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Climb Every Mountain

May 4, 2011

You’re going to climb a mountain, like those who are undergoing chemo and perhaps radiation.  You will need strength, endurance, and determination.  Facing chemo is a daunting task just like looking uphill at a few thousand feet of elevation that are going up, up, up into the sky.  It truly is one step at a time and slowly but surely, you get to the summit.

The Mount Elbrus team ascends the beautiful peak, one step at a time.

How does one get that strength and endurance?  We know you all have determination, but how does one train while working full-time, taking care of kids or just living life?  It is a challenge, but we know you are all up to the challenge; otherwise, you wouldn’t have signed up for the Climb!

Climbing a mountain requires endurance.   It is a very slow-going process so one must have the capacity to keep going, both mentally and physically.  Strength is required as it feels like you are on an outdoor Stair Master.  Obtaining these skills requires time, but when time is at a premium, what can you do to train?

Strength:  If you work in an office building with stairs, climb them.  Don’t take the elevator.  Some folks have even been known to bring a pack with weight to work and during breaks and/or lunch go up and down—saying hello to those they meet in the stairs!   Find outdoor stairs in your city that you can climb, again with a pack.  Don’t load it up with 30 lbs right away.  Go slowly, build up the weight as you build up your strength.  Check out this website to see where the stairs are in your city:   These tips are most useful for those who live in areas without hiking trails nearby.  Currently in the Pacific Northwest, we have a HUGE snow pack so most trails are not accessible right now and won’t be for quite some time.   Hiking on trails is THE best way to get your workout in.  If you don’t have access to trails, improvise.


A training hike in Glacier National Park. Photo by Bonnie Timm.

Endurance:  Go on walks after dinner around your neighborhood—go for one mile, two miles, and then three.  It’s spring, the weather should be getting better and it’s staying lighter in the evening.

Key point:  The more training you do, the better prepared you will be and the more fun you will have.  Start training early, be consistent, set goals, and you will make your Climb one of the most amazing times you’ve ever had in your life.

Many climbers that make the leap and sign up for a peak, literally go on to climb every mountain.  The Climb to Fight Breast Cancer has many repeat climbers so we are always adding new expeditions to keep up with our participants!

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