Steve House and Scott Johnston (co-authors of Training for the New Alpinism and Gym Jones Certified Instructor John Frieh are coming to Portland, Oregon November 13-15 2015!

This trio will co-lead a series of lectures, teach strength training theory and practice of proper form, and address both climbing-specific and run/hike specific training. No prior experience with organized physical training is necessary. All fitness levels welcome.


November 13th, evening session.

We begin with a joint-lecture by Steve House and Scott Johnston, in which they teach you the primary principles that organize a successful training plan for endurance sport. We will schedule the individual physical testing for the following morning.


November 14, all day

7 AM start for (treadmill based) Aerobic Threshold testing and strength assessment test for early enrollees. The aerobic threshold test will determine your lactate threshold through in-exercise measurements of your blood lactate. Strength assessment will be carried out via a few key exercises which we will coach particpants through.


We’ll then convene a series of lectures covering: Correct self-assessment, setting the right process and outcome goals, and prioritization of training modalities and goals. Lunch is followed by a lecture by Scott Johnston on the aerobic foundation of all physical sport and how you can maximize your benefit most efficienctly. After a short break we spend the remainder of the afternoon learning and practicing correct lifting techniques for endurance athletes with the goal that everyone can execute key lifts safely and effectively on their own.


Slideshow at Patagonia store (donation based)

Steve House will give an evening presentation (open to the public, optional donation at the door) at the Patagonia store in downtown Portland. Steve will discuss his experiences with his Alpine Mentors project, a non-profit he founded to train and climb with young alpinists, including integrating a training program with young and developing climbers.




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Nov 13-15, 2015

Location: Evolution Healthcare & Fitness



November 15:

The second morning we will re-convene in our classroom-space for a lecture by Scott Johnston that prepares us for the final exercise, writing individualized 12 week training programs for each participant.


A group-review of each student’s planned training, with opportunities to amend and complete each individual’s training plan will help you to finish your individual plan. A final discussion of mental training will give you a variety of tools to see you through the coming training and prepare you to execute on your next endurance goals.




The workshop is sold out, but we keep a waiting list and will inform you, if we have a cancellation.