So I am booked to ski Mt Blanc in early May. I was wondering if anyone had any tips on training for this. Unfortunately where I live/work has restrictive security so no hill walking.Have been running for a 1hr three times and week, doing 1 day a week of squats/lunges/power kleen/leg extensions etc. Will step the running up to 1 1/2-2hrs one session a week as gets closer but was wondering if there is anything else people recommend. Normally people who have trained in hills do better than gym monkies. Any top tips more than welcome.
Shoulders, arms etc could need a bit of work perhaps?
Although some people are affected by the altitude at the top of the Aiguille du Midi (3,842m), most are not and you don't spend a great deal of time at the top anyway. Suffering vertigo on the arrete can be "interesting" but, again, that's over and done with quite quickly.
You lose a fair amount of altitude in the first half hour of skiing and I think you're down below 3,000 metres relatively quickly.
Of course, if you're talking about climbing to the summit and spending some time up there then some specific altitude training might be a good idea...
Ranchero_1979 wrote:To clarify am planning on touring up Mt Blanc (summit) and skiing down.
Fantastic - but probably beyond the experience of most of us on here (self included) so you might need some more specialist advice.
How long is your March trip? skiing above the mid-station at the Grands Montets will allow you to stay over 2,000 metres all day - which should help.
Make sure you post a full report here though! Sounds like an epic trip.
Where are you based when not in the mountains? I know there's at least one gym in London (Third Space in Soho) that has an "altitude" chamber so you can do CV training in thin air. Might be something like that near you?
Have you considered the use of one of these before you go?
Edit. Doh! Just noticed Adders suggested something similar. However if you hire one, you could sleep in it for a week or so to acclimatise.
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