“...In mountain climbing you’d better never underestimate the power of either women or older people.” -Edward Feuz Jr., Swiss Mountain Guide, 1884-1981, 102 first ascents, commenting on climbing Mount Bryce (11,505 ft) with Katherine Gardiner, both in their 50’s. The Guiding Spirit, Kauffman A, & Putnam, W., 1986, Footprint, Revelstoke.When asked how they physically prepared for big climbs Uncle Edward Feuz Jr. replied "No matter how good you are, get in shape before the season starts. Do short easy climbs first, as the days pass, more difficult and longer ones. Save your hardest climbs for the end when you’re really in shape”
Health and fitness benefits of hiking An aerobic workout that will strengthen the heart, lungs and vascular system A strength workout that will strengthen legs, core and upper body if climbing (and will build bone density) A flexibility workout as you climb and reach Burn a tonne of calories for weightloss Agility and balance are developed as you manoever over various terrain Fresh air to purify the body Vitamin D from the sunshine Hike with great friends for good company and good times Take your dog Breathtaking vistas you will never forget
Anyone who skips their gym workout for a hike up a mountain has my blessing!Grandpa Feuz's Gym Enjoy these images from the Western Canadian mountain ranges first ascended by my Great Grandpa and great uncles, the Swiss Guides.
Banff National Park
The Natural Bridge, Banff National Park
Johnston Canyon, Banff National Park
Lake Louise Alberta, Banff National Park