First Session: June 6-12, 2011. Second Session: July 28-August 3, 2011

Directed by Geoff Roes - 2009 & 2010 "Ultrarunner of the Year."
Four Sessions For 2015: February 20-26; June 21-27; August 1-7; August 10-16

What To Bring

  • Running shoes (2 pair recommended unless you are comfortable running in wet shoes - we will have a few shoe dryers at the cabin, but with 12 people trying to dry out shoes each evening it will be best to have a back up pair). It will also be nice to have multiple pairs of shoes to fit the terrain each day. If you run in minimal footwear you will be fine on some of the runs, but at least a couple of the runs we do will be much better in fairly cushioned and protective shoes. 
  • Running pack that will hold enough food and clothing to be out in the mountains for 5+ hour runs with no resupply points. My favorite packs for runs in Juneau in the summer are the Mountain Hardwear Fluid Race Vest (runs up to 4 hours) and the Mountain Hardwear Fluid 6 (runs over 4 hours).
  • Bottles or hydration bladder to carry on runs. I typically carry 10-20 ounces of water with me and fill up in streams along the way. Please see the note about water in the "Juneau Specific Running Info" page for more details about water.
  • A couple changes of running clothes (top, bottom, underwear, socks, cap) that will cover temperatures between 40-80 degrees. We will do laundry once during the week on the 3rd or 4th day of the camp so 2 or 3 changes should suffice. When choosing what running clothing to bring you may want to consider stuff that is comfortable when wet (i.e. not too loose fitting). We'll be crossing our fingers for dry weather, but if it's raining we'll still be going out running each day.
  • At least one pair of socks that cover the lower part of your shins or gaiters (see note about this in the snow running section of the "Juneau Specific Running" page).
  • lightweight running jacket (the smallest, lightest one you have) for those days when it's raining, but not cold.
  • mid/heavy weight running jacket (something that will keep you warm down to about 40 degrees)
  • lightweight running gloves
  • lightweight running beanie
  • Small camera
  • Preferred gels, bars, blocks or other foods you like to use during runs. We will have a selection of Clif Bars, Gels, and Bloks for participants to use during the camp, but if you have specific items you prefer to use while on the go you might want to bring some with you. If your preference is for solid food we will have plenty of food available for you to make a sandwich or snack for the trail.
  • sunglasses
  • sunscreen
  • A change or two of casual clothing suitable for temps between 50-80 degrees.
  • A waterproof jacket to wear around the cabin and/or town.
  • A bit of spending money. We'll likely find some time to wander around town during the week and having a bit of cash and/or a credit card on you might come in handy in case you come across that perfect piece of Alaskana tourist crap. Or who knows, maybe you'll even find something that isn't crap. Also some extra cash will come in handy if you wish to have any massage during the camp.
  • Enough extra space in your luggage to fit the goodies you'll be bringing home with you from the camp.
  • Reading material. We'll be doing a lot of running, but the days are very long in Juneau in the summer and we'll certainly have some down time when it might be nice to have a book or magazine if you're into that kind of thing.
  • Personal toiletries. Toothbrush, toothpaste, razors, deodorant, shampoo, etc.
  • Earplugs if you are a light sleeper (we will try to have extras available, but bring your own if you want to be sure to have a pair). 
  • All linens - including sheets, blankets, towels, washcloths, pillows - will be provided. You do not need to bring any of these items. 

