Mountaineering

I’m going with a group of students to climb a 19000ft mountain for Spring Break.

  1. I’m helping everyone get in shape for that. So far just having people with no experience doing 2 full body WOs a week + 2 HIIT sessions + 2 or 3 sessions of going on a stairmaster with a heavy pack. WHat do you guys think of thsi program?

  2. Any particular advice for not losing muscle mass during the trip? Mountaineering’s notorious for this problem. I’m thinking to pack a shitload of BCAAs and pop em all the time, and eat a protein bar or two a day and possibly bring along Carbolin 19 as well.

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Once you get high enough, not sure of which height, but it wont matter what you take because the body will just pass it straight through and be unresponsive and unable to digest food. That might be higher than you’re going though, I donno

[quote]slickid wrote:
Once you get high enough, not sure of which height, but it wont matter what you take because the body will just pass it straight through and be unresponsive and unable to digest food. That might be higher than you’re going though, I donno[/quote]

i doubt a group of college students will go mountain hiking to a height that endangers their lives to the point that their body doesn’t digest food.

[quote]slickid wrote:
Once you get high enough, not sure of which height, but it wont matter what you take because the body will just pass it straight through and be unresponsive and unable to digest food. That might be higher than you’re going though, I donno[/quote]

I can’t remember for certain, but I believe in a book by David Breshears…can’t remember the name offhand, he said something between 21-24k ft. I’m pretty sure he’s safe at 19k, though I would bet money he’s going to lose SOME weight no matter what.

Your program sounds pretty good. I haven’t done much rockclimbing or hiking in the past year, but when I was doing quite a bit I was doing about 3 total body workouts/week. At the time I didn’t know about HIIT, and was doing just regular jogging, so I’m sure you’re a ste ahead on that one.

I would just make sure to try (if sprinting outside) to find somewhere you can run uphill, or if you have access to treadmills max it out on the incline.

Anyway, that sounds like a ton of fun, be careful.

p.s. Check out David Breshears…the dude climbed everest like 7 times.