Ruby Mountain Camp 2018

Another great edition of the Ruby Mountain Camp is in the books!

In previous years we've spent more time in Lamoille Canyon - this year we headed into the backcountry for a whole different style of camp. We setup camp about 6 miles in at Farve Lake and we scrambled up peaks and ran long distance on the Ruby Crest Trail.

Day 1 started with a rollerski from the sagebrush ocean surrounding Elko Nv. This workout was pretty tough for pretty much everyone. First off - it was hot. For some it was the first workout they had done in a bit... for others, the challenge of a two hour rollerski plus 8 x 3 minutes of single stick on an uphill grade pushed them to the limits.


Hike the first evening -

There are some good things about smoke in the west. We see it annually. Every evening it plays with the sunset and makes it look like a dream. I saw that on our first hike after dinner when we got to the Rubys. It was my favorite hike because the day was beginning to cool down and when we scrambled to the end, it was calm. 

The hike was a classic kind of hike you will see almost everywhere in the West, steep but extremely satisfying. It was the first hint of overhanging peaks that we would see frequently in the next five days and it was gorgeous. 

-Maya Lutz



Backpack to our basecamp

The Hike In  Once we woke up and ate breakfast we loaded our packs with the food we were going to take with us atop our personal items. We loaded our gear into the trailer and headed for the trail head, once we got to the trail head we sunscreened up filled our bottles of water and off we went. It was a painful 2.5 hours with the majority of it uphill the first lake we came across we took a break, the lake was very clear and was like a Hawaiian blue, we then marched onto liberty pass, we took a break and viewed the valley which we came from and looked over to where we were going to camp. After 5 miles we finally arrived at the location which we would call home for the next couple of days, once we set up camp and ate food we took a nap. 

-Jackson Daniels


After settling into camp we went a climbed Lake Peak (right above our campsite)

After Day 1’s drive over to the Ruby Mountain Wilderness and the hike in to base camp we took a break to set up camp. Then we decided to go for a hike, because we were too fatigued for intervals, to the top of Lake Peak. The hike started on the Farve Lake trail and quickly turned off to go up. The entire second half of the hike was through a large scree field with rocks of every size. The top of the peak had a geocash and a view of all the lakes around us. Behind us was complete flatland and agriculture, it was quite a sight to see. We then scurried down and Wilson found an unopened can of beer that I don’t know if was dranken or not.

-Nate Veltman


On the third day we ran 7 Miles out and back on the Ruby Crest Trail

Little strip of dirt

As the sun rose over lake peak to greet us, we prepared for the day to come with hearty bowl of oatmeal cooked by none other than Jordi and Wilson themselves. Today we planned to conquer a large section of the Ruby Crest Trail, a wild strip of dirt, shale, and rock that snakes its way through the seemingly endless mountain range. After cleaning our bowls and tidying up the camp, our team began the run. About 30 minutes in, we crossed over the first pass of the day, giving us a clear view of what was to come. Ahead lay peak after peak with picturesque valleys sandwiched in between along with that little strip of dirt winding its way through the terrain. We ran down the other side and began running up the next mountain but were forced to begin walking due to the elevation and grade of the trail. Another 40 minutes got us to the next summit where an even more spectacular view opened up for us and we were able to view miles and miles of the farmland from which the Ruby Mountains rise as well as yet another set of incredible peaks. Our descent led us to a slight downhill where we were able to run much more quickly with hardly any effort. These 15 minutes of silence came to a close when Wilson exclaimed that that was one of the best sections of running he had ever had. Another couple of ridges later we reached the 2 hour mark and decided to eat. After enjoying a few well deserved peanut butter, jelly, and peanut M&M wraps (a new BBNT classic), we took in the view one last time and headed back towards camp on that little strip of dirt. After using up all of our water, we found a spring and spent a little while sitting down while Wilson filtered water. Rested up and ready to continue, we continued our run/hike. After over 4 hours of moving time (most of it running) we got back to camp more than excited for what was about to be one of the best quiet hours in BBNT history. 

-Kade Aldrich


The morning of the 4th day we ran intervals

Early morning intervals  On Thursday of camp we had an early morning interval session where did four six minute intervals up to the top of Liberty peak. We worked hard but still had breath to laugh at the top. We also got to see liberty lake sparkle in the early morning. Was an excellent interval session. 

-Mac Wirth


This interval session was awesome... After running the first two on trail, we took a hard left turn toward Liberty Peak. From there on out it was a full on scramble. (I think it was the first time I've been in level 4 while basically crawling!) The team had great energy, and put in an impressive effort after already clocking ~10 hours of training for the week!


On the afternoon of the 4th day we had an optional hike/ run

Goat Hike:

After a difficult interval session in the morning, it makes sense that many would skip the afternoon workout. Those that didn’t included Wilson, Jordi, Abram, Jackson, and I (Elise). We took off headed down Kleppner Canyon hoping to make it over a ridge and in to the next canyon over (Furlong Canyon). What we did instead was; lose the unmaintained trail, pick a line up the nearest mountain, and go on an adventure. We scrambled up a dry creek bed reaching a false ridge line. A mountain goat walked up the mountain a couple hundred feet away, not experiencing the fatigue that we had felt. A water and food break gave us the idea to shoot for the summit looming above. We continued our ascent, watching all of the wildlife move around us and following the mountain goat. Ants below our feet and Himalayan Snow Cocks gliding above our heads. As we climbed a final stretch of scree and rock watching the large birds nearby doing the same. Another break was taken at the summit, which we had arrived at in two hours and six minutes, barely over the initial plan for a two hour workout. We hiked back on the other side of the mountain range through large meadows and skree fields all the way back to the Ruby Crest Trail. We ran down the trail, as the sun lowered in the sky, all the way back to base camp. We had worried the group slightly by taking four hours to return instead of the promised two. But I was really glad just to experience the Ruby Mountains through a week of adventures like this one, even if they left me exhausted.

