The MMG Guides along with myself strive to be mountain athletes. I am a full promoter that the MMG Guides (all guides) must climb often and also guides/climbers should develop a regular mountain athlete training program to keep on the cutting edge of movement skills on rock, ice, and mountain climbs. Specific training such as yoga, free weights, climbing wall, hit strips, running all add up to a strong more nimble guide who can operate day after day with out injury.

This post is of Jerry  – one of Mooney Mountain Guides frequent travelers. First Jerry maintains a high quality home life and career then he climbs. Many times he has joined MMG for five day stretches on the ice and rock. He has come a long way in a short time and now he is able to climb a variety of high end ice routes, long rock climbs, mountain tours without missing a beat. He is a Mountain Athlete. Jerry has developed a regular training program that keeps him in great shape – when he comes out to climb he is ready.

The payoff is huge – last week we climbed ice routes for four straight days then Jerry finished the week off with a climb of Repentance on Friday and a fast early morning ascent of Mt Washington on Saturday.

Nice job Jerry – keep up the specific training and fitness program you are doing – it works!

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Jerry working the back step on the Penguin Route.

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Lead time on Hitchcock Gully – Willard is in great shape right now.

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Descending from Penguin area.

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 Jerry on lead at the end of the day  – Trestle Cut!

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Repentance in fine shape – arriving at 2nd belay area.

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Steep alpine rock and scrub at the top of Willard.

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Another back step on Dracula.

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 A new route for us – Twenty Below Zero Gully.

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The technical side – making a V thread for our descent at Newfound Lake.

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No line up for Jerry and Matt on this day – green light.

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 Great day on the mountain with good friends.

Thanks Jerry for the superb week together. I am looking forward to our next trip to Red Rocks this spring.

Art Mooney