2019 Dates Coming in November

It's time to go to summer camp! Leave your adult worries behind and head to the mountains for 3 days and 2 nights of blissful trail running fun. You'll have the opportunity to run with, and learn from, ultra running icons Krissy Moehl and Jeff Browning, as you tackle one of the crown jewels of Pacific Northwest trail running — the circumnavigation of Mt. Hood in a day. 

This camp is all about immersing you in a supportive and fun environment to help you achieve your goals. 

The circumnavigation of Mt. Hood involves 40 (ish) miles on trail with appx. 6,000 ft of elevation gain and a variety of technical challenges—river crossings, glacier crossings, steep descents and ascents, and more all in a stunningly beautiful location. (Note: please carefully read the prerequisite section before registering)

  • the opportunity to run with top level athletes in a beautiful setting
  • instruction and tips from top level athletes
  • the opportunity to circumnavigate Mt. Hood with top level athletes; and have food/medical support along the way (in addition to bail out options if needed)
  • group runs in multiple locations
  • mountain safety discussions
  • discussion of training plans and philosophies
  • mountain running movies
  • great food
  • Petzl headlamp demo opportunity
  • all in a gorgeous setting!

The Mazama Ultra Running Camp is the adult version of summer camp that you have been dreaming about! You'll leave the worries of the real world behind, as you get to focus solely on exploring trails, learning from master ultrarunners, and meeting new running buddies. There will be a maximum of 9 participants.

Transportation, meals (excellent quality, fresh foods, vegetarian, and gluten-free available) are included, along with bunk-style lodging. Mazama Lodge is at appx. 1,500 ft. below historic Timberline Lodge. Runs will take place between 3,000–6,500 ft in elevation. The Mt. Hood circumnavigation is a coveted prize for ultra runners. This running route offers technical trail, stunning views, water crossings, a glacier crossing, and so much more. You'll have the opportunity to tackle this gem with a supportive team and your instructors. We'll meet you at two points along the way to provide additional food, hydration, and first aid support—to ensure your success.

Blog posts on the Mt. Hood Circumnavigation (includes photos): Yassine Diboun Candice Burt Joe Grant (Photos) Bryan Mullaney During the weekend, you'll bond with your fellow campmates while hitting the trails, and have the opportunity to get to know Krissy and Jeff. 

Prerequisites

  • This is a 3-day camp that involves lots of running, appx. 60–70 miles over 3 days (similar in distance to Western States Training Camp); 1st day: 5–12 miles, 2nd day: 42 miles, 3rd day: 3–8 miles.
  • In the past two years completed at least one 35-mile trail run (race or training run)
  • Your weekly mileage should be 50 miles or greater by the start of camp (there may be exceptions to this rule; email with questions)
  • Be able to run/move at a 3.5 mph avg pace in mountainous terrain for 42 miles
  • Treat this like a race: You will want to be well-trained and rested for this 40-mile run around Mt. Hood.

Questions: Email Us.

Your Instructors

Krissy Moehl

Krissy Moehl is an ultramarathon runner, coach, author, public speaker, and race director. In her 16-year career, she has run more than 100 races. She has 55+ female wins and 2 outright wins. Moehl’s impressive track record boasts first female finishes at the world’s toughest ultras including Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc 165km, Ultra Trail du Mont Fuji 100 mile, HURT 100, Hardrock 100 and several others. Moehl blogs about her running at http://www.KrissyMoehl.com and hails from the Pacific Northwest. “Running is my constant and as my constant has shaped my life as a person. 16+ years in the sport of Ultrarunning has taught me about life, the highs and lows, personal limits and exceeding them and most importantly, finding balance.” Her book, Running Your First Ultra (launched December 2015), shares her years of experience and aims to build the ultra community from the sport’s roots. Career highlights: 2-time winner Ultra Tour du Mont Blanc, Tahoe Rim Trail women's FKT holder, Fast-packed the 480-mile Colorado Trail in just over 13 days, averaging 32 miles a day. Completed the Grand Slam of Ultrarunning in 2005 to become the youngest female finisher. Race Director of the Chuckanut 50k in Bellingham, WA since 2003. Worked for many years with Girls on the Run, an after school program for girls ages 9–12. 2015 Team USA World 50 mile championship team member. 2014 Patagonia National Park, Mile for Mile film project.

Jeff Browning

Jeff Browning is an endurance coach, ultra runner, graphic designer and family man. He found running naturally as a kid by roaming free exploring his family’s 700-acre farm in Missouri. Running to meet neighbor kids in the woods, running to his grandparents’ house — 400 meters down the gravel road — to score ice cream out of their freezer, or being the “go-for” to get the right tool for his Dad. No matter what — he was moving. And, from a young age his grandfather and father instilled in him a deep passion for the outdoors and the rhythm of the seasons. He sees running through the wild and connecting with nature as pure and simple — primal. It’s a meditative experience. In a fast-paced, high-tech, always-connected society, trail running offers a moment to unplug and reconnect with wild places. He resides in Bend, Oregon where he balances his time between mountain running, online coaching, freelance graphic design, and a dedicated family man to his beautiful wife and three kids. A Patagonia Trail Ambassador, Jeff is also member of the Altra Endurance Team, Ultraspire, Gu Energy Labs, Vespa, Rudy Project Eyewear, Barlean’s Organic Oils, Trail Butter, and Black Diamond. Jeff has numerous first place finishes in the 100-mile distance, including: 2016 Hurt 100, 2015 Ultra Fiord (108 miles), 2014 Zion 100, 2013 San Diego 100, 2012 Wasatach Front 100 and many more. In 2016 Jeff was named the 2nd place Ultra Runner of the Year after his third place finish at Western States 100, fourth place finish at Hardrock 100, and wins at Hurt 100, Free State 100K and Frozen Trails 50K. Learn more about Jeff: http://www.gobroncobilly.com/about-jeff-browning/

Itinerary

Day 1: Meet at the Mazama Mountaineering Center (527 SE 43rd Avenue, Portland, OR) at 8:30 a.m.

