Mountain climbing is a sport which is suitable for those who are always looking for activities containing a lot of adrenaline rush. This activity may include climbing rocks, hiking, glaciers crossing, camping etc. While this sport is for everybody a mountain climber must be patient, mentally and physically strong and must be well-trained. Climbing the mountains can give a break from the daily life dilemmas and the breathtaking views of the mountains will make the best memories and experience of your life. Mountain climbing can completely change one’s life as it helps in developing the character of a person by teaching a person to overcome his/her fears. For those of you who are planning to have this extraordinary experience here are some tips:
• Destination- You can either go for a major climb or a minor climb. When a complete climb can be achieved in a day devoid of any exceptional effort and which takes within five hours to reach the summit from the point of beginning of the hiking, which is known as a minor climb. And the climb which takes days to complete and a where a lot of physical effort is required, is known as the major climb. You can decide which one to go for according to your capacity and experience. Also, you can consider the locality, availability of drinkable sources of water, view from the mountains etc while choosing the destination.
• Place to Stay- You can decide to stay in the local resorts or camp on the spot if it is possible and if you find a suitable place.
• Equipments- As a starter all you need is a good pair of hiking shoes, pants and jackets which are water-proof and which dries out quickly, and your trusty rucksack. The number of things to carry will eventually increase as you will get more experiences. If you are planning for a major climb then you can think of bringing a lightweight tent. Apart from these, essentials like food and water can also be carried.
• Personal Health- The right training and preparation physically are crucial before starting mountain climbing. Exercises to prepare the leg muscles like jogging and stair climbing carried out. You can also train to make yourself accustomed to the heavy load you will need to carry on the mountains.
• Climbing Partners- A guide must essentially be hired and you can also team up with mountain climbers who are experienced. This can help in avoiding the risks involved with climbing alone which should never be done.