COACHING AND TRAINING PLANS
Mountaineering is a unique sport, especially if you are climbing in expedition style. Successfully climbing a big mountain requires months to build a high level of fitness. However, your fitness will peak before you even reach base camp, and will continue to decline as your body endures the stress of the expedition. This challenge is overcome in multiple ways. First by methodically elevating your level of fitness during the months leading to your climb, then by staying physically and mentally healthy during your climb, and finally through proper nutrition.
The first time that I attempted Mount Rainier, I approached training the way most aspiring mountaineers do, I spent hours in the gym lifting heavy weights, and I hiked every weekend carrying an even heavier backpack. Ten years and many summits later, I have learned that there is a better, and more efficient way to train, a better way to organize my backpack, a better way to manage my nutrition, and a better way to enjoy my time in the mountains.
As I have summited some of the world's greatest mountains, I have experienced more tests and trials than I'd like to admit. Challenges such as:
Lack of mental fitness
Injury & illness
Poor nutrition and hydration
Insufficient endurance capacity
With each summit, I have honestly evaluated my challenge and made corrections that allowed more success in the future. This experience has allowed me - and will allow you - to become a stronger, more competent and capable mountaineer.
There are three components to successfully accomplishing a mountaineering objective:
Each component should be matched to your ability and the demands of your objective. Next, committing the time to each component is key not only to your success, but also to your enjoyment in the mountains. There aren't any short cuts. Your commitment will differentiate you as someone who confidently climbs each day, knowing that you’re prepared for the challenge ahead of you, instead of someone who arrives at camp each day completely depleted of energy and confidence.
Alpine Athletics will help you:
Grow your aerobic capacity
Create muscular capacity
Build your muscular endurance
Assess why your mountaineering objectives are important to you
Choose and effectively use the best gear
Mountains have challenged me in many ways. As an analytical person, I have studied each of these challenges and devised solutions that have allowed me not only to summit some of the world's toughest mountains, but also to minimize my suffering during the attempt. Consider how you would accomplish the following for your next summit:
Reduce your pack weight by 30%
Train through injury
Lose only 6 pounds (3 kg) during a two-month expedition
Build enough endurance and strength to summit challenging 8000m peaks such as Mt. Everest or K2
Set aside ego while climbing
Mountaineers of all levels encounter these same challenges and more every year, and we believe that you shouldn't have to struggle to find your own solutions. Our goal is to share our experiences with you so that you have a safer, more enjoyable climb and become a stronger mountaineer.
Alpine Athletics offers customized training plans that put you in the best position possible to be successful on your next climb:
Personal fitness assessment, specific to you and your mountaineering goal
Daily training plan
Daily workout analysis and feedback
1:1 daily coaching via web or text
1:1 weekly Skype coaching
Monthly milestones to ensure you're on track
Solutions to the challenges, hazards, routes, logistics, of the world’s greatest mountains, including the seven summits
Gear review and recommendations
Mental preparation coaching
$400 / month
$900/ 3 months
$1,500 / 6 months
$2,880 / 12 months