-Elise Hegerle


On Day 5 we climbed Mt. Fitzgerald

This hike was possibly the best experience that I have ever had hiking. Not only did we cap the top of the 2nd highest peak in the ruby mountains, but we did it all off trail (which is ok to do). We started off with a yummy bowl of plain oatmeal in the morning, packed our bags, and left camp at around 7:30 - 8:00 am. With our stomachs full of carbs and slightly sore muscles, we left on our trek. We took our first break on top of a crest overlooking two valleys. The view from this point was amazing. Normally one valley is beautiful, but this gave us two times that. We descended into the valley closest to Fitzgerald. Hiking down this hill seemed very hard due to the fact that the ground was loose and the plants were barbed. By the bottom, all of us were thirsty and out of water, so we stopped at a stream to fill up. After our quick break, we officially started up the mountain. Even though it was the beginning of our hike, we were a little tired from the last days. Kade Aldrich was there to keep us entertained, though. He made us all sit down to take a break from laughing at high evolution. After our laughing break, we hiked all the way to the top of Fitzgerald and the view was amazing! You could basically see everything that the rubies had to offer! We ate lunch and started the journey back to base camp. On the way down, we came across an underground spring stream that most of us took a sip from. After hiking through the brush at the bottom of the valley we came from, we climbed up to a crest that overlooked Lake Lamoille (one of the lakes we passed on the hike in) and took in that view. It was the closest to the team van that we had been in days. We followed that crest up back to Liberty Peak and headed down to the Ruby Crest Trail. From there, we went to Liberty Lake to swim/wash off. Some of the boys, Wilson, and I stayed back a little longer so that we could skip rocks for a long while. We got bored after we couldn’t beat Wilson’s score of high 20’s, so we started walking back to base camp. 20 minutes later, we arrive at home sweet home at 4:30 and definitely took a good break before dinner

-Luc Handfield


On Day 6 we hiked out. With 7 lbs of cheese, 10+ lbs of salami, ~30 lbs of gummies/ trailmix/ oatmeal/ peanut butter/ tortillas/ etc in our bellies... well mostly in the woods... the hike out was much easier than the hike in.

After getting back to the van we took a healthy break and then set out for one final rollerski up Lamoille Canyon.

At any training camp the last workout is always going to be a beast, but a rollerski after fairly continuous hiking for a couple days is another beast entirely. Just putting on our skis caused us to break a sweat. During this workout we were tasked with doing double pole efforts periodically throughout the ski, but as we began to trundle up the road I had to put my effort towards preventing periodic stops. Less than 30 minutes into the struggle up the road Wilson dumps part of a jug of water onto all over me. The jolt of water definitely zapped me full of energy and, instead of doing periodic double poles, I just decided to double pole the rest of the ski. Unfortunately the water also had an adverse effect, it filled up all the padding in my helmet with water. This meant that any sweat would just drip directly into my eyes and mouth instead of getting stuck with my helmet. But as  I rolled into the parking lot at the top the fact that all I had drank in the past 20 minutes was sweat made being done so much sweeter. Or maybe just saltier. 

-Abram Brown


U15 Camp

The 3rd Annual BBNT U15 Camp was a huge success!

Pictures and trip accounts from the kids are at the bottom!

Day 1 We drove out to Soldier Mountain and set up camp. Our first workout was a 4 mile run along Soldier Creek. I advised the kids take the first run easy to save themselves for the rest of the camp, but of course they TOOK OFF!

In the afternoon we had our "intro to rollerskiing session." Everyone KNOCKED IT OUT OF THE PARK! Our first timers were particularly impressive - looking like long time skiers!

Day 2 Started with a rollerski along the soldier mountain road. On the drive in the day before we'd had to push out way through a herd of cattle, and as we started putting on our rollerskis we saw them coming up in our direction - 1000 cattle staring us down. So it was off to the races! 11km of skiing is a great day for anyone - particularly when you've only skied a handful of times!

The forest service manager came by in the afternoon and told us that they had accidentally reserved the campground that we were staying in - and in exchange offered us free camping in a different campground. Initially we were a little bummed. It turned out to be a blessing in disguise. The new campground was along the Big Smokey Creek, in a spectacular valley.

Our afternoon run was a cruiser along Big Smokey Creek to a Hot Springs - they were fantastic! The run back included fording the creek (river) in several spots.

Day 3 was a hike up Smokey 2. We started by our campground from the first day and headed right up. The trail was pretty relentlessly steep, but I guess that's how you get nearly 5000 ft in just over 5 miles! Some highlights were glissading down the snow patches, some spectacular wildflowers, and a stunning view of the Camas Prairie and Smokey mountains.

The drive back introduced one last piece of excitement as one of the tires blew out on the van... It took a bit to figure out how to change it on the van, but we got it changed and only got back home about an hour behind schedule!


Here is a description of the camp in the kid's words:


“This was an enjoyable camp. I made so many new memories and got closer to everyone. I am excited for next year”- Cicily

“We had a great training camp: my favorite part was the rollerski on Wednesday. First off we got chased by cows and it was really good terrain. It was rolling so we didn’t have to go on just flats. Also, the view was excellent the whole time.”- Mac Wirth

“I had so much fun rollerskiing and cooking food. It was truly a great experience”- Jasper

“I can to U15 camp because I wanted to do more rollerskiing and meet everyone. My favorite part was the run to the hot springs from our campsite” 

“Soldier Mountain is a spectacular summer training area. There is plenty of space for everyone to explore, train and relax. The runs and hikes are turned from average to exciting with ample stream crossings. To top it all off the roads are rolling and perfect for rollerskiing. The u15 camp is amazing and I would recommend it to people looking for an awesome training trip.”- Logan Wendel

“My favorite part of the u15 camp was the runs we went on. I especially liked these because you could get to know your teammates and improve your speed and fitness.” 

