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Mountaineering Training

April 22, 2012

Over the past 18 months, I have been heavily focused on smarter ways to train the physical body to climb mountains of all sizes.  The reason?  I live in the low lands and love the high lands.  This love began from dreams as a child and culminated as a young twenty something in the Beartooths of Montana.  Luckily, I now have a job that keeps me in the Rockies on a fairly regularly basis, but I ran into a small problem.  So often I would fly into cities of high elevation, then I would have to “acclimatize” just to enjoy a day there.  The original plan was to simply do more cardio and train cross fit style which worked great because I had the time.  Now that my first child has joined my daily routine, I had to find a way to continue my same activities in less time.  Luckily, I had most of the tools I needed through my educational background.  Using this knowledge, a hypothesis of preparation had to be designed first.  Utilizing Howard Loomis’s system of determining any digestive inadequacies, I was able to eliminate the large majority of any internal stresses on the chemical side.  In addition, I was able to exploit to some degree how well my body recycled red blood cells.  My theory was that this would greatly increase my ability to manage a decrease in oxygen consumption.  The other side to the process involved utilizing Muscle Activation Techniques as a way to determine any mechanical inadequacies.  This powerful tool enabled me to reduce any physical stress I may have encountered during normal climbing movements.  With a few other added  tools, the August Mount Rainier climb was a huge success.  There were a few minor hiccups prior to the climb that were quickly addressed and resolved.  Since this particular climb, my main focus has been to working through some small details that I found could become troublesome on longer and higher climbs.

These details will be further discussed in future blogs.  The final plan will hopefully be fully complete by this fall (2012).

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