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New Short Film: Mount Frosty and the Golden Larches

New Short Film: Mount Frosty and the Golden Larches

2020-10-18
Join Couch to the Summit's James Stewart on his solo adventure at E.C. Manning P...
New Film: EC Manning - Skyline

New Film: EC Manning - Skyline

2020-10-07
I am happy to premiere Couch to the Summit's new trail running live-action film...
Jornet breaks 30-minute barrier in unofficial Fully VK Time-Trial

Jornet breaks 30-minute barrier in unofficial Fully VK Time-Trial

2020-10-01
Kilian Jornet had never officially run a Vertical KM under 30 minutes before --...
New Film: Howe Sound Crest Trail

New Film: Howe Sound Crest Trail

2020-10-01
Howe Sound Crest Trail is the latest trail running live-action film, filmed and...
Bringing Order to the Chaos of Life: Clean Your Room, Schedule, and Exercise

Bringing Order to the Chaos of Life: Clean Your Room, Schedule, and Exercise

2020-10-01
In this busy world, how does one break free from overwhelm that prevents getting...
Amazing Places
New Short Film: Mount Frosty and the Golden Larches

New Short Film: Mount Frosty and the Golden Larches

Join Couch to the Summit's James Stewart on his solo adventure at E.C. Manning Provincial Park in British Columbia, Canada.
New Film: EC Manning - Skyline

New Film: EC Manning - Skyline

I am happy to premiere Couch to the Summit's new trail running live-action film "EC Manning - Skyline" featuring myself and my friend Brian Clements, as we team up to showcase the beautiful fall colours and the fantastic views along the Skyline Trail in the EC Manning Provincial Park, BC, Canada.
New Film: Howe Sound Crest Trail

New Film: Howe Sound Crest Trail

Howe Sound Crest Trail is the latest trail running live-action film, filmed and produced by Couch to the Summit's James Stewart. James' goal is to share the beauty of stunning mountain ranges across the world

Gesäuse Hike 3: Buchsteinhaus and the Großer Buchstein

Gesäuse Hike 2: Wasserfallweg and Hochzinödl tour with amazing views at top of Peternpfad

Gesäuse Hike 1: Tamischbachturm in the Gesäuse National Park, Syria, Austria

Training Science
Training Science Series #12 - Keeping the Ego in Check and Sticking to a Long-Term Plan

Training Science Series #12 - Keeping the Ego in Check and Sticking to a Long-Term Plan

Many endurance events are dominated by hardworking, high-achieving type “A” personalities possessing enormous work ethic, mental toughness, and willpower as positive traits, but also stubbornness as a negative one. Such perseverance and mental fortitude can be an athlete’s greatest strength.
Training Science Series #11 - Peaking: When to Enter a High Intensity Training Phase

Training Science Series #11 - Peaking: When to Enter a High Intensity Training Phase

High intensity plays a critical role in every endurance athlete’s training for peaking performance. It is an established sports science training principle that application of high-intensity aerobic training (Zone 3 and above) is most effective when an athlete has a strong base level of aerobic capacity.
Training Science Series #10 - How to Choose Which Zones to Train in Regularly?

Training Science Series #10 - How to Choose Which Zones to Train in Regularly?

This is completely dependent on the conditioning of the athlete and whether the athlete is considered aerobically deficient or not. This is also the secret sauce of coaching and is completely dependent on the athlete, their level of fitness, their short-term and long-term goals, and how they are responding to training.

Training Science Series #9 - A Brief Introduction to Heart-Rate Zone Training

Training Science Series #8 - The Science of Endurance Training

Training Science Series #7 - The New Science of Fat Adaptation

Health
Training Science Series #3 - Overtraining Syndrome (OTS)

Training Science Series #3 - Overtraining Syndrome (OTS)

Overtraining syndrome (OTS) is a very complicated and poorly understood form of fatigue that doesn’t respond well to just typical levels of sleep and minor reductions in training. OTS is very common because most athletes are not able to recognise overtraining until it is too late.
Training Science Series #1 - Why We Focus on Capacity Training…to Eventually Go Really Fast

Training Science Series #1 - Why We Focus on Capacity Training…to Eventually Go Really Fast

For many decades, a battle has raged in endurance sports about how much Capacity versus Utilization training is optimal for endurance performance. The debate surrounds how much of each form of training is appropriate when considering the high-level performance – and longevity – of an athlete.
How to Protect Yourself From and Overcome the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) 

How to Protect Yourself From and Overcome the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) 

It is sad when the world faces a pandemic situation, because many people will suffer and some of those people will die. It is important to be concerned and vigilant, but becoming panic stricken is going a step too far. The mainstream media is notorious for fear mongering and fanning the flames of worry, whether it is to increase revenue, or to influence people to act and behave in a certain way.

