Kim Havell

The Top 10 Fitness Tips for Mountain Athletes

With a roster of students that ranges from freeskiing world champions to Navy SEALs, Shaul's brand of focused fitness has helped professional athletes from across the spectrum of mountain sports.

Build Up Your Endurance

Since you're trying something new—skinning or climbing with crampons and an ice axe—you'll need to be in great shape to handle exercise at high altitude.

Learn to Climb Technical Terrain

Some knowledge and comfort with ice climbing will make a big difference, building a feeling and love for your tools like crampons and an ice axe.

Make the Uphills Easy

Practice this skill set often to be efficient and to save energy in your excursions.

Stash Your Axe

The Axe Stash is a slick guide trick to put your axe away where it can quickly be retrieved if you feel insecure while climbing or descending.

Take Your Time

Approach the backcountry with respect and humility, or it will provide it for you.


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