Our Guide to Navigating Uphill Athlete

Welcome to Uphill Athlete. Our website serves as a platform for us to share our training knowledge and insight in the sports of alpinism, mountaineering, climbing, mountain running, ski mountaineering, skimo racing, and more. If this is your first time to the site, you may benefit from this quick breakdown on navigating Uphill Athlete (UA) and getting the most out of your subsequent training.

We have all the resources to help you achieve your goals. Whether you are looking for free training advice, searching for a specific question, or want to take your training to the next level, we have you covered. Here’s a breakdown of our site content categories and quick links to get you started:

A roundup of our latest and most popular articles broken down by category and sport. Always a great place to start, especially if you haven’t visited the site in some time.

Everything you could ever need to get started and continue your training. We break articles down by sport:

Want more? Check out Uphill Athlete TV, the Uphill Athlete Podcast series, browse our Frequently Asked Questions, follow us on social media below, or buy our books.

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From 1:1 coaching to on-demand educational and training programs and virtual training groups – there is something for every athlete.

Our training plans below are written and developed by the professional coaches at Uphill Athlete to maximize training potential and allow the user to succeed in the mountain sport they love. Purchase once, use forever!

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Consultations start at $60 for 30 minutes.

Not only is Uphill Athlete training athletes, they are teaching and fostering an environment for discussion and growth among the outdoor community.

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Moderated by our coaching team, our public forums give you the opportunity to network with other athletes (pro and recreational) and ask specific questions. Head to our general forums page to browse, or click on one of the following narrowed-in topics to get started.

We have the best team in place at Uphill Athlete, from co-founders Scott Johnston and Steve House to all our coaches, dietitians, and writers.

Meet our coaches and staff, learn the Uphill Athlete Philosophy, read awesome testimonials, see our latest press, or contact us for more information.


Still can’t find what you are looking for on our website? In the upper right-hand corner is a search icon. Simply type in your keywords to browse our relevant articles.


Uphill Athlete is an organic outgrowth of our first book, Training for the New Alpinism. Published by Patagonia Books in 2014 and written by co-authors and close friends Steve House and Scott Johnston, this best-selling book changed the conversation on how alpinists and mountaineers approach their preparation. Scott coached Steve through the most successful years of his world-record climbs from 2000 to 2010, during which time Steve was described by none other than Reinhold Messner as “the best high-altitude climber in the world today.”

When Steve and Scott wrote their first book, they honestly expected they’d be lucky to sell 1,000 copies. After all, virtually no one trained to climb mountains at that point. Instead the book has sold over 60,000 copies and garnered nearly 200 5-star reviews on Amazon. The response has been overwhelming and UA scrambled to keep up with the demand.

UphillAthlete.com was launched in November 2015, and as of November 2019 UA has posted a new article each week, putting us north of 250 free articles. This doesn’t include the thousands of forum posts (to share, ask questions, and learn from), training plans, Custom Training Plans, or our popular daily coaching service. We’ve tried to make as much information accessible to as many folks as we can and offer something for every budget.

In 2015 Kilian Jornet approached us with the idea of co-writing a new book that would address the specific needs of mountain runners and skiers. Kilian, often considered the greatest mountain endurance athlete of all time, saw a need to be filled for non-climbers who might not be able to get past the “Alpinism” in the title of our first book. From this collaboration was born the even more successful Training for the Uphill Athlete, published in 2019 by Patagonia Books.

Our website is a natural extension of our books and the place where we can share all our training knowledge, even what didn’t fit in a book. Read, learn, and get training.