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Get physically and mentally fit enough to have an awesome adventure, and get home safely

… even if you’ve never been to altitude before .

Joe’s Basecamp Online, led by Joe Bonington, is a community and set of tools and resources focused on preparation and training for trekkers and climbers.

If you are planning a challenging trek or climb and know the value of doing things properly and maximizing your, time, enjoyment, and success, then Joe’s Basecamp Online is designed specifically for you.

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Here’s a sneak peek into how Joe’s Basecamp helps people reach new heights, and get physically and mentally fit enough to have an awesome adventure, and get home safely … even if you’ve never been to altitude before.

Discover Joe’s Basecamps “True North” System: Transform Your Trek, Trail and Mountain Goals into Reality

The Basecamp Philosophy is built on three pillars




When your INTENTION is clear, you are planning a trip to altitude, you need to know EXACTLY what you are in for and what can help you PREPARE for it. You then use an IDENTIFICATION process to work out where you are in relation to the skills and abilities you require to succeed, which needs IMPLEMENTATION executing on your training plan and your end goal .

The Basecamp Program is designed around these three pillars and the nine prescriptions designed to support them in supporting you specifically with trek, mountain and altitude goals.

Here at Joe’s Basecamp Online, I’ve done all the research and best practices so that can focus on being as prepared as possible for your adventure.

The Complete Guide to Altitude illnesses

Filled with the proven tactics that are working right now. And it’s easy to read. As Bear Grylls says of it “It could save your life!” There is everything you need to help you give you the knowledge you need around altitude illnesses that I personally use myself.

The Built For You: Full Online Adventure Planning Dashboard

Our Adventure Planning dashboard template plugs straight into Notion with this tool you can plan any adventure, its filled with bonuses, pre-written gear lists, an equipment and clothing database that you can build on and edit, downloadable pdfs, communication and emergency plans and your adventure contacts database. This easy to use unique dashboard is built around our three pillar philosophy.

The Altitude Workshops

A series of 4 live lectures now available online. These have been described “as a must see” for anyone who is interested in going to altitude.

Delivered by Joe, expedition Doctors Bill Crozier, Gareth Andrews and Kate Baecher


A complete, end to end systemised approach to a successful adventure.

We take the headache out of knowing what you should do and when you need to do it. We provide the feedback so you know you will be at your best when you need to be.

Giving you confidence that only comes from over twenty years of amazing adventures and experience helping people achieve what you want to achieve.


Struggle with stiffness and discomfort in your hips, knees, and ankles from sitting at a desk or whenever you go hiking or running? Our 30-Day Challenge, directly addresses these common issues through a focused program enhancing mobility and strength in key areas. With daily exercises tailored to combat the adverse effects of sedentary and active lifestyles alike, you’ll gain the physical resilience needed for your outdoor adventures.

What’s Joe’s Basecamp…?


What’s the difference between Joe and any other fitness program?

“When you are out in the wilds, on your adventure you want to be absolutely safe in the
knowledge that it’s not your fitness that will let you or the people you are with down, and
that is a specific kind of fitness” Joe Bonington

Our people have…


Everest / Elbrus / Mont Blanc / Aconcagua / Kilimanjaro / Mount Aspiring / Mount Cook / Island Peak / Mera Peak / Lobuche Peak / Manaslu / Ama Dablam / Denali / Makalu / Matterhorn / Mount Rainier


Everest Basecamp / Patagonia / Dolpo / Bhutan / Kokoda / Camino / Annapurna / Mustang / K2 Basecamp / Haute route / Kanchenjunga Basecamp / Cho Oyu / Dhaulugiri / Gasherbrum / Shishapangma / broad peak

Run Ultras

Patagonia / Atacama / Big Red Run / Sahara / Gobi / UTA 100 Wild Endurance / UTMB / West Mac Monster / Simpson Desert / Larapinta


The North Pole / Alaska / The Arctic Ice Cap / Iceland


The Race Around Ireland / Bay to Bay / Across Kyrgistan / The Silk Road


The English Channel / Rottnest Island

Joe’s Basecamp Online Training system is a training system specifically designed for everyday people who are training for trek, trail, mountain and adventure sports and activities

Yes, the Basecamp Program was created so that adventurous souls like you, who aren’t professional adventurers and athletes, everyday people who have jobs, family and busy lifestyles BUT who know that their fitness is paramount to their success and enjoyment of their adventure can easily build awesome mountain specific fitness, strength, stamina and mobility.

