18 Week Mountaineering Fitness Plan
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This plan is for new mountaineering students with a base level of fitness that should include the ability to perform continuous aerobic exercise like jogging for 30 minutes at least 3-5 times per week, or cycling 1 hour 3-4 times per week, as well as uphill hiking with a light pack for 15 minutes. You should own a heart rate monitor as well for maximum benefits.
Over a period of 18 weeks, the plan progresses from easy to moderate stair climbing, hiking and strength training to multi day hiking with loaded packs for several hours every day.
Successful users of this plan completed the Presidential Traverse in January. This is an advanced expedition that requires knowledgible guides or experienced climbers as well as permits.
The plan is for a "beginner" fitness level to get prepared for a very challenging, and difficult trip that requires trip leaders with a great deal of expertise.
Training Plan Sample Week
Average Weekly Breakdown
|Workouts||Weekly Average||Longest Workout|
|1:46 hrs||2:00 hrs|
|1:00 hrs||0:45 hrs|
|2:03 hrs||4:00 hrs|
|Workouts Per Week||Weekly Average||Longest Workout|
||1:46 hrs||2:00 hrs|
||1:00 hrs||0:45 hrs|
||2:03 hrs||4:00 hrs|