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fx101


Jan 7, 2011, 8:51 AM
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Hello all,
I plan on climbing Denali (West Rib line) in approx. 7 months (aka mid july if you count the rest of jan. as a month) and have taken it upon myself to try and train for some mountaineering specific endurance and muscle stamina.

Now, I know I'll probably get a hoard of people disagreeing with me on this, but it appears to me that the types of muscle stamina that are required in moderately technical mountaineering tends to be quite different from what I would want to get out of my muscles on a sustained 5.10 5 pitch rock climb.

Accordingly someone recommended (since I live in the midwest where the world is as flat a pancake) that I try training on the stepper and treadmill (at the highest angle) with a 60lb weighted backpack. Problem is, if I just shove 60lbs of dumbells in my backpack, even if I use all the compression straps they want to move around in the bottom of the pack. I would like to simulate a 60lb standard load if possible. What i mean by this is that the backpack has weight from the bottom to the top. Do you know of any specialized pack-weights that can do this?

Or should I try training with a weight vest?

Thanks.


Edvin


Jan 7, 2011, 9:13 AM
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Buy some watercontainers for camping and use them in your backpack.


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REI has a setup for fitting backpacks where they load you up with big bags of sand (I think) while you try on the pack. Maybe head down to the beach and make one yourself.


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why don't you just pack 60 lbs of gear into your pack as you would if you were gonna go do Denali?


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silascl wrote:
REI has a setup for fitting backpacks where they load you up with big bags of sand (I think) while you try on the pack. Maybe head down to the beach and make one yourself.
Living in the midwest he has a better chance with snow, I think.


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Water jugs have always worked for me. Arizona tea 1G jugs have been reliable and the lids don't leak for me. Also pretty thick plastic if you're training outdoors and don't want to risk a puncture dropping your pack or whatever.

Also, they will fit well, side by side, in your pack. 6 gallons + your pack should put you in the 55-60lb range depending on your pack weight.

Use an old pillow or stadium blanket to take up space or help stabilize the bottles until you get it all strapped down.


fx101


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While I didn't have Arizona tea lying around, I simply filled multiple water bladders up and sandwiched them with pillows (great idea!). Perfectly balanced 60lb weight.

Reasons I don't want to load my pack with 60lbs of gear are:
a) I don't want to pack that much gear in my bag only to unpack it when I get home because I need something.
b) I plan on climbing with a much lighter load, 60lbs is just for training so I'm not sure I can even fit 60lbs of meaningful gear in my bag.
c) Did you read a) yet? Wink


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Just don't forget to pull out ALL the weights before you start your trip Tongue

(A friends partner learned this one the hard yet wildly humorous for others way)


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