Teton Grand Traverse Training Plan

$59.00

  • 8 Week, 6 Day/Week Training Plan specifically designed to prepare athletes for the fitness demands of the Teton Grand Traverse (10 Peaks, 14 Miles, 24,000 feet of vertical gain and loss)
  • Includes bodyweight strength work, vertical hiking fitness, rock climbing fitness and long trail runs
  • This training plan is one of the 200+ Plans included with an Athlete’s Subscription.

Description

With 10 Peaks, 14 Miles, 24,000 feet vertical gain and loss, the Teton Grand Traverse is perhaps the premier alpine traverse in the lower 48.

Starting elevation is 6,700 feet. The Grand Traverse links Teewinot, Mount Owen, the Grand Teton, Middle Teton, South Teton, Ice Cream Cone, Gilkey Tower, Spalding, Cloudveil Dome and Nez Perce for a total of ten summits.

With climbing difficulties up to 5.8, the Grand Traverse is not exceptionally difficult technically, but route finding is tricky. The effort is frequently completed in a day by athletes who free solo the technical portions and run the rest. Record time is just over 6 hours.

Most complete the Grand Traverse in 2-3 days, with one or two bivys.

From a fitness perspective, the Grand Traverse’s major fitness demand is non-technical vertical mountain movement endurance, strength endurance and stamina, which is the primary focus of this training plan.

This is an intense, 8 week, 6-day/week training plan designed to prepare athletes for the fitness demands of the Teton Grand Traverse. It is designed to be completed the 8 weeks directly before the climb. Week 8 in the plan is an unload/taper week.

This program combines , loaded vertical climbing, focused eccentric leg strength training for the descent, bodyweight strength and core, long trail runs and 1x day/week rock climb training.
Here is the weekly schedule:
  • Monday: Loaded Step Ups or Vertical Ascent
  • Tuesday: Eccentric Leg Strength Training, Bodyweight upper body and core, Moderate Run (Possible 2-A-Day)
  • Wednesday: Climbing Fitness in Bouldering Gym
  • Thursday:Loaded Step Ups or Vertical Ascent
  • Friday:Eccentric Leg Strength Training, Bodyweight upper body and core, Moderate Run (Possible 2-A-Day)
  • Saturday: Long Trail Run out to 13 miles.
This is not a beginner’s program. Athletes need to have a high level of fitness before beginning the program.

Week one includes two days of strength training, 3000 feet of vertical movement, a 8 miles of moderate running and 7 mile trail run. The program increases in difficulty from there and peaks at Week 7 with 7,000 feet of vertical movement, 20 miles of moderate running and a 13 mile trail run.

The “Sample Training” includes the entire first week of programming. We recommend athletes complete this before purchase to see if they are ready.

Required Equipment
This is a limited equipment training plan. The strength training in the gym is bodyweight only. Below is the required equipment:
– Steep Hill, Stadium Steps, or 16-inch Step Up Bench for vertical movement
– Backpack with 25 pounds of load
– Pull Up Bar
– Foam Roller
– Bouldering Gym for Wednesday’s V-Sum
Recommended Equipment
– Wrist GPS to monitor running mileage
– Hand Counter to count step ups

COMMON QUESTIONS

How long with the Training Sessions take?
60-180 Minutes. Bodyweight Strength Training  (Tuesday/Thursday) is designed to take 30-40 minutes, but these sessions also include a moderate run which can be completed directly after the strength work or later in the day as a 2-a-day. Endurance days could extend to 180 minutes. 

What does “4/8x” mean?
First number is for women, second is for men, both for reps, and loading. Examples:
4/8x Chin Ups = Women do 4x, Men do 8x

What Equipment is Required?
This is a limited equipment training plan. The strength training in the gym is bodyweight only. Below is the required equipment:

– Steep Hill, Stadium Steps, or 16-inch Step Up Bench for vertical movement
– Backpack with 25 pounds of load
– Pull Up Bar
– Foam Roller
– Bouldering Gym for Wednesday’s V-Sum
What if I miss a training day?
Ideally, you will train 6 days in a row, and take 1 full days off for rest. If for some reason miss a session,  do not skip ahead. Start again where you left off and complete the sessions in order throughout the plan.

