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The use of stair steppers for really steep snow climbs

I live in an area without very steep hills to do climbing repeats and don't have access to tall buildings with stairwells to do stair climbing repeats.

However, having an ultra-endurance background, I am not a guy who trains light.

i have hauled giant packs up the local ski hills, hauled giant packs on elevated treadmills, and hauled giant packs while dragging big tires on asphalt bike paths. This training is great for hauling giant ...
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Summiting Aconcagua as a newbie?

Hi there (first post :D )

I'm currently planning my trip to south america and I encountered this 'easy to climb' mountain called Aconcagua (have you heard about it? :roll: )

As i have 0 mountain climbing experience, i would like to know what is your opinion about me trying to take on such a mountain.
some ...
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Ortho recommendation for hip issue -- SoCal

My wife has some kind of hip issue and has had trouble finding an orthopedist who can give her a diagnosis. She had an MRI, and her current doctor saw "nothing wrong". She can hardly walk, and its getting worse. Can anyone recommend a good orthopedist in SoCal that she could consult?
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Maybe the boots don't fit? (x-post from Gear)

Two years ago I purchased a pair of La Sportive Makalu boots. Overall they have been great. I've used them on class 4 rocky hiking in the northeast and with crampons in the Cascades. They've been with me on three climbs now. But this last one I noticed, more so than the first, that my toes hurt (pretty bad) on the descent. When I am finally done the big toe on each foot feels like ...
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Plastic boot hot spots and other questions

Rented boots for Rainier climb. They ended up being a brand new pair. Pulled the packing out myself.
2 hours into climb, developed pretty intense hotspot on medial aspect of my heel.
Duct tape and other remedies, but left wondering why it happened so quickly.

During fitting I went from my size(13) to 13 1/2 at the advice of guide.
Heel slipped up and down, but I thought that was probably expected due to the ...
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Wilderness Med @ Big Sky, MT

Was just curious if anybody on here is attending the Wilderness Medicine Conference in Big Sky, MT at the end of July?
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Tendon damage/sprain on outside of foot

Messed up my right foot 2 weeks ago in an accident on the stairs.....ok, I jumped down 10 stairs to get under my little girl who was falling down them. Anyway, I was barefoot and landed funny and had a lot of internal bleeding into my 4 smaller toes. All of the blood has gone away and I can still bike, incline treadmill, stairmaster, lift, etc with very little discomfort. But if I'm walking, and ...
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Climbing after total knee replacement

Has anyone had a total knee replacement (TKR) and been able to resume climbing mountains? I may have it done in the next couple years. I don't need to climb anything real technical, but I would like to conquer Mt. Rainier. I've tried twice now and haven't made it yet. I feel the third time is a charm and now I know exactly how I will train to make it to the top. I've tried ...
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Training for first climb need help

Never climbed. Never carried a heavy pack. Very fit. Strong upper body. however, I am Currently a couple of weeks into training for a guided climb of Rainier in July and having trouble adjusting to a weighted pack.
I picked up a used Cilo 65 liter pack and have loaded it down with all my gear and some additional weight in the form of water bottles. Total weight around 40lbs..
I have played with weight ...
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Emergency harness with "bigger" folk

I normally carry a 12' piece of webbing that I can tie into a Swiss seat (lower part) in an emergency. I have a 31" waist, and my waist is smaller than my hips, so this length of 15mm webbing works nicely. When there are bigger people, I normally just tie a 3-point diaper sling, with 7-9' from the same piece of webbing, as here:
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