Valérie Bélanger

Chief Nomade, Trail Running Guide

After realising that office work wasn't her cup of tea, Valerie left the conventional 9-to-5 to pursue a career as an adventure travel guide for reputable tour operators. She is the founder of Nomade actif, and her office is now the great outdoors, where she accompanies her guests with professionalism, expertise and “joie de vivre”. Her knowledge of the natural environment and her passion for physical activity make her a versatile guide, able to talk about glacier retreat as much as sports nutrition and training strategies. In her spare time, she loves to plan her own adventures. For a good laugh, ask her about a certain mountain marathon in Scotland!

Profile

  • Certified Running Coach (Courseàpied.ca)
  • Wilderness First Responder (WMA)
  • Wilderness Leadership Certificate (Capilano University)
  • Summer Mountain Leader (Mountain Training UK)
  • Leave No Trace Ambassador (Leave No Trace Canada)
  • Member of Association des guides professionnels en tourisme d'aventure (AGPTA)

Emmanuel Daigle

Trail Running Guide

Emmanuel has been guiding high altitude expeditions for over 20 years. He is also an instructor, speaker, columnist, author, and outdoor gear tester. Having climbed numerous peaks, including Denali, Aconcagua, and Kilimandjaro, he considers that no sport challenge is insurmountable if you prepare seriously. To prove it, he once ran 24 hours non-stop as part of his own personal "Forrest Gump challenge". Manu knows how to balance effort and enjoyment when guiding. Camaraderie and having fun while learning come first in his mind. As he puts it, "the success of an expedition is measured in bursts of laughter."

Profile

  • Author of Haute altitude, du trek à l'expédition
  • Founder of Académie Haute Montagne
  • Wilderness First Aid Instructor (Sirius)
  • BLS, AED, FA, AP Instructor (Heart & Stroke Foundation)
  • Coaching, Nutrition, and Global Health (Institut Axellite)
  • Avalanche Skills, Level 1 (Canadian Avalanche Association)
  • Mountaineering Course (Yamnuska)

Jean-Louis Doss

Trail Running Guide

One of Jean-Louis' latest adventures: 160 km of cross-country skiing in 2 days at the Canadian Ski Marathon. Needless to say, he is physically and mentally prepared for anything the trails might throw at him. He has run pretty much all distances possible and is currently training for 80 km and 100 km events. For Jean-Louis, trail running is “pretty much like a hike, only a bit faster”. His favorite playground, Parc régional de Val-David, is a few hundred meters from his house. You will find him running there summer and winter, rain or shine.

Profile

  • Wilderness First Aid Training (Sirius)
  • 1500 days of experience as an adventure travel guide
  • More than 17 years of experience in adventure tour supervision, logistical support, and route design
  • Certified Coach, Level II, Programme national de certification des entraîneurs (Sports Québec)

Marie-Andrée Fortin

Trail Running Guide

A graduate in Education and Adventure Tourism, Marie-Andrée finds happiness in discovering different cultures around the world. From long winter expeditions to running down the Kilimandjaro, she specializes as a guide on active adventures with emphasis on contemplating the natural environment and understanding the local culture. She currently lives in Nunavik, where her daily life is made of trail running, skiing, fatbiking, and joering. Her organization skills are legend, as well as her contagious lust for adventure and travel.

Profile

  • Wilderness First Aid Instructor (Sirius)
  • Adventure Travel Guide Diploma (Cégep Saint-Laurent)
  • Member of Association des guides professionnels en tourisme d'aventure (AGPTA)
  • Expedition member at Projet Karibu (winter 2014)
  • Speaker and Ambassador for persistence in school
  • Cofounder of ski clubs in Nunavik

Valérie Gagné

Trail Running Guide

An all-around athlete (rowing, cross-country skiing, cross-country, triathlon, canoe-kayak, swimming), Valerie took up with running again in 2014, during an expedition in the Atacama desert in Chile. There she ran the equivalent of one marathon per day, six days in a row. The event sparked a passion that has since led to many running challenges. Her most recent adventure: a 7-day 250-km self-supported race on Big Island in Hawaii. As an adventure travel guide and soon-to-be physical education teacher, Valerie sees running as an opportunity to push her limits, but most importantly as a platform to educate and inspire others to make positive changes in their lifestyle. Her favorite quote: "Alone we go faster, together we go further".

