I am a runner and cyclist. I like to do some local "fun races" here and there. I don't think running a fast 5k translates well to hunting, though. Hunting requires so many different physical demands, that being fit in a well-rounded sense is the best bet.
However, running is the single best exercise that helps get a person into cardiovascular shape, which is the first building block to being elk-hunting fit, IMO.
Right now I am nursing a PF injury, so I have been spending a lot of time on the bike. While that is still good excercise, it isn't AS good as running!
Good luck this year!
[QUOTE=Old Hunter;46448]How did you do hauling out hundreds of pounds of meat?[/QUOTE
we used mules to get back in the drainage and when we thought we were in a good area we took off on feet and day packs till we killed one and then went back to get the mules as close as we can and loaded them and walked the mules back to camp.
So, if you condition yourself to 10,000 ft. 7,000 ft. It helps.
I am not hear to debate with you. the OP asked about thoughts on "elk shape" I gave my 2 cents
i know cameron hanes is no longer affiliated with easrmans but if anyone knows what elk shape is its him. that mans a beast... "beast mode"
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being in shape is one thing. having endurance is an entire different thing. i took this powerlifting buddy hunting with me one year, he can bench 650lb and squat 800lb. he thought it would be a cake walk. we didnt even make it a half mile up a hill before he said he wasnt cut out for it. id say endurance and the heart and will to be out doing what your doing will get you through. the better shape you are in through training for it the better time you will have. making vertical climbs over 2,000 to 3,000+ feet in as little time as possible should be a cake walk for any person atempting a diy in the western mountains.
Cardio,Cardio & more Cardio!
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"My Father always considered a walk in the mountains as the equivalent of church going."