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The Training For Trekking Podcast

Dec 23, 2019

Today I discuss how you can best prepare and train for a high altitude hike if you don't live near any mountains.  

High altitude trekking has captured the imagination of so many people around the world. Who hasn't daydreamed at some point of standing at the top of Kilimanjaro? Or of conquering the pilgrimage to Everest Base Camp?

But, while most of us have the opportunity to prepare physically before a hike or adventure, no matter what we do, or what experience we may have, there is always one factor which is unknown.

For the lucky few, preparing for a high altitude hike will simply involve doing a few training hikes on smaller mountains, at moderate altitude.  
But what about the rest of us? Who don't have any mountains to train on? WHo doesn't have a chance of getting up high before a trip? And whose acclimatisation journey will only start the once you actually hit the trail?

Well, that is what today's podcast is all about. To give you some clear information and direction on how you can best prepare your body for a high altitude hike if you live at sea level.
Now to be clear, the strategies I talk about are definitely are not foolproof! And your chances at altitude will ALWAYS be mainly affected by the time you have to acclimatise and your genetics....
But beyond that, this episode will give you some practical information to use in your training, which might give you that extra nudge towards high altitude success.
You will learn:

  • The number one most important element of fitness you need to work on when preparing for a high altitude trek
  • Why the statement 'there is no correlation between fitness and altitude sickness' is only half true...
  • A simple breathing technique which can be quite effective for high altitude hikers (yes, I know I pronounce this wrong!)
  • A proven progression plan on how to train your breathing
  • Three areas of training which I DON'T recommend high altitude hikers focus on (no matter what some 'experts' say)


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