When you’re doing a major hike up a mountain, every day involves six to eight hours of constant movement on varying terrain, while carrying a heavy (maybe 50lbs) pack on your back. That’s why it’s essential to incorporate strength, stability, and endurance workouts into your training routine, notes pilot Aidan Loehr, an instructor and guide for the American Alpine Institute.
The first 4-week training block in this plan includes two strength days, one combination strength/mobility/endurance day, and two straight-up endurance days. The second block cuts back on strength and brings in more climbing-specific cardio. Follow the plan for eight weeks, and you’ll be ready to face that 14’er.