• Aznealz

    Good stuff. And I’ll second, third or twelfth the advice on legs and cardio. It all starts with your feet too. If the feet ain’t happy, the rest of you won’t be either.

    • SoleAdventure

      Legs, feet and cardio for sure. I know the mountains are going to hammer me in all of those areas!

  • I commend you for preparing in a thoughtful manner. It is obvious that you’ve done – and are doing – your research. Legs are a big deal, as are lungs. But those are pretty easy to think about – I think where you nailed it is on the understanding. There is something about being in the backcountry, tired, sore, and hungry – then when you go through even one day without seeing elk…that right there is when you’ve got to have your mind right. Blog idea? Hmmm, thank you for that. :)

    • SoleAdventure

      Thanks, Tom! I’m trying to do my research and prepare as best I can. I know that this hunt is going to be a HUGE mental challenge and there will be moments where I question what I’m doing out there. I think a big part of making it through those times is simply know that you will face that struggle…don’t let it catch you off guard. You have to keep going, no matter what! I would love to hear you thoughts, so blog away, my friend!

  • Nailed it. I trained all last year just like this. Tractor tires are a beautiful way of working out. It gets every muscle in your legs, core, and shoulders working HARD. Excited to start my workout routine again this year, because now I’ve got motivation.

    Yep, my trip in September is a go!

    • SoleAdventure

      What?!?! Congrats, Jesse! I can’t wait to hear about your trip.

      • Thanks! Me, the camera man, and his mono pod in the back country.. Extremely giddy.

  • Aaron Farley

    Great article man, people are quick to buy lots of high end gear, but not take care of our most expensive piece of gear – our body. Well put man, keep it up!

    • SoleAdventure

      Appreciate it, Aaron!

  • Good post Mark. This is always a good time of the year to re-think mountain hunting fitness strategies while we are waiting for the western states complete the limited entry draws. I like your FOCUS thought process. My biggest issue from western hunting has been having weak hip flexors and lower back. My remedy for the situation was to put a large rock (45-65 lbs) on my pack frame and haul it up and down hills in the summer time. I’ve found that packing weight on a pack frame is very hard to replicate in the gym. I plan on re-assessing my fitness plan for 2016 and putting out some blog posts about my progress (good or bad).

    Thanks for the read. Josh