I’m prepping for an alpine rescue course which will be the culmination of a 2 years long program (Diploma in Mountain Medicine). We’re going to spend 6 nights on Mt. Shasta training for and conducting rescue scenarios.
I’m well aware SAR/rescue in this environment is geared towards workhorse not racehorse mentality. Because of covid and permitting issues, our final go/no go was delayed until very recently. For for my training I have been doing what I have been for the past couple years (16/20wk mountaineering). Lots of uphill hiking in low HR zones. The problem is my course will take place on what would be training week 10. I’m getting 4-6 hours and 3-5k of vert/week w/ my plan and feeling very good (not that easy for me living in Philadelphia); not including strength.
Our days will be long but lots of start/stop, standing and waiting, then heavy carries and high activity. I am unsure how or when to start the ME portion; if I keep to schedule I would only have 1 week of ME until a quick taper then off for my course. Is it worth it? Just keep adding to my base?
Being honest with myself and my history in those environments, I think being able to sufficiently recover regarding food/sleep on a glacier at 10k for a week will be my crux.