The Outdoor Athlete


Courtenay Schurman, Doug Schurman
ISBN: 0736076115
ISBN13: 9780736076111
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Take your outdoor experience to the next level. The Outdoor Athlete will prepare you for adventure with performance training programs designed to maximize outdoor enjoyment. Whether you’re increasing upper-body strength for an upcoming climb or building endurance for a multiday hike, The Outdoor Athlete will make sure you are ready. Authors Courtenay and Doug Schurman use their extensive outdoor and training expertise to provide conditioning programs developed for the unique demands of 17 activities:
  • Hiking
  • Trekking
  • Backpacking
  • Alpine mountaineering
  • Scrambling
  • Rock climbing
  • Ice climbing
  • Mixed climbing
  • Trail running
  • Off-road biking
  • Kayaking
  • Canoeing
  • Rafting
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Snowshoeing
  • Randonee Skiing
  • Telemark skiing
Including coverage of nutritional requirements and environmental demands, The Outdoor Athlete is simply the most comprehensive resource available for outdoor adventurists. If you love the outdoors, you need The Outdoor Athlete.

About the Author

Courtenay Schurman, MS, CSCS, is an avid outdoor enthusiast active in mountaineering, rock climbing, biking, strength training, rowing, and step aerobics. She is a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. She has more than 10 years of experience training wilderness athletes, including amateur skiers, kayakers, hikers, and clients wishing to tackle Mount Everest or 100-mile trail runs. Courtenay has been a climb leader for the Seattle Mountaineers since 2003. She coordinates, develops, and teaches seminars and workshops in the Seattle area and offers outdoor conditioning consulting for clubs, groups, and individuals. She authored the chapter on alpine conditioning for the seventh edition of Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills, which has sold more than half a million copies; coauthored and coproduced Train to Climb Mt. Rainier or Any High Peak DVD (2003); and authored numerous magazine articles, e-books, and over 500 training pages for various wilderness sports at She is co-owner of Body Results, a company that specializes in outdoor strength and conditioning. Doug Schurman, MBA, CSCS, is a competitive powerlifter and has been a certified strength and conditioning coach through the NSCA since 1998. Active in mountaineering and rock climbing, he coauthored and coproduced the Train to Climb Mt. Rainier or Any High Peak DVD (2003) and coauthored numerous wilderness sport articles at He is a qualified climb leader for rock, ice, and glacier climbs and has been a member of the Seattle Mountaineers since 1992. He is co-owner of Body Results, conducts wilderness sport fitness training seminars and workshops, and coaches wilderness athletes from around the United States to achieve their adventure sport goals.

Table of Contents

Part I Foundation for Outdoor Fitness
Chapter 1. Principles of Training
Chapter 2. Fitness Assessment and Adaptation
Chapter 3. Increasing Endurance
Chapter 4. Maximizing Strength
Chapter 5. Fueling for Outdoor Pursuits
Chapter 6. Overcoming Environmental Challenges

Part II Conditioning for Specific Activities
Chapter 7. Hiking, Trekking, and Backpacking
Chapter 8. Alpine Scrambling and Mountaineering
Chapter 9. Rock and Ice Climbing
Chapter 10. Trail Running
Chapter 11. Off-Road Biking
Chapter 12. Canoeing, Kayaking, and Rafting
Chapter 13. Snowshoeing, Cross-Country Skiing, and Backcountry Skiing

Part III Exercises for Peak Performance
Exercise Finder
Chapter 14. Flexibility and Mobility
Chapter 15. Body Stabilization and Support
Chapter 16. Strength

Words of Praise

"Courtenay and Doug Schurman have a training approach that touches outdoor athletes at all levels. Conditioning is paramount to being safe and prepared, and they are clearly experts." Eric Linxweiler President, Mountaineers Seattle, Washington "In the outdoor field, the Schurmans are well known personal trainers for outdoor enthusiasts. In The Outdoor Athlete, they share their experiences to prepare you for the adventures and challenges you once thought were out of reach." Gordon Janow Director of Programs Alpine Ascents International "This is the ultimate training guide for athletes looking to improve their performance in outdoor wilderness-type sports." Rebecca Heaton Editor, Rocky Mountain Sports Contributing Editor, Gen-A