last updated March 12th, 2017
Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra 2018 Training Course
The Training course is mandatory for all athletes who participate in the MYAU for the first time and have no previous extreme cold weather experience. Should you not be sure if your experience is sufficient, please contact us.
The course is there to help you develop the skills you need to deal with the cold environment and some of the dangers which can be expected. It will allow you to test your gear and to ask the experienced instructors any questions you may have.
Coast High Country Inn and trail near the City of Whitehorse.
The training course will be from January 30th to 31st, 2018.
Shelley Gellatly, Race Advisor and Race Representative Canada, owner and operator of Northern Athletic Experiences
The topics covered will include:
- First aid (injuries which are most likely to occur and recommendations for your own first aid kit)
- Shelter (recommendations for snow, severe cold, re-warming if wet)
- Gear check and discussion
- Food and hydration
- Trail Talk, i.e. what to expect
CAN$ 90/Euro 60
Meet at Coast High Country Inn Reception at 12:25
12:30 – 15:00
- Start of clinic, introductions
- Review of people's worst fears regarding what could go wrong on the trail
- Review of organizers worst fears of what could go wrong
- Slide show of the race with images from previous years
- First aid presentation - outline of common injuries and discussion on how to prevent them
- Gear review
15:00 – 17:00
Break - Participants get their gear together for the outdoor part of the training course
17:00 – about 21:00
Reconvene at the reception of the Coast High Country Inn with all gear and ready to hit the trails to Hidden Lakes, near the hotel. It's about a 90 minute walk. You will be expected to make a fire, light your stove and then camp out for a little while. We'll be back at the hotel approx. 21:00 at the latest.
PLEASE NOTE: We will use this time to make the gear check with all participants of the training course. We check the sleeping system, lighting of a wood fire and lighting of your stove. There will not be a further gear check at CP 1 nor at the hotel. It is your responsibility to then use the gear that you showed us for the race. Random checks are possible anywhere and any time during the race.
8:00 – 8:30
Reconvene at the Coast High Country Inn to debrief and review the worst fears and whether all had been answered.
9:00 - 10:30 (for ALL athletes!)
- Review trail in details with maps
- Protocol for checkpoints
- Questions & Answers