Mountaineering: Training and Preparation (Outdoor Adventures): Training and Preperation Paperback – 1 Feb 2010
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About the Author
Carlton Cooke is the director of university research, Carnegie professor of sport and exercise science, and head of the Carnegie Research Centre for Performance Sport at LeedsMetropolitanUniversity. Carlton has presented and published extensively on aspects of sport performance, physical activity, exercise, and health, principally in the areas of exercise physiology and biomechanics. He has worked with a range of partners in high-performance sport in facilitating, developing, and delivering support and research in sport science. He worked with a team of sport and exercise scientists from LeedsMetropolitan University in support of the British Army expedition to Everest West Ridge in 2006. The university continues to support preparations for army expeditions and other expeditions in the outdoors as well as commit to optimizing the role of the outdoors in higher education through the Carnegie Great Outdoors. Carlton has participated and competed in various outdoor sports and activities and continues to enjoy the outdoors both professionally and recreationally. Dave Bunting is director of training and cofounder of My Peak Potential, an experiential learning and development centre in the Bavarian Alps of Southern Germany. He served 24 years in the British Army, predominantly within the Army Physical Training Corps, where he became a specialist in mountain leadership training. He has instructed in mountain training centres in Wales, Norway, Canada, and Bavaria. In Bavaria, he undertook the arduous year-long German Army Mountain Guide's (Heeresbergfuhrer) course, becoming one of only a few British soldiers to have gained this prestigious qualification. Dave has a passion for mountaineering and has been involved in the organisation and execution of numerous expeditions, including 10 to the Himalayas. In 2006 Bunting led an elite selection of climbers from the British Army on a groundbreaking expedition in an attempt to become the first British team to climb the formidable West Ridge of Mount Everest. As expedition leader, Dave headed up the planning, team selection and preparation, and he was a strong member of the climbing team. This highly publicised expedition earned Dave an MBE and was filmed for the televised documentary Everest: Man vs. Mountain. Dr. John O'Hara is a senior lecturer in sport performance physiology within the Carnegie faculty of sport and education at Leeds Metropolitan University. His PhD was on carbohydrate ingestion and endurance performance. He is a sport and exercise scientist accredited with the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences. His research interests are focused on carbohydrate metabolism, hydration status, limiting factors for sport performance and the preparation of athletes for extreme sporting challenges. As a hill walker, mountain biker and climber, he has a keen interest in the outdoors. John has been on two Himalayan expeditions: Yala Peak (5500 m) and a climb to camp 1 on the lower slopes of Mount Everest (6100 m) with the Everest West Ridge 2006 team. He has also summited Mount Killimanjaro (5895 m). Through his cumulative experiences in academia and in the great outdoors, he led, developed, managed and delivered the multidisciplinary support services to the Everest West Ridge 2006 team, which included physiological, nutritional and psychological support. Since then, he has provided a similar level of support to other Army Mountaineering Association expeditions and other sporting disciplines, such as the Vendee Globe 2008, a round-the-world single-handed sailing race.
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This book goes more indepth than I was expecting a whole lot more indepth, it has photos of training exercises and why you should use these exercises, training plans, psychological elements, its just an endless list really that this book goes into which I simply cannot document on here, lots of little hints and tips including how to help protect yourself from the dreaded altitude cough also known as the Khumbu cough which I myself have suffered with really badly in the past.
The fitness and endurance chapters amongst others were written by Chips Rafferty, quite often described by many, as the fittest man in the British Army having led numerous high altitude expeditions along with training the SAS in fitness. I think that says it all really.
Just buy this book you will not be disappointed if you are serious about high altitude expeditions to the likes of any of the 7 summits or similar.
Whilst elements of the book are very clearly aimed at those looking at this subject from an academic viewpoint, I found this book to have exactly the right tone to make it an interesting and compelling read and it is now my "go to" book for anything relating to walking and mountaineering. It is very easy to dip into and use as a reference text for anything involved in mountaineering, but it would clearly be useful for anyone who enjoys the outdoors.
It is clear that the authors and editing team are experts in the field and the first hand accounts of their own experiences really brings the subject home.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in mountaineering or trekking and I would specifically recommend that anyone who is going to altitude either on a charity trek or a more serious exepedition read Chapter Five on First Aid and Acclimatisation and Chapter Six on Training.
This book is a great introduction to how to prepare yourself properly to go up a mountain and to do so safely and successfully. From the first page describing the invitation phone call for the trip you feel that you were there, a part of the team, learning from their very real experiences.
Written in an uncomplicated fashion, this book conveys a lot of detailed information in a very accessible fashion.
Well worth the money - particularly given the expertise behind it!
This book is excellent value for the expertise which it brings together and is highly recommended.
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