Prepare for a Mountain Climbing Trip
Edited by Ann General, Anonymous, Lynn, Inukshuk and 2 others
Mountain climbing is not the same as a lot of other fun activities we have available. A mountain climbing trip requires a lot of preparations and you really have to make sure that you are both physically and mentally ready before the trek, since there's no easy way out once you start hiking. To make sure that you will enjoy your adventure, here are a few steps and tips on how to prepare before you go on a mountain hike adventure.
Steps in Preparing for Your Mountain Climb
- 1Research about the summit that you are attempting to reach.Make sure to do your research and find out the most basic and important information about the summit. Find out how tall the mountain is, how long it should take you to reach the peak, and if the way is steep, etc. This is to prepare yourself for the challenges that are ahead of you.Advertisement
- 2Ask Yourself.Once you have obtained the information about the summit you are attempting to climb, ask yourself if you really can do it and if you are physically and emotionally ready for it. This is the best time to pinpoint your weaknesses and see if you can strengthen them before your hike.Advertisement
- 3Find out if you need to attend an orientation.Many developed summits that are open for mountaineers do orientations to prepare them for what's ahead. Attending one before your climb is important so that you will have an idea of the Do's and Don'ts. This is also the best time to ask questions, tips and advice from the organizers who have obviously made the climb many times.
- 4Start preparing yourself physically for your climb.Running, swimming, aerobics and regular hiking will all help. These few exercises will strengthen your muscles and increase your heart rate. But make sure to not over exert yourself before your climb. Also, consulting your physician would be best before considering this activity. Mountain climbing is not advisable for those who suffers from cardiac and pulmonary issues, or those who have had such problems in the past.
- 5Take care in preparing your hiking kit.Make sure that you have the appropriate and necessary hiking gear and clothing. Double check each item to make sure that they are still in good condition and are working properly. Failure to wear and bring the necessary things for mountain climbing could end your hike much earlier than what you expected. And also, make sure to select only what's necessary for you. Over packing results in a heavy pack, which is not something fun, especially if you are climbing and doing a lot of walking.
Possible consequences for not preparing for a hike
- 1Getting tired easily.Walking while carrying your heavy load can overwhelm your body, especially if you did not prepare yourself physically for it. This is why it is very advisable that you exercise regularly beforehand to strengthen your muscles, and do some short hikes before your major trip.Advertisement
Things to Avoid When Hiking
- 1Hiking alone.It's definitely not the best idea to do a mountain climb alone. A buddy system is always best, especially if you are going to enter a certain area that you are not familiar with.Advertisement
- 2Ignoring marked trails.Marked trails are made for you to follow. If you end up not following them and decide to take a different path, your "shortcut" might lead you to getting lost, or it will make your hike a little, or a lot longer than you originally planned.
- 3Do not climb in waterfalls.We all know that waterfalls are one of the world's best creations, but it's really not a good idea to try and jump from one during a hike. There have been a lot of fatal accident and deaths recorded because of this, so make sure not to let the view entice you to do something unsafe.
- 4Not wearing proper attire.The altitude of the surroundings changes quickly the closer you get to the top. Make sure to not wear cotton clothing! Make sure to wear layers of clothing to help your body with the temperature. Also, wear clothes that are resistant to moisture and can dry quickly. Also, avoid wearing camouflage and instead choose brightly colored clothing. This will help you and your hiking buddies to make sure that no one gets lost or goes missing. This can also help you to be found more easily if you get lost in the wilderness.
Important Reminders When You Get Lost
- 1Relax.Panicking will not do you any good, especially when the altitude is different. This will also just cause you anxiety and you might have difficulty breathing.
- 2Stay where you are.Once you realize that you are lost, stay in one area and do not continue to try to look for your hiking mates. Moving around too much could result in you wandering even further and make it harder for the rescuers to find you.
- 3Whistle.Bringing a whistle during a hike is not just to inform your co-hikers that something is wrong or you're injured. Whistling can also help your rescuer to look for you if you get lost.
- 4Be visible.Make sure you stay in an open area so that it will be easier for the rescuers to spot you. Also, when you notice a helicopter searching above you, lie down so you will look bigger from above and they can more easily see you.Advertisement
Questions and Answers
Any other activity after reaching the peak?
We are planning to climb the mountain but would like to do some fun activities while at the peak, please advice
Bring flags and stake them for pics. Be sure to remove the flags before you leave the mountain peak. Replicate photos like the raising of the flag on Iwo Jima for instance. Whatever activities you plan on doing, keep in mind that you have to climb up and down with it and each little ounce of weight can feel like 10 pounds before you reach the peak.
Play a White Elephant game with one supply from everyone. Make sure it is not a necessary one like sunscreen but you can even ask that they pack a snack or something before hand for the white elephant exchange. It could even be something still left from the hike like dirty socks as a fun game.
- If you have problems with any of these steps, ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.
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Recent edits by: Eng, Inukshuk, Lynn