So when I first found out about going aboard the Kearsarge, I thought about the various ladders I'd have to climb. So I started using the Stairmaster at the gym.
Did this help me? A little. But let me tell you, if you really want to prepare yourself for climbing from the Chapel to the Bridge on the Kearsarge..........you need a lot more than I did. I thought I was being so good, popping on the stairmaster, in the air conditioned gym, the bathroom twenty feet away and empty, with my bottled water in the cup holder and finger near the bottom that could pause it.
If I was serious, I would have turned on the heat, ditched the water, strapped a full pack on my back and jacked up the settings. Then I would have be training!