Every living being has to climb mountains all through the lifetime, figuratively speaking. Towards that end, it really helps to confront life’s ups and downs if you’re an ace climber or mountaineer. Scaling a towering or gigantic mountain can be physically as well as mentally challenging. Not only will you have to be physically fit but need to cultivate virtues like patience, tenacity, forbearance, and the perseverance to endure hardships. Climbing mountains enlightens you on how to cherish your successes and at the same time be receptive to failures. Following are some tips on mountaineering that you could make the most of.
- Preparing physically and mentally
Scaling a mountain is a completely different ballgame from say trekking on a treacherous track. You keep on climbing without knowing what’s there in store for you at the next step or stage. The sunny weather that kept you in high spirits could suddenly take a turn for the worse.
Or, the rocky ledge where you’ve balanced your right leg to make the ascent could start teetering making you lose a heartbeat. If you’re preparing to climb as a team, then don’t be under the assumption that load sharing will be on the basis of your gender, weight, and height. Everybody will have to carry the same weight. In order to make the ascent successful, you’d have to be prepared both mentally and physically.
- Be aware of your strengths and weaknesses
You could stay fit without taking a drop of water for the entire day-this obviously is a strength you can capitalize on. On the other hand, you cannot tolerate icy gusts of wind-a weakness that could put you in a tight spot especially if you’re preparing to climb a mount. Be aware of your strengths and weaknesses and act accordingly.
- Practice as much as you can
Practice rope climbing, extra load carrying, and all other related activities as much as you can. The more you practice, the more confident will you feel.
- Take breaks and take it easy
Surely you don’t expect to climb the mountain at one go. You’ll have to take breaks often to catch your breath. So train accordingly.
- Be prepared for the descent as well
Reaching the summit is just half the job. Train thoroughly for the descent as well.