This is George. And this is him at Everest Base Camp, loving life on his first high altitude trek. Learn how he trained for this hiking adventure, and got fit, strong and resilient for the mountains.
Training For Everest Base Camp
Initially, George approached me wanting some advice preparing for this high altitude trek, specifically with help strengthening his legs to tackle the many days in the mountains.
George had been doing a bit of training at that point, mainly some beach runs and a bit of stair climbing. But he was interested in learning what else he could be doing to prepare for this fantastic adventure.
So our first point of call was an online Ready To Trek assessment.
Here we identified a few areas which could see improvement:
George had 12 weeks until his trip. And he was keen to make the most of his training! So he signed up for the Online Summit Program.
Starting off, we decided to work with a mixture of:
When George first looked at the prescribed strength training programs, he thought the looked a bit easy...
But once he went through them, he definitely felt the challenge! But after a bit of discussion, we decided to add a few barbell deadlifts, squats and presses (which George loved). So, in the end, we got the best of both worlds!
One speedbump in the process was that George worked as a truck driver. So he spent long days sitting in a truck, would have periods where he didn't have access to training equipment and would often get some quite tight muscles. So to combat this, we created a few simple, short workout options to do on these days, which didn't require any equipment and would help his body feel a bit more comfortable.
Over the 12 weeks, we slowly but steadily progressed the training. Shifting the strength work through a plan which incorporated both pure strength development and trekking specific muscular endurance. Moving the beach running into loaded stair intervals. And slowly, but steadily, adding a loaded pack to his walking sessions.
And in the end, well George nailed it! He got through Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp without a problem. And he discovered a newfound passion for the mountains.
Here are a few words from George:
"My goal was to build up strength in my legs to have a better chance of getting through my upcoming trek to Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Lakes.
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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.