The Alpinist Fitness Assessment

By Rob Shaul Last November I began working with two groups of alpinists on pure climbing events. I designed “event-specific” training plans for each, including initial assessments, and this started me thinking about what a “Alpinist Fitness Assessment” would look like. By “Alpinist” I’m speaking here in terms of an athlete who climbs high, glaciated peaks […]

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Training at the Utah Olympic Park

The freeski team has been training together for their on-snow technical practice since December with Coach Rob DesLauriers, drilling technique and talking strategy. In preparation for the competition season, the team headed to the Utah Olympic Park to train on the ski jumps. “The idea is just to get them used to taking bigger airs, to understand […]

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ATHENA STUDY: Redefining knee injury prevention Training for Adolescent Female athletes

By Jordan Smothermon   Female adolescent athletes are three times more likely, on average across all high school sports, than their male counterparts to suffer an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear. The severity, cost, length of recovery, and emotional and mental toll ACL tears (and other knee injuries) take on young, developing athletes provide considerable […]

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Multi-Mode Lactate Threshold Testing In Mountain Sports

by Mike Wolfe   Abstract: This was an experiment to test whether athletes display different lactate thresholds (LT), and heart rate levels (HR) in three different mountain sports: mountain running (uphill), ski mountaineering (skinning uphill), and hiking (uphill with weighted pack).  All experiments were tested in a controlled gym environment where the subject was on […]

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Social Media Dawns a New Adventure

  By Mike Wolfe Last week, the world was able to watch for the first time—in real time—two climbers scale the longest and hardest free climb ever completed.  Armed simply with smartphones and numerous photographers rappelling in to capture their progress, Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgenson were able to share their monumental effort over a […]

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