A climbing team moves only as fast as its slowest member. Don't let it be you.
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You don't need any special skills to climb Rainier with a guiding service. You just need to show up in the best hiking shape of your life. This six-month plan, designed by Doug Schurman—co-author of The Outdoor Athlete and co-owner of BodyResults.com
, a wilderness-sports-conditioning service—incorporates the home-gym-friendly strength and endurance exercises on the next two pages to gradually build your fitness toward a no-sweat summit day.