Training for any thru-hike is a significant undertaking. And when it is your first thru-hike, it can be genuinely overwhelming. Because not only do you have to get yourself ready to hike for weeks (or months) on end, but there are SO many other things you need to prepare for...
You have to get ready for rough and uneven terrain. Elevation changes. Carrying a full pack. River crossings. And a dozen other things factors that make thru-hiking the unique challenge that it is.
On top of all of this, not only do you have to survive these issues (and ensure you don't break down with pain, injury or exhaustion), you also want to be in a position where you can actually enjoy yourself!
So it is totally understandable if it all seems a bit much.
And to make matters worse, the quality of training information available to thru-hikers often leaves a lot to be desired...
But this article is here to change that.
The intention of this piece is to provide a clear and effective guideline on how a thru-hiker can best prepare themselves for their upcoming adventure.
So whether you are training for the Pacific Crest Trail, Te Araroa, Larapinta, The Appalachian Trail or any other big thru-hike, this will start you in the right direction towards a safe, enjoyable and successful hike!
In today's article, I share a simple system of identifying the effectiveness of your training for your hiking and taking things up to the 'next level'.
Do you always get huffed and puffed when hiking up hills? Do you struggle to carry a conversation when going up an incline on the trail? Does your heart rate go through the roof the second you are walking on any elevation?
If you said yes to any of those questions, this article is for you.
In this episode, I explore the founding reasons why I started Summit Strength (and this podcast). And I share the reasons why I decided to dedicate my entire professional life to helping hikers get fit, strong and resilient for their adventures.
Training for your first thru-hike is always a massive undertaking. There is so much to learn and so much to get ready for. And one of the biggest questions hikers will often face is 'how can I get ready to hike for so many days in a row?'
Inside this article, we explore how Ali, a recent graduate of the Online Summit Program, trained and prepared for the Te Araroa thru-hike in New Zealand. We dive into the specific training and workouts she applied, the challenges she faces in her preparation and how it all played out on the trail.
One of my core philosophies are a coach, is to present and share training and preparation strategies which are practical for a hiker to follow.
Learn how Valerie used the Online Summit Program to train for hiking during lockdown, and help her get fit and strong for the trail around a number of personal limitations.
At 61 years old, Joan decided to do her first thru-hike on the Pacific Crest Trail. Learn how she used the Online Summit Program to overcome knee pain during descents, strengthen her joints and give her the physical confidence to tackle her big adventure.
This is Pat. And this is him at the top of Mera Peak in Nepal, having conquered his first mountaineering expedition. Learn how he used the Online Summit Program to overcome knee pain while hiking, train for elevation without any mountains and fit his training into a busy life.
This is Jeremy. Learn how he trained for hiking and got fit to feel confident tackling some more 'hardcore' hikes, all from the comfort of his own home!
Rowan is a personal trainer who specialises in training for hiking, trekkers and mountaineers for their bucket list adventures.
Summit Strength is a personal training for hiking service created specifically to help hikers have the best chance of a safe, enjoyable and successful adventure.