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Hart -
(backpackerchick) - MLife

Locale: Planet Earth
Staying in shape on long hikes on 11/24/2009 23:44:37 MST Print View

Yes, backpacking is exercise but.... I've heard PCT hikers lament how wasted they get especially their upper bodies. A week into a 4-5 week walk I'm already feeling this. Ski season is just around the corner. I ran yesterday and did some agility drills. Very sluggish. After walking all day, I tend to be unmotivated to do any maintenance conditioning. Even stretch. Had to do some scrambling and use some fixed ropes a couple times -- felt so good after just walking.

Directed at winter athletes, triathletes, etc. Do you supplement your walking with on trail conditioning of some sort?

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: Staying in shape on long hikes on 11/25/2009 07:16:23 MST Print View

One could easily do midday exercise for the upper body by carrying a theraband (very light weight) or even using their gear, along with body weight exercises (push ups, etc).

Edited by jshann on 11/25/2009 07:17:13 MST.

Mark Stalbird
(Off-road) - F
Trekking poles on 11/25/2009 11:06:50 MST Print View

My arms actually get a pretty good work-out by simple trekking poles,i never put them down while hiking/backpacking.
The motion resembles that of X country skiing.