The Ancient Historian

Ancient history, mountaineering, cycling and other outside adventures

Fitness training for altitude

This has become an interest of mine for several reasons. First, I need to get myself in tip top shape, which requires not only baseline stuff but also specific workouts, hiking long, hilly trails with a heavy pack for instance. I am also interested in comparing cycling and mountain climbing. There are lots of parallels but some quite different things as well. For instance, I am always amazed at the amount calories high altitude climbers burn up in a single day-it appears from everything that I have read that mountain climbers on the big peaks at least burn far more than a cyclist on a stage at the Tour de France for example. Pretty amazing.

I like the podcasts that RMI has on their site for training for big climbs. You can have a listen here.

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