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Preparing for a high mountain, training

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The thing with training is that I personally am not a very conscious trainer. In the winter period I go wall-climbing (indoors) 2-3 times per week, ice wall climbing on average once a week, and play basketball once a week. I also recommend indoors wall-climbing to those who don’t regard themselves as particularly enthusiastic climbers, because it helps you to keep your skills up to date and build trust among your future climbing companions.

In the summer period I ride a velotaxi (vehicles run by pedal power providing taxi service) a couple of times per week and, if possible, go wall-climbing and play basketball. And I go swimming in the sea and move from A to B in the city mostly by rollerblades or a bicycle.

Plus, I try to get involved when there’s an opportunity to do some physical work. This also helps.

As part of my training schedule, I also spend about two and a half months per year in the mountains. Before attempting higher peaks (over 6000 m) I’ve dedicated about 3.5 hours per day to working out (all other types of training + fast-paced Nordic walking + going up and down sand slopes carrying a 20 kg backpack).

Another important element alongside physical preparation is, naturally, mental preparation. It’s not very difficult for me, because I have plenty of willpower. And if the will is there and the goal has been defined, I have no problems motivating myself. I recommend that those who are not sure of the strength of their character simply figure out whether they really really want to attain the peak. Because if you, after negotiating with your body and mind, still lack certainty, there’s not much point going and being a burden to others.

By the way, there are also days when I do absolutely nothing but chilling.

And there are some peaks I have never reached.