Training for the New Alpinism: A Manual for the Climber as Athlete (Paperback)
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DescriptionIn 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.
- Published: 03 November 2014
- Format: Paperback 464 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781938340239 ISBN 10: 193834023X
- Sales rank: 31,944
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Reviews for Training for the New Alpinism
- Top review
A must have for every alpinist
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. by Peter Bajec