Topic Author's Original Post - Feb 15, 2014 - 10:41am PT
This book looks great! apparently ready to ship. I have been getting advice from Scott Johnston for my nordic race training this year, he is one of the best coaches in the US. Also an accomplished climber (K2 summit without oxygen, etc.)
"In Training for the New Alpinism, Steve House, world-class climber and Patagonia ambassador, and Scott Johnston, coach of U.S. National Champions and World Cup Nordic Skiers, translate training theory into practice to allow you to coach yourself to any mountaineering goal. Applying training practices from other endurance sports, House and Johnston demonstrate that following a carefully designed regimen is as effective for alpinism as it is for any other endurance sport and leads to better performance... Chapters are augmented with inspiring essays by world-renowned climbers, including Ueli Steck, Mark Twight, Peter Habeler, Voytek Kurtyka, and Will Gadd. Filled with photos, graphs, and illustrations."
Looking forward to getting a copy. My old Extreme Alpinism by Twight is dog eared, worn and dated. Nice shot in the trailer of a climber on the summit of Tocllaraju in the Cordillera Blanca., my old stomping grounds....
Picked up the eBook version of this one a couple of days ago ($11) and have read something like 20% of it thoroughly, and then skimmed way ahead.
Very good book that is fundamentally sound based upon my experiential observations. It starts out laying out the foundation of the necessity of a large Zone 1 training base predicated upon volume, then walks you through the science behind it why our bodies react the way they do to things. To me, the science stuff is extraneous. Cool to geek out on, but as long as I know that X produces Y result...that is what I want.
Anyway, started looking ahead to the actual portion on more specifics relative to training and it looks great. Excited to attempt House's "Alpine Combine" and see where I score fitness-wise as far as the "starting point" is concerned.
Also looking to read through the Horst training guide and kind of take the best nuggets of each relative to my goals and see how I can best create some sort of hybrid program in order to drive the best results for me and my goals (if it makes sense to do so).