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***NOTE FROM ENO:  This is part 3 of a 5-part series about how to stay active in the outdoors through flatland training – essentially, training for the mountains without actually being in the mountains.***   When you’re in the mountains, you’re typically going to have something on your back. Whether it’s a boulder pad, a pack full of gear, or your kid, something’s going to be adding weight to your back. So my third suggestion for flatland training would be to start training with some weight on your back. You could buy a lead vest, but that disperses the weight evenly across your upper body. You won’t get the full effect of having to stand upright while having something on your back. It’s the perfect time for you to get your pack on your back and get re-accustomed to what it feels like. I’d suggest using the same backpack you’ll be using when you’re training. I’d also suggest walking with you pack on, and to try and walk instead of run. When you walk, you’ll also be minimizing the impact on your joints and be able to prevent injuries as well. When I was younger and playing organized sports, my...

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