Where do I find unfamiliar exercises?
See our Exercise Library HERE. 

What about nutrition?
See our Nutritional Guidelines HERE.

Can I see sample training?
Click the “Sample Training” tab to see the entire first week of programming.

 

 

Required Equipment

This is a limited equipment training plan. The strength training in the gym is bodyweight only. Below is the required equipment:




- Steep Hill, Stadium Steps, or 16-inch Step Up Bench for vertical movement

- Backpack with 25 pounds of load

- Pull Up Bar

- Foam Roller

- Bouldering Gym for Wednesday's V-Sum

Sample Training

BELOW IS THE ENTIRE FIRST WEEK OF PROGRAMMING


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SESSION 1


Obj: Uphill Movement Under Load Fitness


Training:


(1) Hike up 1,500 Vertical Feet or Complete 1,125x Step Ups @ 16" Box/Step wearing 25# Backpack


Work at a Moderate Pace. Moderate = comfortable but not easy.


(2) Foam Roll Quads/Low Back


Comments:


Part (1) is the Athlete's Choice - Complete laps hiking up and down a steep hill/stadium, steps, etc., or complete step ups to a 16" box or step. Wear a 25# pack for whichever you chose.


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SESSION 2


Obj: Strength, Endurance


Warm Up:


3 Rounds




  • 5x Walking Lunges

  • 5x Push Ups

  • 10x Sit Ups

  • Instep Stretch

  • Lat + Pec Stretch


Training:


(1) 10 Rounds




(2) 6 Rounds




(3) Run 4 Miles, Moderate Pace


Moderate = comfortable but not easy.


(4) Foam Roll Quads/Low Back.


Comments:


You may make today's effort a 2-a-Day if needed due to time constraints. Complete the Leg Blasters/Upper Body work in the AM, run in the PM.


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SESSION 3


Obj: Climbing Fitness, Low Back Strength Endurance


Warm Up:




  • 10 Minutes on Easy Traverse Wall


Training:


(1) Bouldering V-Sum


Record Results


(2) 2 Rounds




(3) Foam Roll Quads/Low Back


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SESSION 4


Obj: Uphill Movement Under Load Fitness


Training:


(1) Hike up 1,500 Vertical Feet or Complete 1,125x Step Ups @ 16" Box/Step wearing 25# Backpack


Work at a Moderate Pace. Moderate = comfortable but not easy.


(2) Foam Roll Quads/Low Back


Comments:


Part (1) is the Athlete's Choice - Complete laps hiking up and down a steep hill/stadium, steps, etc., or complete step ups to a 16" box or step. Wear a 25# pack for whichever you chose.


**************************
SESSION 5


Obj: Strength, Endurance


Warm Up:


3 Rounds




  • 5x Walking Lunges

  • 5x Push Ups

  • 10x Sit Ups

  • Instep Stretch

  • Lat + Pec Stretch


Training:


(1) 10 Rounds




(2) 6 Rounds

(3) Run 4 Miles, Moderate Pace


Moderate = comfortable but not easy.


(4) Foam Roll Quads/Low Back.


Comments:


You may make today's effort a 2-a-Day if needed due to time constraints. Complete the Leg Blasters/Upper Body work in the AM, run in the PM.


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SESSION 6


Obj: Endurance


Training:


(1) Trail Run 7 Miles, Easy Pace


Easy = you can speak in complete sentences

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Where do I find unfamiliar exercises?
See our Exercise Library HERE. The Run and Ruck Calculators are listed as exercises.

What about nutrition?
See our Nutritional Guidelines HERE.

Can I see sample training?
Click the “Sample Training” tab to see the entire first week of programming.
You are encouraged to do it before purchasing.

What if I have more questions?
Email rob@mtntactical.com

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