The team climbs to 14,000 feet.

To keep up training and see how we fair at high altitudes, the team flew to Colorado to tackle a 14,000-foot mountain. The East Coast is certainly lacking in mountains above 6,500 feet. Our goal was to not only test how our bodies react at altitude, but also to see how our endurance faired over a couple of consecutive days of hiking. We only had a day and half to acclimate hike, so the team decided to tackle Mount Bierstadt, one of the “easier” 14’ers, at the end of the trip.

The trip itself was a whirlwind; the team arrived in Denver (elevation of ~5,000 feet) on Sunday morning, then drove to the Rocky Mountain National Park’s Morraine Campsite where we decided to stay the night at an elevation of 8,800 feet. The effects were evident right off the bat, we became breatheless after the simplest tasks.

The team woke up and headed over to the Glacier Gorge trailhead. The hike was 5.6 miles roundtrip with a slight elevation gain. Mills Falls was breathtaking and a great place to rest before the journey back.

After the hike, we drove to the base of Mount Bierstadt to find a place to camp at 11,600 feet with Bierstadt looming in the distance. We woke at 5:30am to start up the mountain.

The hike was tough with altitude being a huge factor in the difficulty, but we made it to the top and back to Boston in one piece.

The Color Run 5K

 A couple of weeks back, team CFCP ran the Color Run 5k. The Color Run 5k is self-titled “The Happiest 5k on the Planet”, and we can confirm it was an event with a ton of positive energy. The Color Run is a 5k inspired by the Hindu tradition of Holi, also known as the festival of colors. As you run, different color stations have volunteers throw colored corn starch at you. By the end of the race we were covered in lots of colored powder. In addition to a lot of fun, it was a good event to test our cardio and help us train for the climb. We had a great time and recommend this event to others.

Up, Down, & Around Challenge

In an effort to train, we will be testing our fitness levels throughout the year by participating in various 5Ks and other challenges. We are excited to announce that Austin Whipple and Phillip Berenz will be participating in the Up, Down, and Around Challenge on April 7th, 2012.  The Up, Down, and Around Challenge is a four-part adventure race that takes place on Wachusett mountain.  Austin and Phillip will be joining two of their friends to compete in the challenge. Phillip will be complete the biking leg and Austin will complete the hiking section.

Training Begins

Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest walkable mountain in the world, and you don’t necessarily need any technical climbing skills to summit it. However, it is no small feat.

On a typical trip, you are walking 5 to 6 hours a day at high altitudes for up to 6 days in a row. Being in good shape is vital, not only physically but mentally. We are tentatively planning to hike in January 2013. That leaves us plenty of time for solid training. Before we start a more complex and advanced training program geared to prepare us for Mount Kilimanjaro, the first month will be dedicated to just getting into decent shape.

This means we will be climbing stairs for 30+ mins, hitting the gym to strength train, bouldering (because its fun and good for you), and starting to run. After about a month, we will start introducing endurance training and adjusting these activities to align with the challenges that Mount Kilimanjaro presents. We will keep everyone updated on our training efforts.

Also, check out this training program developed by Faith Jones, Personal Trainer at The Boulevard Club. I think we will be using this as a main reference throughout our training.