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Publisher's Summary

In Training for the New Alpinism, Steve House, world-class climber and Patagonia ambassador, and Scott Johnston, coach of US 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. They deliver detailed instruction on how to plan and execute training tailored to your individual circumstances. 

Whether you work as a banker or a mountain guide, live in the city or the country, are an ice climber, a mountaineer heading to Denali, or a veteran of 8,000-meter peaks, your understanding of how to achieve your goals grows exponentially as you work with this audiobook. Chapters cover endurance and strength-training theory and methodology, application, and planning, nutrition, altitude, mental fitness, and assessing your goals and your strengths. 

Chapters are augmented with inspiring essays by world-renowned climbers, including Ueli Steck, Mark Twight, Peter Habeler, Voytek Kurtyka, and Will Gadd. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

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a gem of a book

This is a mandatory reading for alpine climbing. I imagine I will be referencing it often. True gem.

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  • Harri
  • 2019-04-18

Superb

I'm impressed. This book is hugely informative but yet managed to keep me entertained. The subjective view of the author about alpinism is very interesting. I also enjoyed how the book is full of excerpts and real life stories about other legendary alpinists and climbers. It has had a impact on my own life and future climbing ambitions. For any climber I would recommend it full heartedly. As a non native English speaker I also liked the narration.

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  • Safjoe
  • 2020-02-25

A manual for life

How detailed. I've a long history with physical training so I understood the narrative well. This manual is incredibly detailed and very well laid out. If you are new to physical training, expect to read the book a few times to solidify the knowledge. There is a lot of technical detail related to human physiology and you need to understand the concepts in detail to be able to manipulate your physiology into action. This is not just a book for climbers, anyone interested in self-development cN benefit from the knowledge shared herein. Now to read it again.

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  • 2021-08-26

Amazing

I've been in love with Mountaineering since I was 5 and I am now 53. I've climbed many peaks in the Pacific Northwest including Mount Rainier and I've found this book to be very informative in answering many of the long standing questions that I've had. Their other book entitled "Training for the Uphill Athlete" was amazing as well. I highly recommend these books to anyone who participates in mountaineering and wants to improve their conditioning.

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  • John Smith
  • 2021-07-07

absolutely worth the listen

This was a really great book for someone like me that has never been trained by a coach, or had a real scientific training plan.

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  • Bullfrogpro
  • 2021-01-26

Great book

I’ll certainly buy the paper version of this book as a reference. The only issue I have with this audiobook is the awkward imperial and metric elevation citation for every single peak mentioned, and there are many... it definitely interrupts the flow. Maybe just pick one unit and stick with that.

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  • Janetterz
  • 2022-07-13

Inspiring and motivating!

As I'm preparing for my 1st summit ever, Mount Whitney in California a friend of mine recommended this book to begin my training. It was so much more than I expected

Great tips wonderful insights and amazing stories of other climbers. 5 stars!

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  • S. Schwankert
  • 2022-06-03

Superb for athletes of all sports

This book was recommended to me years ago and I’m kicking myself for not having read it back then. I am not either an alpinist nor do I have any interest in mountains, but this book need not be only for people with Eiger dreams. Any endurance athlete can benefit from what it discusses in terms of physiology, psychology, and preparation. I may even pick up a used paper copy of the book so that I can use it as a reference, it is so dense and comprehensive that it requires more than one read. Thank you to the authors and I highly recommend this book.

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  • paige b
  • 2022-02-09

packed with information

I'm just starting to get into climbing, hiking, and outdoor adventures and this book was motivating and informative.

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  • Nick & Hilly
  • 2021-12-06

Easy to follow excellent book

The book takes a systematic approach to training and uses excellent examples throughout. Highly recommend for any one looking to improve even just their general fitness

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  • joe
  • 2019-11-14

good message, poor delivery

the narator did okay, but it obviously completely ignorant of climbing vernacular. It was hard to listen to, at times.