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Review in the Video Librarian Vol. 17, July/August 2002, p. 35, by R. Pitman
Train to Climb Mt. Rainier
... and Other High Peaks
If you’ve read Jon Krakauer’s riveting, deeply disturbing Into Thin Air (on the disastrous 1996 Everest expedition), then chances
are your mountaineering goals aim no higher than that fancy piece of overpriced exercise equipment generically called “The Step.”
Still, the truth of the matter is that if some of the relatively out of shape civilian tag-alongs on that ill-fated ascent had
followed the six-month preparatory program outlined in Doug and Courtenay Schurman’s Train to Climb Mt. Rainier, it’s possible
that more people would have come off the mountain alive. The Schurmans, who run the Seattle-based Body Results, which provides
personal training programs for outdoors sports strength and conditioning, here outline a half-year program that combines five
training components: aerobic, flexibility, strength, anaerobic, climbing specific adjustments, and rest and recovery. Viewers
will learn which aerobic, stretch and strength-building exercises are useful to prepare for climbing a high peak such as Mt.
Rainier (14,411 ft.) and chart their progress with clearly defined goals (i.e. if you can’t carry a 30 lb. Backpack while
maintaining a 3.5 mph speed on a treadmill set at the highest incline for a good hour, you aren’t ready to go). A list of additional
resources include important books and videos, as well as instructions for downloading the training plan off the Body Results website.
Since almost none of the information is Mt. Rainier specific, this will be widely applicable to folks in all kinds of places who
feel the desire to, as the noted Alpine conqueror Julie Andrews out it, “climb every mountain.” Recommended.
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