8 Essential Tips for New Mountaineers


You must have noticed a growing interest in mountaineering these days. From time to time you stumble upon a post from your Facebook friends posing on top of the mountains. I'm pretty sure you've heard about famous personalities climbing mountains, or news about this society. You may have watch a 3-minute scoop of clubs organizing outreach programs, or alarming news of missing mountaineers. You also must have seen in almost every shopping center you visit a couple of outdoor stores selling a variety of gears to help equip mountaineers. 

Regardless of where you've gotten the feed for this rather challenging interest I bet you'd like to take part of this commotion; and just for the heck of it you've now decided to try mountaineering... Well, good for you! 

There's a lot to learn about mountains and the art of hiking. Take heart, every mountaineer learns more through experience so if you're feeling nervous or clueless, I'm tellin' ya, you're doin' fine. I do suggest however, that you develop the true heart of a real traveler and adventurer; be eager to learn and genuinely love nature. Now, I'll cut the chase and share to you some basic (though very helpful) tips for beginners.
When Climbing Mountaintops...
  • Be ready to get dirty, rolling and sweating! Mountaineering is an activity that will surely change your perspective about traveling. It will really challenge your physical strength and you'll encounter inconveniences like roads of dirt, some stubborn plants and insects.

  • Always bring adequate supply of water. Although some mountains have several water-sources, it's still best to have your own bottle of at least 2 liters. But keep in mind that it depends on how high the mountain is, it's level of difficulty and trail class. The higher and difficult it is, the more you should bring water. It's very important to keep yourself well-hydrated. 
  • Wear proper mountaineering attire. For ladies, I know it may not look fashionably fab but wearing proper attire will really save you from getting wounds, bruises and allergies. A trekking pants or leggings topped with shorts for the lower body part is recommended, a long-sleeve shirt or a dry-fit shirt partnered with an arm-sleeves for upper clothing. Wearing gloves may come handy because some trails will require you to use your hands to pull you up.
  • The travel-light rule. Imagine you'll be doing assault climb for several minutes, if your bag is almost as heavy as your body weight, expect to be drag by it. Pack things lightly, bring only what's important. Also, use a bag that has cushion or padding and back support, it gives a trick of a lighter load plus it'll save you from upper muscle pain.

  •  Bring medicines and first-aid kit. Bring your prescription medicines if any and over-the-counter drugs for muscle pain, anti-allergies, etc. Don't forget the basic first aid kit in case of unforeseen event.
  • Bring energy bars and drink. It's a strenuous activity; make sure you have the energy to make it to the top. Chocolate and granola bars are great energy boosters as well as energy drinks like Gatorade.
  • Always use the right footwear. Wrong size and shoe fit can really cause serious injuries, so make sure you are comfortable with your trekking shoes or all terrain sandals. A good pair of socks will also help.
  • Don't forget your camera. You don't want to forget the views of course. :)

And lastly, keep in mind the golden rule when traveling: take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints, kill nothing but time. So go ahead, take care and enjoy your first climb! 

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