upcoming trips

adventure running clinic

empower yourself to run through big landscapes with this two-session clinic

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October 3rd and 5th, 2019


Brought to you by Territory Run Co - this alpenflo experience is free!

Are you curious about the amazing adventure running the Pacific Northwest has to offer, but been stymied by a lack of good information, knowledge, or confidence? Maybe fears of getting lost, or uncertainties about how to find water or plan your nutrition has kept you from getting deep in the mountains. Perhaps you’ve raced a few trail races, but are unsure how to make the leap from an event to an adventure run of your own design.

This is the place to learn the fundamentals of adventure running in a safe, supportive, and collaborative environment.

You’ll come away from the weekend with a solid understanding of the steps needed to plan your own adventure run including finding the right run for you, getting the maps and navigation apps you need, food/water/equipment considerations, and how to navigate back to your route should you get lost. The goal of this course is to empower you with knowledge and skills to safely take on on bigger and more adventurous runs of your own.

alpenflo experiences prioritize humility, support for one another, and respect for the natural world. alpenflo and Territory will select five motivated and passionate individuals from our community to help develop the alpenflo project. All you have to do is bring a positive attitude, complete a short survey and provide feedback on the experience.


Some experience necessary! To get the most out of this trip, you’ll need to be able to run 15-20 miles in a mountain environment (with ample breaks for snacks and water). This clinic will be presented rain or shine and participants should be prepared for a long day in inclement weather. This clinic is ideal for people with prior running experience who are looking to broaden their backcountry travel skills. You’ll need to provide your own equipment including running gear, food, and a compass.

If you have questions about the trip feel free to contact me, and if you’re interested in being notified of future trips please sign up to receive alpenflo updates.


Thursday October 3rd, 6-9pm (Great Notion Brewing, NW Portland)

We’ll meet and get to know each other in a relaxed pub in NW Portland. This is a safe place where we’ll share our intentions for the course and address any group concerns before moving on to discussing the nuts and bolts of adventure running.

Saturday October 5th, 7am-8pm (meet at Clearing Cafe in NW Portland, Travel to Mt. Hood Wilderness or similar, condition dependant)

We’ll meet at the Clearing Cafe, where we’ll review our trip preparation and our intentions for the day over coffee. We’ll arrange carpools and head for the Mt. Hood Wilderness area (or similar, condition dependent), where we’ll spend a full day exploring some beautiful PNW trails.


  • Safety considerations including risk assessment and evaluation of objective hazards

  • Backcountry trip planning (determining your intention, route design, gear selection, and much more)

  • On and off-trail navigation

  • supplies to support your experience - food, water, clothing systems

  • Tips and techniques for creating your ideal backcountry experience

You Provide:

  • A positive attitude, willingness to learn and help others

  • Gear and fitness for a 15-20 mile run in mountain terrain

  • Transportation to Great Notion Brewing (evening session) and the trailhead (up to 2hrs from Portland, we’ll carpool as much as possible)

Cost: free! - This $300 experience is being offered for no charge. alpenflo is in the design phase, and you’ll be an integral part of building it. Instead of money, you’ll help me develop alpenflo by testing this experience. Your contribution will be limited to a couple of surveys and a review. Simple. I want to teach, and I want your feedback.

Your Guide: JT Lehman is an experienced and accomplished backcountry traveler, trail-runner, and ski-mountaineer. For his qualifications and experience, see his guide resume, he’s not a bad guy to hang out with, either:

Great course! Thank you, JT, you have a very inclusive and educational manner and you’re a great leader for this type of trip.
— Alec D, Portland
I’d totally recommend this course to all my trail-running friends, JT was competant, knowledgable, and a joy to spend time on (and off) trail with!
— Shawn D, Portland
JT Lehman en route to winning the 2019 Wy’East Howl 50k, photo Steven Mortinson

JT Lehman en route to winning the 2019 Wy’East Howl 50k, photo Steven Mortinson