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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Principles of Training; Chapter 2. Assessing and Applying Intensity Levels; Chapter 3. Increasing Endurance; Chapter 4. Maximizing Strength; Chapter 5. Fueling for Outdoor Pursuits; Chapter 6. Overcoming Environmental Challenges; Chapter 7. Trekking; Chapter 8. Mountaineering; Chapter 9. Climbing; Chapter 10. Trail Running; Chapter 11. Mountain Biking; Chapter 12. Paddling; Chapter 13. Backcountry, Cross-Country Skiing, and Snowshoeing; Chapter 14. Flexibility and Mobility; Chapter 15. Core Stability and Balance; Chapter 16. Strength.

About the Author

Courtenay Schurman, MS, CSCS, is an avid outdoor enthusiast active in mountaineering, rock climbing, biking, strength training, rowing, and step aerobics. She is a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. She has more than 10 years of experience training wilderness athletes, including amateur skiers, kayakers, hikers, and clients wishing to tackle Mount Everest or 100-mile trail runs. Courtenay has been a climb leader for the Seattle Mountaineers since 2003. She coordinates, develops, and teaches seminars and workshops in the Seattle area and offers outdoor conditioning consulting for clubs, groups, and individuals. She authored the chapter on alpine conditioning for the seventh edition of Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills, which has sold more than half a million copies; coauthored and coproduced Train to Climb Mt. Rainier or Any High Peak DVD (2003); and authored numerous magazine articles, e-books, and over 500 training pages for various wilderness sports at www.bodyresults.com. She is co-owner of Body Results, a company that specializes in outdoor strength and conditioning. Doug Schurman, MBA, CSCS, is a competitive powerlifter and has been a certified strength and conditioning coach through the NSCA since 1998. Active in mountaineering and rock climbing, he coauthored and coproduced the Train to Climb Mt. Rainier or Any High Peak DVD (2003) and coauthored numerous wilderness sport articles at www.bodyresults.com. He is a qualified climb leader for rock, ice, and glacier climbs and has been a member of the Seattle Mountaineers since 1992. He is co-owner of Body Results, conducts wilderness sport fitness training seminars and workshops, and coaches wilderness athletes from around the United States to achieve their adventure sport goals.


"Courtenay and Doug Schurman have a training approach that touches outdoor athletes at all levels. Conditioning is paramount to being safe and prepared, and they are clearly experts."

Eric Linxweiler
President, Mountaineers
Seattle, Washington
"In the outdoor field, the Schurmans are well known personal trainers for outdoor enthusiasts. In The Outdoor Athlete, they share their experiences to prepare you for the adventures and challenges you once thought were out of reach."

Gordon Janow
Director of Programs
Alpine Ascents International
"This is the ultimate training guide for athletes looking to improve their performance in outdoor wilderness-type sports."Rebecca Heaton
Editor, Rocky Mountain Sports
Contributing Editor, Gen-A

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