Opportune timing on this post for me. Been self-coaching for a first-time Denali trip this season based off TFTNA.
Thanks for reinforcing my assumptions about Denali pacing. One of the most valuable methods I’ve learned from TFTNA is the Z1 pacing, nose-breathing strategy. I’ve been amazed at how good I feel post-climb or long training session using this simple method. I’ve found that moving at this easy-but-steady pace ends up getting me up and down in a similar enough time frame to my previous go-hard > break > go-hard > break method and, far more importantly, leaves me feeling noticably less worked. Having said that, I’m assuming the altitude on Denali will really shut me down and I’ll be moving at best 1/2 to 1/3 my regular nose-breathing pace for PNW mountains.
I do have some questions, though I put the caveat out there now that these are rather geeky in their gear-exactitude. Also, I work for another outdoor brand besides Patagonia (hey, we’re all brothers of the breathable membrane, right?) so I’m trying to match your suggestions with our equivalents (hence the specificity).
1. Sun Shade: Is the main advantage of the Sun Shade hoody over the R1 Hoody the reflective colour? Curious to insight as to why the Sun Shade is so superior to the R1 for the lower mountain.
2. Galvanized Pants: Perhaps I’m in error, but are these not hardshell/waterproof pants? I ask as my original pants-plan was: light baselayer > heavier baselayer > mid-weight softshell > light-weight hardshell > puffy over-pants. Ever in the hopes of saving weight, I’m wondering if you believe having both the soft and hardshell pants is overkill. Or, assuming the Galvanized are in fact the waterproof layer, do the Nano Air pants act as both the heavier baselayer and the softshell layer in one?