Mountain Climbing Training

Individuals interested in reaching the tops of mountains might get involved in scrambling and technical mountain climbing. Such activities often take you off established hiking trails and onto more technical terrain including talus, scree, rock, snow, ice, and glaciers. You might encounter stream crossings, dense brush, and snowy slope traverses. Such activities might involve ropes and ice axes. Scrambling and alpine climbing also typically require more upper-body strength and endurance than hiking and backpacking.

To develop upper body strength, lower body strength and balance, and mobility for scrambling and mountain climbing, explore a few of our favorite movements in the following articles.

To give you the edge over more generalized fitness programs, include sport-specific skills and tips you’ll need to succeed with some of the following articles.

Preparation for scrambling and alpine climbing involves training for specific fitness qualities, going on sport-specific outings, and practicing skills necessary for the sport.

The five major fitness components to include in a program for scrambling and mountain climbing include:

  • Aerobic Endurance
  • Anaerobic Endurance (for high altitude)
  • Upper Body Strength
  • Lower Body  and Core Strength and Balance
  • Flexibility and Mobility

Explore scrambling and alpine climbing program design and nutrition requirements in these suggested articles.

To prepare for your favorite alpine adventures, explore how to increase your aerobic and anaerobic capacity with these suggested articles.