If you think you’ll get fit on the walk-in, think again. Not only is Aconcagua a big height gain for many people, but it’s also the first load carrying expedition for most.
I’d say the best way to train for carrying a rucksack, is to wear a rucksack. I spend most of my time fell running with only a bum bag, so although I have the “hill strength” it’s not really helpful when you put the heavier pack on. To overcome this I prepare by walking, first with a lighter pack and then slowly beginning to increase the weight. The easiest way to do this is with water, especially if you are combining it with going up hills, that way when you get the top you can pour the water out to save your knees on the way back down.
Think about big days out, and consecutive days out, it’s about time on your feet. I find long slow runs or cycles work best. Coming to the Weekend Meets is a great way to train, as well as ask questions, or our Scottish Courses also help with training whilst learning the winter skills needed for Aconcagua.