Has anyone else made the transition from long distance running into light and fast mountaineering? I like to move quick and cover a lot of ground in a single push. My goal is to increase my awareness and skills in the mountains. It would be interesting to me to hear of any growing pains or experiences of other ultra runners who have made the transition or for the matter enjoy both sports.
I dabbled with ultrarunning for a few years (~50 miles max), but after already having discovered the world of light and fast climbing. Running gave me a better ability to push my endurance limits, but my climbing experience was key to moving fast over more technical terrain and pushing my soloing grades. I stopped ultrarunning, due to hip flexor tendonitis, but still trail run frequently (lots of hills). I run faster now than I did when I was overtraining and it's obviously helped my climbing from a conditioning perspective.
fossana From leeds, ut Joined Apr 30, 2006 12,086 points