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52 Week Hike Challenge for backpacking?

I just completed the 52 Week Hike Challenge and it worked really well to get me more comfortable hiking.

Now I want to get out backpacking!

Has anyone heard of a similar challenge for camping/backpacking?

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I personally know of only one person that undertook such a rigorous and extended physical preparation regimen.

Chris Kopczynski prepared for his successful ascent to conquer Mt. Everest by repeatedly ascending and descending Mt. Spokane in WA State, the closest mountain where he lived and worked as a general contractor. At the time his wife worked at the Eddie Bauer Store in Spokane.

I was fortunate to have known Chris, when he agreed to participate in a fund raiser for our Back Country Medical Rescue Team, narrating and presenting photos of his Mt. Everest conquest.

Here is his story: