Panamint Springs

Notes from Death Valley

" I can't believe how much I learned--and how quickly." - Ted Archer

Dreamchasers Stage Racing Camp

with Lisa Smith-Batchen & Jay Batchen
October 2007


Jay Batchen and Lisa Smith-Batchen

Jay Batchen &
Lisa Smith Batchen

Co-owners of
Dreamchasers Outdoor Adventure Club, LLC
The Official Marathon des Sables Representative
for the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.


"This might sound crazy, but I had never given any thought to running technique. My approach to running had
always been to run as hard as possible for as long as possible. I can't believe how much I learned--and how quickly.

a short period of time, I'm running further (and am able to walk the next morning!)" -Ted Archer, Oct 2007 MDS Camper

"Out of shape and exhausted I arrived at camp thinking I would return to work with sore quads, blistered toes and be even more tired... I'm so glad I was wrong! With Lisa, Jay and Mike's instruction and guidance on correct running techniques, and learning the value of power-walking, I was refreshed and ready to go after returning home! The information and details on gear, nutrition and other tips were extremely helpful for Marathon des Sables." -Georgia Stansell, Oct 2007 MDS Camper


If you are interested in additional details about our next stage racing camp, please contact us at info AT


And have a look at feedback we received from previous camps*, which we hosted with our good friend and endurance athlete extraordinaire Marshall Ulrich.


Photos from the 2007 October MDS Camp in Death Valley National Park

Long Run
Rocks and Desert
Group Shot
Having fun
Enjoying the view