“I like u15 camp because when we’re running I can tell that everyone is struggling but they keep going because they want to get better”- Nate

“The run was the most special workout of u15 camp. Running uphill and mountains we were fooled by the promise of hot springs. But near the end after everyone’s legs were tired and sore, crossing waste deep rivers was the only way back to the campsite. Letting the dog go first, maneuvering the white river water was a challenge but one of the most amazing parts of the trip.”- Brodey

“We summited a peak today and it was my very first! The hike was definitely a little hard but the view was worth it. The sight of the surrounding peaks was a photo to never forget.”- Zach



Beartooth Camp: Days 3-6

Day 3 (part 2): Evening Run by Hope

Day three was our first full day in Red Lodge Montana, after filling our bellies with delicious tasting curry with rice we let it settle for a bit before going on a night time run. After the team had changed into running gear we all loaded up into the van and drove to Bear Track Trailhead. We were all full from dinner and started running up the trial. It was a narrow, single track trail where if your weren't looking you would trip on a rock jutting up from the ground. We ran for about twenty minutes until we reached a bridge crossing a river. At that point we grabbed a quick drink of water and headed back down the way we came. On the way down we kept talking and singing to avoid encountering a bear. Behind me Luc Handfield was singing “Sweet Caroline” and by the end of the run it was stuck in my head. The run down was so flowy where you bounce from one rock to another and stretch your legs to what seems like the splits in the air. Before we knew it we were back at the van and ready to drive home where warm brownies were waiting for us courtesy of Kade.

Day 4: Ski/Rollerski by Jackson Daniels

After a good nights rest we woke up to go skiing in the snow with Parkcity, once we awoke we got ready packed lunches and hit the road up the Beartooth pass. We came across the Parkcity van and decided we must drive for another 20 minuets to find the perfect spot to ski. Once we came to a consecutive decision with the Parkcity people we then proceeded to get our skis in and ski. I decided it would be fun to ski across the pond in 35 degree weather with high winds and the first try I made it across perfectly fine I the proceeded to ski around for a while longer. I then decided to try and Pond skim the pond again, it didn’t turn out as before I choose a bigger line to ski on and tumbled into the pond. If you want to see a video of the pond skim, click here

Jackson entering the pond

Jackson entering the pond

We then drove home and decided to go roller skiing. On the roller ski we rolled into an empty housing development where there were only 2 houses. We decided to go and do some agility, the Coaches set up a course that consisted of a bunch of slaloms. Some were wide some were very tight and some crossed pavement and grass we only broke 3 ski pole tips 1 roller ski and 1 boot. After roller skiing we came back to the house and rested before we went on a run which we did not go and fight bears. 

Day 5: Afternoon run by Kaiden

Spending time in Montana with the BBNT has started summer off on a great note. We’ve roller skied, ran, and have gone on explorations. One run we did stood out to me, and this was roughly 15 mile jog we did on our 5th day. We ran on the Silver Run trails that reminded me of Vermont. During the run we discovered this waterfall where we took pictures and climbed towards the top of the falls. Not only was it pretty, but we ran in groups which made it more enjoyable for everyone. Although it was raining we dressed well and fought through it. The river roaring alongside us and the constant watch for a bear made the run that much more fun.

Ted, Kaiden, and Jackson behind the waterfall

Ted, Kaiden, and Jackson behind the waterfall

The 2018 trip to Montana with BBNT has been an amazing experience not only because of what we’ve seen, but also because of the team itself. I’m hoping to attend as many trips with the team as I can!

Day 6 (part 1): Morning Ski/Mine Visit by Jackson Neuhoff

This morning we drove up the Beartooth Pass. As it had snowed the night previous, we couldn’t go too far before we hit the unplowed and closed portion of the pass. We went skiing (skate) off to the side of the road. The wind had drifted much of the fresh snow, leaving some places icy and others with several inches of powder. As we skied down, two distinct groups formed. They separated and went in different directions. My group went down along a mostly frozen creek before climbing up a steep, icy mountain face. The winds were strong on the face, blowing up huge gusts filled with particulate snow. It was brisk and beautiful. After we got back up to the road many people stayed in the vans for warmth, while others, including myself, explored our surroundings more. We then left skiing for lunch.

After lunch, Ted, Kaiden, and I left for a mineral locality I knew about. It was bearing a chromium rich serpentinite and perfect orthoclase crystals. To reach it, we went up the pass and then hiked half a mile each way. At about 10,500 ft, it is one of the highest elevation mineral deposits I have been too. The serpentinite was easy to find. It was rich in interesting specimens. The orthoclase crystals were harder to find, but prolific once located. After we had collected our fill, we headed back to the house. Thus ended the first half of our day.

Jackson and his rock hammer at the mineral locality!

Jackson and his rock hammer at the mineral locality!

Day 6 (part 2): Bike Ride by Abram

Normally I’d be bummed to be stuck doing a workout on my own while the rest of the team skied, but after one trip part way up the Beartooth pass on my bike I knew that I was in for a treat. Waking up to calm trees and an uncharacteristic lack of wind along the road further lifted my spirits and after a quick breakfast I set off up the road dubbed “the most beautiful drive in America” by Charles Kuralt. The first third is a steady climb up along rock creek through the trees and mountain meadows. Today this section was ideal climbing on a road bike, for the grade is challenging but not yet difficult due to the lack of wind. But soon, the road arises above the bottom of the valley, and the wind catches you right in the face. With the first nips of wind bite into your jacket and the road begins to steepen, the real workout starts. Soon, although not soon enough, I hit the first switch back and let the wind now carry me up the road. Enjoying the synergy between the gusts send along the mountainside and I.

Abram's bike looking good in front of a U-Shaped valley

Abram's bike looking good in front of a U-Shaped valley

Unfortunately with one switchback comes more, and I am quickly spun right into the head wind. At one point I am hit with a particularly nasty gust that catches my wheel at just the wrong angle and threatens to tip me over, but just in time I manage to snag the guard rail to prevent a very embarrassing “dead cow” in the road. After the majority of the climbing comes to a close the view opens to the neighboring plateaus and I see the slight dusting of snow from the night before. I stop at a pullout to snap a quick picture, and either from the 5,000 feet of elevation or the gorgeous view I burst out laughing.  This view, this feeling of accomplishment, this is why I choose to suffer through trees and up mountains. There is nothing more profound than this feeling, nothing like it in the world.

