WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE COST?
Fun. Adventure. The trip of a lifetime.
Transportation to and from the airport
Lodging (2 nights in Cortina, 5 nights in rifugios)
Luggage transfers to Rifugios
Guided runs & hikes
Two trip guides (one local)
Dinners at the Rifugios
Dinners in Cortina
Welcome pack / swag
Travelers must cover additional snacks, lunches, alcoholic beverages, airfare, travel insurance and personal items.
Other than that, we got you covered!
WHAT CAN I EXPECT FOR LODGING?
Our first and last night will be in Cortina d’Ampesso, lodging in a 3, 4 or 5-star hotel, pending availability. The five nights on-retreat we’ll stay in Rifugios, which are charming Alpine inns, accessible almost exclusively by foot.
WHAT KIND OF SHAPE DO I NEED TO BE IN?
This trip is a bit more challenging than some of our other trips and activities are not optional since we will be traveling via foot from hut-to-hut each day. To participate you need to be comfortable knowing that you will be running six days in a row. However, Our trips are not designed for hard core trail junkies, or endurance athletes. We’ll keep the pace accessible, hike when needed, and maintain an all-levels approach. We do recommend that you are able to handle a multi hour hike or decent trail run at an average pace (with plenty of snacks and water breaks in between). For trail running, all paces are welcome! Ideally you run a handful of times week, feel comfortable with distances between six and 13 miles and can hang with a 10 (ish) minute / mile pace. We keep a guide at the front and one in the rear so that no runner or hiker is left behind. The runs we have scheduled on our trip are listed in the itinerary along with the daily mileage. We will provide plenty of opportunities to stop, catch your breath and take in the sights. Highline is a proudly inclusive company and we do our best to accommodate and make everyone feel welcome. If you are unsure about whether you will be able to enjoy yourself on our trip, shoot us an email! firstname.lastname@example.org
WHAT ABOUT INTERNET AND PHONE RECEPTION?
Our trips are intentionally designed to help you unplug. We cannot guarantee you will be able to connect at any given time. Good phone reception is fairly available throughout the Dolomites, with the exception of the Fanes National Park where reception is erratic. Wi-fi service at Hotels is very good but not always free of charge, please check with reception on arrival. At Rifugios Wifi is not widely available. Rifugios can be located in remote areas, some may offer Wifi for a few hours a day and charge hourly rates, the signal may be erratic and -in most cases- only available in the common areas or corridors. In bad weather conditions the Wifi signal can go down completely.
WHAT IF I’M NOT IN THE MOOD TO GO ON ONE OF THE RUNS?
Unfortunately, on this trip, sitting out for the day isn’t really an option. You’ll need to come prepared to move.
HOW ARE THE RUNNING CONDITIONS?
The distances are all listed in the itinerary, but an important point to note is that we will be at high elevation (anything over 4,000 ft above sea level). Most of our days will be in the neighborhood of 7,000 ft - 9,000 ft in elevation. At this height, activities feel a bit harder than at sea level. For that reason, we will take things slowly allowing the group to acclimate. Hiking is also an acceptable option while adjusting to elevation.
HOW INTENSE ARE THE HIKES?
On this trip, they will be included on the runs. We’ll hike a lot of the inclines and run the downhills and rolling sections.
WILL THERE BE SHOWERS?
How is the food?
In short, GREAT! In the Dolomites, you’ll find some of the heartiest and homiest cuisine in all the Alps. The combination of the cultural influences here results in dishes ranging from traditional Italian pastas and polenta and game meats, to Austrian strudels and sauerkrauts, to Ladin soups, stews, and cakes.
CAN I BRING MY COMPUTER?
If you must, but our goal here is to unplug. Probably best to leave it at home and not worry about it.
IF LIFE GETS IN THE WAY OR SOMETHING COMES UP, CAN I CANCEL?
Cancellations within 7-days of booking will receive a full-refund, minus a 2.9% credit card processing fee.
After the 7-day window, deposits are non-refundable.
Cancellations after the 7-day window and prior to 60-days before the will receive a 50% refund*
60-days or less from the start of the trip, there are No Refunds.
*Applicable only if your balance has been paid in full and on time. If the balance has not been paid and you have to cancel, we will retain the full deposit.
WHAT DO I NEED TO PACK?
A handful of layer-able running / hiking outfits, socks for each day, trail running shoes and a mid-weight jacket should just about have you covered. A hydration pack or large water bottle is required to participate in activities and we prefer that you are able to pair down your packed goods into a standard size duffle bag. Once your trip is confirmed we send along a comprehensive packing list to help you get ready.
Tipping and Gratuities?
For the included meals, gratuities are already factored in. For personal purchases, in restaurants and bars, it is customary to leave between 5% and 10% of the bill, but again this is at your discretion. You do not have to tip at every meal, but only if you have been satisfied with the service etc.
SHOULD I TIP MY GUIDES?
While tips are greatly appreciated, they are not mandatory. If you choose to tip on a retreat lead by our co-founders (JT and Ryan), your tip will be donated to The Conservation Alliance's Public Lands Defense Fund.
CAN I ARRIVE EARLY OR LEAVE LATE?
Get in touch and let us know what you’re thinking. We’ll do our best to help accommodate special requests or help you plan your stay in the event that you want to add on extra nights. To insure that there are no hiccups due to flight delays, we recommend flying out a day early and staying at a nearby hotel.
WHAT ABOUT SAFETY?
Safety and your enjoyment on this adventure is our primary concern. Our guides are WFA (wilderness first aid) certified, we keep a watchful eye on the weather and conditions and talk to the local Park Rangers to insure all activities are as safe as possible. We also carry 2-way radios and / or GPS distress beacons to alert 911 in case of an emergency. We ask that our fellow travelers follow our lead of responsible enjoyment of our wilderness areas and don’t put themselves in dangerous situations.