Ski Magazine recently posted a great article about how to train, plan and conquer a 14er this summer. This, I like. Ski interviewed Aspen’s Christy Mahon, who has hiked and skied all of Colorado’s 54 14ers—so, yeah I think I will pay attention to what she says.
The first piece of advice is to TRAIN. So, that means you need to have a couple of long hikes notched on your belt before the big 14er hike. Also, some more sound advice:
“Use these as time to test your gear. Break in those new trail runners and get used to hiking with a heavy day pack.”
Don’t be that person breaking in new shoes on the day you try a 14,000 plus peak—woes will come your way. Guaranteed.
The next piece of advise is to PLAN your day. This is crucial to any outdoor adventure on proper timing of when you attempt to summit and having a good handle on what the weather is up to.
14ers.com is a great resource of past trip reports and a good place to check before heading out on your own trip–especially this year with so much snow in June.
Once hiking, it is important to stay hydrated and well-fed.
“Mid-morning snacks, along with steady water consumption, are critical to a strong all-day performance. Mahon recommends fruit, string cheese, energy bars and a GU with caffeine for when you feel mentally fatigued. Pack some solid food, like a sandwich, for the summit and have a recovery drink and something salty waiting in the car.”
This piece of advice I find really interesting,“When hiking in backcountry, “don’t zone out too much,” says Mahon. It’s critical to stay mentally aware. “Make a lot of mental notes as you’re hiking—trail markers, forks in the road.”
To read the full article click here.
Have fun this summer in any epic hike you plan. Remember that it doesn’t have to be a 14er to require proper training and planning.