Day 6 (part 3): Games with PC and BSF by Sid

Today in the afternoon our BBNT community met up with Park City and BSF (Bozeman) to play some fun games such as basketball and soccer to get some exercise. All of the teams met up at a small playground in the middle of Red Lodge. First we lined up in alphabetical order from first name and divided everyone into 4 total teams. After that, we sent teams 1 and 3 to go play soccer against each other and sent 2 and 4 to play basketball. Over the time all of the teams were together we all made new friends and some of us strengthened our bonds with one another with the people we already knew. My team didn’t do so hot in the mini competition because we lost all of our games but at least everyone was outside getting sunshine and socializing rather than playing on their phones inside and not being social. I’m pretty proud of myself because I stuffed Ted about two times when he was going up for a layup in basketball. But Ted Yewer also contested me in the game. Also Ted and Kade Aldrich teamed up and sandwiched people to get the ball back. Especially me because I was one of the better ones on my team and I had the ball a lot. When my team played Jackson Neuhoff and Abram Brown they played really hard and whenever Jackson received the ball from a rebound he would chuck it to Abram and they would score almost every time they did that. Those were basically the highlights of the day that was spent with the other teams.

Beartooth Camp Days 1-3

Read on for the athletes' experiences on the first three days of the training camp: 


Day 1: Rendezvous Run by Maya

Running down Tele Hill

Running down Tele Hill


It is important to see the same thing through different lenses sometimes. And since I have only seen the Rendezvous Trails through winter lenses, it made me have a double take when we ran through them a few days ago. In the summer Tele Hill seems a little less menacing, while in the winter we have all had a moment that we almost (or did) had a crash and burn from gravity pulling us quickly down. In summer you don’t worry about the hills quite as much, but the bugs really were a different story.  It took me a moment to realize how wet that area is, even if there isn’t still water, the ground is wet enough to harvest a swarm of skeeters. When you stop running if even for a moment, skeeters swarm any exposed skin and leave you smacking your body frantically. 
But there is something different about the arena in the summer that isn’t quite as unique in the winter. The way the sunlight dances through the trees onto the ground, and the smell of wildflowers makes it more of a calm place. And in the winter the arena seems to be in a somewhat constant stream of tense anticipation, from shots being fired at the range, to a race or sprints about to begin. So on the run I saw a place through opposite lenses. 
An interesting thing we saw on our run ( not myself I am yet to see a one a BBNT training camp) was a bear. Apparently this furry creature when it saw us sat down and and peered back. Luc describes it as a : “ cartoon-like cuteness.” However following this pleasant encounter, Jackson Daniels went on to say almost endlessly about how he could “ definitely take on that bear”. Which after much contemplation as a team, later the next day Emma decided we couldn’t talk about any hypothetical bear-human fights whatsoever. And our attention was diverted to wildabeasts (aka bison), who were a frequent sight on our way to Red Lodge.
At the end of our run we had to gather wood to burn so we could make dinner. But the unfortunate thing about this is that the skeeters has followed us up until this point and the chance to slow down and throughly look for wood was no longer an option. For a few frantic minutes we gathered as quickly as we could and chucked it into the van, but the parasites would not let us part. And once we were in the van a good chunk of the swarm had been trapped in the van with us. Next we were smacking the windows aggressively. When the water had finally settled and the panic gone, the windows were tastefully decorates with the smushed bodies of skeeters up against the windows.


Day 2: Yellowstone Day by Elise


After a night of camping we woke up at 6:00, and got on the road at 6:40, heading to Yellowstone National Park for a run. Before running we walked the boardwalks around Grand Prismatic getting us inspired to further explore the park. We were out for over two hours, traveling 10 miles and visiting three sites along the trail including: Fairy Falls, Spurt Geyser and Imperial Geyser. The first site we reached was Fairy Falls. We had a fellow tourist take a photo of us in front of the waterfall.

And the run continued leading us along a boiling creek. Large bones sat on the shore and large clouds of steam loomed ahead. Spurt was off in the distance spraying a small fountain of water into the air. Imperial was a two minute journey from Spurt. We ran up to find it spraying water high in the air splashing back down into a large pool. Mud pots bubbled nearby which was immensely entertaining to us. We ran along a trail of switchbacks until we could see the fields and geysers below. Running back we stopped at everything again to take it all. Ending where we started hungry for both lunch and more park adventures.


Day 2: Yellowstone part 2 by Luc

  On Friday, following our awesome run, we had the chance to experience Old Faithful go off. It was absolutely amazing! I’d always thought that Old Faithful was the only geyser around there, but I was way wrong. The team walked around the boardwalks and got to see so many different kinds of geysers. There were small and bubbling ones, to ones that would go off relatively quickly and went pretty high. My personal favorite was the Beehive Geyser. Although we didn’t get to see it go off, the sign about it told us that it could go up to 200 feet in the air! The geysers weren’t the only things there, though. There were a handful of hot springs and pools around the entire area, filling up the spaces that geysers wouldn’t go. 
  After we got our fill of geysers, we drove an hour to The Yellowstone Falls, an impressive waterfall in the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River. People were getting vertigo looking over the brink of this waterfall bacause of how high it was. On the sides of the fall, there was still snow, despite the 80 degree temperatures. Not being too afraid of heights, I was able to get some pretty nice pictures of the fall up close and from far away, both looking amazing. 
  Having these experiences on our second day was a good sign of the things that are to come on this trip. Looking at the house we are staying at and the mountains above us, I am super excited to see what happens to us next!

