Forums Splitboard Talk Forum made it to the top! crap, now I’m tired…
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    Sooo, I’ve been snowboarding a lot this season but haven’t had a chance to get out for a lot of skinning.
    This is my first year splitboarding and I haven’t done anything too long yet.

    I was just curious if any of you made it to the top of wherever you were and then felt pretty tired haha, and what it was like on the way down. a lot of short breaks?

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    I would take your time getting to the top, and make sure your 100% (or so) before dropping in. Most of the danger is going to be on the way down and you wont want to make many mistakes. Additionally if you just skinned for 2-3 hours and don’t kill it on the way down, you will likely have to come back for a revenge run!

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    I have had my ass handed to me on a few hikes. I have either bailed early, or taken an easier option down. Not as fun but definitely helps you know what you need to do to make the revenge run happen.

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    Make sure you are eating and drinking on the way up. Energy stuff like the cliff bar shot blocks or the energy gummys are awesome. Granola bars or gorp or chocolate help too. Basically, you have got to make sure you have gas in the tank when you get to the top, and the only way to ensure this is to keep eating and drinking water the whole day. You don’t want to bonk. Also, usually when I get to the top I’ll eat a sandwich or something. Again, with out food and water, you are gonna be unhappy. Plus you are better able to stay warm that way.

    In addition, fitness builds as the season progresses. First day is short, second day is short, third day is a little longer, 10th day is twice as long as the first, etc…

    Try to hike a lot over the summer or mountain bike or something to maintain your fitness. A wise man once said to take pounds off the rider before taking grams off the gear. Talking about biking I think, but applies here too.

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    Pace your self. And, dont overdress

    Dont think of it as ” we have 2500 feet to climb” , if you do that they all seem big. I always think about time. In other words, how long do I want to be out today?

    Usually its 10 hours. Maybe 12. But I get in my head when I leave the ctruck……I will see you in 10 hours Mr. Truck

    That way you know how long the sufferfest will last

    And, you will get better. better at skinning, booting and transitions. Give it time. It wil all come together

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    Ed’s got the right idea. Over time you learn what to bring and what not to bring but the more you do it, the more efficient you get. It’s weird how the little things add up. Cutting weight and building fitness (which also cuts weight) really adds up.

    Mentally, I try to take a hundred steps between 1 minute breaks (on the steeper stuff). Sometimes it’s only 50 but usually 100. Keeps you focused on moving and keeps you going. When I take the 1 min breaks I drink water and breathe, and take in the scenery. Sounds anal but really helps me.

    I usually leave a cold beer at the car to come back to, really motivates me. :guinness: :mrgreen:

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    It hurts less over time 🙂
    I find that if I manage to keep my “rythm” my mind kind of zones out and away from the potential suffer. With experience, this “zone-out” will happen just a few minutes after my body gets warmed up, whereas on my first splitboarding missions this took me ages. In the Zone, there is no pain, just rythm, concentration and glorious views 🙂

    So, try and keep going at a steady, even pace. Don’t stop too often. And bring some whale sounds or something on your ipod :-). Suddenly, you’re on top and still feeling great!

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    ^^^^Really good stuff. I was going to add generally speaking a couple things I do throughout the year I have found effective for fitness and touring in general. Is first, weight resistance training. I put weight in a pack(so it’s mirrors the actual movement as much as possible) and do lunges, step ups, squats where I bend my knees in riding position until they burn, etc. I’ve found this has helped the most on those final pushes to the top where your digging deep helps on the down as well when your really burning. I also like to move fast, if day one and everyday after that you keep a slow pace to the top then that is what your body will adapt too. However, if from day one you push yourself to move and good steady pace your body will adapt to this and the fact your moving fast will only be evident to the guys trying to keep up. I typically do this by working intervals into my touring, go hard for 5, mellow for 5….something like this. I get one day to ride I want to kill it, move fast and get lot’s of vert while covering a lot of ground your body has to adapt to this and the only way to accomplish it is from day one have a purpose.

    And as mentioned…if you want to be strong and go long, light is right.

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    Lots of good advice here guys, thanks. A week from today will be my first real split boarding experience. I say real be causes it will actually be of decent length 🙂 will be going up mt st helens. I’ve hiked it before but never skinned up it. Still working on my skinning skills so need to remember to take my breaks appropriately and eat my veggies (shot blocks).

    I’ve been running and doing hikes as well to stay in shape and rock climb any chance I get so I’m in “ok” shape. And I’m skinny enough to where I can afford to lose any weight unless it’s gear

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    @TEX wrote:

    But I get in my head when I leave the ctruck……I will see you in 10 hours Mr. Truck

    Who are you kidding? We all know you drive a lesbian-mobile! 😆

    And FA, just get out more, plain and simple.

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    @fustercluck wrote:

    just get out more, plain and simple.

    That’s the best advice.
    The best way to train for something specific, is to do that ‘something’

    christoph benells
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    good form skinning can save lots and lots energy. keep those skis on the ground as much as possible. less you gotta lift your legs less energy you use.

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    Did Trinity Chutes on Shasta with Brooks yesterday. A long 6200 foot ascent and 6 hours later (Brooks did it in a ridiculous 5 hrs! 😯 ) I reached the top. A short nap while the snow was softening provided for the rest I needed to shred all the way to the car. The climb absolutely kicked my ass, but knowing I had time to recuperate at the top for at least an hour kept me pushing myself so bigger days wouldn’t punish me as much.

    Having a good rhythm, mental toughness, taking in plenty of water and food whether you want to or not (I have a problem with this one at times being too goal orientated) proper layering, comfortable boots and lightweight gear goes a lot further when you don’t have the weight to lose are all things that should be considered. Most importantly, just keep doing it! Nothing truly prepares you for going big in the bc, but going big in the bc!!! Mental toughness plays as much a part in big days as physical toughness. A little metal playing on the mp3 player doesn’t hurt either! :rock:

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