Skyward Mountaineering

Skyward Mountaineering is a boutique mountain guide service run by Vince Anderson and Steve House. Headquartered in the San Juan Mountains of Western Colorado we specialize in preparing alpinists for off-the-beaten-track climbs and have a track record of safely guiding difficult ascents of classics like the Eiger’s North Face and the Moonflower Buttress on Mt.Hunter. We also offer coaching and training for alpine climbing and ski alpinism.

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Capacity vs. Utilization Training

Capacity vs. Utilization Training

By Scott Johnston In our book, Training for the New Alpinism, Steve House and I make the distinction between non-specific and specific training. This distinction lies at the heart of our training philosophy. It also represents a significant paradigm shift for many climbers. Based on the number of questions we have received it is a concept that many folks are struggling to come to grips with. Perhaps looking at these different types of training through the lens of slightly different terminology will help. In our book we talk about “Non-(climbing)-specific training” and “Climbing-specific training”. Below I substitute Capacity for where we have[...]
Fatigue: Friend or Foe

Fatigue: Friend or Foe

By Coach Scott Johnston Fatigue in one form or another is a nearly constant companion of any endurance athlete. Learning how to regulate, control and absorb fatigue is the secret to successful training. Most people see fatigue in a blanket sort of way…all fatigue is the same…you feel tired. What is the big deal? But the successful endurance athlete becomes a connoisseur of fatigue. Learning to differentiate the subtle nuances of fatigue, getting on a first name basis with the all the members of the fatigue family, will allow you to know when to embrace it and when to step back[...]
Applying Periodization Theory for General Fitness

Applying Periodization Theory for General Fitness

Applying Periodization Theory ...even if you do not have a major goal and just want to become generally fitter by Coach Scott JohnstonWhen Steve and I wrote Training for the New Alpinism our focus was on telling people what we had done that had worked well for Steve and aided his climbing success. I have used those same principles with great success with world class cross country ski racers and so I understood the principles to apply to get top level results. This was what we hoped to impart in the book. Sort of a "best practices" methodology. What has become very[...]
The feeling of training

The feeling of training

By Steve House Training doesn’t have to be complex. In it’s most simple form, training is: Exertion Rest Repeat Despite the appearances given by our book, Training for the New Alpinism, I often don’t train with a specific plan. It helps that I did so for over a decade, that I can feel what I need to do. So this is what it feels like to me. Exert: I train at an exertion level where I can nose-breathe basically all the time. OK, if I get to a short hill I may have to mouth breathe for a bit, but I transition back to nose-breathing asap.[...]

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