You’re ready to hit the trail, but is your gear? Run through this list before packing up and heading out into the back of beyond!
The ache in my toes was subtle at first. I came off of a multi-pitch climb in California, unlaced my shoes and noticed a new tenderness in my joints. But I was rock climbing. Didn’t something always hurt while I was rock climbing? Cramming my feet into narrow blocks of rubber was just part of the process. Over the following weeks, I alternated between taking rest days and partaking in light activity to give my feet the chance to recover from their ailment. But it wasn’t long before I was back on the wall, exploring the limits of my body. Early on in my life, I learned that if you just put your head down and move forward through the pain, things usually get better. In my experience, doctor’s visits…
The training trifecta for rock climbing and mountain adventure includes these tried-and-true components: power lifting, finger-specific training, and the ever-enjoyable carrying things uphill.
Dry-trail season is just around the corner.
The principles of training to push your limits, by big mountain skier-turned-mountaineer Caroline Gleich.
Explorer Eric Larsen’s class on polar travel and winter survival will have you prepared.