2568m (1200m alt gain, -15c average windchill) + 3776m (2375m alt gain, -18c average windchill) back to back in 48hrs
contemporary training manual disguised as coffee table climbing porn: the research and data presented in Training for the New Alpinism is changing the tide for how many approach their preparation for big peaks.
ever since this book came out the demand for ‘bread and butter’ alpine training has shot up. after years of everyone wanting to do HIIT programs and tech-specific stuff a change has occurred and now ‘Zone 1’ and ‘Zone 2’ training has come into fashion, and the Asama / Fuji double-header has been picked up on as a good contender with interest from around the world. in line with some of what is detailed in the book, Asama / Fuji fits the bill as a pre-exped test for condition, gear and attitude.
the extended periods, constant gradients, conditions and resources, when combined, are being seen as a good mimic and testing ground for big mountain climbing as found in places like the Karakorum and Alaska. the loads are big, the conditions can be nasty, the gradients never end and the overall time spent grinding upwards is a good platform to debug any issues that may arise.
Note: iceclimbingjapan has no affiliation with the writers or publishers of Training for the New Alpinism other than anecdotally applying some of the same ideas. The Asama / Fuji combination is not proffered as part of any training program endorsed by the authors of Training for the New Alpinism. Climbers choosing to attempt the ascents must fully acknowledge their own responsibility for the concept and execution.