In 2015 TTE's Tom Janson will be taking on Mt. Everest, here's an exerpt from some of his rigorous outdoor training:
Great trip this weekend – here’s a couple of shots of the “White Stairmaster” up Mount Madison from the climb on Friday and a couple just shots just below the summit of Mount Pierce on Saturday (you can see all the way across the ridge to the observatory on the top of Mt Washington in one of them – look familiar?). We stopped a few hundred feet short of the top on Friday (where treeline ends) because the temperature was hovering right around 0F and the winds above treeline were gusting over 80 miles an hour which meant that the wind chill was approaching –30F – so didn’t seem worth it for another couple hundred feet ….. Saturdaywas a bit warmer with temps in the 10F to 20F range and the winds were only about 20 mph, so a pretty pleasant day all around.
Overall felt great – plenty of energy, no real aches or pains, knee felt good and felt great on the second day after a good long effort on day one. We make exceptionally good time both days (although we were taking it a bit slower on Saturday to avoid overheating and getting soaked by sweat). Our much faster then the “standard” summer times so considering the conditions and that I was carrying a full winter pack that weighed in around 30 pounds we were pretty happy with the efforts.