Entries by Carolyn Parker

Training for Mountaineering | Back to Basics

When training for mountaineering (backcountry skiing, climbing: gym climbing, rock climbing, ice climbing alpine climbing), the most important lesson I’ve learned over the years is to always go back to the basics  Although I played many sports when I was young, it was not until I was 18 that I started to train in a structured […]

Get More Specific Strength for Ice Climbing

Training for Ice Climbing? Time to dial it up! Icing on the Climbing Cake–more specific strength for ice climbing. Ice climbing is a different beast. Solid general fitness and specific strength is key to success. If you’ve been following the Chicks Training tips recently you know about the last two ice-climbing-specific workouts. Swing! Training for Ice […]

Train Muscular Endurance for Ice Climbing

Train muscular endurance for ice climbing this season! Ice climbing is different. There are no crimpers or slopers. You always have a jug to hold onto—your tools! But swinging a tool overhead, holding on while placing or removing protection, longer pitches, the weight of winter gear (boots, crampons and multiple layers of clothing) and often […]

Ski Legs

Training for Skiing Three Workouts for Ski Leg Prep Hey you! Stop dreaming of winter. Start transitioning your legs to ski-mode now! Warm-Up for Ski Legs Training Do 10:00 minutes of light aerobic exercise. Then: 2 x 8 Shoulder openers 2 x 5 Cuban press 3 x 5 Wall squat  2 x 5 Squat jump Ski […]

Swing! Training for Ice Climbing

All outcome-based training must be laid on a solid foundation. So let’s check in first. Ask yourself: 1) Do I have a well-developed cardio vascular system, good resting heart rate, rapid heart rate recovery? Do I have a regular aerobic fitness program, 4 – 5 days a week 30 – 90+ minutes? 2) Have I […]

Focused Balancing Workout —For Climbers

The monsoon is past. The temperature has dropped. Rosehips are a deep pink. Rock Season is in its height. Fall is the time to climb hard, a ton. But as much as climbing feels good, it can imbalance you. Climbing a ton can create “negative movement patterns,” or what I call, Too-Much-of-a-Good-Thing syndrome. Negative movement patterns create muscle imbalances […]

Training Corner: Expectations

We’re in the height of climbing season and hopefully you’re all getting out and having fun! Whether you’ve set goals for alpine climbing trips, multi-pitch routes, just generally climbing harder, or learning this awesome sport of climbing for the first time, what I find consistent with all the athletes I coach is not having realistic […]

Training Corner: Alpine Strength

Training Corner: Alpine Strength by Carolyn Parker If you are new to the Chicks Training Tips take a few minutes to read the previous newsletters, there’s a lot of great information in there! We are in the thick of alpine climbing season in the US, Europe, and parts of South America. If you have a […]