Here in Washington we have a lot of long, relatively technically easy alpine ice routes, 45-60 degrees but hundreds or thousands of feet. Baker North Ridge, Kautz Glacier, Adams Glacier, a bunch of north faces, etc. I find that with trail running and other “typical” training it’s pretty straightforward to get the lungs and legs ready overall for these routes, but my weakpoint is always my calves. Staying on front points or in the highly flexed ankle position for hours is a stress that I don’t get too often in other training. Any thoughts on any sort of calf-specific training to incorporate in the weeks or months before trying something like the north face of Shuksan or Buckner?
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