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Mt. Tam: Skiing without Snow: ZigZag

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Mt. Tam: Skiing without Snow: ZigZag

1 review
Duration
2 hours
Group size
Up to 5 people
Hosted in
English
outdoor sports

Mt. Tam: Skiing without Snow: ZigZag

outdoor sports

Mt. Tam: Skiing without Snow: ZigZag

1 review
Duration
2 hours
Group size
Up to 5 people
Hosted in
English

What you'll do

We will meet at one of several great locations on Mt. Tam in Mill Valley. I take no more than 4 people at any one time. The total workout is designed for 1 hour. We start with a brief, casual warm up, simple instructions on approach to this kind of running, then start up our trail. We will hike at a fast pace for 25-40 minutes (depending on your fitness) and 1000-1400 vertical feet (depending on which trail we take). We do not break but keep moving until we reach our vertical destination (the top). At the top we take a 1-2 minute break, until everyone has caught their breath. Then we start down an intermixed set of fire roads and single track trails, running safely but aggressively with correct technique. We will finish where we started and be very tired, extremely sweaty and feel like we just skied a double black diamond! A critical part of the experience is that it is a team experience. All of us are responsible for each other and we attempt to maintain a pace that works for the weakest hiker/runner. If someone opts out, they can turn around and go back to the start (carefully). The rest of the group will be back soon!

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Learn more about Jim

Jim

I am a life long outdoor enthusiast and athlete, having trained for and played college football as a defensive back. I moved to Mill Valley 20 years ago and have been an aggressive mountain athlete ever since. For the last ten years I have been a pole vault and hurdles coach where I have developed difficult multi-planar workouts for my athletes and me. My best is advanced trail running experience. I have found pure joy and great health from this excellent mountain based interval training that involves fast hikes up steep verticals and aggressive running down! I now offer this experience to people looking to supplement sports training with additional training designed to deliver great cardiovascular health, increased bone density, speed and agility in a hiking/running workout comparable to vigorous alpine skiing.

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Where you'll be

We hike & run on Mt. Tamalpais. We start on a single track at Zig Zag- 400’ vertical- a tough, steep forest trail. We gain 800’ vertical to Gravity Trail then the Hogback Cutout up to Hogback Trail on sunny (or foggy) fire roads. We finish on Hogback at 1700’ then run down a thrilling course, all the way to the bottom of Zig Zag! Course is 3 miles, 45-75 mins. A combo of amazing scenery and running that compares to skiing the trees!

Availability

Save 20% when you book 2 weeks in advance. 

Things to keep in mind

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Communication policy

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Guest requirements

Up to 5 guests ages 14 and up can attend. Experience running and jumping is important.

More tips

This activity requires core fitness; it is very difficult. If you are fit and have been running some, you should be able to do this and have great fun. Also, you can turn around at any point if it does not feel right.
Jim
Mt. Tam: Skiing without Snow: ZigZag
1 review
From £26/person
1 review
From £26/person