A mountain climber who uses his bare feet to do his own exercise regimen said he found out the hard way that a heel sprain is a big deal.
In the wintertime, a new snowboarder named Adam Jones can’t just walk up a hill without a heel injury.
Instead, he has to work his way down the hill and up another hill to work on his technique and strength.
Jones has been climbing for 10 years and is one of the hardest-core mountain climbers on the planet.
“When you start going up a steep, I mean, steep hill, it’s like, ‘Oh my God, my toes are going to hurt,'” Jones said.
Jones said he has had to work hard to get to the point where he can stand up and walk with his bare foot.
He said it was not always easy, but he has learned to make up for lost time.
He also uses his feet as an extension of his weight.
“I think I can lift more than my entire body weight and then just put that weight on my heels and get it done,” Jones said, laughing.
It all started with a simple question from a local fitness trainer.
What about the mountain climbers heel spurs?
“I thought that was a little odd,” Jones told ABC News.
So Jones set out to find out what he needed to do to get stronger.
He started doing a simple exercise that he calls a “mountain climb.”
“The first step is just to walk around the base of the hill.
I’ll just grab a piece of rock and just stand there,” Jones explained.”
Then you just start moving your heels.
Then you’ll see it really, really, fast.
And you’ll really feel it.”
Jones did this for about 20 minutes at a time, with the goal of doing about one mile.
But then something happened.
He had to stop.
“And I was like, Oh my God.
I just couldn’t do that anymore.
I couldn’t hold it up anymore,” Jones admitted.
He ended up having to take off.
“So I started to think about it, and I just thought, ‘Well, maybe this is going to be my last one,'” Jones explained, laughing at the thought.
Then Jones started to look at the climbing community and started to wonder if he could make it to the top.
“You know, I think we’re all really lucky, and we’re really proud of each other,” Jones continued.
“We’re so blessed to have the best training, the best equipment, and the best people that we have on this planet.
So we need to work together to make sure that we are the best climbers in the world.”
Jones, who lives in Boulder, Colorado, said he doesn’t want to lose any more time on his mountain climbing regimen.
“It’s definitely a hard job,” Jones added.
“But it’s also something that we all do together, and so I just hope that we can work this out.”
If you would like to help the mountain climbers of the world get stronger, the National Center for Mountain Climbing and Alpine Sports (NCMSACS) is providing financial support through a partnership with National Geographic.
The NCMSACs goal is to support the development of the sport by providing a foundation to help other sports enthusiasts build upon the achievements of the mountain climbing community.