Hi, I’m Sarah
And I’m a fitness coach who helps hikers get in the best shape of their lives for big trails and peaks!
I’m an ACE-certified personal trainer with a master’s degree in counseling who will help you transform from the inside out. I’ve climbed high-altitude peaks in Mexico, Bolivia, Ecuador, Tanzania, and Turkey as well as Mt. Rainier and Mt. Olympus in Washington and most of the Colorado 14ers. So I know what it takes to get ready physically and mentally.
Just a few of the things I can help you with …
- Mountaineering (including high-altitude)
- Distance running
- Fitness for beginners
- Weight loss
- Mindset and behavior change
- FREE blog, Facebook group, and email newsletter
- Ebooks and training plans
- Custom training plans (contact me for details)
- Courses and group coaching coming in 2019. Sign up for email updates!
What’s your coaching philosophy?
I’m all about getting excellent results with just 3–10 hours a week of exercise. You shouldn’t have to give up your job or social life to climb a big mountain! I’ll show you how to apply the latest exercise science principles to get the most out of every workout.
Do you work with beginners?
Absolutely! They’re actually some of my favorites. In fact, if you’re new to hiking fitness or returning from a long break, here’s a free ebook and training plan for you.
Is there anyone you don’t work with?
I don’t train people for speed ascents or expedition-style mountaineering (Denali, for example). They’ve got unique demands, and I don’t have personal experience with those types of climbing.
Is it possible to train for high-altitude mountaineering at sea level?
Absolutely! I trained for Kilimanjaro below sea-level (in Bangkok, in a dark stairwell full of bat poop), so I get that it’s kind of a grind. All my training plans include a modified workout schedule for people who can’t get out for long training hikes. For more info, check out my blog post on training for altitude.
Where can I learn technical mountaineering skills?
The regional mountain clubs (Colorado Mountain Club, Mazamas, The Mountaineers) offer affordable courses for local climbers. If you don’t have a mountain club in your area, consider a course with an outfitter like Colorado Mountain School or RMI.
What gear do you recommend?
Here’s a list of some of my all-time favs.
Favorite climb so far?
It’s a toss up between Pequeno Alpamayo in Bolivia, Cayambe in Ecuador, and Mt. Olympus in Washington State.
Best Colorado 14er?
I haven’t done them all, but I think Capitol Peak gave me the biggest rush.
Best beer in Colorado?
I’m torn between Dale’s Pale Ale and Odell IPA.
Let’s hang out.
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