Anyone any experience of a dodgy knee and getting fit for the alps? Heading out for my 2nd alpine trip this summer and want to be fitter than last time. I have problems with my knees (one of them popped out on the mountain last summer, ouch). Is running a bad idea? I hear it's not great for the knees but would it do that much damage over a short period of time while trying to get fit (3 months)?
In reply to David Barratt: Cycling works muscles that are more direct use in climbing. It's also very low impact so you can work on endurance too. But someone said on one of these threads a long time ago that the best way to be Alpine fit is to be hill fit - in other words do as many long hill days as you can fit in.
> (In reply to David Barratt) If you've dodgy knees I'd refrain from adding weight..
When I was training for the mountains with a dodgy knee, I used ankle weights on a treadmill (at max. inclination) and/or step machine. Found it was fairly effective and didn't stress the knee. Cross trainer also good but, as mentioned above, you have to crank up the resistance and push hard to get a reasonable workout.
Thanks everyone. I hate swimming and it's not free... I'll use the cross trainer at work and cycle at weekends. or at least that's what I'll tell my self. the next challenge is to get the motivation and get off my lazy Arse.
Look at strengthening your knees by standing on one leg to brush teeth in the morning, doing one legged squats. It's all well and good thrashing yourself on low impact cv work but if you r knee pops again your alpine trip is screwed!