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Is it really a good workout to go to work by bike every day?

There's a technicality here that's about the difference between "training" and "being active". It's important not to confuse the two but where the threshold lies is a matter for an individual. For ...
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Why is there so much emphasis on in-person professional instruction in outdoor sports?

I was a tennis instructor for about 10 years. Here are a few things from my experience that can become problems for you with learning through videos. 1). You have to retain everything that you watched ...
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Why is there so much emphasis on in-person professional instruction in outdoor sports?

I can answer only from experience from learning ice-skating, swimming and tennis. No video can tell you what you are doing wrong. For that, you need an experienced instructor. And not all ...
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How many days does it take to reach hiking X miles per day?

I don't think it works like you think it works. If you're trying to build your distance, you might do 8 miles one Saturday, then the next weekend do 8 on Saturday and 6 on Sunday. The next, 10 on ...
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How many days does it take to reach hiking X miles per day?

There are a lot of factors, but for the Appalachian Trail there are a lot of hikers so it can give us pretty good insight into the time it takes for the average thru hiker to reach maximum mileage per ...
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Why is there so much emphasis on in-person professional instruction in outdoor sports?

@AnoE's answer is pretty much bang on, but there are two main elements that you can't learn by watching videos; stress management and improvisation. I've taught numerous people to climb outside, and ...
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Is it really a good workout to go to work by bike every day?

Subject to advice from your physio and doctor, training on a (well-fitted) bike can be excellent, as your joints aren't under too much load or twisting. Cycling that sort of distance will make a ...
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Why is there so much emphasis on in-person professional instruction in outdoor sports?

Specifically for your example of rock climbing: You should really have personal oversight on your first real rock climbs because the stakes are much higher. In the climbing gym, the safe points are in ...
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How to prepare on hiking routes?

The answers you seek are not easily quantifiable - for instance, a very fit experienced hiker might walk 50+ km a day on flat, open (i.e. not brush covered) terrain, but might only do 5-10 (or less) ...
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How to progress in rock climbing after grades v4 / 5.11+?

Before embarking on specifics, a word of advice: learn to love plateaus. When beginning climbing, we make drastic improvements seemingly every time we go out. As we improve, gains become more and more ...
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How many days does it take to reach hiking X miles per day?

Months not days. Walking is a sport. Like any sport, you need to train your sport-specific muscles over months before you start getting really serious. If not, instead of getting progressively ...
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Is it really a good workout to go to work by bike every day?

It should be good for your heart (and maybe body-weight) at least. When I started commuting that distance (18 km. each way) I bought a better bike (i.e. $700 new instead of $200 new, with extra-good ...
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Is it really a good workout to go to work by bike every day?

It isn't so much about the training as it is about the recovery. Professional cyclists are on the bike for 700-1000 kilometers a week, often with two different training sessions in a day, and multiple ...
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How many days does it take to reach hiking X miles per day?

Its going to depend on the person and the terrain, from experience it takes about 5 days to week to really hit your stride, but that will depend per person and some people take much longer to really ...
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How can I build a board to mount climbing holds in my house?

Typically, using 3/4" (19mm) plywood board is strong enough for this use. And the bolts you want are 3/4" (19mm) plus enough each end to screw into the hold and to accept a nut. Bolts used for most ...
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How to train climbing endurance at home?

You can also train endurance at the bouldering gym (at least when it's not too crowded) by doing "4x4" exercises: Do 4 relatively easy bouldering problems back-to-back without any pause between them, ...
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Where exactly would be the kill of this squirrel?

In the picture given: The brown spot beneath the arm is a gut shot. If sitting just like this you'd have to shoot through the arm for a chest shot (and waste most of that meat). In general: Rifle ...
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How to train climbing endurance at home?

Get a hangboard. Use it multiple times a day. If possible, set up a pull-up bar on each door of your rooms. Enter only after you do one pull-up. To exert your body as much as you do when climbing, ...
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How can I be sure that I'm ready to do the Three Peaks Challenge?

I have a few colleagues who have done this, and one team who did it with a colleague in a wheelchair. They are all reasonably fit, but the day job is desk-based, so if you have managed Kili easily, ...
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How many days does it take to reach hiking X miles per day?

It will depend so much on the individual. I think your numbers are aggressive. You should do some training and start at more the 10-12. And finish at like 14-16. Your legs, heart, shoulders, ...
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What does it take to become a wilderness skills guide as a business?

In my experience, it comes down to 4 things. Wilderness First Responder Certification: The first course is 80 hours and then you need to recertify after 2 years. There are other certifications such ...
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How can I build a board to mount climbing holds in my house?

You will need to counter sink (fostner) the nut (bottom right) on the back side (because it will be up against the wall). A drill press would be nice. Or space the board from the wall. Any solid ...
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What are some proven methods of training for week long backpacking trips at high altitude?

[Edited after comments and additional research.] Aerobic training will not prepare you for altitude Some of the answers here are misleading. According to the Altitude Research Centre: Being ...
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Does a backpack negatively influence my archery shooting?

I'm not an archer, however, I would be surprised if you would not notice any difference with your backpack as compared to no backpack – at least in the beginning. Basically with every skill that ...
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Is it really a good workout to go to work by bike every day?

I bike about 15 km each way commuting to work (70% road-like, 30% forest - 70% flat, 30% hills, but feels flat for the most part). I arrive bathing in sweat. After two years, I once had a puncture on ...
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Are there particular grades that indoor climbers often struggle with

I can only answer from my personal perspective. It might not be statistically relevant, but I dare say it could be a little generalisable. I have been climbing actively (more than 3 days a week), ...
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Train climbing with additional weight?

Does it make sense to train rock climbing wearying a weight vest... ? To expand a bit on what Jan said: it depends on why you're training. Back when I was a solid gym rat, some of my climbing was to ...
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