tobe945 wrote:Just wondering what people do out there to recover from alpine climbs?
I find that when I'm out climbing an alpine route in say, Rocky Mountain National Park with a 3-4 mile approach and 1000ft of climbing--be it ice, snow, or rock---that I'm strong on the approach and climb, and a little tired on the descent, but very very worn out the next day. I'm getting out about once a week but even when I was getting out more, I was stronger in the mountains, but didn't recover as well.
What can I do pre-climb, during the climb, or immediately after to enhance recovery? I can't afford to sleep all day if I climb all day the day before--I'm in medical school, so that just won't work!
Bignick wrote:I'm old, I'm slow, I smoked cigarettes for 35 years, I have coronary artery disease, and I can't run more than a couple of hundred feet. I can, however, do a 4000+ hike and climb up to over 11550' and cover 8 to 11 miles distance and not feel like I did anything out of the ordinary the next day. I have done 3000' hikes over 6-7 miles, then later in the day walked 3 miles with my wife.
Pace yourself, drink a lot of water, walk or hike several miles at a time and do it often, preferably up hill. You will get there.
fossana wrote:Are you eating and hydrating enough before/during the climb?
mstender wrote:When I lived in California we always used to stop at In-N-Out Burger on the way back.
Casey Bates wrote:Skim chocolate milk works wonders within the first 30 minutes after you stop moving. Seriously. A nutritionist pointed this out to me a few years ago and I am hooked. It is a great mix of protein and carbs.
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