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    In just over a year, I'm going to do a 6-week, 400 mile hike through the Australian bush, and am wondering about what kind of training to do to prepare as well as I can.

    The hike involves steep climbs and descents of mountains, with peaks of up to 2500m, as well as minor rock-climbing, fording rivers and hiking through overgrown terrain. (God, I must be mad, but it's for a good cause )

    I've started very light training, obviously walking around town wherever I can, as well as a couple of 10-mile walks to the next town.

    Can anyone suggest a training programme (doesn't have to be specific!) that will best prepare me for what I'm planning to do? I'm thinking to concentrate on cardio, but I know I'll also need to build my strength for the rock climbs etc. Am I thinking along the right lines here?

    All advice greatly appreciated.
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    (Original post by askew116)
    In just over a year, I'm going to do a 6-week, 400 mile hike through the Australian bush, and am wondering about what kind of training to do to prepare as well as I can.

    The hike involves steep climbs and descents of mountains, with peaks of up to 2500m, as well as minor rock-climbing, fording rivers and hiking through overgrown terrain. (God, I must be mad, but it's for a good cause )

    I've started very light training, obviously walking around town wherever I can, as well as a couple of 10-mile walks to the next town.

    Can anyone suggest a training programme (doesn't have to be specific!) that will best prepare me for what I'm planning to do? I'm thinking to concentrate on cardio, but I know I'll also need to build my strength for the rock climbs etc. Am I thinking along the right lines here?

    All advice greatly appreciated.
    Secret Compass Expeditions outline a good 12 week base fitness program for hiking:

    http://www.secretcompass.com/wp-cont...ing-Guide4.pdf

    I wouldn't treat that as a cure-all, rather a good place to start.

    As for the ascents/descents and scrambling I would supplement the above with Mountain Athlete's Bodyweight and Peak Bagging routines (first the BW routine, then Peak Bagger).

    A year gives you plenty of time to prepare but a few walks about town and a few 10 miles strolls certainly won't cut the mustard. They're probably make every effort to ensure that you complete it but you will be in for a world of hurt.
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    (Original post by ch0c0h01ic)
    Secret Compass Expeditions outline a good 12 week base fitness program for hiking:

    http://www.secretcompass.com/wp-cont...ing-Guide4.pdf

    I wouldn't treat that as a cure-all, rather a good place to start.

    As for the ascents/descents and scrambling I would supplement the above with Mountain Athlete's Bodyweight and Peak Bagging routines (first the BW routine, then Peak Bagger).

    A year gives you plenty of time to prepare but a few walks about town and a few 10 miles strolls certainly won't cut the mustard. They're probably make every effort to ensure that you complete it but you will be in for a world of hurt.
    Great link there! (y)

    I'm looking forward to the process of training but slightly dreading it at the same time!
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    Sounds fun! Get a weighted vest or put some weight in a backpack, stick a treadmill on the highest incline and go for time.
 
 
 
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