Let me show you it works:

  • Define your goal and assess and test your fitness in relation to that goal (so you know EXACTLY what needs to be improved and what any underlying weaknesses and imbalances are, so you don’t get injured along the way)
  • Apply a completely periodised program that will have you at your peak of physical and mental preparedness when its time for your adventure
  • Build a foundation of increased range of motion, Aerobic Capacity and Structural Balance providing a broad base of physical ability and a solid depth of fitness and general physical preparation
  • At key points of the program add ADVANCED techniques to enhance performance and increase your overall stamina, strength and endurance
Basecamp team at Everest Basecamp

Joe’s Basecamp Online Training: ACCESS The Training Tools and Strategies that You Need For Your Adventure Anywhere in the world!
It’s so simple!

Yes, Joe’s Basecamp Gives You The Tools And Strategies You Need To Achieve BULLET PROOF Levels of Adventure and Mountain Focused Fitness , AND get you to the top of your next destination.
Complete Top to Bottom exercise programming!

  • Stretching and Mobility to keep you flexible and injury free
  • Stability and Balance for rough ground and trails.
  • Strength training where you need it most
  • Endurance training for long days on the trails and in the hills
  • Energy system training to add power and speed recovery
  • Simple To Use App included with videos!
  • Accountability via in app messaging and video calls
  • Community to inspire and bounce ideas off

Don’t take our word for it!

Expert proof


Why should I join today instead of waiting?

It’s time for you to take action. Simple as that. If you really want to be as fit as possible for your adventure/event/activity  then you need somewhere to get answers to all of your questions – especially the ones you don’t know you have yet. You need expert advice, support, community, and most of all… accountability!

Joe’s Basecamp is that place. If you really want to make a difference, the time is now.

What kind of training is Joe’s Basecamp suitable for?

We focus on on Mountain, Trail and Adventure based sports and events including Trekking, Thru-Hiking, Mountaineering, Ski-Touring, Bike-packing, Paddle Adventures, Polar Adventures, Trail and Ultra-Running and Adventure Racing.

These are the kind of Adventures and events that the majority of our members are doing or training to do. That said, much of our training philosophy is relevant to other types of activities, and just being functionally fit and healthy for living a great life and so we do have Basecampers who apply what we teach to just getting the most out of life.

I do not train bodybuilders, Bikini competitions or field sports.

I'm an absolute novice and very unfit, is the Basecamp right for me?

Absolutely – the Basecamp covers you from the very beginning of your fitness journey helping you get started wether you are an absolute beginner who has never done structured training before or a seasoned pro with experience under your belt.

And now is the perfect time for you to join the Basecamp; as not only do I have training that will take you through every step of your journey, but you’ll also be able to get support and advice from within the community too, to help you on that  journey.

I’m already self-motivated and experienced in the gym, what can using the Basecamp system do for me?

Assuming you want to be focused on an outdoor or wilderness sport or activity as your end goal then the Basecampy can help you with fine tune your training, we are experts in training for this specialized area, we can keep you on the straight and narrow and make sure you are using the right training techniques at the right time, with the right volume and the right intensity.

This is certainly not a “beginner only” community – far from it! I’ve helped clients do world firsts, place on podiums, climb 8000m peaks and break course records in both trail runs and cycling, so there’s plenty of expertise on offer that you’re sure to benefit from in your continued journey.

