Planning Tips

Some Tips Before Climbing A Mountain

Taking up an adventure like Mountain climbing is definitely an exciting experience you would agree. Often, when people want to make a choice of an outdoor adventure that would accommodate themselves, their relatives and friends, such that everyone can participate, what readily comes to mind is mountain climbing .

Well, such choice is not only particular to you. And truly no one would blame you for picking mountain climbing. Mountain climbing can be really exciting. However before you embark on this expedition, it is important you prepare your necessary climbing tools, including climbing gears and hiking shoes. You would do well to take time to master some additional tips first that will assist you throughout your journey.

Previously we had talked about six practical tips to getting that great adventure experience. Here, we are going to look at seven additional pieces of advice to make a great trekking adventure. 

So let's begin, shall we..

  1. Plan. Plan. Plan... particularly ifitsyour first time out! Good planning stands out any day. Planned strategies are important to make your adventure an experience 
  1. Raise the bar. Go for a more challenging climb next time. Since you already have an experience of reaching the apex of a mountain, aim for something new on your second ascent. You may well settle for expedition peaks as your next stop. Those require long walks, good technical climbing skills and sufficient mountaineering expertise. So the catch is, every time you go for a climb, make it a task!
  1. Engage an experienced and a trusted guide. Ensure you get guidance from a guide that has the necessary agency approval; one you can trace to a reputable mountain climbing operator. Keep in mind that your trekking experience will be altered by altitude and terrain. This makes the presence an experienced companion key.
  1. Be very prepared. Preparation is paramount when it comes to ensuring that your experience is enjoyable as you journey to the zenith. If you live far away from the mountain you are planning to visit, ensure to book for your flight or whatever it is that transport people there on time. Sort out your accommodation and do well to inquire about permits and any other legal requirements.
  1. Envisage what lies ahead. Before hitting the summit. Keep this in mind. For some climbers staying in a base camp for a while, help them achieve this. This may not apply to you, but find out does and get to work. If staying at the base is your thing, then when you are in your base camp, make the most of your stay by confirming that your gears are not tampered with and complete.
  1. Get started. Hit the mountain. Yes! begin the climb. The exciting experience has officiallybegin. But here is a hint: stay put to your route. By sticking to your route, you will have minimal chances of involving in accidents since you are familiar with the route.
  1. Get down the mountain when you still have enough time to do so safely. In contrast to popular opinion, descending a mountain is actually more difficult than ascending one. This is so because one would need to control the fall of gravity. Hence, the extra care. 

Paul Jones is a professional mountain climber and a hiker. He is a member of the TourForPeace Group and mentors teens on fitness and wellness weekly. He blogs weekly for SportsEnd and contributes for Hikers Magazine