Undertaking a technical mountaineering expedition or multiday climb is a great challenge that will produce lifelong memories. While learning the appropriate climbing techniques through an experienced instructor and attending training sessions to cement your kills cannot be overlooked, being in tip-top shape is also critical.
The following training guide is designed to help you focus on the most essential spects of fitness for completing a mountaineering expedition: cardiovascular endurance and efficiency, and strength training. While it won’t replace technical mountaineering skills, this guide will help you learn how to train so you can better enjoy your experience.
For most people, a general suggestion is to start your training 12–16 weeks before your goal. But as always, check with your doctor before you begin a new exercise regimen.
Training Plan for Mountaineering
Example Weekly Workout Plan
Cardiovascular training will be critical to your success, and you should build up your endurance and strength over several months prior to your climb. Three to four days a week will be focused on cardiac output workouts for 45–90 minutes. Examples of cardiac output workouts include jogging, cycling, swimming, stair climbing or rowing.