Day 3 by Ted

After getting to the house late last night the coaches let us sleep in this morning (a very welcome but rare occurrence on training camps) after a late breakfast of eggs, potatoes and sausage we geared up for a 2 hour classic rollerski. The ski started in rolling farmland and we were followed by a herd of cows for a few minutes before heading up a gradual uphill, little did we know that on the other side of this peaceful hill loomed a massive downhill that surely would bring road rash and bruises to many. Luckily Wilson was ahead of us and was able to save us from our impending doom by driving us to the next flat. When we got out we had left farmland behind and were now enveloped on all sides by picturesque mountains. A roaring river snaked along the road providing a relaxing soundtrack to the rest of the ski. As we skied we ventured
further and further into the mountains and into a steep valley with incredible scenery. By the end of the ski we were all in awe of our incredible surroundings and many of us wanted to keep skiing. But with coaches promises of returning to the same road very soon we all piled into the van and drove to the river to soak our feet. It was definitely one of the most beautiful skis we have done in my recent memory and i can’t wait to get back out there.

Umatilla Camp

We started our day off driving to Oregon. Along the way we stopped on the Anthony Lakes Highway, for a distance rollerski. I started off feeling good and Wilson had told us the farthest could go was 26 miles, I set a goal for 18 miles. It was definitely the longest rollerski I have ever done, and with Emma as a ski buddy I was able to reach my goal. I in total skied 30 km, I was really happy to have reached a big goal. Being able to go on these trips brings a lot of great memories and achievements. - Elise


On the first afternoon we went for a short run fairly close go the house and got to see some pretty sweet scenery as we ran along a creek and passed an abandoned house some were even lucky enough to see a black bear. Most of the group turned back to play camouflage, a game similar to kick the can or hide and go seek while a few of us decided to run for longer and ended up running in the dark while we screamed and clapped to avoid another bear encounter even though we are pretty sure we could've fought it. All in all it was really fun to get to run and enjoy a change in scenery from the usual sagebrush and grass in Boise to the big pine trees and cooler temps in Oregon and I really enjoyed getting some solid training in with the team - Ted


This morning was a very painfully morning. We had to do intervals. Not just any intervals, but bounding intervals. For guidelines that have never been out bounding its like running but 50 times as hard, because there is jumping and poles involved. We had to do a new set of intervals 5,6,7, 8 minute. It was brutal. Although we struggled to accomplish these we are better skiers now we have had the experience of these brutal intervals. -Jackson

On Friday afternoon we went for a classic specific strength rollerski on Elkhorn Drive Scenic Byway. It was a beautiful road perfect for rollerskiing. With rolling hills and the changing needles of Tamarack pine trees (trust me I didn't know that was a thing either) it made for a nice ski. The best part about the ski was probably the random signs that kept on popping up along the road. One simply said, "Goats on the Road" and to our dismay, there were no goats on the road other than maybe us, since you could argue we were the Greatest Of All Time rollerskiers on that road. Another sign simply said trucks with no indication of where trucks could pull out of slow down or anything else. We concluded the ski with a number of kids trying to ski down to the van because apparently Wilson was never going to come back for them. Immediately after our rollerski we headed to Olive Lake to find some crawdads. -Sofi

On day two we went crew fishing. Fairly chilly, and the ground was very deceiving. It was a gamble stepping in most places because it you couldn't be sure if your foot could stink deep into the mud. Towards the end my shoe was not secured to the point were the suction sucked it off my foot and deep into the mud. That was fun. Anyway crawfish population was a tad scarce this year, and a bit more chilly than usual. But with the frequent comments coming from Abram and Ted kept it quite entertaining. Fishing for crawfish isn't like usual fishing, and I'm not saying this cause sticking your hand into a murky hole and debating what might latch on to your hand. No it's different because, at least every time you go crawfishing you use at least one person's water bottle too hold crawdads, in this case we used mine. It will take several washes to get the taste of Olive Lake out of it. At least I will have something to remember Umatilla 2017 by. - Maya


The best part about the hike we went on was potentially the first dump of snow of the year. Having renaud's, my hands got a wee bit chilled, but overall it was really fun hike to go on. Everyone got a lil bit spooked by the snowstorm, but we handled it perfectly and only semi-froze our hands. -Luc



Today I went for a bike ride because I hurt my ankle weeks before the camp. I started out my bike ride with the sun poking though the clouds I thought to my self "dang it going to be a nice day" because it rained the night before. But man was I wrong... So I started my bike ride and about 2 hours in it started to rain, then it started to snow, sleet, and hail. Lucky I brought my coat and put it on. The rest of the ride was pretty nice despite the rain and snow. In the end I ended up doing 75 miles. Overall I got to see many beautiful miles of the Umatilla national forest. -James Roloff



After our hike, a few of us decided to go for a short run. Our plan was to be out for an hour, giving us another 30 minutes to get ready to chow down on some chili. (The onions were fantastic but I'm still waiting on any sort of appreciation). Anyways on to the run. We began by exploring a trail behind the house which, after 20 minutes of scrambling through the undergrowth, led us to nearly the exact place we started. Feeling less than confident in our orienteering abilities, we decided to stick to running on a dirt road with no turn offs. 40 minutes later, the cool air, fresh with the smell of rain, led us back to some delicious chili.


It had been doing any sort of frozen precipitating since we started. As it started to turn to snow and stick to the trees the view became quite a sight. It wasn't until we hit the highpoint that being sopping wet became worth it. Now the road had some snow stuck to it too, and the decent became a snow slushfest party. -Abram:-)


This trip was a great experience, I got to try a few new things. But the best one would be the bounding intervals. It kicked my but, but everybody just gave their all and did great. -Cicily


Ruby Mountain Camp

 When we arrived to the Ruby Mountains Sunday afternoon, it was drizzling rain.  We were all super excited to start off our rollerski in some cooler weather.  As we started heading up Lomoille Canyon, we got to enjoy some spectacular views throughout our workout. After around 30 minutes of easy skiing, we broke up into groups for some speeds. Right as we finishing up the workout, it started pouring rain. After a few weeks of constantly feeling hot, it was pretty great to be painfully cold again. The weather cleared up after a little while, and we got to enjoy some sun later in the afternoon. The training camp is off to a great start!


