Matthew, We have touched on some similar questions but each situation is a bit different. I absolutely 100% think you should sub (or add) in some of the ice specific work if that’s on your goal list for the winter. Ice climbing is very specific and its well worth the time to do a bit of this specific strength. 8 weeks is a good time frame to start with. I would tend to keep the ME once a week and swap it for chamfit later in the week. You could also experiment with doing a modified version and just adding the toe raises and tool hangs to the end of a Chamfit and maybe a 2nd time per week as well. A few sets of toes raises and tool hangs won’t have a huge global recovery drain so you can plug them in a few different places and get away with it.
I’m working through the intermediate mountaineering group training plan right now, and as I work on my ADS and building up my AET, I wanted to have an eye for some of my winter objectives, which will include a fair amount of vertical ice climbing. I have read several articles about Capacity vs Utilization training, and was curious when and if it would be appropriate to substitute ME or Cham fit with 1 or 2 Ice Climbing specific workouts (perhaps from Steve & Scott’s Ice climbing training plan https://uphillathlete.com/training-plans/8-week-beginner-advanced-intermediate-ice-mixed-climbing-strength-training-plan/).
Perhaps being that I”m only a month in, my focus should be Capacity training but curious to hear the coaches thoughts. I know there was a kinda similar question in last week’s call regarding adding climbing specific training, perhaps ice climbing is a similar story.
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