Humanity has a long and proud heritage of striving for greatness. Humans seek out adventure and thrills wherever they can find them. But before we could simulate dangerous situations from the comfort of our home, we had to actually brave the depths or climb to the highest heights.
Which brings us onto the topic of mountain climbing. An intense and difficult endeavor, but an exciting and worthwhile one at that. And it is one that requires an intense amount of training. You can’t just rock up to a mountain and get climbing. That is a recipe for death. Below we are going to highlight the different types of training you will need to make sure you are ready to climb.
Mountains are cold. Due to their height, they are often topped with intense snow and constant snowfall. So the first bit of training you need to undertake is environmental training. Your body needs to be acclimatized in dealing with the snow. There are a few ways you can go about this.
The easiest is to rent out a walk-in freezer or freezer van. You will then want to spend a set amount of time inside the freezer performing various tasks. Setting up tents. Cooking. Writing and repairing items. You need to both prepare your body to deal with the cold, and make sure you know how to perform basic tasks while cold.
Another way of training is to look at a snow day calculator and go to the areas of your country with heavy snowfall. Nothing is better than getting the first-hand experience.
The air on top of a mountain is a lot thinner than on the ground. Each breath you take will bring in less oxygen. This can lead to you becoming light-headed or passing out. And in extreme circumstances, can lead to death. Cardio training is two-fold. Firstly, and most importantly, it will help improve your breathing. It strengthens the lungs and trains your body to take in more oxygen with each breath.
Secondly, it hones your muscles and builds your stamina. Climbing a mountain is exhausting work. But you need to make steady, yet consistent progress upwards. Cardio training is one of the best ways to make sure you can keep yourself moving, even when it gets difficult to.
This is perhaps the most obvious form of training you will want to undertake. The pathways up a mountain will not always be clear or easy. You will sometimes have to climb precarious ledges or up rocky cliffs. So you will want to make sure you have the adequate climbing skills necessary.
The first step to this is looking into rock climbing centers. These are perfect and safe environments to hone your skills and find teachers who can help prepare you for your climb. And it is very fun to boot.
After that, you will want to start going on climbs in more rocky areas. Hills or quarries are a great place to practice your climbing skills. You might have to invest in some top-quality equipment, but if you skim on the cost you could be putting your life in serious danger.
There are many experts out there who can offer a comprehensive course in mountain climbing. They will go through everything we have discussed here and more. Remember, mountain climbing is fun but can be dangerous. Always stay safe and be aware. Your life is always worth more than thrill-seeking.