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Mountain Training Camp

Race Date
DatE
August 12, 2020
Location
Leadville, CO
number of days
7 days/6 nts
Starting price
1289
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Hiking

Mountain Training Camp

What's Included:
  • Training Advice before trip
  • Pre-trip Itinerary and Packing List
  • Gear Checklist and Advice
  • All Lodging (6 nights)
  • Private F4A Van & Fuel
  • 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners
  • 2 Fit 4 Adventure Guides
  • Guided Hikes
  • Training Workshops

Sitting just above 10,000 feet, Leadville Colorado welcomes the first year of Fit 4 Adventure’s Mountain Training Camp.  

This trip is different from our standard offerings. Mountain Training Camp, known to us as MTC, is a trip for anyone seeking to learn new skills or refine existing ones in preparation for bigger adventures like thru-hikes, summits and other bucket list endeavors.  

The days will be filled with workshops and hikes, actively using the beautiful and diverse wilderness to inspire and challenge us.  Nights will be filled with hearty food, camaraderie and campfires around a comfortable private cabin under the dark starry skies.

Throughout, our experienced guides will be there to lead and support you, collectively sharing tips and techniques to help you reach your goals.   Find your mountain climbing legs and lungs.   Learn to follow your internal (and external) compass.  Get off-grid camping and cooking experience. Practice doing more with less.  We’ll make sure you get the experience you need in a fun, safe and personalized environment.

About the Huts

10th Mountain Division Hut

Honestly, it’s these cabins – buried in the Colorado wilderness – that inspired the F4A Mountain Training Camp.  They are part of a system of mountain huts, scattered throughout the region, called the 10th Mountain Division Huts.  

Our team did an exploratory trip in 2019 to see if these cabins could be used to create a trekking adventure across the Rocky Mountains.  Instead, we found they make the perfect base camp setting from where we can explore beautiful mountain peaks, lakes and trails; hone our outdoor skills; and savor a little solitude.  

Out of the 25+ cabins in the system we chose two for our Mountain Training Camp:  The flagship 10th Mountain Division hut, and the Sangree M. Froelicher hut, both near the town of Leadville.  We’ll spend two nights in each cabin and have reserved them exclusively for our group.

Sangree M. Froelicher Hut

 

What to expect: These cabins are designed to provide basic shelter for backpackers traveling through on summer and winter trail systems.  They are surprisingly clean and comfortable and offer large indoor and outdoor gathering spaces.  

There is no vehicle access to the cabins so they are definitely off-grid.  There is electricity for lights, but no outlets.  There are clean and stocked toilet facilities, but no showers.  The kitchens are fully equipped and have cistern water available at the sink. Drinking water must be collected and treated.  

Bunks with mattresses are provided in communal sleeping spaces, and we bring our own bedding. We do the daily housekeeping.  If, at first, this seems slightly outside your comfort zone, give it a chance. You will come to appreciate the peaceful charm and ‘almost’ wilderness experience.  

 

Note:  If you are part of this trip and want an alternative option, you can bring or rent a tent to set up at or near the group cabin. Experience tent camping while having the security and facilities of the group cabin nearby.  There would be no change to the trip cost.

 

For more information about the 10th Mountain Division hut system, visit www.huts.org.

This epic week ends at Mt. Elbert, Colorado’s highest peak, which we offer as an optional finale to the week’s training. From 14,439’, you will not only witness the vastness of layered mountains as far as the eye can see but will also feel the physical change within you and know that you are more prepared for adventures to come.

 Learn what you're made of in Leadville at 10,000 feet with your expert guides from F4A!

TRIP DATES:  August 12-18, 2020

PRICE:  $1,289

DEPOSIT:

A $200 deposit is due when you submit a reservation.

PAYMENTS:

Remaining balance due June 1, 2020

CANCELLATIONS:

There is a $100 cancellation fee. After June 1st, the deposit and final payment is non-refundable.

TRAVEL INSURANCE:

The cancellation policy above will be strictly adhered to. Travel insurance is always a good idea to prevent loss of funds in case of an unexpected cancellation or even injury while on the trip. The easiest way to get insurance is to purchase along with your flight purchase.

