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Discussion in 'Physical Training For Mountain Hunting And Backpac' started by BenY 2013, Apr 19, 2011.
What about someone living at 13 feet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL thats what my house sets at
Welcome home brother,.. sorry for such a tarty reply. I've been out chasin' whitetails here at home. Thanks for your service and you've hit the nail straight on in your reply regarding my time served.
Stay safe out there,..
Colorado does have some nice areas of reasonable terrain, but we also have some terrain that you'll be thankful to survive. IMO your best bet is to get a general idea of what areas you'd like to go to and then order the topo maps. You can give yourself an idea of what the general terrain is like, but the only way to really know what you've got is to come to Colorado for a few days and put boots on the ground. You should spend a few days in an area before try to hunt it-- in my opinion. I don't claim to be an expert, but I know what has been helpful to me.
Pls don't take this as an advice. For us senior citizen low-landers, on your first morning in difficult terrain, don't rush it despite being bushy tailed. Slowly get your heart rate up. After 30 minutes of hiking, stop to stretch. Rest of the day will come easy, so will the next day.
Boy,.. now ain't that the truth ! But if I might add,.. do not just decide to hit those hills without any type of exercise either !
I have a planned hunt for October, 2013 in Wyoming and my "training" has already begun. Altitude I can't do anything about till I get there and move around in it some but the rest of it,... I've got it down.
Deadline Ridge look-out,... here I come,... lol
I do alot of excercise at home before I go to my favorite hunting spot. Part of my job involves physical labor so that helps me stay in shape. I usually use the exercise bike more than the treadmill so I don't do as much impact training. I do a lot of training at home and have for years. If I don't run down the fence lines I can always run on roads or in pastures. When I get to hunting camp I can exercise on the road to make sure I am still in shape. I even exercise while I'm on the hill. Sounds like a lot huh? Never can be in too good of shape. I always tease my friends - you need to be careful your heart has only so many beats. "Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?" So I don't then. Others do worry about when their beats will stop. They shouldn't need to.
Heck where I stay when Im out is only like 70 miles from a "friend's" place.
My routine starts with 30 min of hills on the treadmill on the hardest setting, then the stair climber for 15 min again on the hardest setting. Then weight training focusing one day a week on each major muscle group. Legs, chest, core, arms, and shoulders. Also I live near the mountains and working in the hills and scouting and working outdoors in the hills help also.
just started working out again. I go for road walks with my day pack...put a 15 pound brick in it to start. have a 7 pound rock to add when I get comfortable. walks are 3-5 miles...nice hilly roads near me...goal is to get up to 50 pounds, since I'm only 145, I don't want to push it to start out with
I'm A Nasty Girl, so I have to pass a Army PT test every 6 months. I run every other day, and do as many push-ups and sit-ups as I can everyday. I also have a pull-up bar mounted in our bathroom.
I will not tell you I don't get winded on long steep climbs, but I do a hell of a lot better then the guys who don't do squat.
Every time I think about 'getting into shape' I lie back in my recliner and dream the pounds away!!
Speaking of squats...
I am a former Navy Rescue Swimmer so I am sort of used to staying in shape even if I have been out for 20 years this month (Time flies). I triathlon train, including specific hill training on bike and running. In the off season I do a lot of crossfit-like training mixed in. Tababa squat-jumps, body weight squats, pushups, pullups, ab circuit, box jumps, medicine ball squat thrusts, and burpees or 8 count bodybuilders.
I still suck wind for the first few days at altitude but I acclimate quickly and manage ok.
This year I am going to start hiking hills around here (Texas Hill Country) with a weighted pack to get ready for high country muley hunting in South Central Wyoming.
I would add some weight training to all the cardio advice, having a decent strength level really helps when you are hiking that steep hill or boulder hopping along a creek somewhere
Normally I train weights one day (you can get some great full body dumbbell workouts you can do at home which don't really require much equipment) and then I put a pack on and hike some hills nearby the next day then have a rest day and repeat.
You don't really need to add weight training if you are adding functional training such as hiking with a weighted pack, body weight squats and tabata jump squats. I find that high intensity plyometric exercises work a lot better than static weight training exercises and tend to cause a lot less injury.
I have been running to train for a marathon. I am not in great shape but do 30 - 40 miles a week at a slow run. Time on you feet really matters. If your not in shape start low and increase your weekly mileage slowly by about 5% every other week or so and focus on one long run probably every other week. Remember increase slowly or you will hurt yourself. Your hip and core muscles are very important for taking care of your knees. squats, plank etc to improve them. and stretch.