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A podcast dealing with Mountain Athletes: Training, Personal Stories, Interviews and How To episodes.

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    • 4.8 • 108 Ratings

A podcast dealing with Mountain Athletes: Training, Personal Stories, Interviews and How To episodes.

    Author Jim Nelson shares his latest guidebook: Classic Cascade Climbs

    Author Jim Nelson shares his latest guidebook: Classic Cascade Climbs

    In this episode Scott Johnston welcomes his long-time friend and fellow sexagenarian climber Jim Nelson. Jim and Scott discuss Jim's latest guide book.  Classic Cascade Climbs. 
     Jim, with co authors Tom Sjolseth and David Whitelaw have just published a follow up to his 2 previous Selected Climbs books.  This one; Classic Cascade Climbs, published by The Mountaineers Books is sure to fire the imagination of even the most seasoned climber.  While giving plenty of relevant beta for the climbs the killer photos are going to make you want to leave this book on your coffee table as inspiration. 

    Link to purchase book:
    https://www.mountaineers.org/books/books/classic-cascade-climbs-select-routes-in-washington-state

    • 49 min
    David Goettler On Summiting Everest Without Bottled Oxygen

    David Goettler On Summiting Everest Without Bottled Oxygen

    In this episode, Scott Johnston is joined by David Goettler. David is a member of the North Face Athlete Team, a professional mountain guide, and an accomplished alpinist. Fresh off of Everest after his successful summit without the use of supplemental oxygen, the duo discuss David's physical and mental preparation, embracing suffering, use of intermittent hypoxic training for preparation, and David's new approach for acclimatization this year that was a major factor in his success.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Our 24-Week Mountaineering Training Plan used by Damon T to climb both Everest and Lhotse!

    Our 24-Week Mountaineering Training Plan used by Damon T to climb both Everest and Lhotse!

    In the episode, Scott Johnston talks with Damon Tedford who recently returned from successful climbs of both Mt Everest and Lhotse.  While Damon and Scott have been in sporadic communication over the past couple of years using our phone consultation service he has been completely self-coached, using first our book Training for the New Alpinism to create his own training plan for the first couple of training cycles.  For this final training build up prior to the Everest-Lhotse trip he bought and used our 24 week expeditionary mountaineering plan and slightly modified it because we consider those plans to be the bare minimum needed to succeed.   

    Show Notes:
    Mountaineers on Mount Everest: Effects of age, sex, experience, and crowding on rates of success and death.
     https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0236919
      Wilderness Medical Society Clinical Practice Update for Prevention and Treatment of Acute Altitude Illness: 2019 Update
    https://www.wemjournal.org/article/S1080-6032(19)30090-0/fulltext

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Paradigm Shifts In Tactical Training With Vince Paikowski

    Paradigm Shifts In Tactical Training With Vince Paikowski

    In this episode, Scott Johnston is once again joined by US Army Captain Vince Paikowski, winner (with Alastair Keys) of the 2021 Best Ranger competition.  Last year these two military athletes trained using the tried and test Uphill Athlete methods.  This year Vince either personally coached or supplied these same training methods to a number of different teams preparing for the 2022 Best Ranger comp.  When the dust settled this year,  teams using these Uphill Athlete based training approach placed 1,2,3,4,6 and 7th.  Vince ad Scott discuss the  methods  which some tactical athletes in the armed forces are using to bring their fitness and preparation to a new level.

    • 1 hr
    Interview With Ultra Running Phenom, Clare Gallagher.

    Interview With Ultra Running Phenom, Clare Gallagher.

    Nikki LaRochelle is joined by fellow Uphill Athlete coach Mike Foote in interviewing  ultra running phenom, Clare Gallagher, a major contender in the ultra running scene.

    • 58 min
    Dealing with unplanned circumstances in the mountains with Kylee Toth

    Dealing with unplanned circumstances in the mountains with Kylee Toth

    In the mountains, so many things are beyond our control; weather, snow conditions, avalanche hazard, rock quality, injury and illness to mention some of the more common.  How one deals with them is what can make the difference between a little adventure and tragedy.  Scott Johnston is joined by Kylee Toth dive into how experience and fitness allowed she and two companions to handle a recent unplanned bivouac during a scouting missing for their planned Bugaboo to Rogers Pass ski traverse.   A few weeks later, in better conditions the three of then set the fastest known time for this very demanding high alpine ski traverse.

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
108 Ratings

108 Ratings

giopilli1 ,

Great and very informative podcast

The most informative podcast for training for any mountain or climbing sport. Would be great to have a video-blog of these interviews too..

Elevated.tv ,

Invaluable information for endurance athletes.

A great companion to the books and website of the same name. The editing and production could use a little tightening up, but enjoyable nonetheless.

GSWW- ,

Poor structure/template, strong content/potential

I am an admirer of everything UA, especially their coaches’ deep expertise and demonstrated passion in their contributions to uphill athletics. I have gained from the collective UA team in my trail/mountain/ultra running, ski mountaineering and increasingly my passion for hike/fly paragliding.

However, their knowledge and experience are not being adequately translated into consumable, actionable podcast content. Why?

Listeners would benefit from a consistent format or template for the podcast content, which could include a single dependable host/interviewer, a stated (and adhered-to) agenda, or even a formulaic approach to applying a common training philosophy or methodology to disciplines that share commonalities. In too many of these podcasts, my experience has been that of listening to rambling or ad-hoc or even idiosyncratic training chatter, rather than consuming an actionable, theme-driven and concise treatment of a topic.

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