(Peak way in the distance, toward the left, is Mt Fitzgerald!)

(Peak way in the distance, toward the left, is Mt Fitzgerald!)

Once back to camp, warmed up, dinner cooked, and eaten; it was time for firewood collecting and exploring. We pulled off at a lookout point, on the old glacial valley, and started right up a steep bush ridden hill. After hiking for several minutes to a plateau, we spotted a grove of trees that we were enthralled to go explore. Continuing up the hill we clambered onto a granite slab, part of the team took in the sunset on the slab while Abram, Mac, Thomas, Colin, and Luke climbed the hill higher towards the grove of trees and a dry waterfall. Upon arrival at the grove of trees, they discovered a hidden cave, not craters of the moon size, however sufficient enough to house multiple bats. Towards nightfall the crew began separately making their way down the hill, firewood sticks in hand. Just as the moon arose from behind towering mountains, the final flame building material was being loaded. Off the van drove back into the canyon back to the comfort of camp and Oreos.

-Abram/ Thomas

On our first full day in the Ruby Mountains we started off our day with what was originally supposed to be a run but resulted in more of a combo hike/run. Last year we had come down the trail we ran up this year and thought it to be a pretty manageable uphill, when in fact it was a bit too steep for our liking. Due to the snow (we're assuming) the wildflowers and brambly bushes grew very long and in turn blocked the trail, resulting in quite a few scratches with some stinging nettle mixed in on our legs and hands. Nevertheless, the hike/run was beautiful, with the stunning mountains in the background and purple, yellow and red flowers in the foreground. I hope this hike will be one we repeat for years to come.
Sofi Serio

So, bounding intervals. Oh man, what a workout. When Wilson told us to get ready for bounding, I thought to myself, "Well great..." We got to bound all the way to Lake Lamoille, where we, as a few, got to swim in a snowmelt lake. Chilly! After we got out of the lake we had a nice little snack before returning to the van to go home. It was pretty tiring!


After trekking through fields of rocks and around Snow Lake Peak we reached an area that took our breath away. We ate lunch and one crew decided to keep on hiking with Wilson, while Emma took a group down the Thomas Canyon descent. Down climbing into the canyon was a mixture between crawling and miniature rock slides. The huge slabs of rock that were like a blanket to the canyon served as stairs and trails until we reached the designated trail. All that lied between us and the trail was cluster of baby trees and various wildflowers. We ate a snack and were off to an adventure.  Once we had made it through the bushes we were ecstatic at the sight of a trailhead sign, something we hadn't seen for hours. As we headed down everybody's ankles took some damage from either unstable rocks or just general lack of attention. As we reached the parking lot of the Thomas campground sounds of relief and joy echoed throughout the canyon. The plan was for Wilson and crew to get the van then pick us up. We took our packs and made them into pillows and settled in.  Thankfully it was short wait and when Wilson picked us up in the van we were gassed from the hike but still in awe from the amazing day. Hope

We started our hike in sights to make it to the summit of Mt Fitzgerald. At the start of the trail was nice and smooth until we got to this very steep scree field that led to a ridge where we ate lunch and split into two groups. One group went to the summit and the other down. The summit group made it Fitz Gerald's spectacular summit. After the long day both groups had had an adventure.



The last rollerski of the camp began with sleepy eyes and distributes moans as Wilson let Eddie into the tents. After eating breakfast we fastened our boots and set out towards the parking lot at the top of the hill. Once there Wilson guided us through about 30 minutes of agility, many of the exercises offering lots of opportunity to crash and burn. And sure enough, within 10 minutes of starting four people had tasted fate in the form of cold, hard asphalt. It was great to rollerski on new terrain and the unique agility course utilized it fully. Up next was a ski from the bottom of the road up to our campground.

To close the door to this superb training camp in the Ruby Mountains, the team drove near Wells, Nevada to go on a run. The van ride was going smoothly until we were stopped by construction where we had to wait for a very long time. Finally they let us through, however, we were following a guide car so we drove really slowly. We eventually came to the pullout next to where the trailhead was located. We all jumped out of the van and started off. The trail was very difficult for most for it was really steep in both directions. Also, some of us were the unfortunate recipients of running on land that was open to cattle (Mac Wirth's shoe got the best of it). For about half the team, our bodies reached a limit and we decided to turn around. For the 6 of us remaining, including Wilson, we eventually came upon Winchell Lake for which was our final destination after 50 minutes of running. Like after most runs, we were hot and sweaty and this alpine lake was cold which gave us reason to jump in. The bottom of the lake was full of soft silt and plant life which gave us a good foot massage while we were cooling ourselves off. Some of us even took liberty to help the abundant Dragon Fly population in the lake by rescuing them from the water and putting them on plants where they could easily find a mate. Kudos to Abram who did swim across the lake. It was eventually time to quit our little oasis and we returned back to the van where we found the rest of our teammates and Eddy.


One of the most fun parts of the trip was the ride back on the van. Everyone was playing songs and listening to blaring music. Then the one song that everyone knew and loved (There taking the hobbits to Isengard) started playing. After it was done everyone started laughing until Emma started the song over again. After that we played the song over and over...


U15 Camp

When I tell the kiddos how to write their trip reports I tell them that instead of just saying what happened they should tell a story. The U15 camp was all about going with the flow and never being afraid to try plan-b.

As most of you know, the U15 camp was slated to return to the Elks Flat Campground on the South Fork of the Boise River... Flooding and high water forced our hand to finding a new campground - and that turned into a huge bonus for us. While the South Fork was a beautiful location Soldier Mountain had a number of strengths that outweighed the beauty of the South Fork.

The first of those benefits was the excellent trails right from the campground. On our first and last day we headed out straight from the campground for ~1 hr runs.

