Trail initiation and improvement course (Vercors)

Duration : 2 days

France, Northern Alps

Level : from beginner to advanced

from 210 € / p. from 4 to 7 persons

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The south part of the Vercors massif is an ideal place for trail running thanks to its high plateaus, its accessible ridges and its protected forests. This trail training course in partnership with the Hostel Quartiel Libre is the opportunity to give you wise and personalized advices all along the weekend to progress in your future projects in the mountains.

The Hostel Quartier Libre is a real haven of peace located at the col de la Machine, at an altitude of 1000 meters. Surrounded by the wild and preserved nature of the Vercors massif, this establishment offers an exceptional environment to recharge your batteries and reconnect with nature. You will also have the opportunity to discover a healthy and local cuisine, which highlights the products of the region. The dishes are prepared with care, using fresh and quality ingredients, to offer a unique and authentic taste experience. What better way to discover the area than by running on the trails?

In summary:

  • A 3-day shock weekend near the TGV station of Valence and Grenoble.
  • Saturday: specific technical workshops (poles, downhill, effort management).
  • Sunday: long run to enjoy the incredible landscapes of the highlands.

This trail-running course will be an opportunity to improve your running technique and your effort management in the mountains. You will learn to evolve on rough terrain, to use your poles in various situations and to better understand the phases of climbing and descending. Throughout the trip, you will also receive advice on training, physical preparation, nutrition and recovery after exercise.

This stay is open to all levels. However, regular running practice (once or twice a week) is preferable to fully benefit from this experience.

The intensity is moderate with 10 to 20 kilometers and between 500 to 1000 meters of positive elevation change per day. The sessions are adapted to your level and your desires.

The technicality is varied, with easy and rolling trails most of the time, but also more technical passages (ridges, scree, steep slopes).

Price of the stay:

  • In a single room: 340€.
  • In a dormitory: 260€.
  • Without accommodation (dinner and picnic included): 210€.

For your information, I also offer a similar 3-day introductory and advanced trail course in the Beaufortain. And if you prefer a more gentle introduction, why not opt for a trail discovery course in Chartreuse or Beaufortain?


D1: Arrival and short trail ride.

  • Arrival and installation at the Hostel Quartier Libre in the late afternoon.
  • 6.30pm - 7.30pm: Outing in the forest according to your desires or relaxation at the hostel.
  • 8pm: Dinner.

D2: Trail outing on the Font d'Urle plateaus.

  • Downhill and uphill techniques.
  • Use of hiking poles.
  • Picnic in the mountains.
  • Physical and sports preparation (PPG) and stretching.
  • Distance of 15km, positive difference in altitude of 800 meters.
  • Dinner at the lodge.
  • Evening with conference-debate on preparation and training plans.

D3:  Long hike/run on the high plateaus of the Vercors.

  • Effort management.
  • Techniques of evolution in rough terrain.
  • Picnic in the mountains.
  • End of the trip in the afternoon.
  • Distance of 20km, positive difference in altitude of 1000 meters.

The price includes

  • Supervision by the mountain leader specializing in trail running.
  • Pedagogical and technical courses.
  • Full board for the three days.
  • Picnics.

The price does not include

  • Transport to the meeting point and from the end of the stay, about an hour's drive from Valence or Grenoble.
  • Drinks.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Anything not mentioned in "The price includes".


  • You will be accommodated at the Hostel Quartier Libre, a warm and friendly place located at the Col de la Machine in the Vercors.
  • Single room or dormitory option.
Next departures :

No scheduled departure, but you can contact me to book your dates.

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