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Back-Country Hunting II - 16 Weeks (Intermediate)


Scott Ferguson, Ph.D.

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16 Weeks

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Plan Description

This plan will prepare you for long days in the mountains and is for the athlete that is already regularly active (e.g., exercises 3-5 hours per week). It includes a shortened base phase that utilizes strength training workouts that are aimed at improving hip strength and flexibility as well as core stability. These types of exercises will pay dividends when carrying those heavy packs in the backcountry. Additionally, the entire plan will continue to build a solid aerobic foundation to support multiple day efforts of big game mountain hunting. Your biggest training week (week 15) comes in at 11 hours of total training for the week.

Training Plan Sample Week


Average Weekly Breakdown

Workouts Weekly Average Longest Workout
Run x3
2:30 hrs 2:30 hrs
Strength x2
1:58 hrs 1:30 hrs
Walk x1
2:46 hrs 3:00 hrs
Day Off x1
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Workouts Per Week Weekly Average Longest Workout
2:30 hrs 2:30 hrs
1:58 hrs 1:30 hrs
2:46 hrs 3:00 hrs
Day Off
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Training Load By Week

This plan works best with the following fitness devices:

  • Heart Rate Monitor

All supported devices

Scott Ferguson, Ph.D. and George Bieker M.Ed.

Summation Athletics

Summation Athletics offers training for a variety of activities based on the fundamental principles of exercise physiology. We specialize in mountain athletics including rock-climbing, trail running, mountaineering, big-game hunting, and alpine climbing.

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