About us


Active at Altitude is a sole proprietorship owned and managed by Terry Chiplin. Terry and wife Jacqueline are both ex-pat Brits, and live in Estes Park year round. They both left comfortable and secure jobs in England, and moved to Colorado to pursue their dreams in early 2006. Within a short period of time the journey for Active at Altitude began, developing into one of the most renowned resources for endurance training camps, particularly trail running, in the USA for athletes of all abilities. Jacqui & Terry determine that if you are active, you are indeed an athlete.
We were delighted to have 2 athletes that have stayed with us in the Women’s Marathon in the Beijing 2008 Olympics, and 2 athletes that have either trained or coached with us in the 2012 World Mountain Running Championships! We have also had 25% of the 2014 Team USA Mountain Running Team with us, including the 2014 World Mountain Running Long Distance Challenge Champion, Sage Canaday, and current US Mountain Running Champion and World Mountain running Champion, Joseph Gray. Did we mention we LOVE running…..

Terry Chiplin – Owner & Camp Director

IMG_1907Terry is a Brit, born in Bournemouth on the south coast of England, and has lived in Estes Park, Colorado, USA, with his wife Jacqueline since May 2006, moving from the UK to realize a dream of living in the Rocky Mountains. He is the owner of Active at Altitude, is an athletic experience facilitator, an endurance coach, life coach, Camp Director for a series of training camps based in Estes Park, the Event Director for the annual US Trail Running Conference,  and Official Training Partner for Vacation Races.

Terry is a certified Lydiard Running Coach, graduating in November 2015. He is a believer in the philosophy that training can, and should be, sustainable for it to be healthy. All Lydiard training programs include sustainability as a core principle.

Terry has also been fascinated by the role that the mind plays in athletic experiences and performance. He returned to university as a mature student at DeMontfort University in Bedford, studying sports psychology and sports physiology, graduating in 1995 with a B.Sc. (Honours) Degree. He is also an NLP practitioner. He has been implementing his sports psychology skills with athletes that he has coached, or have attended training camps. Terry keeps updated with new and emerging concepts in sports psychology through books and publications. Active at Altitude is a member of Running USA, ATRA (American Trail Running Association), and Leave No Trace.

He has become an ambassador for positive living, although he has not always experienced positivity in his own life. As a younger man, he struggled with depression, low self-esteem, and drug addiction.  Running gave Terry a way to interrupt those negative challenges, and to live a life based on positive self-esteem, positive outcomes, and positive expectations for others. He has gained a reputation for encouraging and motivating others to reconnect with positive self-concepts, and to also become positive ambassadors themselves. Terry lives every day to reflect the positive light that is in all of us – one of his favorite quotes is from Marianne Williamson, “It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us; our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” See the full text from Marianne Williamson here.

Jacqueline Chiplin – Health, Wellness & Lifestyle Director

jax-track-apr13To begin with, I love to run, and always hope to. My running days began at High School in England. I was also a consistent participant in hockey and netball tournaments. I ran at County, (State level equivalent in USA), and was running a 7 minute mile pace over 10 miles at age 32 alongside a full life, raising two children.

As the Health, Wellness and Lifestyle Director for Active at Altitude, I would like to introduce to the camps what I believe are the quintessential focii for sustaining a healthy, active lifestyle and in doing so you experiencing the ‘best‘ you can be.  With Nutrition Studies behind me, the focus will not only be ‘eating for athletes’ but a deeper awareness of how chemicals in general will not only affect performance but also how you feel and what you look like…

The body in motion is beautiful and natural when we are ‘tuned in’. As a Certified Sports & Orthopedic Massage Therapist, and Essentrics Instructor, the main focus will be to understand how to re-balance overstretched, weakened and adaptively shortened muscles to reach an effective and efficient motion or ‘flow’ to raise your level of performance.

Through academic studies in Environmental Sciences and working in the healing world, I have developed a holistic and intuitive approach to people and life. It is a very visual, physical and fast-paced world that exists. Focus will be how to find balance, maintain it and to understand what created imbalance, foundational qualities that lead to personal empowerment, a healthier lifestyle and reaching your life goals.

Jacqueline is also a certified Lydiard Running Coach.

lydiard-badge-level-21The Lydiard Foundation continues the excellent work of the most successful running coach of all time.
Courses are available for both athletes and coaches, and come highly recommended. The Foundation holds certification clinics around the US, and are based in boulder, Colorado.