Profile

  • Athlete on Skechers Performance Canada's long distance running team
  • National level athlete in cross-country skiing and rowing
  • Head coach for the Nunavik-Québec cross-country skiing team at the Arctic Winter Games in Greeland (2015-2016)
  • Wilderness First Aid Training (Sirius)
  • Ambassador of the Impossible2Possible Foundation

Philippe Robert

Trail Running Guide

Philippe was drawn by physical activity and adventure from a young age. He embarked on his career in the field after earning a BA in Adventure and Outdoor Guiding from the UQAC, where he gained solid expertise in the great outdoors. Fuelled by a challenge, he is a keen trail runner, climber, mountaineer, and backcountry skier. These activities are also a launching pad for his love of travel. A good listener and strong believer in shared experiences, he enjoys expeditions in excellent company. Among his next challenges are completing an 80-km trail race, exploring the great Canadian west, and reaching heights of over 4000 meters.

Profile

  • Athlete and Blogger at Philikearunner.com
  • Bachelor's Degree, Adventure and Outdoor Guiding (UQAC)
  • Wilderness First Aid Training (Sirius)
  • Mountaineering Training (Attitude montagne)

Anthony Touche

Marketing Consultant

Born in the French Alps, Anthony naturally feels at home in the great outdoors. After completing a master's degree in sports science, he went on to explore new horizons in Québec. That’s where he discovered trail running, which has become an essential part of his active lifestyle. Anthony is always on the lookout for new playgrounds – fortunately for him, there is no shortage of that in La Belle Province! His current training routine involves a different challenge every month ─ sprints, long runs, on foot or on a bike ─ on a crescendo that will eventually lead to an Ironman.

Profile

  • Master's Degree, Management des services du tourisme sportif (Université de Montpellier)
  • Over 4 years of experience in designing tours and managing logistics in the adventure travel industry

Kate Ayres

Trail Running Guide - England

A keen mountaineer, Kate spends most of her time in the outdoors, climbing British and European mountains on behalf of Mountain Journeys, a guiding service that she runs with her husband in the Lake Disctrict. She holds the UK Mountain Leader and Single Pitch Climbing Awards, and is a UK Athletics fell-running coach for the junior section of her running club, which she set up several years ago. Kate aims to give you a safe and enjoyable time, sharing with you her skills and enthusiasm for the mountains. She is pictured above with Don, her favorite trail running partner.

Carlos Sá

Trail Running Guide - Portugal

Carlos was only 13 years old when he finished his first half-marathon in 1:26. As a young adult, he devoted himself to mountaineering, climbing several peaks in the Andes and the Alps. In order to train properly for these ascents, he started running in the mountains. That's where he got hooked on trail running. Since 2008, he runs ultratrails and continuously ranks among the best. His greatest achievements include winning Badwater Ultramarathon in 2013, a 217 km race in Death Valley, California, one of the hottest places on Earth. In Portugal, Carlos is the organizer of several trail events in Peneda-Gerês. Here's your chance to explore this unique area with one of its best ambassadors.

Marko Herman

Trail Running Guide - Croatia

A certified kinesiologist, Marko needs only a trail and a pair of running shoes to be happy. Although he was born in Dubrovnik, he spent most of his childhood on the Pelješac peninsula, an area known for its spectacular trails. In recent years, he has participated in over ten ultratrail events and countless shorter races. He is course director at Dalmacija Ultratrail, whose very first edition in 2016 was a great success. He is also founder of a trail running club in Croatia. To him, Dalmatia is a trail runner's dream because of the diversity of its landscapes and the richness of its history, traces of which are found everywhere, even on the trails themselves, which sometimes date from over 2,000 years. He invites you to experience a sporting and cultural adventure in his beloved Croatia.

Mauricio Díaz

Trail Running Guide - Mexico

Runner by heritage, adventurer by nature, Mauricio is also co-founder of a trail running community in Mexico. His adventure logbook is filled up with seven marathons (three under 3 hours), four ultramarathons, an olympic triathlon, several mountain tops, and bicycle tours, among many other things. His life mission is to evangelize as many humans as he can so that they live a more active life, more connected with nature, because therein lies true happiness to his eyes. His favorite quote: "Who is the happier man, he who has braved the storm of life and lived or he who has stayed securely on shore and merely existed?” (Hunter S. Thompson)

James Kaler

Trail Running Guide - France

James lives and breathes mountains. IFMGA-certified, with over 20 years of experience as a mountain guide, he's also an instructor for the French Ski Federation, coach, trainer, and lecturer. Founder of a mountain activity service in Chamonix, he has climbed numerous summits in France, Switzerland, Italy, Ecuador, and the African continent. James has several ultramarathons under his belt, including Tor des Géants, which he completed in 132 hours. He draws from experience and his academic background in mental preparation and performance coaching to offer a good physical and mental preparation to runners who are interested in long distances. His philosophy of running: full consciousness, letting go, and above all, having fun.

Xact Nutrition

Official Energy Provider

We're proud to welcome Xact Nutrition as a partner of our adventures. We simply love the sport nutrition products of this Quebec-based company for their natural ingredients, pleasant texture, and convenient size. So much that we decided to include them in most of our trail running holiday packages. Another good reason to travel with us!

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