Summer is coming and it is time to get ready

What are you doing to prepare to have a great summer?

Some of the crew on the route to Triple Divide Peak.

Some of the crew on the route to Triple Divide Peak.

If you are reading this you likely enjoy some type of outdoor activity.

I personally enjoy getting ready for the summer season because I know that the greater my level of fitness the more I can enjoy all that I do. I have been out doing some winter trips on snowshoes and this will naturally move me to early season hikes where we gain some elevation on trails by hiking to lookouts and doing ridge walks.  By the middle of May we are hoping to be bagging some peaks in Glacier but that will largely depend on snow levels.

Spring also gives me the opportunity to chase some big rainbows in local lakes and on the Blackfeet Reservation and there are always phenomenal photo opportunities such as spring run-off,  emerging plants, and Northern Lights.

One thing I have noticed is that as I age, I am almost 52, my body begins to complain about getting up and going. Things that I used to do are not as easy anymore and this is my motivation to get out of bed in the morning and head to the gym.

What motivates you to get your workouts in every week? Here is what I focus on.

Here are the things I try to do for preseason fitness 

Hit the gym at least 4 to 5 times each week

This is a great level of fitness to make transitions into the mountains and trails easier.

Focus on both muscular strength and cardiovascular fitness

I personally like to lift for about 45 minutes and then shoot for about 30 minutes of cardio. I try to alternate upper body and lower body when I lift, but find a system that works for you.

If you do not have a gym membership do an on-line search for at home fitness routines.

Your way of doing it is better than not doing it.

Focus on your diet

Now is the time to start shedding those pounds if you can. Eat a balanced diet. I eat a lot of veggies and protein, not many carbs.

Hydrate

This is just a good habit

Get plenty of rest

Just another excellent idea, our bodies need time to reset.

Take your vitamins and glucosamine 

My joints feel better with glucosamine and my body runs better with vitamins.

Remember the trails and the mountains do not care.

Hiking trails and summiting peaks can be physically demanding. The mountain is just there it will eat you up if you are not ready.

I have seen the phrase: Every step is made just in time to start hating the next one. 

If this statement is true of your hiking or climbing it is time to start taking it back and winning the battle.

This summer will be a push for myself and the team from Climb Glacier. We have 9 days worth of climbs to complete for the next book, Volume 5, and hopefully the weather and fires will cooperate this year.

It is almost April and it is time to ramp your level of preparation up so you can be ready to Climb Glacier National Park.

By the way we are offering FREE SHIPPING on all purchases until May 2016. This includes my new book, What They Called It, Volume 2.

Get out there and succeed.

Blake