25% of my body weight isn’t as much as a usual pack

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    After reading TFTNA section on ME it mentions to use weights similar to those of your goal climb. Since I plan on ski touring for multiple days my expected pack weight is significantly heavier that 20-25% of my body weight. Typically multi-day ski touring weighs around 40-50lbs with all the camping gear. I only weigh 135lbs which means 25% is only 34Lbs. Should I be training with expected pack weights instead of body percentage? This is even worse for my partner who is 115lbs regularly.

    Thanks for the advice!

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    Anonymous on #34890


    Great question. The 25% is only suggested as a starting point. If you dig into our ME writings on the site you will see multiple references to the notion that the pack weight needs to be adjusted to each individuals strength. Stronger people will use a much higher % of BW. You’ll load up your pack to the point that when hiking steeply uphill (skinning is not steep enough for these workouts to be there most effective. The skins slip) local muscular fatigue in your legs is the limitation to you your speed. Not your breathing or heart rate. When loaded appropriately you will be able to carry on a conversation but your legs will be at their limit with a light burn going on. It is sustaining this low level burn for a long duration that you are looking for. Take a look at this article if you have not read it already. It should clarify this.

    If you have more questions please let me know.


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