I feel like I’ve seen a similar question to this in the past, but I’m not locating it with the search.
I’m a weekend warrior and only get a couple of moderate US based trips per year (this year was Mt. Whitney via Mountaineer’s route in March and climbing the Pseudo Wiesnner route at Devils Tower in June). I’m not doing anything super technical or difficult for this audience, just everyday man type stuff consisting of moderate climbs and 14ers without significant technical difficulty. I’ve also gotten into ice climbing in the last few years, but that consists of a weekend or two a season due to the drive distance to reach ice.
With that being said, I do have time to train and I’m looking for advice on which training plan(s) to buy. Next year’s primary objectives are leading WI5 in Feb (Dairyland in UP Michigan) and climbing the Grand Teton in May/June via the Owen Spalding. For the Teton trip I’m going with a few buddies, but I’ll have the most experience and want to have plenty of reserve capacity since I’ll be making the decisions on terrain assessment, gear placement, and overall safety (suffice it to say we will not be soloing the route, despite its moderate grade). I have not previously purchased a plan from UA, but I’ve used the free Training for Ice and Mixed Climbing article (https://uphillathlete.com/training-ice-mixed-climbing/) to great effect.
My question is should I buy and start the 16 week mountaineering plan now, run through October then transition to the free Ice and Mixed plan for ice season, then back to the mountaineering plan to prep for the Grand? Or should I purchase the Steve House 16 week Eiger plan and just loop that plan?
Thanks in advance for the responses.