Increasing Your Energy and Performance Through Nutrition: Red Blood Cell Creation Tips

Viewing Nature Scenes Help You to Heal

Mountains are extraordinary places

Mind
Bringing Order to the Chaos of Life: Clean Your Room, Schedule, and Exercise

Bringing Order to the Chaos of Life: Clean Your Room, Schedule, and Exercise

In this busy world, how does one break free from overwhelm that prevents getting started or taking action on dreams and goals? How does one find time and started with exercise, keeping healthy, or any other needed change? 
Training Science Series #12 - Keeping the Ego in Check and Sticking to a Long-Term Plan

Training Science Series #12 - Keeping the Ego in Check and Sticking to a Long-Term Plan

Many endurance events are dominated by hardworking, high-achieving type “A” personalities possessing enormous work ethic, mental toughness, and willpower as positive traits, but also stubbornness as a negative one. Such perseverance and mental fortitude can be an athlete’s greatest strength.
Training Science Series #1 - Why We Focus on Capacity Training…to Eventually Go Really Fast

Training Science Series #1 - Why We Focus on Capacity Training…to Eventually Go Really Fast

For many decades, a battle has raged in endurance sports about how much Capacity versus Utilization training is optimal for endurance performance. The debate surrounds how much of each form of training is appropriate when considering the high-level performance – and longevity – of an athlete.

The Power of Visualisation

Progress with the Two Minute Rule

Dance beautifully in the box you are comfortable in

News
Jornet breaks 30-minute barrier in unofficial Fully VK Time-Trial

Jornet breaks 30-minute barrier in unofficial Fully VK Time-Trial

Kilian Jornet had never officially run a Vertical KM under 30 minutes before -- despite a handful of other European athletes having accomplished the feat – but he finally did so on September 17 2020 (the day prior to his 2020 Sierre Zinal victory), when he ran 29'51" on the Fully VK course.
Burridge and Crane co-winners in a dramatic finish to the 2019 Bright Alpine Climb

Burridge and Crane co-winners in a dramatic finish to the 2019 Bright Alpine Climb

As a race director what do you do when you’re running a multi-stage race, and the athlete who has dominated the opening three days with a healthy overall lead, misses a turn along with several other runners, running off course just two short km’s from the finish? This was the dilemma faced by Sean Greenhill of Mountain Sports during last weekend’s 40th running of the Bright Alpine Four Peaks
Photography and Film
New Short Film: Mount Frosty and the Golden Larches

New Short Film: Mount Frosty and the Golden Larches

Join Couch to the Summit's James Stewart on his solo adventure at E.C. Manning Provincial Park in British Columbia, Canada.
New Film: EC Manning - Skyline

New Film: EC Manning - Skyline

I am happy to premiere Couch to the Summit's new trail running live-action film "EC Manning - Skyline" featuring myself and my friend Brian Clements, as we team up to showcase the beautiful fall colours and the fantastic views along the Skyline Trail in the EC Manning Provincial Park, BC, Canada.
New Film: Howe Sound Crest Trail

New Film: Howe Sound Crest Trail

Howe Sound Crest Trail is the latest trail running live-action film, filmed and produced by Couch to the Summit's James Stewart. James' goal is to share the beauty of stunning mountain ranges across the world

Adventure Photography Review of Austria's Breathktaking Gesäuse National Park Hikes

Vancouver 100 - A Short Trail Running Film by Couch to the Summit

North Vancouver Traverse Solo Race by C2TS Performance Coaching client Cameron York

Blog
North Vancouver Traverse Solo Race by C2TS Performance Coaching client Cameron York

North Vancouver Traverse Solo Race by C2TS Performance Coaching client Cameron York

Couch to the Summit Performance Coaching client Cameron York had his races cancelled for 2020. Instead, Cameron and I decided he would participate in a solo race across the mountain trails of North Vancouver - from Horseshoe Bay to Deep Cove.
How I Trained for 10 Weeks to Climb 18 Grouse Grinds in 19 Hours (14,650m vertical)

How I Trained for 10 Weeks to Climb 18 Grouse Grinds in 19 Hours (14,650m vertical)

Tackling the Grouse Grind once is enough for most people. The Grind is a 2.9km trail ascending 810 vertical meters along the steep forest of North Vancouver’s Grouse Mountain. The Grind is a challenging workout not a scenic hike. Learn how I trained to accomplish 18 grinds in 19 hours over a ten-week training block.
Safety
Getting home safe in the Shoulder Season (Fall)

Getting home safe in the Shoulder Season (Fall)

Fall (Autumn) is an amazing time to be in the mountains. The colours are gorgeous, the temperatures are cooler and soft light makes for exceptional photography.  However, the shoulder season is an incredibly dangerous time of year for tourists.
Why the Road Rage? Collective Narcissism and the Cowardly Dehumanisation of Human Beings who Ride Bikes

Why the Road Rage? Collective Narcissism and the Cowardly Dehumanisation of Human Beings who Ride Bikes

Galleries