Training advice Mera and Island peaks climbing expedition

Training advice Mera and Island peaks climbing expedition. You will be hiking up and down hills in low oxygen environments for days on end. You will be carrying 6kg/ 13lbs each day with 2/3 liters of water at a time, rain gear, camera, sun cream, snack and higher up you will have to carry gloves, down, fleece, warm hat, crampons, harness, ice axe so the weight you are carrying will go up at different times of the trek. Read some REVIEWS from our trips.

Training advice Mera and Island peaks climbing expedition

Training advice Mera and Island peaks climbing expedition

The two key elements to keep to keep in mind while planning out your training will be strength and endurance. Hours and hours of hills building leg strength and and building the weight you are carrying will be critical to success.

Depending on where your training is starting from, you will need to have a mix of cardio. pushing your lactic threshold higher so you can perform at higher heart rates for longer. You will need to come with excellent strength and conditioning. Low oxygen environments find weakness in the body so you need to develop a strength and conditioning program that builds slowly.

Training advice Mera and Island peaks climbing expedition

Training advice Mera and Island peaks climbing expedition

On the trail to Mera Peak trek in you will be walking up and down steps, steep trail, across and up and down a glacier, with heavier mountaineering boots with crampons on so you need to consider all elements of the trail and lack of oxygen.

If you are going to be walking 4 to 8 and up to 14 hours a day you need to think about this when you are training. Getting in some multi-day hiking for long periods of time and building this slowly, starting with 2/3 hours and building up to 6+ hour hikes after 4/6 months training and Multi day hiking is a great way to prepare.

Training advice Mera and Island peaks climbing expedition

Training advice Mera and Island peaks climbing expedition

Remember you are going on the climb to enjoy it and have the experience of a lifetime. The better prepared you are the better experience you will have. As you start adapting your training you should consider the following and train in specific heart rate zones.

Aim to train 5/6 days a week. You will be training on a stair master and treadmill on full incline. The best training is on the hills and you should be looking to build up from 3 hour hikes to 8 hour hike building from 1,500 feet to 3,500 feet elevation up and down. As you get closer to the trip multi-day hiking trips between 6 and 8 hours would be ideal. If you can not get to hills you need to use stairs, or stair master a lot more.

Training advice Mera and Island peaks climbing expedition

Training advice Mera and Island peaks climbing expedition

In the weekly training sessions, you should be looking to build from 1 hour to 2 hours daily training. Remember you need to be doing most of your training in the endurance zone. For me this is spending most of your training at 135 -140 beats per minute consistently for an hour building up to 1 hour 30 minutes and then build up to 2 hours per day as you get closer to the trip. You also need to use your back pack in your training building from 6kg/13lbs to potentially 15+kg/33lbs in your back pack as you train. The key to strength and endurance/ long and slow in your training and building slowly.

Training advice Mera and Island peaks climbing expedition

I hope this makes sense. Do let me know if you need any further advice or information on our Mera and Island peak climbs at any stage. CONTACT US today for a personal consultation.

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