Backpacking as Cross Training

I am really excited because tomorrow I am heading off for two weeks of backpacking and biking in the Andes mountains of South America returning on the 21st of May.  As you know I do a lot of endurance sports, cycling and triathlons.  My next big race of the year is in June and its a half Ironman and this high altitude backpacking and biking trip is the perfect cross-training conditioning for that event!

Here I am in the backyard after packing making sure the pack isnt too heavy.  This one backpack is my entire luggage for the 2 week trip – sleeping bag and pad, hiking poles, high protein food, gear, clothes and all.  Even had room for my portable pullup bar :)  I’ve been doing this long enough that I’m a very good packer and dont bring anything other than the essentials.  This usually means just two pair of everything, one to wear while the other dries from being washed.  Two weeks with two pairs of socks, two pairs of under, and two pairs of pants – gotta make room for all my protein powder in that skimpy 60 liter pack :)

Although I wont have internet access on this trip, I have pre-recorded a video that will upload on the 9th of May so I wont totally be abandoning you folks.   If I venture thru towns with internet cafes, I will upload some pics to my facebook page: Get Fit For Free.  You experienced people are always awesome answering newbies questions on AskScooby and facebook while I’m away and I really appreciate it!!!

My flight leaves in 12 hours.  I’m heading over now to say goodbye to Helen, our best friend and 95 year old neighbor.  Her positive attitude and outlook on life has been a true inspiration to me.  She has her health problems but never complains, she just does what she can and is grateful for the strength, mobility and health she has.  Not that I needed much pushing but she is part of the inspiration for all my travels.  Back in the ’50s when going to the Canadian side of Niagra Falls was considered adventurous, she and her husband were driving around Mexico and central America.  They were poor but they knew how to travel on a budget.   With the weak dollar its tough for us Americans to find places to travel to that are not outrageously expensive, South America was far cheaper than the Alps and the Andes gives me a chance to dust off my Spanish too :)  With a little creativity it is possible to travel “lightly”.  Anyway, I wish that everyone was as blessed with the friendship of someone from the older generation as I am.  Truly a gift.

Thats it for now!  Cross-training here I come!

24 thoughts on “Backpacking as Cross Training”

  1. It would be awesome if you could do a video on what and how you pack your backpack. Because this is the thing that I really need and I assume that I am not the only one. I always over pack certain things and under pack essential things, especially food which makes me eat things that I should not eat then. I do a lot of hiking, backpacking and multiple day fishing trips so it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks and have a good trip.

  2. Scooby I just came across your YT videos and I think they are absolutely phenomenal. What a great help and inspiration to us newbie bodybuilder wanabes. You’re an absolute star – your advice is spot on, your videos are interesting and with lots of excellent information and tips; your website seems to be a fantastic resource, too. What a great guy you are! Debunking all those bodybuilding myths. This world definitely need s more people like you. I’ll try to emulate you and I hope I get fit and have a similar sport/fitness lifestyle like you one day. Thank you so much for all your work – please continue – remember there are lots of us who are grateful for your work. I hope your South America trip goes really well, and I wish you all the best in your life. Alex, UK.

  3. Dear Scooby,
    I discovered your website a little while ago and I just love it. Thank you for being a real inspiration for people like myself who are fit but want to take it to the next level. Have a lovely time on your vacation, may the Lord bless you.

  4. Scooby,
    So Cool ! Awesome ! Watch out for Big Foot or maybe Big Foot should watch out for you !!!!
    Portable pullup bar??? Swing from the vines like an ape !!!
    Have a great time

  5. Guau, incredible trip mate!!! I hope you the best experience in the journeyand the training.
    I would like to know how do you combine your weight lifting with this endurance sport, like triathlon, cause I would like to start seriuosly in triathlon without leaving weights.
    Buena suerte en tu viaje!!!

  6. Yoko Joséphine Matsui

    While I’m not climbing anymore, my lifting sensei started to backpacking at high altitude… Surely things change. Are you changing too???

  7. Im a noob, so what does Cross-training consist of? And how does backpacking on mountains help prepare to run/swim/bike?
    I am interested in participating in these events so please let me know! :)

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