Training Suggestions Cardiovascular and Aerobic Exercise is Key!
Always check with your doctor to discuss what you are planning and what he/she would suggest for your specific age and physical condition. Everyone's training capacity and capabilities are different. We recommend fitting in as much training before your trip as you can, comfortably. Cardiovascular and Aerobic training are the key! Especially for any trips going to higher altitudes
Another important consideration is training for the technical difficulties of your trip. Many of our trips do not require previous experience, many though require a varying level of technical climbing proficiency. For these trips, make sure you learn or practice these skills for your safety and the safety of other in your group. We always go over the skills necessary for your trip before getting into significant risk areas, but that does not replace having the basic skills and being proficient at those skills, that may be required for the trip you are planning.
Almost equally important is training with the equipment you will be using. This includes the cloths you will be wearing so you can better layer in a variety of climates, so your pack fits well, your shoes are broke in, and everything organized. Arriving with your "dialed in" will make your trip a lot better. Have a place for everything, have it organized and accessible, equipment that fits and feels comfortable will really increase your level of enjoyment!
The quality of your experience will be better the more prepared you are technically, physically and emotionally for any extended trek or expedition!
Extended Trips with Day Packs Only
Always check with your doctor to discuss what you are planning and what he/she would suggest for your specific age and physical condition. Everyone's training capacity and capabilities are different. We recommend fitting in as much training before your trip as you can, comfortably. Aerobic training is the key! Especially for any trips going to high altitude.
Three to five days a week of getting out and getting your body working moderately hard for several months before any extended trip is great, more if you have the time. We have a number of people that have over trained and injured themselves before a big trip. So minimum impact training is important. Running, climbing, biking, hiking, swimming, Stairmasters, treadmills are all good. What you do depends on your access to getting outdoors and location, (urban or country) and schedule. You will have a more enjoyable trip the more comfortable you are with longer days hiking. See your particular trip description to better understand, length of days, weight of packs, terrain and technical experience.
Extended High Altitude Trekking and Climbing Expeditions with Full Packs
Read all of the above, plus try to make a couple of those days training just hiking on both level and uphill sections three to five miles with similar loads that are expected on your particular trip. A flexible five gallon water bag is a perfect training companion, fill it up for the up hill sections, empty it for a minimum knee impact on the downhill. Also make sure you fell very comfortable with all your gear and spend time out in similar environments and/or conditions to what you might expect during your trip with your gear. This will completely depend on what you have access to locally or where you are willing to travel to for similar conditions. Have all your equipment working for you, not against you! Many other factors contribute to success on expeditions, its not always based on your physical condition. For any technical climbs, make sure your climbing skills are as up to date as possible and your equipment is in good shape.
The quality of your experience will be better the more prepared you are both physically and emotionally for any extended trek or expedition!
Ideas for Training
Just get out and do your favorite sports on a stepped up program is our best suggestion. Have fun and be careful of injuries.
Call 800-247-1263 or email if you have any questions concerning your specific trip, more ideas for training, length of days, pack weights or …?