Mountaineering Training or Hiking Resources

What an adventure! This is me crossing an ice bridge on Mt. Rainier.

I am steadfastly here to support you and your fitness as you train for your mountain climb.

Even if you do not have access to a gym, there are plenty of other options for in-home and outdoor workouts.

Refer to my blogs and YouTube videos for information that will help you with your fitness and nutrition for the climb.

Climb For Clean Air registered climbers: I am available for 30 minute phone calls to answer your personal questions. Email me at to set up your appointment.

Climb For Clean Air registered climbers: If you have a quick question at any point during your training, reach out to me via email.

I have compiled a helpful list of some of my blogs, workouts and videos for you to refer to below.

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My blog:

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Blog posts that might be of interest:

Workouts to do at home:

If you do not have a TRX, I HIGHLY recommend it!

Foam roller workout for recovery:

Interval training workout:   Ignore his claim that you will lose 10 pounds in 1 week. Not true. But I enjoy doing his interval workout because I can just follow along! You can adapt this to walking, running, any piece of cardio equipment.

My YouTube channel with exercise demos:


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Progressive Hiking Schedule Snoqualmie Washington Region

Mailbox Peak Summit September 2019. Say hi if you see me out on the trail!

The benefits of hiking are numerous. Hiking improves physical fitness, lowers cholesterol and blood pressure and improves mood and enhances mental wellbeing.

I suggest progressively increasing the difficulty of your hikes. If you are training for a backpacking trip or a mountain summit, it is best to start training in earnest at least 8 weeks before a backpack trip or 6-8 months before a summit. Prior to that, it really helps to start with a good base of cardiovascular exercise such as moderate walking, jogging, biking and thus already have basic conditioning. If you do not have this base, a 12-16 week progressive build-up to pre-trip hiking fitness is more appropriate.

Training helps you enjoy the hike, backpacking or summit climb. You are more relaxed and fully present to appreciate your surroundings if you are not under the physical and psychological stress of being overwhelmed with the effort of hiking.

Contact me if you need assistance planning your fitness regimen for mountain climbing or backpacking. I’ve successfully climbed Mt. Rainier, Mt. Baker, Mt. Adams, Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Angeles and trained dozens of clients to climb those and Mt. Everest (See the testimonial from Dan Akerman), Aconcagua, Mt. McKinley, Mt. Blanc, Kilimanjaro, Elbrus, and Carstensz Pyramid.

Want to know how to hike downhill to save your knees? View my YouTube video here.

Some of these hikes are not accessible during the winter season. Check WTA.Org for trail reports, weather reports, directions and pass requirements.

Maria Faires’ Progressive Hike Schedule Snoqualmie Region

Hike Mileage RT elevation gain Feet/mile elevation gain High Point Difficulty Rating
Rattlesnake Ledge 4 1160 580 2,078 16
Margaret’s Way 5.5 1500 545 1,730 17
Tiger 3 5 2,100 840 2,525 22
Poo Poo via Chirico 3.8 1,760 926 1,850 23
Talapus/Ollallie Lake Exit 45 6.2 1220 394 3780 12
Annette Lake 7.5 1400 373 3600 15
Olallie Lake via Pratt Lake Trail Exit 47 6 na na na 15
Poo Poo Via High School 8 1700 425 na 15
Kamikaze Falls 6 1420 473 2370 16
Little Si 4.7 1,300 553 1,550 16
Snow Lake 7.2 1700 472 1830 17
Cable Line- West Tiger 3 3.0 2022 1348 2522 31
Twin Lakes & Lillian Lake 9 2000 445 5300 18
Pratt Lake Basin 11 2300 418 4100 19
Melakwa Lake 8.5 2600 611 4600 21
Mason Lake 6.5 2420 744 4320 22
West Tiger Four-Summit Loop 9.6 2830 na 2948 22
Mt. Si 8 3150 787 3900 24
Bandera 8 3400 850 5240 26
Mt. Washington Exit 38 Ollalie 8.5 3250 764 4450 24
McClellan Butte 9 3700 822 5162 26
New Mailbox 9.4 4,000 851 4,822 27
Granite Mountain 7.6 3,658 962 5629 28
Old Mailbox 5.2 4000 1538 4882 37
Camp Muir Mt. Rainier 8 4,600 920 10,080 32
Camp Muir to Summit 4,330
Paradise to Mt. Rainier Summit (although typically done in 2 parts) 16 9010 1126 14,411 39

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