From summiting 8000m peaks and preparing for long expeditions, to ski mountaineering, ultra marathoning, fast-packing, triathlons, and more, we know how to progressively train and prepare for challenging adventures. See Dr. Jon's Resume.
Why Choose Dr. Jon?
Dr. Jon wants to share with you the physical and mental mountaineering training fundamentals that have not only helped him summit the world's highest mountains (including Mt. Everest twice), but also maintain a schedule of 250+ days a year skiing and climbing all over the world. It's been through consistency over the years and a high attention to detail on all aspects of fitness including aerobic conditioning, muscular endurance exercises, strength training, flexibility, mental preparation, recovery, nutrition, and hydration. All these factors are built into the custom endurance training we provide.
Features of Training
While there are many "cookie cutter" type training programs available online, most of the time these programs don't fit your lifestyle, schedule, goals, or current fitness, and are for a specific time period (such as 8 weeks). What we offer is a totally customized experience:
Types of Training Offered
We offer two types of training experiences (see more details below):
On an acclimatization hike while training for bigger peaks.
Audacious is relative to you and your situation. For some an audacious goal might be to climb Mt. Everest, for others it might be to climb a 14,000 ft mountain, or it may be to prepare for a multi-day backpacking adventure, a marathon, or a long biking event.
Even if you haven't picked a goal yet, contact us for a free initial 30 minute consult. We can help you decide on a goal that's challenging but achievable for you. During this consult, we'll ask questions about your endurance training background, your daily schedule, what equipment and outdoor terrain you have access to, and your training preferences.
We'll make a detailed daily training program for the first month based on the initial consult. If after 1 month you are not happy with the program, we'll give your money back. With this monthly endurance training program, you will get tips on nutrition, recovery, and training intensities, and it will also include a couple days of baseline fitness tests.
Month-after-month, you will see your fitness progress based on your times and how you feel in monthly testing sessions. You will have access to phone, email, and video consults with us on the frequency that your plan allows.
Go into your personal adventure goal event with confidence knowing you are well-prepared physically and mentally to have an amazing time!
You are an experienced hiker, have done some endurance training, backpacking, and climbed some small peaks, maybe a few 14ers. You want to go farther, to higher altitudes, and have big dreams but don't know where to begin training and what gear you need.
Dr. Jon can help. Come spend a day or two with him in beautiful Vail, CO where he will teach you the skills you need and answer all your questions. This can include:
You have climbed some bigger peaks, requiring glacier travel and mini expeditions, but you're ready to dream bigger. Or maybe you've been on a longer expedition or attempted an 8000m peak but did not have a good experience.
How do you prepare for the rigors of a high altitude climb? For spending days, weeks, or months on an expedition? Come spend a couple days with Dr. Jon in the CO backcountry (or a location of your choice) and increase your skills, fitness, and confidence that you can succeed. This training can include:
"I highly recommend Jon as both an expedition guide for your customized trip, and also because if you train with him the summit never seems that far away or too difficult. From start to finish, from the moment I signed on to his custom trip, we covered everything from aspects of the expedition: how to train, what to expect, the minor details, the climbing techniques, and everything in between. Then he covered lots of intangibles like gear selection, my nutrition, as well as little tips and details even like how to keep my hands warm for situations that I might encounter on the trip as well."
D. Johnson, Luboche East Climb (20,200'/6119m), Nepal