On that first run I offered to take the group wanting more than just a 45 minute out and back to come with me on an "adventure" (this group hasn't yet learned that going on an "adventure" with me is always a foolish endeavor). This particular excursion took us through a freezing mountain stream, to the top of a ski area, and "Norwegian off-roading" through the woods.

The afternoon of our busy day-1 was the first time on rollerskis for a number of athletes. Getting on rollerskis for the first time in a season (or a lifetime) is a pretty challenging task. Everyone stepped up in a big-way, and pushed through even when the skills seemed to come more easily to other teammates.


Day 2 was another lesson in going on adventures with Wilson. The night before while looking at the map with the other coaches I spotted a high-point called Sydney Butte that wasn't too far from some hot springs. There was no trail to the top, but there were some old logging roads that went most of the way up...

We finished the camp with a run (believe it or not, there was another freezing creek crossing! - Are you sensing a theme?) and then we drove to the Pine/Featherville road for a final rollerski. The pavement and views were incredible, but cars that were in a hurry to get on vacation took some of the fun out of the experience (the kids were awesome about skiing single file and stepping off the road whenever someone yelled "car back" I've actually never seen a group do it so well - is this a skill that skiers lose as the spend more time on rollerskis?!?!)

All-in-all this was an incredibly successful trip. It's so fun to watch these kids pick up on the parts of the nordic-skier lifestyle that make it so fun for me. I can't wait to climb more mountains with these kiddos!

Check out the video recap below:

Truckee Day 7

Ted Yewer - 

Nordic skiing in June is pretty special, not many people can say they've done it. But DOWNHILL SKIING at Squaw in June is on a whole other level of awesome. When we got to the parking lot you could feel the excitement in the air. After suiting up we all made a beeline for the lifts. It was shaping up to be a great day of spring/summer shredding but then Wilson laid our previously unknown dilemma on us "guys the lifts close at two" almost simultaneously we all checked out watches and to our dismay we saw a 1:00 looking back at us. The following events can be summed up as an all out sprint to get as many runs in as possible in the hour we had. We ended up getting quite a few runs in, I can't remember the total number but it was pretty astonishing that we got as many as we did. Overall it was a crazy good day of skiing which will definitely be one of the highlights of my trip.

Elise Hegerle

Saturday morning we arrived at the Auburn Ski Club for our sprint races. We skied up to one of the highest points and took team photos before splitting up to do our warmups. I skied into the stadium and was told who my relay partner was and then awaited the race start. As I was waiting I started talking to a couple of the girls in my race and as we tagged off to our teammates we continued talking. After the race we went and cooled down together and shared our information with each other. We kept talking and decided to ski a bonus round of the race as partners. I really enjoyed getting to meet new people and going on these trips we get that opportunity. Going on ski trips we get to travel to new places and meet new people and it really makes a hard week of training fun.

Truckee Days 5/6


Jackson Daniels:

After waking up at 6:00 am we ate pancakes  and departed to go crust skiing. It took a while to arrive at the meadows in which we were crust Skiing at, but once we arrived it was very windy. I was super stoked to go skiing off trail. I threw my skis on before I could go to the base of the large hill. As soon as I got my skis on I grinded to catch up with everyone. The skiing was sketchy because there were holes in the ground and I have never nordic skied on unleveled ground (Coaches note: these were "sun cups" the sun melts and causes divots in the snow - when they're small they aren't a big deal, once they get big (these were 10-20 inches deep) it becomes pretty much impossible to ski on...). When we turned a corner I saw a giant hole in the ground I went to take a look. What I saw was super cool. Running water had made a tunnel and once the weather warmed the snow became heavier and the tunnel collapsed. What I was looking at was the remains of this occurrence. I decided the ruins of the tunnel was a good spot to do ski tricks. I went to the opposite side that I was looking from to get a good running start to complete my line. I hit a drop and turned right and jumped a crack and almost crashed into the stream. I did the same line twice then decided to see what other lines I could hit before we leave. I ski up to Ted and listen to what he and Kade were talking about. They pointed another line that had two decent sized humps. I bolted down and hit the line they pointed out to me. I was going fast. I hit the first jump I see a rock so I turn to my left mid air and run into a snowbank and I break my right ski. I then walked back to the van with Aliya. Although I broke a ski I had a good time while it lasted.


Kade Aldrich:

The shortened crust ski of the morning left us all anxious for something more to do that afternoon. And with upwards of 4 hours of downtime ahead of us, we quickly got bored. Aliya suggested that we go thrift shopping (something we had talked about doing earlier that week) and everyone jumped on the idea with zest. We perused the thrift shops clothing section for a solid half hour, looking mainly for Hawaiian shirts to ski in the next day. I happened to find a long sleeved silk shirt and a 79 cent gold chain. As we exited the store Wilson mentioned that he had a surprise adventure for us. On the drive back to the house our curiosity strengthened when he said to bring cold weather gear but that we didn't need running shoes. Appropriately equipped, we set off. When the van reached the Sugar Bowl Academy's parking lot, we got out and began to hike up a large rock outcrop towards an ominous looking train tunnel. I expected that we would turn around when we reached it but to my surprise, Wilson continued walking, heading into the tunnel. It was amazing to see the intricacies of its construction along with the incredible graffiti that masked most of it. About 20 minutes in, the darkness got to the point where we needed lights to see protruding rocks and the snowmelt covering the floor. Every once in a while someone (Jackson and Collin) would jump out from a hole in the wall and thoroughly scare everyone else, adding to the edge that comes from walking in an abandoned train tunnel. Upon returning to the van, the conversations about the walk continued all the way into the next day.



Colin Poly:

Today started when Wilson released Eddy into everyone's room to wake us up (Jackson Daniels was particularly happy when Eddy sneezed in his face). We then ate sausage and pineapple from a pineapple platter that looked like it could be featured on Edible Creations all cooked and prepared by Wilson. For the second time this training camp, the team classic skied on the trails at Auburn Ski Club. We did a distance ski with 20 speeds throughout our workout. The conditions were not as spectacular as the previous days because it was raining and hailing but the Hawaiian shirts worn by all eleven of us made up for it.

