At the 2014 Ouray Ice Fest I attended a Steve House Training Seminar based on his most recent book. I’ve been excited by the prospect of looking at this book since I first heard about it a couple of years ago. One of my friends is a Reviewer and told me he was getting an advanced copy and that was also exciting to me.
When I looked at the preview of workshops available at the Ice Fest and I saw that Steve House Training Seminar was on the list, I set a timer on my calendar to let me know that registration was open for the workshops at the Ice Fest so that I could be first in line. Happily I made the cut and got registered before it filled up.
The Steve House Training Seminar was held at the Rescue Barn at the Ouray Ice Park, and with a few minor glitches with the projector and screen (Thanks Nate Disser of San Juan Mountain Guides for fixing it fast) we were up and running.
Steve House Training Seminar
We were able to get our hands on a copy of the book and leaf through the pages. It was very thick and well worth the projected price around $35 (Steve House Training for the New Alpinism: A Manual for the Climber as Athlete Amazon Pre-order at $22.14 as of this posting).
It was a great seminar to attend. I had a slight advantage in that with my previous Personal Trainer Certification, most of the material made instant sense to me. It was fairly technical in nature, and proved to me beyond any doubt that Steve House knows his stuff.
Takeaways from the Steve House Training Seminar
I took some notes in my ColorNote app on my phone, and here are some of my key points
- You need a transition period in order to get yourself and all your loved ones used to your new training life.
- The concept of using professional coaching is new in the world of high level climbing.
- The NFL has more money than any other sport in the world. If they chose the Combine as their means of testing readiness then it must be a profitable idea.
- The higher your base level of fitness the greater gains you can obtain through High Intensity Training. Otherwise it probably isn’t worth the risk.
- In spite of naysayers in the rest of the training world, Isometric Training is a Sports-Specific Protocol for climbing.
There are a few of my favorites from the Steve House Training Seminar at the Ouray Ice Fest. If you attended or have an early edition of the book, please check in and let me know what your key bullet points are. If you want more explicit personal hands-on education, you can check out Skyward Mountaineering for scheduling information.