Training for the New Alpinism: A Manual for the Climber as AthletePaperback
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- Publisher: Patagonia Books
- Format: Paperback | 464 pages
- Dimensions: 190mm x 235mm x 30mm | 1,557g
- Publication date: 3 November 2014
- Publication City/Country: Ventura
- ISBN 10: 193834023X
- ISBN 13: 9781938340239
- Illustrations note: Color photos and illustrations throughout, Charts, Tables, Worksheets
- Sales rank: 27,033
In Training for the New Alpinism, Steve House, world-class climber and Patagonia ambassador, and Scott Johnston, coach of U.S. National Champions and World Cup Nordic Skiers, translate training theory into practice to allow you to coach yourself to any mountaineering goal. Applying training practices from other endurance sports, House and Johnston demonstrate that following a carefully designed regimen is as effective for alpinism as it is for any other endurance sport and leads to better performance. They deliver detailed instruction on how to plan and execute training tailored to your individual circumstances. Whether you work as a banker or a mountain guide, live in the city or the country, are an ice climber, a mountaineer heading to Denali, or a veteran of 8,000-meter peaks, your understanding of how to achieve your goals grows exponentially as you work with this book. Chapters cover endurance and strength training theory and methodology, application and planning, nutrition, altitude, mental fitness, and assessing your goals and your strengths. Chapters are augmented with inspiring essays by world-renowned climbers, including Ueli Steck, Mark Twight, Peter Habeler, Voytek Kurtyka, and Will Gadd. Filled with photos, graphs, and illustrations.
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Steve House is a world renowned climber, mountain guide, and Patagonia Ambassador, widely regarded for his light-and-fast style. He has published articles in a number of periodicals, and he is the author of Beyond the Mountains (Patagonia Books, 2009). He lives in Ridgway, CO. Scott Johnston, who grew up in Boulder, CO, has ski raced on a national and international level and is an avid climber. He currently coaches several of the nation's top cross country skiers, and climbs, establishing local climbing routes in and around his home town of Mazama, WA, in the North Cascades, where he lives. Mark Twight has applied the light-and-fast tactics he first developed in Europe to climbs ranging from the Himalayas to Alaska. Mark is the author of two books: Extreme Alpinism -- Climbing Light, Fast and High and Kiss or Kill -- Confessions of a Serial Climber. He is a Patagonia ambassador, and the founder of GymJones.
By Peter Bajec 18 Apr 2014
The book is excellent. However, if you are looking for a detailed training
chart that you can print and start training, then you are looking at the wrong book. This book is intended for climbers that wish to invest time and effort into understanding the basics of training and how our body performs during long efforts and what kind of activity alpinism really is.
The book will open your eyes and crush many myths and ironclad truths that we followed for many years. One of the most mind-blowing facts you'll read is that intensity is not superior to volume. Once you'll go through the book, you'll understand that training is like building a house - you need a strong foundations before you start putting up the walls and roof. And that is the essence of quality training regime.
The first hand experience in form of short stories from world-class alpinists
are a welcome upgrade of the theory in individual chapters. Of great value are also their mishaps and errors made in the past but are excellent learning points for others.
This is a book, a manual that needs to be re-read over and over again when we plan our training programmes. It is a source of valuable information gained through trial & error and proven in the highest and toughest mountains of this planet. This book is equally theoretical as is practical. Buy it, read it, live it. A must have for every avid climber.
A must-have for anyone looking to optimize their time in the mountains--from guides throwing up new routes to weekend warriors getting into a new sport. coolhunting.com The book's easy-to-use format and scaleable training programs are accessible for anyone looking to improve their fitness through a new approach. coolhunting.com