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Preparation, Hints & Tips
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chatsworthchallenge.com and threepeakschallenge.com are organisers of sponsored challenge walks to raise money for the Dave Owens and Frank Goodall Memorial Fund in support of nominated charities to fund cancer research, prevention, and treatment.
Total funds raised so far
The four charities we currently represent. All of the money raised on our walks go to the four listed cancer charities to fund the research, prev-ention, and treatment of cancer.
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backpack, you'll be working hard enough to push your heart rate up through the roof. (to running levels in fact).
Hill Walking Tips... some simple tips about getting up and over those hills from Three Peaks Challenge King of the Hills... The Mountain Goat
Walking on the flat or downhill is basically easy. Strap on a heart rate monitor and you'll see that your pulse doesn't even reach what runners would think of as a training zone'. Heading up hills however is a different matter altogether. On steep climbs and particularly with a
Why? Well, If you think about it, you're lifting your bodyweight against gravity with every step so it's a bit like resistance training.
That's a big difference from flat walking where loads are significantly less, and a problem if you only get out on the hills occasionally.
So, if you find walking up hills hard, what can you do about it? Here's a few tips that could help you motor up that hill next time out.
Don't be tempted to go screaming into things. You want to choose a nice, steady pace that you can sustain over a long period.
Whatever you do, don't push yourself until you become breathless and your legs are burning as you'll be asking for trouble later.
What then happens is that you use hard-to-replace glycogen reserves and build up lactate chemicals in your muscles that will make you less efficient for the rest of walk.
Walk Up Hills More Easily
Better to stop and have a quick breather than push yourself into the physiological death zone.
You'd be surprised how many people try to take huge steps going uphill. It's actually more efficient to lean slightly into the slope and shorten your stride a little. If you find a spot with a really big step up, look for an intermediate foot hold so you can do it in two paces instead of one and ease the load.
Think of stairs - it's easier to breeze up closely-spaced steps than to go striding up huge, widely spaced ones. Watch where you place your feet as well... unsteady foot plants waste energy and make efficient walking more difficult.
The Mountain Goat
Most of the tips above are ok for our current walk in the Chatsworth estate, and the Peak District, but for those of you who have arrived here looking for tips to get up the three peaks, here are some additional tips on how to improve your hill walking technique (courtesy of www.go4awalk.com)
Before you go - improve your general level of fitness
If you're new to hill-walking, try to build up your general fitness level in advance. This doesn't have to mean expensive trips to gyms, instead take any and all opportunities to walk actively on the flat, walk (or eventually run!) up steps or the stairs at home or in the office.
Before you go - get the right boots
Your feet are your best friends when hill walking - so treat them well. Your choice of footwear is determined largely by the type of walking you want to do. Boots for general walking will be designed to offer relatively more flexibility and often come in the form of low-cut walking boots or shoes. Boots for higher level walking on rockier, steeper ground will tend to have stiffer soles and be cut to offer a greater level of support.
Before you start - warm up
Hill-walking presents a greater aerobic challenge to your body and uses the muscles in the front of your thighs and your buttocks to a greater extent than otherwise. So warm-up first by walking for about 10 minutes on the flat.
Shorten your stride
In the same way that you use a lower gear in a car to go up a hill, you should shorten your stride when you walk up hill. If possible, try to keep up the same rate of steps but just take shorter ones. Aside from not putting too much strain on hip and knee joints, this should also allow you to balance yourself and place your feet more carefully so that you avoid slipping.
Get your Posture right
Lean slightly into the hill but try to maintain your balance by keeping your torso over your hips. As stated above, if possible, try to keep up the same rate of steps but just take shorter ones. Aside from not putting too much strain on hip and knee joints, this should also allow you to balance yourself and place your feet more carefully so that you avoid slipping.
Consider walking poles
Walking poles can be a great help when going uphill - they allow you transfer some of the load to your arms and allow you to set a rhythm for your walking. You will need to shorten your poles for up-hill sections.It may be worthwhile considering poles that allow the anti-shock system to be turned off for uphill use.
Unless super fit - slow down so that you're not depleting your carbohydrate sources too quickly. Avoid having to go so quickly you can only spit out single words. A slow, steady pace is better than a fast one punctuated with lots of stops. Anyway, you're there for the views as well, right?
Manage your breathing
Try to maintain a slow, regular breathing pattern. Try to properly fill your lungs from the base of your abdomen. (If you're also a singer you'll have a head-start here!) Avoid breathing so that your shoulders are going up and down. In cold weather, breathe through your nose so that the air is warmed.
Pick your route up
The 'route 1' straight up approach may look the quickest - but in most cases it isn't. It's far preferable to reduce the gradient by picking a more zig-zagging route. Yes - the distance travelled will be greater but it will enable you keep a steadier, more consistent pace.
Dealing with Scree
Generally speaking, it's best to try and avoid scree. However, that's not always possible. If it is unavoidable try to keep your foot flat (to spread your weight over as great an area as possible). Try to step onto large flatter stones or clumps of vegetation. In case you disturb the scree, look out for other walkers below you (and also above you in case they're not as considerate as you).
One step at a time
As in many other challenges, your attitude in approaching a hill-climb is nearly as important as your technique. Yes - assess where you are heading, but don't keep looking at that seemingly way-off summit. Give yourself lots of smaller destination points along the route - and reward yourself when you reach each one. This may also be a good opportunity to practice your singing (in your head?!), chant Italian verb conjugations (definitely in your head), count your paces - or whatever else helps you maintain your walking rhythm.
Enjoy yourself... Remember, this is supposed to be fun.
Some Additional Tips for Three Peaks Walkers
That just about wraps it up from The Mountain goat, and we thank him for all the valuable information he’s given us when it comes to getting up and over those steep hills. We’ve decided to show a couple more photos of him away from his Website consultancy work in his hometown habitat in Devil’s Castle, Albion Basin, Utah, USA.
The Mountain Goat at rest at the top of another difficult climb.
The Mountain Goat takes time out from providing all those useful hints and tips on hill walking to relax on the rocky slopes.
chatsworthchallenge.com are organisers of fund raising challenge walks in support of the Dave Owens and Frank Goodall Memorial Fund to raise monies for nominated charities in support of cancer research, prevention, and treatment.
Text : Philip Lynskey : Gerard Mitchell
Images : Philip Lynskey
Devil’s Castle Summit Hike
If you really want to see the Mountain Goat’s home town mountain range in all its glory, watch the hair raising video below of a summit hike on Devil’s Castle, courtesy of Utah Pictures, who kindly provide the mountain goat pictures to us.
Note that the climb is being undertaken whilst the hiker is using one hand to operate the hand held video camera!
See where the Mountain Goat actually lives, in this summit hike of Devil’s Castle, Albion Basin, Utah, USA. Click on the YouTube logo on the bar at the bottom of the video to be directed to the main YouTube site to see the video in larger size. Video courtesy of:-
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