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Train To Climb Mt Rainier

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This informative video provides a comprehensive six-month training program for the novice-to-intermediate level alpine climber who wants to climb Mt. Rainier and other high-altitude peaks. Included in the video are guidelines for aerobic, anaerobic, and climbing-specific training including flexibility and strength exercises selected for high-altitude mountaineering conditioning requirements. If you have been searching for a coach who climbs or for an exercise program specific to glacier travel, you’ll find plenty of excellent training ideas on this video. Mountaineer coaches and instructors Doug Schurman and Courtenay Schurman demonstrate the exercises with the help of climbing model Susan Wright.

In this 66 minute video you will learn details about the following training components: Aerobic training - Including alpine, outside, and indoor options along with suggested targets to try to reach by month 5.

Flexibility - Including stretches that are most applicable to the mountaineer and how to do them outside.

Strength training - Demonstration of exercises selected to help you with particular aspects of alpine climbing, showing traditional weights and home training options such as jugs of water and weighted packs.

Anaerobic training - Recommendations and guidelines for ways to raise the anaerobic threshold.

Climbing specific training - Specific training tips to emulate the physical requirements of the climb for optimal preparation.

The video concludes with a periodized training program specifying how to incorporate the components listed above over a 6-month period. Whether you have access to mountains or not, this video will provide you with all the physical conditioning information you need in order to optimally prepare for your climb.


Although the video is titled Train to Climb Mt. Rainier, it's applicable to most mountaineering and trekking adventures. -- National Strength & Conditioning Association Bulletin July/August 2002

Highly recommended for fitness collections in the Pacific Northwest and other mountainous communities. -- Library Journal vol. 127 #16, 10/02

I planned to develop a training plan for the readers, but after watching the video, I knew this was it. -- Shape Magazine's Editor-in-Chief, Barbara Harris

This extremely well organized video presents a six-month training program to help climbers tackle challenging Mt. Rainier or other peaks. -- Booklist vol 99 #1 9/02

This is applicable to those who feel the desire as noted Alpine conqueror Julie Andrews out it, "climb every mountain." -- Review in the Video Librarian July, 2002

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  • Actors: Courtenay Schurman, Susan Wright
  • Directors: Doug Schurman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Body Results
  • DVD Release Date: November 1, 2003
  • Run Time: 66 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001BVP3E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,490 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Lisa on February 19, 2004
Format: DVD
I used Train to Climb Mt. Rainier to get me ready for an Aug. 2002 climb of Mt. Ranier with Shape Magazine. It was a great tool and provided me with all of the information that I needed to climb. It gave me detailed information about all aspects of building physical endurance, including stretching, aerobics, strength training (weight lifting), and anaerobic training. The program includes specific instructions on how to begin training in month one and how to continue developing strength and stamina each month until you are ready to taper your workouts before your climb. The program provided a variety of exercise choices which helped to keep my motivation from waning. Another great aspect of the program is that it provides you with a way to train at home. This is awesome when you live thirty miles from the nearest gym. I felt like I had two personal trainers which is amazing when you consider I live in a rural town of four hundred people.
I would recommend this program to anyone preparing for a big climb. On my climbing day, I felt great. All of the hard work and training was worth the effort as I sat on the top of Mt. Rainier and looked out over the horizon. There's nothing like the magical feeling of being on top of the world! I truly believe that Courtney and Doug's advice helped me reach the peak!
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By kevin a lane on February 2, 2004
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I am a middle aged desk jockey who attempts to work out at least five times each week. My goal with these workouts is to increase my fitness level so that hiking trips are more enjoyable. I had been searching for a hiking specific exercise program for years, or even a trainer at the gym to which I belong who had a serious comprehension of what I needed to do to be able to routinely cover 20 miles each day on the Appalachian Trail.
The Train To Climb Mt Rainier DVD gives me this resource and much more. Not only does it lay out the exercise program, both cardio and weight training, that is needed, and not only does it take you from a beginning level forward, but it is excellently illustrated. I am now in the second month of the program and highly recommend it. The price is small considering the relative amounts hikers routinely pay to lighten their load through newer, more advanced gear. Train the engine that carries that lighter load and it will be even lighter, or at least feel that way.
Most impressive of all was the ability to communicate with the folks who put this product out. I had questions on certain aspects and was answered quickly and thoroughly. The one area that I would like to see improved is an explanation of what one should do after completing the six month program. I obtained the answer by asking the question, but the regimen would be that much more valuable if it included a segment on maintenance as well.
This might not be for all hikers. If you want to be winded easily and rapidly, cherish the thougths of being stiff and sore, have no desire to move at your own pace, and prefer to have to stop to gasp for air every few steps then you should save your money. But if you want to set up a plan to milk more enjoyment out of your trips, throw down the plastic and spend the equivalent of a couple of pair of socks.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kermitt on February 13, 2010
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I am climbing Rainier later this year and I am using this DVD as my training regimen. It gives a detailed 6 month plan on how to get in shape for climbing Mount Rainier. There is a lot of great information and enough climbing specific exercises to keep from getting bored. This DVD was also recommended by the guide service I am using, Alpine Ascents. The production is pretty low which is why I did not give it 5 stars. However, it does not take away from the value of the information.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Music Lover on March 21, 2010
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I have signed on with RMI for a Rainier climb, and their advise is to arrive "in the best shape of your life". Well how exactly does one get there? I picked up the DVD "Alpine Mountaineering on Mt Rainier" which shows legends Whittaker, Viesturs, and Hahn in action, but doesn't tell how they got to be in such great shape. (hint: daily training and decades of hard work) So how does a couch-potato go from slug to superman in 6 months? By getting this DVD and following it religiously. Not only does it start you off with the basics, you get step-by-step instructions on how to properly perform the exercises. You get training schedules and downloadable (from the website) charts for a month-to-month exercise regimen. It is precise and concise and tailored specifically for a Mt Rainier climb. I had a question about something specific to my training, and when I emailed the authors, Courtenay answered my question! Bodyresults also offers personalized training and advice via email and their website. All-in-all, Courtenay and Doug put out a great DVD and their sole purpose is to help you succeed. You can't go wrong if you buy this one. I have referred back to it quite a few times and I am now in month 4. I can truly say, I am well on my way to "the best shape of my life" and I owe it to this DVD.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By robin710710 on February 9, 2010
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It took ignoring a strength and conditioning link on the Rainier Mountain Guides' website as I began training for my climb, nine months of training with a great trainer, who had never climbed a mountain, and a training injury which put me in 16 weeks of physical therapy, to recognize the true value of "Train to Climb Mt. Rainier or any high peak."

Were that not enough, the climb from Paradise Point to Pebble Creek which began in steady rain at 45 degrees and ended in driving snow, 50 mph sustained winds, 25 foot visibility and a wind chill of 0 degrees, convinced me that even if the weather conditions had been favorable, I probably would not have reached the summit.
When the decision to try the climb again was made, I ordered this excellent DVD which packed more useful information into it's sixty-six minute running time than I had been able to pull from various sources in preparation for my failed attempt the summer before.

While each of the six sections has individual merit, the demonstrated climbing specific strength and the layout of the six month training program shared the information I needed to train to meet my goal of summiting Mt. Rainier in the summer of 2010.
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