Mountain climbing is such an interesting outdoor activity, of which everyone should try to get involved in. If you have never ventured into the mountains, then you need to try it at least once before you depart from this earth. Believe it or not, you will be addicted sooner than you know it. However, for the first-timers, things are always not so rosy especially if they were ill prepared to counter the challenges that come with mountain climbing. In most cases, most new climbers will want to reach the pinnacle fast but they feel distressed on the way. And so, they keep asking; are we there yet? Stop asking, just keep going.
There are a number of things that you should do in order to successfully reach the top of the mountain without feeling burnt out. Of course, you will feel tired if the slope is quite steep, but even the more experienced climbers do feel that way. As a newbie, what you need to do is some research on what terrain you are going to climb. Importantly, get prepared both physically and psychologically so that you can get over any obstacles that will stand on the way. If you really want to get to the top without necessarily nagging other climbers, remain focused throughout the hike.
Top tips that you should know
First off, before you can even think of going for a hike you need to consult your doctor to ascertain if you are fit. In case he gives you the green light, then it’s time to prepare adequately for the hike. It doesn’t matter if it will be a short or long hike, lack of preparation can be quite disastrous. To begin with, try to find out what are some of the best tools and equipment you should purchase. These can be things like sleeping bag, quality hiking shoes, poles, bottles of water, bags, and anything related.
It is equally important to do a little bit of research in order to be acquainted with the abc’s of hiking. If you will spend the night on top of the mountain, do not forget to carry with you a tent, too. Do not just choose any tent, but go high-quality types that can withstand strong winds, not to mention a sleeping back that can stand the test of time. Having said this, physically preparing for the challenge ahead is something that even the most experienced of hikers do consider before they go out there in the wild.
There are quite a number of exercises out there that you can do even if you live in a flat land. In order to get the best results out of your daily exercises, consider concentrating on core leg muscles. Further, see to it that you do exercises that are aimed at developing cardiovascular system, back and of course, cardio pulmonary (lungs and heart). This is one of the best way that you will be able to keep pace with other hikers, and at the same time enjoy every bit of hiking. If not, you will end up losing your focus and even get tired earlier.
If you are going hiking for the first time, you can ask a friend to accompany you. However, try to evaluable your physical, outdoor, mental, and survival skills. As such, you will be able to overcome challenges on trails of your choice. It is suicidal if you go for long distance hikes without basic survival skills knowledge. As a matter of fact, you will find it pretty tough and might give up halfway the trail.
This is one of the most recommended techniques that will help the first timers. Those who are willing to go for long distances should start on a slow pace. As you progress, increase your pace so that you cover a substantial distance. At the same time, ensure that you take in small sips of water so that you remain hydrated throughout the journey. In all cases, keep on going remaining focused on your day’s target. In as far as hiking groups are concerned, striking conversation without making a lot of noise can help you a great deal. Therefore, whether you know the immediate hiker or not, try to smile as you chat. You will be able to cover a substantial distance without straining.
Key point to remember
Our brain is structured in a way that it usually wants to reach the end fast, way before the body can reach there. The one thing that you should avoid is being impatient if the distance is long. In all cases, you will end up burning faster than you think. As a matter of fact, enjoy every distance that you cover until you reach the end of the trail.