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SB Outdoors Training Plans

For backpacking training, listed below are a number of recommendations:
  • If possible, go for a 5-10 mile hike, once a week, over very varied terrain. Significant climbs and down hill climbs are highly encouraged. You can start at 5 miles and work your way up to 10 miles a day, as the trip gets closer. 
  • As your miles increase, increase the weight of your pack. You can start with a day pack, but quickly you should move toward using the pack you will use for your trip and then increase the weight of your pack until you can hike close to 10 miles with 30-45 lbs in your pack.
  • Ensure you are hiking in the shoes/boots you will be using for the trip. Also try out the clothes you will hike in during the trip. 
  • If you cannot get out on the trail every week, you can hike in your neighborhood, with boots and pack, but seek out hills and more challenging terrain whenever possible.
  • If you cannot get outside, you can use a treadmill or stair machine, at times. Ensure you put the machine as maximum incline or as fast as safe to ensure you are challenging yourself.
  • Do plenty of cardiovascular (running, hiking, biking, swimming, etc.) during the week. 
  • Choose snacks/lunch that you will use on the trip and ensure that you like them and that they keep you fueled and energized during your workouts. Never try anything for the 1st time on a trip.