As part of learning more about tactical strength and conditioning, I have been experimenting a lot with rucking recently. Early this morning, for instance, I rucked up Flat Top Mountain in Rocky Mountain National Park:
Untitled from Keith Lohse on Vimeo.
Rucking is basically loading up a backpack (or rucksack, hence the name) with enough food and provisions for a day trip and then trying to cover that ground as quickly as possible. The weight of the pack varies depending on what you want bring, but you want extra clothes, food, water, and emergency supplies. In the real world of course, the additional contents of the pack depend on what you are doing (e.g., it changes if you're a soldier, fireman, rescue worker, etc.)... I opted to load my pack with climbing gear. Although I did not actually do any climbing:
Explanation of Rucking from Keith Lohse on Vimeo.
It was a really cold and windy trip. By the end of it, I lamented not bringing proper goggles and only having sunglasses, but it was still a lot of fun!