Getting 'mountain fit' is all about conditioning your heart and lungs to work harder and increasing the strength in your legs. You don't have to be in the hills every week - any form of aerobic exercise such as running, walking, cycling or swimming will do. Start off gently and gradually increase the frequency and the intensity.
The best training for hiking uphill with a rucksack is, you guessed it, hiking uphill with a rucksack! Get out into the hills as much as you can, taking a more experienced friend if you are new to the mountain environment. Work your way up to doing a full day (7 or 8 hours) carrying the rucksack that you will be taking on the challenge. See our Kit page for details of what you will need to carry with you. Trips to the hills will get you used to carrying more weight, and will also help you to sort out any problems with your boots, waterproofs (are they really waterproof?!?!) or other kit before you go.
If you are not used to doing much physical exercise, or if you have any concerns about your health or fitness, please consult your doctor prior to starting a training programme or registering for any challenge. If any problems arise during your training, do get them sorted out as soon as possible. What started as a small niggle can become a big issue when you put your body under pressure! A balanced diet will also help you, both during your training and on the day.
The fitter you are, the more confident you will feel and the more you will enjoy your challenge. Most importantly, the greater your chances will be of reaching the summit.
Training for the Mountains