(Coaches Update - while the weather wasn't as good as the previous days, it was actually killer classic skiing on swix universal klister. Given the warm temps and rain it was spectacular!)


Abram Brown:

Today we went for a run on the trails behind the North Tahoe High School. They were killer trails that were way wide so it was really easy to run as a group with both the Auburn Ski Club and the Boulder Nordic Ski Team. I managed to find my way up to the top of the trails. Resting right above the trails rests a bench with a picture perfect view of Lake Tahoe. Right as I sat down the sun split the clouds like a ski through powder. Nothing beats a view of lake Tahoe like that.


Truckee Update day 3/4

Sam Benzing

Wednesday afternoon most of the boys headed out to swim in Donner Lake while a small group of us put on rollerskis and skied around the the Donner Lake neighborhoods. The skate rollerski was a great chance to work on technique and transfer what we have been practicing on snow the last few days onto rollerskis. 

The next five months will be filled with skiing on pavement so having the opportunity to ski on snow and rollerski in one day was unique and for many of us it was our first experience of doing both in one day. Once we got over the initial awkward feeling of rolling across pavement we were able to focus on getting out over our skis and keeping our upper body stable. 

The end of the day marked halfway through the camp and we all celebrated by ending the day with roasted marshmallows! 

Jackson Neuhoff

We started out the day by going for a skate ski. We worked on double pole, teli-turns, and other technique oriented things. We then had a relaxing few hours at the house. For the second half of the day the team split up. Some went roller skiing while I and most of the boys went swimming in Donner Lake. The water was cold, but it was enjoyable over all. We then returned to the house for the night. 



Tuesday started with bacon, eggs, and a skate ski. The biggest advantage of skating over classic was that on Auburn Ski Club's hilly trails at 7200ft it was much easier to ski "easy" than it was on classic skis. We did a very similar workout to our classic ski - one-pole skiing on both sides, and no pole skiing. Afterward we skied in groups and worked on tempo changes.

In the afternoon we met up with a few athletes from the Boulder Junior Nordic Race Team to run the Rubicon trail along lake Tahoe. I dropped the kids at the start of the run and then drove the shuttle. Turns out Eddyline (assistant coach/ dog) wasn't allowed on the trail which was a pretty big letdown. A few kids jumped in the lake.


Truckee Updates (Day 1/2)

From Aliya Brown -

Today, we went on our first classic ski at Auburn Ski Club.  The snow conditions were better than we ever could’ve hoped for in June, and the clear skies made it even better.  The transition from rollerskis back to snow can be a little tricky, especially on classic rollerskis, so we did a lot of work on single poling and no poling.  We also did a couple of “super scurries”, and at least one person wiped out each time.  After all of our technique work, we decided to head out and tack on a few more hours with a distance ski.  Most of us have never skied here, so it was super fun to explore the trails and get some great training in!  Some of us skied for as long as two and a half hours, so we’re off to a great start with reaching our goals for hours this week.  All of us were really excited to be back on snow, and it was great to see that positive attitude throughout the morning. 


From Sofi Serio 

After our 9 hour van drive to Truckee, complete with a unremarkable hour long stop at Winco in which Eddy and I bonded for a little too long, we made our way to a trail called Coldstream, which was part-road part-trail. We went for a moderate run, featuring a small lake located in the middle of the trail-road, with the trail also featuring a small RV park. The most exciting part of the run was when we were doing strength adjacent to a campground and a little boy asked us what we were doing. The conversation essentially summed up what people think when they see us out and about training. The conversation went as follows;

 Little Boy: "What are you guys doing?"

 Wilson: "Working out." 


W: "For fun."

 LB: "For fun?"

It's hard to believe, right?


The second run of our trip consisted of a trail with rocks placed in just the right way that if you weren't extremely focused on the ground, you would certainly break your ankles. This run exceeded the sights of the first run, with trees shading the trail and trees surrounding us in mountainous ranges. We learned the hard way today that it is REALLY important to wash your hands before touching or handling food, especially after taking care of business. Over half the team had to pay an uncomfortable trip to the woods during some point in the run to take care of some uncontrollable business, or as Wilson calls it, the effects of fecal oral contamination. 

It remains to be seen what Truckee holds for us this week, but we all really hope the second run doesn't repeat itself ever again.



When folks talk about nordic skiing often community or team rank as the most important piece. I've always felt really lucky that I've been a part of so many great communities and so many great teams.

This week we opened up our team to a larger portion of the Boise nordic community, and I think that it may be just the beginning of something huge.


kids leading dynamic stretching

kids leading dynamic stretching

The junior team joined our masters group for intervals on the elephant rock trail. The energy that the kids brought to the workout completely changed the dynamic for our masters. The larger group, and fact that these masters were 3-4 times older (and still getting after it!) completely changed the dynamic for the kids. 

It was especially cool to see kids teamed up with their parents on these relay-style intervals.

post intervals

post intervals

After the intervals we returned to Fort Boise for strength in the park. Again i think the masters were surprised by the energy these kids brought to strength. It's important to focus when you need to focus, but it's also pretty cool to be laughing while doing something as painful and mind-numbing as push-ups.


This is something we're going to do again...


Here in Boise we are at quite a low elevation compared to our Intermountain competitors. The way that we trained last year (and I suspect for many years in the past) that has been a disadvantage for BBNT. We train just like the rest of intermountain - with a focus on building the biggest engine that we possibly can. 

This year we're turning that disadvantage into an advantage - we're putting all of that extra air to work and focusing on our speed - footspeed, skate speed, striding speed, double pole speed. I don't think that a week has gone by this summer without a short speed session. Last week we did three (and a half if you count our agility session). There are no secrets in XC skiing, and our goal this winter is to be FAST!

Watch out!

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