  • Introduction, opportunity to make lunches and select snacks for the day. There will be sandwich fixings, boiled potatoes, hard boiled eggs, bars, and more. 
  • Drop your gear at the Mazama Lodge at 10:30 a.m.
  • Head out for a run by 10:30 a.m.
  • Spend your day out on the trail (appx. 5–12 mile run)
  • Return to Mazama Lodge around 5 p.m.
  • Debrief, Training Discussion, Prep for the Mt. Hood run
  • Dinner, conversation, Petzl light demo, music.

Day 2 This will be a very full day, including:

  • Early wake-up; exact time TBD
  • Shuttle will take you up to Timberline Lodge where you will start your circumnavigation run
  • A crew will meet you at the half-way point with refreshments/resupply
  • FINISH! You will be shuttled back to the Lodge
  • A hearty dinner will be served upon your return

Day 3

  • Enjoy a leisurely start to the day. Breakfast at 8 a.m.
  • Group can decide where to head for their final run—Mt. Hood National Forest or the Columbia River Gorge.
  • Return to Portland between 1–3 p.m.

Tuition

$455/$465 – includes transportation, two nights lodging at Mazama lodge (bunk style accommodations), meals (vegetarian & gluten free available), towel service, and a goody bag with trail food samples. Everyone will have the opportunity to demo Petzl's reactive lighting headlamps (you might even use them on your circumnavigation).

Refund policy

Before 4/15/2019 - full refund, less $75 administrative fee; between 4/16/19 and 4/19/19 - $175 refund; after 5/19/19 - We regret that we will be unable to process refunds after this time unless we can fill your spot. IF we are able to fill your spot, we can provide $165 refund.

Meals

The Mazama Lodge kitchen crew takes pride in serving food that is healthy, tasty and accommodates special dietary needs. Lodge meals include: Saturday and Sunday night dinners, Sunday and Monday morning breakfast. In addition to the sit-down meals at the lodge, we will have trail food for you to prep on the go meals for Saturday, Sunday, and Monday lunches.

What you’ll need to bring

  • A running hydration pack
  • Sleeping bag (it can be quite warm at Mazama Lodge in the summer. You won't need a heavy sleeping bag, and some people enjoy just sleeping in a lightweight sleepsack.)
  • Trail food (performance food you'll want to carry with you while running; all other meals will be provided)
  • Running clothes—include layers in case of cold/wet weather
  • Running shoes
  • Lounging clothes for hanging out at the lodge
  • Basic items to shower
  • Indoor only shoes for the lodge
  • Recommended: lightweight poles for the Mt. Hood Circumnavigation
  • An adventurous spirit!

The instructors will send out detailed information three weeks before the start of camp.

USDA Statement

USDA Special Use Permit Information and Non-Discrimination Statement

Mazamas Education Programs operate under a special use permit with the Mt. Hood National Forest. In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, the Mazamas is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) To file a complaint of discrimination, write: USDA, Director of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). The USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

 

Ultra Camp Details

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Dates

2019 Dates will be posted in November. Starts at 8 a.m. on Saturday and ends around 3 p.m. on Monday.

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Accomodations

Mazama lodge is a rustic mountain lodge. Sleeping quarters are bunk style, with an option to sleep outside on one of the two outdoor decks, or to pitch a tent on the property. All meals and towel service are provided. 

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Instructors

Krissy Moehl & Jeff Browning (plus 2 instructors TBD)

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Prerequisites
  • This is a 3-day camp that involves lots of running, appx. 60–70 miles over 3 days (similar in distance to Western States Training Camp); 1st day: 5–12 miles, 2nd day: 42 miles, 3rd day: 3–8 miles.
  • In the past two years completed at least one 35-mile trail run (race or training run)
  • Your weekly mileage should be 50 miles or greater by the start of camp (there may be exceptions to this rule; email with questions)
  • Be able to run/move at a 3.5 mph avg pace in mountainous terrain for 42 miles
  • Treat this like a race: You will want to be well-trained and rested for this 40-mile run around Mt. Hood.
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Cost

$455 members/$475 nonmembers; includes meals, transportation, lodging, course support

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Required Gear
  • A running hydration pack
  • Sleeping bag (it can be quite warm at Mazama Lodge in the summer. You won't need a heavy sleeping bag, and some people enjoy just sleeping in a lightweight sleepsack.)
  • Trail food (performance food you'll want to carry with you while running; all other meals will be provided)
  • Running clothes—include layers in case of cold/wet weather
  • Running shoes
  • Lounging clothes for hanging out at the lodge
  • Basic items to shower
  • Indoor only shoes for the lodge
  • Recommended: lightweight poles for the Mt. Hood Circumnavigation
  • An adventurous spirit!
Frequently Asked Question Icon Icon of the letter i in a circle.
Refund Policy

Before 4/15/2019 - full refund, less $60 administrative fee; between 4/16/19 and 5/19/19—$175 refund; after 5/19/19 - We regret that we will be unable to process refunds after this time unless we can fill your spot. IF we are able to fill your spot, we can provide $165 refund