Schedule

How To Prepare

Included in your camp fees:

  • Amazing healthy homecooked meals starting with lunch on your arrival day and breakfast on your departure. 
  • Guided trail runs on a different spectacular trail every day
  • Map and Compass tools from Suunto for our navigation workshop
  • A swag bag from Salomon and Swiftwick that will outfit you with some of the best products for trail running
  • Nutrition products from GU for all runs during the week
  • Transportation to/from runs and events from Thursday morning through Sunday morning
  • Camp seminars on nutrition, running form and technique, forest stewardship, trail maintenance, and more
  • An epic adventure that you didn't know you had in you
  • Comfortable but rustic accommodations in open bunk style rooms with other campers
  • An incredible once in a lifetime trail camp experience 

Transportation  

Transportation from Monday afternoon through Friday morning is included during camp. Transportation to and from camp on Monday and Friday will be available to limited locations. 

Vans will be departing from Bend Monday July 9th for camp at Donner Summit. Cost for transportation will be $15 from Bend on the Camp Vans. Depending on flights we may be able to accommodate an airport pick up from the Reno/Tahoe Airport as well. 

Coming on your own? 

Driving directions from points West (California, I-80W)

  • Follow I-80 and take exit 174 (Donner Pass Rd) for Soda Springs
  • Go 4mi up Donner Pass Rd until you see the Clair Tappan Lodge. Parking is on the Right. Park here for Hutchinson Lodge.

Driving directions from the East (Nevada, I-80E)

  • Follow I-80 and take exit 174 (Donner Pass Rd) for Soda Springs
  • Go 4mi up Donner Pass Rd until you see the Clair Tappan Lodge. Parking is on the Right. Park here for Hutchinson Lodge.

Flying in? The closest airport is the Reno/Tahoe Airport (RNO) 60min away with daily service to a number of large hubs. The closest large airport is Sacramento (SMF) about 2hrs away. 

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Safety

Your child's safety is our most important camp priority. With that in mind we'll create a safe environment for our campers from the time they meet us on the first day to when they leave camp. We will be in wilderness and remote settings but runs will be set up so that in case of sudden weather events we can reach shelter and relative safety as quickly as possible.  Our staff has Wilderness First Aid, CPR, SafeSport and other coaching certifications to be prepared in case of emergency. 

Scholarships now available!

We've recently obtained a very generous donations to be used toward camp scholarships. Need some help with camp costs? Apply for a scholarship for a little extra help.