The Outdoor Athlete




The Outdoor Athlete

Authors: Courtenay Schurman and Doug Schurman
Publisher: Human Kinetics

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 increasing upper body strength for an upcoming climb, or building endurance for a multi-day hike, The Outdoor Athlete will make sure you are ready.

Authors Courtenay and Doug Schurman use their extensive outdoor and training expertise to provide detailed conditioning programs developed for the unique demands of 16 activities, including:

  • Hiking
  • Trekking
  • Backpacking
  • Alpine mountaineering
  • Scrambling
  • Rock Climbing
  • Ice climbing
  • Mixed climbing
  • Trail running
  • Mountain biking
  • Kayaking
  • Canoeing
  • Cross country skiing
  • Snowshoeing
  • Randonnee Skiing
  • Telemark skiing


Read an excerpt from the book regarding the relative importance of Sport-Specific Components.

Read an excerpt from the book regarding Nutrition and individual variances.

Read an excerpt from the book regarding Weather and Environmental issues.
With coverage of nutritional requirements and environmental demands, The Outdoor Athlete is the most comprehensive resource available for outdoor adventure seekers. If you love the outdoors, you need The Outdoor Athlete.


Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6PART II
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13PART III
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
Chapter 16
Principles of Training
Assessing and Applying Intensity Levels
Increasing Endurance
Maximizing Strength
Fueling for Outdoor Pursuits
Trail Running
Mountain Biking
Backcountry, Cross-Country Skiing and SnowshoeingEXERCISES FOR PEAK PERFORMANCE
Flexibility and Mobility (15 Exercises)
Core Stability and Balance (22 Exercises)
Strength (39 Exercises)

3 reviews for The Outdoor Athlete

  1. Todd Wentworth

    Great book for creating a well rounded training program for outdoor sports like mountain climbing, skiing, backpacking, trail running, etc. Explains how to create your own custom training plans and provides sample programs for several sports. My copy is full of underlining, notes, and dog ears from reading several times. It is my go to training program for summer mountain climbing and winter backcountry skiing. The authors’ website is full of useful information as well.

  2. Bradley Lefler

    If you want to climb Mt. Rainier then you should buy this book. I followed the training plan and summited Mt. Rainier – simple as that (plus all the training). Many outdoor sports training plans are discussed – trail running, cross-country skiing, etc. This book discusses in detail the amount and type of training that you must complete to be successful. My friends ask me what to do to summit – I tell them to buy this book and follow the plan.

  3. W. Bolton

    I bought this book for training for mountaineering and ice climbing. It has planned out schedules for all 3 mountains I wanted to do and will be doing: North Ridge on Baker, Rainier and Denali… who could ask for more! It is like hiring your own coach; they lay out what you need to do each day of each week leading up to the day of your climb. In earlier sections they go into detail about cardio and strength training and give you examples of exercises. I have also watched their video on training for Rainier and the book in my opinion is much better. It is well worth every penny!

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