Author: Uphill Athlete

Notes from an Alaska climbing trip Peter McCarthy and I flew into the Alaska Range on May 22, 2022. Both of us felt nervous, me because it was my first time, Peter because it wasn’t his first time. TAT pilot Paul Roderick brought us as close as he could to our main objective, the West Ridge of Begguya (Mount Hunter), turning his Turbo Otter steeply back and forth. I felt I could’ve touched the ridge had I stuck my hand out the window.The mountains had experienced unheard-of high pressure the week preceding our trip. Watching others tick of a bunch…

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In this episode, Steve House, Alyssa Clark and Physical Therapist Pete Dickinson dive into the foundations of physical performance from a pre-habilitation perspective. They examine when an athlete should begin heavier training loads, injury prevention, strength assessment, when to visit a Physical Therapist, common mistakes that lead to injury, and several other topics. Pete offers his top 3 favorite exercises for injury prevention and helps athletes to understand when it’s training fatigue and when it’s more serious. They also use Alyssa’s 95 marathons in 95 days as a case study to assess how an athlete can be durable and endure large training loads without injury. Join in for a great discussion on maintaining health and staying on track with your training.

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Committing to the Brathay 10in10 I have no interest in doing just one road marathon again. But I’d do the Brathay 10in10 again. That probably sounds counterintuitive—that I’d rather do 10 road marathons in 10 days than one in a single day—but the commitment and endurance demanded by the former attract me far more than the idea of pushing myself as hard as possible over 26.2 miles. I was inspired to sign up for the Brathay 10in10 after becoming a trustee of the Brathay Trust, a charity dedicated to using interventions—including outdoor activity—to improve the life chances of young people…

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In this episode, Steve House, Alyssa Clark and Alexa Hasman discuss the psychology of mountain sports particularly focusing on risk taking and fear. They dig into mental preparation, overcoming fear, dealing with doubt and the psychology behind risk taking. Steve shares personal anecdotes from his time as a professional climber at the sharp end of the sport, with Alyssa speaking about her experiences in ultra running, and Alexa explaining the science behind the how and why. They offer tools and advice on how to know when to listen and when to push beyond perceived boundaries. Buckle up for this mental journey and learn how to be your mental mountain best.

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In this episode, Steve House, Chantelle Robitaille and Alyssa Clark continue with the discussion of the fundamentals of Mountaineering with a focus on establishing training zones. They explore the different methods of aerobic threshold testing, assessing test results and cover how and why we set training zones. They also touch on common mistakes to avoid and how these fundamental components of training will help you be your mountain best.

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Training for Mountaineering – This is the first in this multi-part series. Plus we have a big introduction to make today, Chantelle Robitaille is our new director of coach training and athlete success. Chantelle is a coach, an ultra-runner, holds an advanced degree in High Altitude Physiology, and is coming to Uphill Athlete from this same position at CTS, Carmichael Training Systems, the world’s largest endurance-coaching company.

Listen in, learn, and get to know Chantelle as she, Coach Alyssa Clark, and Steve House unpack the fundamentals of training for mountaineering.

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We are back! In this episode, Steve House and Alyssa Clark sit down to talk about the evolution of Uphill Athlete. From the continuation of sound training principles, to stories of the mountains, to the future of Uphill Athlete, we cover it all. Join us in plotting our route up this new mountain with a deeply experienced team who are energized and ready to help you be your mountain best.Please rate and subscribe to our podcast on all podcast platforms. If you’d like more information on coaching, one of our training plans, our training groups or to provide feedback, please…

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Kazu Ishidera is 51 years old and the store manager at REI San Carlos, in California. In June 2022, he and his longtime friend and mentor Hikari Mori (Mori-San), 59, summited Denali (20,310 feet) in good style, pulling off their ascent of the West Buttress during a stable weather window. The two have been climbing partners since 2000, when they met as part of the team that opened REI’s first—and only—international store, in Tokyo, Japan. They typically enjoy classic mountain routes and moderate multi-pitch climbs, and often pick their goals from the book Fifty Classic Climbs of North America. Ishidera…

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How Satish Gogineni climbed Everest and Lhotse in a 96-hour push It’s impossible to know you’ll climb a mountain like Everest (8,849 meters) before you actually do so—there are so many variables, like weather, the condition of the route, your health and response to the altitude, and objective hazards like serac falls and avalanches. But as he acclimated on the hike in to Everest Basecamp in spring 2022, Satish Gogineni, a vice president at Bank of America, felt optimistic. A diehard runner since 2007 who has raced in 14 major marathons and two 50 K races as well as a…

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