Mountain climbing is considered to be an xciting pastime for many. The thought of reaching the summit is enough to fuel an enthusiast’s desire to conquer any mountain. It’s difficult to describe the experience, but it does give beginners a compelling reason to take up mountain climbing as a hobby and, eventually, a lifestyle.
However, you can’t become an expert climber overnight, and it won’t be a walk in the park during your first climb. You will need to face various challenges that will test your resolve and endurance. Fortunately, it’s possible to work around these challenges once you have a good idea of what to expect. Here are a few beginner tips you should keep in mind:
- Slow and steady
There is a first time for everything, and it’s important that you start with smaller goals and lower peaks. Your objective here is to develop the necessary skills that will prepare you for more arduous challenges in the future, such as finding water in the wilderness and finding a suitable camping ground. Pick a mountain or hill that’s easy for beginners like yourself. From there, you can progress to more complicated hikes.
- Do a bit of cardio
No matter how low or high a peak you are reaching, your body has to be prepared for the difficult journey ahead. When it comes to building your endurance, you will need to take time developing your cardio health. Jogging and swimming daily are just some of the best ways to build your stamina so you won’t easily get exhausted during your first climb. On top of that, you should also limber up by performing stretching exercises that are designed to condition the joints and reduce injury.
- Adopt a balanced diet
Apart from exercise, you should also adopt a protein-rich diet. You will need all the nutrients you can get so you can last longer during the climb. More importantly, you also need to strengthen your immune system in responding to unfamiliar terrain. On top of protein, make sure you get a healthy serving of carbs, iron, and Vitamin C. Still, it’s best to talk with your doctor and get advice on what to eat in preparation for the climb.
- Bring only the essentials
For an easier climb, it’s advisable that you bring only what’s necessary. Since you are taking an easier trail as a beginner, packing lightly should be enough. Be sure to bring along some water, some protein-rich food, flushable wipes (in case nature calls), and a first aid kit.
- Get the right gear
Investing in high-quality mountain climbing gear is crucial. Price shouldn’t be a factor, but it’s important to pick equipment that won’t fail you during the climb. If necessary, you may need to pay more if it means reducing your risk of injury. When shopping for pulleys, helmets, breathable shirts, and harnesses, look towards brands that are trusted for their safety and reliability.
Going on your first climb can be both intimidating and exciting. You just have to come prepared with the right physical condition and with the right tools.