The day-to-day rigors of a wildland firefighter require supreme mental and physical strength. These folks hump 45-pound packs up and down steep, rugged terrain for three to five miles a day — usually in the intense heat of a wildfire. If you want what it takes to be a wildland firefighter, you have to train like one. That’s where MTNTOUGH comes in. MTNTOUGH is a crew of former Navy SEALs and Army Rangers out of Bozeman, Montana who have established themselves as an elite source for high-performance mountain training. The training formula developed by MTNTOUGH includes mental toughness, physical preparation, and performance research for the backcountry hunter, firefighter, and technical athlete.
This impressive team believes that eliminating psychological barriers is the key to reaching goals. The team includes Alex Fichtler (Former Navy SEAL), Ara Megerdichian (US Army Ranger), Jimmy Alsobrook (mountain training legend), and founder of MTNTOUGH, Dustin Diefenderfer. Dustin tells us that, “the MTNTOUGH workout is a no-gear workout, created for someone looking to handle heavy loads for multiple days in the backcountry. It prepares the legs for rugged terrain, the upper body for heavy loads, and focuses on endurance and mental toughness.
Filson has partnered with MTNTOUGH to bring their fitness lab to the Seattle area. If you think you have what it takes to train like a wildland firefighter, join us at Lincoln Park on Saturday, August 10 (click here for more details).