Winter Session:
Below are additional items which should be included if you are attending the winter session. Winter participants will still want to bring the above items in addition to the items below (except in cases in which an item below obviously replaces an item above). This list is meant as a guideline and/or starting point to anyone new to winter running. If you have spent a fair bit of time outdoors in the winter you probably have your own systems that work best for you. Feel free to replace any of these ideas with things which you prefer that serve the same purpose. These just happen to be the items/techniques I use to stay warm, dry, and comfortable when running in the winter months:
  • Running specific snowshoes if you have your own preferred pair. We will have Atlas running snowshoes to borrow if you don't have or don't want to bring your own
  • At least 1 pair of running shoes that are 1/2 size larger than your usual sizing, and ideally a fairly wide toe box. A waterproof model is also a great idea as they tend to keep feet a decent bit warmer, but the improved circulation from extra toe space is the number one thing which helps keep feet warm when running in the cold/snow. I LOVE the OutDry Montrail Mountain Masochist for use in winter. They might be hard to track down as they are being discontinued, but if you look around you can probably find a pair. 
  • At least two pair of socks suitable for winter running. I don't think it's wise to go overboard with super thick socks, but something that is longer than a standard running sock is a good idea for ankle and lower leg warmth. Do not go too thick or you will just cut down circulation and actually make your feet colder. 
  • One pair of gaiters. The short running specific gaiters are fine, but I prefer to just go with a full size pair of hiking/alpine gaiters. They do a great job of keeping snow from building up all over your lower legs, especially when you are running in snowshoes and snow is kicked up from the tail of the shoes. I really like the Mountain Hardwear Nut Shell High Gaiters
  • One pair of your preferred traction device. I prefer the Kahtoola microspikes, but if you have something similar that you prefer I'm sure they will do the job. We may not even wear them all week, but if things happen to be icy at the time you will want something for sure. Let me know if you would like a pair or Microspikes. The folks at Kahtoola are offering wholesale pricing (~50% discount) to anyone attending the winter session.
  • Gloves which keep your hands warm and dry in all types of winter conditions. For me this tends to mean two different types. For dry and/or warm conditions (above 20 degrees) I like something like the Mountain Hardwear Winter Momentum Running Glove. If it's cold or wet then I like to have a water and wind proof shell type glove. Something like the Mountain Hardwear Plasmic OutDry are great for this. I make sure that this shell glove is fairly loose fitting and then I can just use it over the top of the winter momentum glove when it's really cold. If you're not a fan of layering your gloves like this then you will want to have a third pair of more insulated ski type gloves. Something like this: Mountain Hardwear Jalepeno Glove. 
  • One mid to heavy weight winter beanie. No need to go too over the top here, but certainly something that you feel certain will keep your head warm in cold windy conditions. I like the Zerna Beanie
  • One midweight Balaclava. My preference is the Butter Balaclava
  • One midweight neck gaiter
  • 2 or 3 different jackets which can be used in tandem that you feel confident will keep you warm in a wide range of winter conditions. I like to have a medium weight windproof softshell jacket that I can fit over the top of a lighter water/wind resistant jacket as well as over a lightweight puffy if needed. This way I can use the light jacket in warm winter conditions, the softshell when it gets a bit colder, and then start combining them together as it continues to get colder. If using all 3 together I can be very comfortable well below zero with just a thin base layer underneath.
  • Top and bottom light and midweight baselayers/tights.
  • Wind/water resistant pants. I prefer shoftshell pants for this as they are more comfortable to run in, but any standard shell pant is fine. Again, the idea will be to layer up as it gets colder. A midweight pair of fleece tights under a pair of shell pants will keep me plenty warm in temperatures much colder than I have ever seen in Juneau. 
  • A pack large enough to carry food, water (as well as a bladder or bottle to carry water in), and extra clothing that you will be bringing on these runs. I do not tend to bother with a pack that is large enough to carry snowshoes. Instead I just carry the snowshoes in my hands if I am not wearing them for part of a run that I am bringing them on. A slightly larger pack than you would normally use in the summer is a good idea, but there isn't much reason to go too overboard here. We won't be bringing all of this stuff on each run, and most of the time we will be able to simply choose our clothing to wear and just throw a couple small extra things in the pack and maybe an extra jacket tied around the waist if there isn't space in the pack. I always like to keep my pack small enough that I can fit at least one of my jackets over the top of it. This is the best way to ensure that your water stays thawed.