I believe the best exercise to prepare for climbing IS climbing, but not all of us live in mountainous areas...So, does anyone have any thoughts on the best machine to supplement an exercise program (e.g. running, swimming, hiking, biking, etc.) to help prepare specifically for mountaineering?
I was kicking around purchasing a Versaclimber (108HP) or a Stairmaster StepMill (7000PT). The Versaclimber is much cheaper but I`m concerned more about results than price. Any experience with these or other machines? One can wear a backpack with the stepmill, but I think you would need to wear a weighted vest for the Versaclimber.
BTW, I was fortunate enough to summit Kili and Elbrus in 2006 and Aconcagua in 2007. Can`t wait to get on another mountain when time allows!! Thanks and a Happy New Climbing Year to everyone!