Physical And Mental Preparation

Physical and mental fitness are necessary for safe, enjoyable and successful travel in the alpine environment. S2 members are required to provide an honest assessment of their health condition, skills and experience in the back-country prior to participating in any expedition. The assessment is part of a larger decision making process that informs a member of strengths and potential limitations. S2 leaders are then able to consult with a member on a range of appropriate trekking or climbing options.

The Benefit of Training

Training Develops Mental Toughness The human body is an amazing creation, capable of withstanding extreme and challenging conditions. More frequently, it is mental weakness that overcomes the individual, causing them to question their ability to reach the summit. There are moments on every mountain where one experiences discomfort or questions their ability. Mental toughness is the quality that overcomes these conditions. Even the most highly experienced and “scrappiest” climbers submit to question, but they are also distinguished by their steely discipline and mental commitment.

Training Develops Physical Fitness An individual with high physical and cardiovascular strength has a greater advantage of reaching the summit. As an individual climbs to higher elevation, there is a lower concentration of available oxygen in the air. Reduced oxygen availability requires the body to work harder, decreases stamina and increases fatigue. A physically fit individual is better prepared to withstand these rigorous conditions.

Training Makes Your Mountaineering Experience More Enjoyable The high alpine environment is a spectacular place, and the achievement of getting there can be a dream or a nightmare. The difference between having appreciation of your surroundings or needing to concentrate on how to accommodate your discomfort will be determined in large part by your fitness. Take your health seriously and train properly – the mountains demand it.

See The Basic Training Plan

We Have You Covered

S2 encourages climbers at all levels of experience and interest to participate in an expedition at an appropriate skill level. Nobody should feel intimidated or incapable of enjoying the mountains. To this end, S2 leaders regularly consult on routes requiring no experience or skill to multi-month international expeditions requiring significant skill, experience and confidence.

Conditioning trek in the Blue Ridge Mountains