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Larapinta Trail Experience - Easter 2018 (Mar 29-Apr 3)


Our next Red Centre Running Camp takes place over Easter 2018, along the spectacular Larapinta Trail for anyone who wants to challenge themselves AND experience one of Australia's most spectacular trails.

You do not have to run the whole trail as we will have shorter options to match fitness levels. This will provide a fantastic taste of most of the trail. We will co-ordinate with everyone coming, to work this all out in advance so don't feel this trip is for the hard core only. But a good level of running fitness is required so you are confident of completing these sections within the allocated timeframe. We will have a coach available at the various trail access points plus Greta’s dad in his 4WD on standby should the bus not be able to access the trailhead at the end of a particular section.

WHEN: Thur 29th March – Tues 3rd April 2018

WHERE: Telegraph Station in Alice Springs to Mt. Sonder (West MacDonnell Ranges). The trail is 223km in its entirety.

BOOKINGS: Are now open (min age 13yrs) – contact chris@rejoovrunners.com.au or greta@rejoovrunners.com.au to sign up.

COST: $1450.00 (a non refundable deposit of $300 is due by Nov 30th 2017).

NB: We are definitely going ahead with this camp, please go ahead with your deposits and booking your flights, thanks. 

SAFETY FIRST: This is Rejoov Runners first serious trail camp. As such, our number one goal is to get you all around without incident or accident. Safe movement at all times is of the upmost importance as is looking after your mates around you. We will have the right supplies on board the coach, plus sat phones and trackers but it is up to you to ensure you are aware of your surroundings and can cover the terrain accordingly. You will be required to sign a waiver in advance acknowledging that you are fit and able to participate and that you understand that you are undertaking this of your own free will. Having said all that, the trail although a little rough in parts, is quite runnable and most definitely walkable.

INCLUDES:

- All accommodation: twin share in Alice Springs (3nights) and quad share bunkhouse style in the outback (2nights)

- All food: Breakfast / lunch / dinner / snacks / water etc / (alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks at own expense)

- Coach transport: Our trusted supplier – Centre Bush Bus will again ferry us all around in air conditioned coach comfort.

- Entry permits where applicable: such as Stanley Chasm.

- Entry into the Alice Springs Desert Park on Thursday afternoon

- First aid equipment (and a superintendent from St. Johns Aust on hand aka Greta’s Dad)

- Rejoov Runners service fee which includes full organisation for absolutely everything plus on site support throughout. Jaden will also be our little helper.

NOT INCLUDED:

- Flights – use FF points if you can. It’s just Qantas that flies there.

- Mandatory gear: CamelBak for water, drink bottle, electrolyte gels, strapping tape/bandage, whistle, mobile phone, hat and small carry sunscreen,

- All drinks outside that which is provided during the day and may be included with the pre purchased meals.

DAILY SCHEDULE:

- You will have no more than 6hrs each day to cover your chosen trail section. Careful planning will ensure you do not over commit with this.     

- Below is the Itinerary and trail section outline. Some trail section starting and ending points are actually 1-4kms away from accessible driving points (ie beyond the national park gates). Others may not be accessible in full by our coach and will require 4WD access only which we will have one of. As we progress with the planning, we will create a few different groups who will agree in advance to cover certain sections each day and will stay within whistle distance of one another at all times. There will be opportunities to swim in very refreshing water holes along the way (Ellery Gorge, Ormiston Gorge, Glen Helen Gorge)

- Lunch will be on the road / at the completion of your daily run.

- Breakfast and dinner will be at the accommodation.


ITINERARY: 

Thursday 29th Mar:

-          fly into ALICE SPRINGS

-          Afternoon Desert Park visit

-          Overnight at the Mercure Chifley Hotel Alice Springs.

-          Swim, welcome drinks, Day 1 briefing and dinner

Friday 30th Mar:

-          Breakfast at the hotel

-          First Larapinta trail leg starting from the Telegraph Station / OR Stuart Hwy, finishing at Simpson’s Gap (23km/15km)

-          Long option pickup from Jay creek (48km)

-          Lunch at Simpson’s Gap in the river bed

-          Overnight at the Mercure Chifley Hotel Alice Springs.

-          Drinks, dinner and Day 2 briefing. 
 

Saturday 31st Mar:

-          Breakfast at the hotel

-          Coach transfer to Stanley Chasm for Day 2 trail start.

-          Short option pick up from Birthday Waterhole (18km)

-          Long option pickup from Hugh Gorge (34km)

-          Lunch & swim at Ellery gorge waterhole

-          Transfer and overnight at Glen Helen Lodge (bunkhouse quad share style)

-          Drinks, dinner and Day 3 briefing

Sunday 1st April (Easter Sunday)

-          Sunrise Easter egg hunt / breakfast at the lodge

-          Transfer to Serpentine Gorge for Day 3 short option start (14km)

-          Transfer to Serpentine Chalet Dam for Day 3 long option start (29km to Ormiston Gorge)

-          Short option finish – transfer to Ormiston Gorge for swim and lunch

-          Transfer to Glen Helen Lodge

-          Drinks, dinner and Day 4 briefing

Monday 2nd April:

-          Breakfast at the lodge

-          Transfer to Finke River for Day 4 long option start (53-56km incl return run from Mt. Sonder summit)

-          Transfer to Redbank Gorge for Day 4 short option start (25-28km incl return from Mt Sonder summit)

-          Lunch at Redbank Gorge

-          Transfer (and sleep) back to Alice Springs

-          Overnight, after party and dinner at the Mecure Chifley Hotel.

Tuesday 3rd April:

-          Well earnt sleep in / breakfast at your leisure and NO RUN (unless you really want to)

-          Tine to take in Alice Springs CBD / souvenirs etc.

-          Fly out

NB: The above planned segments are subject to change due to accessibility or weather issues. We will do everything possible to work around any unforeseen circumstances.

NEXT STEPS: Get in now or you might miss out on this amazing experience. Email Chris & Greta with your booking, send through your deposit and you're in.

Looking forward to hosting you next Easter.

Chris & Greta - chris@rejoovrunners.com.au / greta@rejoovrunners.com.au

We will travel in a comfortable, air-conditioned coach with certified driver/tour guide plus the expert commentary from Glen Auricht (Greta's Dad) and of course coaching advice from Chris & Greta throughout. Glen has worked with the indigenous communities and has lived in Hermannsburg, Tjuwanpa and Alice Springs for over 40 years & will share his in depth knowledge of the flora, fauna, geology & local indigenous languages.

Every Running Camp is unique with all it's own set of fresh experiences. Here's some of the feedback we received from our 2017 camp goers: 

"Thank you so incredibly much for such an extraordinary, active, fun-filled yet relaxing weekend" Pia Gilmour

"Amazing trip! We loved it. Thank you for sharing the Red Centre with us." Vanessa & Lewis 

"Best Easter in a long time - thank you for letting us be guests of Rejoov." Andy & Pip

"Thank you for the most amazing trip of a lifetime. I have loved every minute of it. I feel truly blessed to have experienced it" Lisa Mintz