As an alpinist, you train to conserve as much energy as possible. A culmination of wasted movement can mean failure as you gain altitude or descend ahead of looming weather. Of course, you need the lung power to get through those long days at altitude. But you also need strength to keep you moving efficiently and with little wasted effort. Strength training should therefore be an integral part of your alpine training plan, but your routine should also be efficient enough to get you in and out of a weight room fairly quickly. Designing a plan that offers the most benefit to your mountaineering objectives can be overwhelming. Lets start with strengthening your torso and hips, since those areas are the foundation for stability, strength, and efficiency in most of your body's movement patterns.