What if I don't enjoy Joe’s Basecamp Online?

I know you will LOVE the Basecamp, however, if for whatever reason you’re not 100% satisfied in any way and have completed the first phase of your training (13 weeks) I will give you your money back. I want you to succeed, and know that if you join the Basecamp and really put your heart and soul into it… you will see amazing results!

What happens if I decide to cancel my membership?

Obviously we’d love it if all of our crew stuck around forever – but we’ve worked with people for long enough to know that that’s never going to happen! So, if you do decide to cancel after the initial 13 weeks, obviously we’ll be very sad, but you’ll be able to do so easily, just send me a message and we will cancel your programming

Once cancelled you’ll retain access to your program for any remaining time paid for, after which you’ll lose access to the program, calls, community and other benfits.

I’m not 100% sure that the Basecamp is right for me, do you offer a trial so I can test it out?

No we do not offer trials. If you have questions book in a call and I can talk you through the process

I'm NOT a hard core adventurer I'm just going on a commercial trek is this right for me?

This is perfect for you, this really is for the everyday person, who is juggling family, work commitments but has an amazing adventure lined up that they want to get the most out of

How Does Online Adventure fitness coaching work?

My Online adventure fitness training service is a comprehensive fitness coaching approach that involves my drawing on twenty two years of experience as a highly qualified strength & Conditioning and running coach, a trek leader, occasional mountaineer and a wilderness wanderer, to give you a program focused on adventure based sports  such as Trekking, hiking, mountaineering, polar travel, trail running or adventure paddling and Mountain bike touring.

  1. You are assessed to see where your fitness levels are now and how well you move.
  2. The strength and mobility components of the programs are tailored to be used in Gyms or using minimal equipment at home. The Fitness and endurance elements are designed to preferably be done in the great outdoors.
  3. I support you every step of the way with group zoom calls, message support and video analysis

essentially what i do is give you a plan and the support to give you the confidence that you are doing the right exercise, the right amount in the right time frame for you to achieve your awesome goal and maximise your chances of a successful undertaking. If you would like to discuss how exactly the program works feel free book an initial consultation call with me now.

What level of support will I get?

Heaps!!! You get your strategy call, the easy to use app with all the videos and instructions, you get the weekly Zoom call, you get a 20 minute calibration call as and when its needed, you also get in app messaging and video review.

What happens if I have to travel?

No problem, this is the bonus of online coaching, its so flexible. sessions can be adapted, easily and if your travel is to disruptive we can just pause the coaching and we will resume when you return

Do you help with medical conditions/injuries?

As this is an online service I’m not in a position to diagnose injuries. I would advise that you see a suitable health professional prior to starting your training program. Medical advice is not a part of my service. To be clear, although my training programs work toward optimal health they are not intended as a replacement for personalised medical advice. However if you have the green light for exercise from your medical professionals, understand the nature of an ailment, injury or medical condition and need a coach who will work with you and your health professional to personalise your regime accordingly, you are in the right place.

Do I have to join a gym?

The answer is no BUT there is a caveat to that. You need to think of a gym as a tool. A commercial gym holds tens of thousands of dollars of equipment that can help you towards your goal… meaning you can spend your own money on other things rather than trying to replicate what is cheaper at the gym. You should be focusing on your workout NOT wether the place is not filled with your kind of people or not.

Saying that if getting to the gym is not an option, don’t worry, Ive still got you covered.

Will I lose weight/Gain Muscle on your program?

I won’t take on a weight loss client for the sake of weight loss BUT if weight loss will help your goal I ma very experienced in that area, It’s just that it only interest me in relation to your performance and your movement rather than what you look like in your swimmers.

With Muscle building in a word YES but its functional muscle as opposed to big slabs of body builder muscle. Believe me any weight you are carrying up a hill, hour after hour needs to be useful and contributing to your journey in the form of muscular endurance rather than detracting from it by burning extra energy and calories that you need.

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