If you want to effectively train for backcountry hunting in mountainous terrain, you need to train specifically for the demands of that pursuit. You are not a runner training for a marathon. You are not a powerlifter training to raise your lift total. You are not a Crossfitter training for a score. You are not a bodybuilder training to sculpt an aesthetic physique.
You are a hunter, and you should be training to hunt more effectively.
Spend any amount of time around a long-distance hiker and you’ll likely hear the phrase, “hike your own hike.” For these extreme individuals who rack up twenty to thirty miles per day for months on end, the idea of “hiking your own hike” serves as a reminder to focus on making their hike uniquely their own, and to not compare themselves to others on the trail. I can’t help but think how the same mantra can apply to how we approach our hunts.