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#54224 - 07/03/10 09:25 PM Up hill walking?
josiebyrne Offline
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Registered: 07/03/10
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My husband and I are doing the coast to coast walk - St. Bees to Robin Hoods Bay starting on Friday 4 June - everything is organised, maps accommodation etc - I am looking forward to doing it but....... we are avid walkers - been walking average 10/14 miles per week throughout the year - have done all the big walks in the Lake District, Great Gable, Scafell - Helvelleyn etc - but whilst I am a good flat walker - I am not very good at climbing mountains - get out of breath and am very, very slow. Can anyone give me any tips on uphill walking?- would be very grateful as this is worrying me a little as my husband is quite good at going uphills - not as good as me on flat walk - but he is always waiting for me with a paind expression on his face!!!

#54285 - 10/03/10 11:44 AM Re: Up hill walking? [Re: josiebyrne]
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Registered: 31/01/06
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Loc: Canberra, ACT, Australia
By far the best way to train for hills is by walking up them. Walking along the flat just doesn't work. I am lucky in that I have a 250m (800 ft) tall hill just out the back door and walk it every couple of days. If you live in a flat area then get a sturdy box and start stepping up onto it. Start with 10 or 20 step ups on each leg and slowly increase the number each day.
Walking my own walk

#54313 - 11/03/10 04:53 PM Re: Up hill walking? [Re: MarkF]
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There are two angles to your question ...

Firstly, is your lack of uphill prowess due to you basic lack of fitness? If so then there is a need for you to start practicing beforehand by going out into the hills and having a regular few days general uphill walking. There is no substitute for practice.

Secondly, is it that you are naurally just a slow uphill walker? If so, there is absolutely nothing wrong with being overtaken by a disabled tortoise. It is not a race and you are answerable to no one for your speed. "For better or worse" includes waiting for ones spouse as you race ahead. (It will be included in the new marriage vows being trialled in some Yorkshire dales next year). The best tip is to walk at your own speed ... take frequent short pauses to look at the view/mist/rain and enjoy yourself. How do you think I acquired my avatar!!!!!!

#55565 - 26/05/10 08:32 PM Re: Up hill walking? [Re: slowcoach]
June Offline
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Registered: 08/04/99
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Loc: Birmingham, West Midlands
Mark and Slowcoach are both right - the best way to improve is to practise, but if you are just slow at going up hills (and I know the feeling well) then don't worry about it. I personally find that trekking poles - a pair, basically using nordic walking technique, or something like it - help on the uphills, but not everyone does. You need to try them out before you start, though. In any case, don't let anyone make you feel bad about taking longer - you get to enjoy the view more than they do.

#55735 - 04/06/10 03:48 PM Re: Up hill walking? [Re: June]
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Loc: Renens, Vaud, Switzerland
As the others have said, "take things slowly at your own pace".

When walking up hill at high altitudes (above 3800mts), everyone must walk slowly or pass out. By slowly I mean that when you take a pace your heel should hit the ground only a couple of inches in front of the toes of the foot that is on the ground. If you get out of puff...stop until your heart rate reduces to nearly normal.

For a person that is only used to walking at sea level, even a gain in altitude of 2000ft can create breathing problems until your body becomes acclimatised.

Don't be pulled into the English walker’s habit of dashing off eyeballs out, in case some one passes you or thinks you are a wimp. Tell them to get stuffed and go at your own speed.

By the way, have you ever had your heart beat or lung capacity checked out?


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