Mountaineering is a physically demanding sport and conditioning is the single most important way you can help to ensure a safe and successful climb. It is imperative that you undertake a rigorous conditioning program prior to your trip and arrive for the climb in top physical shape.
Training for a high altitude climb must be as specific as possible. Cardiovascular training such as running and cycling should be included; you should focus on uphill and downhill work. In addition to these activities, the use of a stationary bike, stair climber, rowing machine and/or other gym equipment can be a useful supplement to your fitness regimen. Weight training should also be included, with focus on your back and shoulders, as well as your quadriceps and hamstrings (the important muscles for climbing). We recommend climbing hills, stairs and stadium steps while wearing a backpack, as the ideal training to simulate the exercise of mountaineering. Work up gradually to carrying 35 to 50 pounds and exercise up to an hour or more per session. Three to four long training sessions per week are more beneficial than short daily workouts.
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Physical training prior to the climb is not a guarantee of success. However, being in excellent physical condition will add tremendously to your enjoyment of the experience.