RENO — ACHIEVE Fitness has obtained permits for hiking to the summit of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park the week of July 22. Assignment of permits is by lottery and only 400 people are allowed to climb to the summit each day.
To get conditioned for the climb to the top of Half Dome or tackling some of the country’s other most challenging hiking trails, ACHIEVE Fitness is offering its fifth annual Train to Hike to Half Dome Summit program.
Participants of all fitness and hiking experience levels are welcome to attend but must be in general good health. Members of past training groups have ranged in age from their 20s to their 70s.
The training program consists of four parts:
Part 1: Two-hour classroom orientation. This session takes place from 3 to 5 p.m. on April 7 at ACHIEVE Fitness, 600 S. Center St. in Reno.
Part 2: Twelve-week customized cardio and strength training plan. Each participant will receive an initial fitness assessment and individualized cardio and strength training plan to prepare for hiking. Plans will be adjusted as needed throughout the program.
Part 3: Twelve weekly guided training hikes. The 12 weekly guided training hikes take place in the Truckee Meadows and Tahoe regions. Specific hike locations will be determined depending on weather and participants’ needs and fitness levels.
Part 4: ACHIEVE Fitness Fifth Annual Half Dome Summit Guided Hike. Hikes to the summit of Half Dome will take place the week of July 22.
The cost for all four components of the program, including the optional guided Half Dome summit hike and related permits, is $250 per person and must be paid in full by April 16. The cost does not include transportation, food, equipment or Yosemite Valley lodging.