Thinking of tackling Mont Blanc this year. Here is some information to help you train and prepare for the highest mountain in the alps.
How fit do I need to be?
Mont Blanc requires over 1600 metres of ascent on summit day depending on the route you choose. This is like hiking Snowdon twice not forgetting the altitude.
You will also be wearing heavy boots, crampons and ice axe. You will also have a small rucksack with essential items.
What exercises should I do?
It important to be doing lots of cardiovascular exercise like running and hiking. As an impact exercise these will help develop bone density and specific muscle groups needed for mountaineering.
It is also useful to include strength into your training. This will help build strength and engage stabilising muscles in the trunk and core. These help keep good posture, help prevent injury when carrying rucksacks up and down hill over long distances.
How often should I train?
3-4 cardiovascular workouts each week which could be a mix of running hiking, swimming or cycling.
Planning some trips to the mountains will really help you build mountain endurance. Plan some multi day trips to Wales or the Lake District to get some long mountain days under your belt.
Plus 1-2 strength workouts depending on your other activities. You may decide to stop strength training nearer the departure date to focus on cardiovascular.
What skills do I need?
You will need to know how to use crampons and ice axe effectively. Some basic rope work would be useful and knowing how to tie a figure of eight.
Should I hire a guide?
If this is your first time in the alps then hire a guide. The route can be very busy and hard going so having a Professional guide will make sure you come back safely.
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