Training for the outdoors

Well, as this long Montana winter drags on, I’m in the process of trying to get some kind of plan worked out to get outdoors as much as possible as soon as the weather turns nice and the days get a bit longer. This winter hasn’t been so bad where I live, but it’s been bad enough in the wilderness areas that I want to go to that it warrants some time to thaw out. That’s time I can use to get in better shape for hiking, climbing, and peakbagging. I find myself rather unmotivated to use treadmills and stationary bikes in gyms. I much prefer a scenic hike and a good outdoor crag to climb. This peakbagging gig is new in some respects, but not in others. I’m thinking that it might really get me in good shape for rock climbing if I use it as both a means to an end and an end in itself to be enjoyed in its own right. Hiking miles and miles through the wilderness areas of Montana isn’t going to be easy, but it’s not impossible, either. I have to do something! I’m changing my lifestyle for the better as best I can and it’s not easy in any respect, but I’m not giving up. I want to get into the best shape of my life and stay that way for the rest of my life. I was at my best when I was in the military in the Middle Eastern Desert. I’m going to reclaim that and then some, or die trying. I fully intend to become a great climber and peakbagging seems like a good way to steer myself in the right direction as far as fitness and the outdoors go. Updates pending…

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