Do you love backpacking in the outdoors? Want to experience what it’s like to hike and trek through thick vegetation or rugged terrain? Have you ever wanted to cross rivers or explore high altitudes? Then mountaineering is for you.
Mountaineering has a simple premise. Simply choose a mountain and make your way to the top. The challenge, however, lies in accomplishing the latter. With the varied extreme situations and unexpected obstacles that you’ll face, getting to the finish line tends to be a demanding feat.
Higher altitude is an expected obstacle hurdle in mountain trekking. You can also expect to climb over fallen trees or rocks as you explore the outdoors. If you can’t reach the summit within a day’s hike, it is possible that you’ll set up camp along the way.
The terrain isn’t the only thing that will test your fortitude and determination. It will also defy your patience and motivation. Reaching the top of that mountain requires a great deal of physical endurance and presence of mind.
The climb to the peak may be a daunting task, but reaching it is a truly rewarding experience. Trust me. I’ve been to the top many times, and each experience is as gratifying and fulfilling as it was during my first time.
Many people ask me why I do this. Aside from the majestic view, mountaineering cultivates a sense of environmental awareness. It also contributes to the positive development of one’s character. I’ve always had apprehension when in the outdoors, and mountaineering has allowed to me face this. Of course, conquering that mountain leaves me with a great feeling of achievement.
Do you love trekking in the outdoors? If you don’t mind doing that with a backpack in tow, mountaineering might be a thing for you.
Getting Started on Mountaineering
High mountains provide an elegant view. To reach the top, you need the right mindset, physical attributes, and specialized gear. I offer these simple pointers to help you get to the summits with the most fun and less difficulty as possible.
To begin your mountaineering quest, you need to improve your physical conditioning. As with any sport, getting in shape is crucial. Running is an inexpensive way to prepare physically. For beginners, you can start your training at least three or four weeks before your scheduled outdoor exploration.
In addition to running, stair climbing is a great way to strengthen your leg muscles. If you want to up the ante, put on a weighted backpack, which can also target your back and shoulder muscles. This will help you get accustomed to carrying a heavy load on your back during the actual mountain climb. However, the harder the climb, the longer and more intensive your preparation should be.
You also need to have the right gear. Quick-drying clothes is a must. When going out for a hike or trek, you will be sweating much. It’s also possible that you’ll be crossing rivers. Wet clothes can increase the risk of hypothermia, especially in areas where the climate is cold or characterized with strong winds. Keep yourself dry for most of the time by staying away from clothing made of cotton fabrics or denim materials as these tend to stay wet for longer periods. Headgear is also a must for your protection against the sun.
There will be a lot of walking, so you’ll need a good pair of comfortable hiking shoes. Ordinary rubber shoes and sneakers won’t do you good and will only create problems for your feet; also, these shoes are not designed for the rugged terrain. Hiking shoes should be paired with thick socks to achieve overall protection of your feet.
For climbs that span for days, having a tent is vital to getting a good night’s rest. There are several outdoor shops that offer decent tents. You don’t need to buy those expensive ones, unless you’re really serious about pursuing this outdoor activity. While choosing the most lightweight tent is ideal, this, however, may be a bit expensive.
When it comes to preparation, you should never neglect your nutrition. Mountain trekking is physically demanding. Fueling your body is crucial for this grueling endeavor. It is important to stick to a healthy diet weeks leading to the climb. At the same time, make sure you’ve packed enough food to sustain you through the trek. Bring trail food like peanuts or energy bars to boost your energy levels.
Along with food, you need ample hydration during the climb. On an ordinary trek, an average person may need about two liters of water. There are pros and cons with bringing lots of water. The pro is that it’s best to bring extra because you’ll never know when you’ll need more; the con, however, is that it will make your backpack weigh heavier.
Venturing outdoors without adequate survival skills can be risky. Never go alone. For your safety, always go with an experienced climbing buddies. Also, inform people that you’re venturing outdoors.
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