When do these trips occur? a 2 month backpacking trip in January will be different than 2 months right in the middle of summer climbing season.
Fitting month-long backpacking trips into the year?
For 2-3 months of the year, I instruct month-long backpacking courses for school programs. The pack loads can be high (65-85 lbs), but the intensity is usually low (average 5-6 miles/day). I usually feel a little sore the first few days of hiking, but rarely am breathing hard. Most recently I completed the foundation for rock alpinists plan, and started the advanced rock alpinists training plan. These were my first forays into formal training. Questions for the group:
1. How should I incorporate/ count these trips into my training schedule? Do they count towards a base period, or is the intensity too low?
2. What would be the best focus for additional training during my limited free time (2-3 hours/week) while on the trip? I noticed improvement in my aerobic fitness during the last month, and would love to maintain that as much as possible.
My training goal for the summer is to be less tired on long rock routes in the Cascades, Sierras, etc.
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