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Strength Standards for the Backcountry, By Bert Sorin

I know there are many in the hunting community that scoff at the idea of “training to hunt”, that think you can get by on grit alone. And for some, this may be the case. For a limited time. But at some point, age, injury or sheer difficulty will stop those people in their tracks. If you’re like me, and consider physical training to be as integral to your hunting plans as shooting your rifle or bow, how should you spend your limited training time?

Ruck Training Rules of Thumb, by Jordan Smothermon

As the coaches and clients that train at the Mountain Tactical Institute looked deeper into the physiological demands and effects of rucking, interesting questions guided us to interesting answers. As you might imagine, when certain questions are answered, more questions arise.

Why Bother? By Adam Janke

I never thought the day would come. I told myself I would never be one of them. But before I knew what had happened it was too late. The trap had sprung.

Alex F@#ks Up, By Alex Viada

I stared at the piece of egg sitting there on a hot rock. Man, I thought, that tasted much better going down than it did coming up. I flopped onto my back, a sharp rock digging into my spine, but somehow it still felt good. Something that reminded me I was still conscious and needed to stay alert. OK, I thought, How the f–k did I get here?

The Cycle, By Robert Kröger

Life is a series of challenges. As hunters, we often purposefully place challenges in our path to understand what it will necessitate to overcome them. Challenges are fraught with risk, but likely the greatest risk

Lessons Learned Training Mountain Guides, By Rob Shaul

Over nearly a decade of operating our facility, I’ve worked with multiple full-time professional mountain guides, and have come to better understand their gym-based training needs. Along the way, I made several mistakes based on

There is Nothing New Under the Sun

What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun. – Ecclesiastes 1:9 The phrase above is one to keep front of mind until

Building The Perfect Shoulder For The Wilderness Athlete

  Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in the Wilderness Athlete Journal, a fitness, health and nutrition resource born from WA’s passion for a healthy and adventurous lifestyle. Capturing the knowledge, obsessions, and aspirations of