Two weeks ago I have summited the Matterhorn after using the 16w training plan plus one climbing session most weeks. I felt well prepared and the trip was not too taxing thx to the excellent prep with the UA tool kit: much appreciated and happy to recommend it! Also the gains in fitness during this first structured training cycle of mine were quite impressive to me, especially as I replaced all running with hiking, after a previous attempt ended with a repeated stress fracture in my ankle.
The next goal is likely Mt Kenya, a c5,200m peak with: a few days of approach hiking, starting at ~3,000m and a full day of moderate rock climbing ~20 pitches/ 400m, grades up to ~5.5) on the summit day. Goal is to mostly pre-acclimatize in a hypoxi-tend and complete the accent via Mac Kinder Route, eg Nelion / Gate of Mists to Batian in ~5 days in Feb23.
What is the best way to train and prepare for this objective? Is it enough to repeat the 16w Training Plan plus some climbing sessions as i habe done before or should I approach this differently?
since returning from Matterhorn I just completed 2 weeks of rest days with a few recovery workouts sprinkled in. Now feeling ready to dive back into structured training again soon.
I am 40 years old, always been exercising and consider myself quite fit, since years we have a family (3 small children) and fascinating jobs – completing the 16w training plan was no small thing -and possible with great support from my wife.
We live 50km from Frankfurt / Germany with limited vert easily accessible near by (some 300m hills, no real tall buildings). During upcoming fall and winter I might not be able to do as many trips to the alps for rock climbing and mountaineering as I was able to do this spring and summer as part of my Matterhorn preparation. At the same time I recognize the challenge of rock climbing at ~5,000m altitude with a heavier pack might well be significantly harder.
Any ideas / thoughts on how to prepare for Mt Kenya are welcome!