Click the Gallery tab above to see pics from our 2019 scouting trip.

Day 1 (August 12), Travel Day:   We join forces at the Historic Delaware Hotel. Before dinner, we will review and tailor our packs in our first mini-clinic: How to Pack a Pack. Once the work is done, we will go out for dinner (on us!) at Leadville’s local pizzeria, High Mountain Pies.

 

Day 2:   On Thursday morning, we will drive to our trail head near Tennessee Pass and will begin our hike up to our first cabin, aptly named the 10th Mountain Division Hut. Our trail in will be moderate, 5.6 miles with just over 1,000 feet of elevation gain,allowing our bodies to acclimate to the high altitude and our packs. We will have the cabin all to ourselves for the next 2 nights.

After we unpack, eat lunch and get situated, we will shake a leg the short way to Slide Lake (2 miles round trip, 300 ft gain), situated behind the cabin, for the day’s lesson in Backcountry Precautions: water, foot-care and safety. Free time to explore and relax before dinner and a campfire, taken care of by your guides.

Day 3:   After breakfast at the hut, we will have a brief Leave No Trace workshop before we attempt to summit Homestake Peak which sits at 13,209 ft. No heavy packs today. The challenge of this hike isn’t just the ascent (1,800 ft over 2.5 miles), it is also the lack of a true trail. We will use the morning’s lesson to navigate marshland and delicate alpine flora as a group, leaving as little impact as possible as we make our way up to the view (of our cabin and Slide Lake!).

After a well-earned rest up top, we will make our way back to the cabin for independent free time. Go back to Slide Lake, help collect firewood for the campfire, relax in a sunbeam on the large porch--it’s up to you. Dinner and a campfire under the stars is provided yet again by your Fit 4 Adventure guides, weather permitting.

Day 4:   Today, we leave behind the 10th Mountain Division Hut and head east to the Sangree Froelicher Hut. With our packs on, we will hike between cabins, covering 11.5 miles while steadily gaining 2,300 ft. Again, the hut will be all ours for 2 nights. The rest of the afternoon is yours to use to settle in,recover and get ready for another gourmet mountain dinner and well-earned rest. No class today.

 

Day 5:   Today is a play day. An optional morning hike to see Buckeye Lake will be led (2.5 miles, 600 ft gain) after breakfast. We will workshop high elevation stoves and will use them to prepare our lunch for the day. After an early dinner, we will make our way 1.5 miles and 500 ft above the cabin to settle in for the sunset over the Rockies, enjoying hot chocolate,dessert and (optional) Colorado whiskey provided by your Fit 4 Adventure guides.  

Day 6:  Option 1)   Those hoping to summit Mt. Elbert (14,440 ft) will leave the cabin at 6 am and will be shuttled to the trail head by a Fit 4 Adventure shuttle. Our trail, starting at the North Elbert Trail head, will gain 4,700 ft over the round-trip 9 miles.Afternoon storms and weather depending, we will summit and be met at the trail head by our shuttle to rejoin the rest of our group at the Historic Delaware Hotel and clean up before dinner.

Option 2)   After breakfast, those who do not want to summit will pack up and descend to Buckeye Gulch trail head (3 miles, loss of 1,445 ft) to meet a Fit 4 Adventure shuttle that will bring them back to the Historic Delaware Hotel to clean up and relax before a final group dinner in town to celebrate our week of accomplishment! Dinner is on us.

 

Day 7: Travel day.   We will shuttle you back to the Denver Airport.

Disclaimers:

1) We recommend arriving in Colorado, even Leadville, a day or two (or three!) early to acclimate to the elevation change. Even for those not coming from sea level, the elevation will take a toll physically and we want to be ready to move by day 2.

2) This is a very physical trip. All participants must come fully prepared and able to hike 10+miles with a backpacking pack in alpine terrain.  

Click the Gallery tab above to see pics from our 2019 scouting trip.

This is our first trip to this destination. We’ll let you know once the reviews are in!
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