Specific training for Island Peak

Specific training for Island Peak. The first thing to remember is Island peak is going to be a different climbing challenge than what you see on you tube. Specific training for Island Peak is needed. Climbing Island peak pre monsoon will be different than climbing post monsoon. The will be more challenging depending on the route, if there is a lot of snow, if there has been no snow and higher temperatures you will find less ice on the head wall, and undulating ice climb, which can make it an easier or harder climb to the summit. Do not show under under prepared!!

Specific training for Island Peak

Specific training for Island Peak

You could encounter an ice wall with no rest for your calves. So you need to come prepared for the most challenging climb. ALWAYS OVER PREPARE for mountaineering trips. This is not trekking. You need to be fully training and prepared and always in control. Specific training for Island Peak is needed in preparation for the climb.  As you can see in our video’s, the steep challenges of Island peak require respect and specific physical conditioning and mountaineering skills. If you are signed up to one of our climbs we are available to help you get the best and current information on this climb.

Specific training for Island Peak

Some times you have to cross ladders. So you should come prepared with that level of preparationDo some ladder training at home with crampons on and get a feel for what it is like crossing ladders. The more comfortable you are the better and safer you will be high on Island peak.

Abseiling in Island peak base camp

Specific training for Island Peak

You will have to abseil or rappel down the head wall using a figure of 8 at 6,150m/ 20,177 feet high and you will have to have the leg strength to get you up and down steep terrain. You need to be really comfortable using ropes, Jumar ascender and more importantly abseiling using a figure of 8 on fixed lines. This is really important for your safety and the safety of our guides and staff.

Looking down the head wall on Island peak

Specific training for Island Peak

Fitness is important but being lean, lighter, stronger and fast is really important when climbing these big mountains. Do not under estimate this Island peak challenge. Read some REVIEWS from our trips. We recommend physical training 5/6 days a week. Focus on two main elements Strength and endurance. We can help you map out a training plan that will suit your needs.

Making our way through the glacier on Island peak

Specific training for Island Peak

My recommendation is to training 5 days a week. Train on a stair master and incline treadmill 4 days a week start with minimal weight in your back pack 5kg/ 11lbs. You need to train to specific heart rates. So doing a fitness test is a really good idea. You should be doing most of your training in your endurance zone. Building from 1 to 2 hours per day for 4 sessions. You then need an longer endurance session once per week and a day or two off. This longer endurance session is best completed up and down hills with weight on a bike doing a long ride or in the gym mixing up the machines you use. We can help you figure this one out. You should be looking at building from 6 to 12 hours of training per week. Each month you should be looking to increase the weight you carry and the time spent doing the activity. After 2 months you should start adding in some weight training developing your quads, calves, and core. In the last 2 months you should consider adding in internal training while you are still doing the endurance training building up the weight you are carrying.

Specific training for Island Peak

Your Island peak summit day could be 12 – 16 hours depending on conditions so you need to have the strength and endurance to be able to manage this long day after walking 13 days to get to this point and you still have to walk 50+km back to Lukla. If you are signing up to one of our Island peak climbs we will work with you to make sure you are getting the experience needed for this exciting and challenging climb. CONTACT US today for further information.

 

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