I'm going to take a mountaineering class this spring, I think starting in February. They have a fitness test to make sure they people they admit are up to the task, and it sounds brutal. So I'm hoping people will have some good advice on what I should be doing over the next few months to make this easier on myself, and to make sure I pass the test.
I'll have two hours to climb Mount Si - 3,700 feet over 4 miles, for an average grade of 17.5 % ( that can't be right? ). And I'll be doing it with all my gear on my back.
On the bike, if you want to get better at climbing hills, you climb lots of hills. But I can't make it out to Si every day. And, frankly, there are nicer trails I'd rather do on weekends. Is this anything the stair master and elliptical machine at the gym can help me with? How much will climbing steep hills on the bike transfer over? Two or three miles from my house, Dravus Street is a 19 % grade for about half a mile; will coming here with a backpack full of water and doing laps on foot help me more than any of the other options I've got?
Other than hitting the trail with a stopwatch, how do I gauge how much training I need to do?