Upcoming Event Details
THROUGH THE NIGHT Ultra Training Camp 22-24 October 2021 @ Monk's Cowl
The objectives of this weekend will be geared towards athletes running their first ultra races that may go into, or potentially right through, the night… Think Skyrun 100 and Ultra Trail Cape Town 100km, or Addo 100 miler and UTD 100 miler in early 2022. Your event may seem a long way off, but it’s never too early to start eliminating the unknowns and thereby ensure as stress-free a race as possible!
Some of the elements to be covered include the following:
Moving through the night & methods of reducing and managing sleep deprivation.
Learning to navigate efficiently and confidently with your watch or GPS device, day or night.
Climb, climb and climb some more! You can expect to ascend at least one pass, tag a few peaks and spend a fair amount of time running at altitude ( 3000m above sea level).
Ultra trail specific nutrition and hydration strategies - to be covered in-depth.
Ultra pacing strategies, so you’re not that guy or girl under the tree at 80km...
What does the weekend entail?
A guided through-the-night run (guaranteed to involve a lot of hiking) on Friday, ending Saturday late morning or midday back at camp;
A Sunday morning shake-out run followed by an ultra discussion and Gegrond coffee;
A GPS route to upload to your device in order to practice navigation at night;
Unlimited advice on gear, Q&As and running discussions with Nicolette & Pierre, over good coffee;
A fun group of like-minded athletes with whom to share knowledge and enjoy a long night of mountain movement.
Requirements: Entered for an ultra trail race of more than 60km in the next 8 months.
Form to register for your attendance - Registration Form
Types of Events
Mountain Running & Race Specific Camps
Mountain running, especially in the Drakensberg, can be intimidating for many athletes. The weather is unpredictable, the terrain quite unique, and the navigation challenging at best! But the Berg is our home now and we've spent many hours traversing the escarpment and negotiating with the elements. Sharing all that we've learnt through personal experiences, good and bad, is the purpose of our mountain running camps.
If you are training for a specific race and are uncertain about how best to prepare, we also offer race-orientated training camps. Between us we have completed many of South Africa's iconic trail runs which allows us to plan routes with very similar profiles, terrain and technicality to any event for which you may be preparing.
We cater for athletes of almost any skill level by hosting groups of varying levels (see details below) on different weekends so you can join us the camp that best suits your current trail running abilities. Expect a fun but challenging three days of training, sharing and learning with a group of like-minded athletes along the beautiful mountain trails of the Drakensberg. We will cover topics including but not limited to nutrition, hydration, ascending, descending, the use of poles, and navigation - especially night time navigation. This is a great opportunity to hone your mountain running skills, prepare for upcoming races or put your fitness to the test!
Trail Running Experience
This is our introduction to mountain running camp where you can expect a fun weekend of good trails but still with decent elevation. The focus is on sociable running with a relaxed approach to allow everybody to experience the joy of mountain movement within their comfort zone. With the negative effects of COVID on road races we realise that many road runners are making a transition to trail. While they already have the required fitness, they're unaccustomed to pacing on the trail, technical terrain, long ascents and descents, and the nutrition, hydration and gear for mountain and trail running. This is the type of information we will cover on the Trail Experience weekend. The longest run will be approximately 15km of fairly runnable trail.
Next Trail Running Experience: TBC
Mountain Running Experience
This camp is geared towards trail runners with a moderate degree of fitness and decent technical trail exposure. It is ideal preparation for trail races with elevation such as Kruger2Canyon, Otter African Trail Run and Skyrun 65km. Expect some good climbs and descents and a fair amount of technical trail.
Ultra Running Experience
This camp is for more experienced trail and mountain runners looking for a solid training weekend for an ultra, especially one with substantial ascent and descent. Athletes should be comfortable on technical terrain and long ascents and descents. Areas of focus will include: navigation and mental preparation for night running; pacing, nutrition and hydration for mountain ultras; and an opportunity to practice solo navigation for confidence building. Ideal preparation for a race like Skyrun 100km.
Mountain Trail Races
One of the greatest attractions of trail running is the unique natural environments it allows us to explore on foot. With South Africa ranking as the third most biodiverse country in the world we are extremely privileged in the wide range of biomes, high level of species endemism and sheer number of birds, plants and animals that line our trails.
At Mountain Abandon we feel as strongly about sharing nature's trails as we do about conserving them. Wherever we host an event we aim to inspire the local community to become involved in trail running and ensure that they also benefit from the race, attract outsiders to experience the beauty of more rural trail locations, and also to highlight the conservation efforts of the region.
All our trail and mountain races have locally sourced, environmentally-friendly prizes for top runners and 'eco-medals" for all finishers. A percentage of your entry fee will be contributed to a local conservation effort where applicable. Dog-friendly runs are also a priority of ours so be sure to keep an eye open for these in the future!
Next Mountain Trail Race: Drakensberg - Location & Date TBC - Watch this space!
Trail Skills Days
We offer both private and group trail skills days. Our group runs typically focus on moving more efficiently over technical terrain, when and how to run uphill economically, and techniques for optimising downhill running. We also delve into the best methods of training for mountain running, as well as the benefits of core strengthening for trail runners. On request for a group with a common goal, or an individual athlete, we are happy to customize the course to develop a particular skill or skill set such as navigation, or focus on race-specific topics like nutrition.
So whether it is to improve your general technical running ability, to move more comfortably on steep terrain or off-trail, or to gain confidence in high-altitude running and mountain navigation, we would love to work with you. Group training is usually R250 to R350 per person, depending on numbers. Private training from approximately R500 per person for a full morning.
Please CONTACT us to let us know if you have a group for training, a specific personal skill request, or even if you simply need a long-run partner for the day!