Tired of the hectic monotonous routine of life and planning a trip to the mountains; A great idea indeed! It will relieve you from your routine and connect you with nature and there is nothing that the healing power of nature can’t fix. It refreshes your mind, setting you free from all the stress and anxiety. It inculcates in you; mindfulness and gives you a sense of inner peace. Getting to see all the greens is a treat to the eye for sure.
The list of all the physical, as well as mental health benefits that one gets after such trips, keeps continuing. And of course, how can we forget all the fun that we can do while in the mountains? Such trips always prove re-energizing and increase your efficiency in your daily life activities.
Going on a mountain trip always sounds fun but it’s not the same as you climb a small hill next door because you cannot just walk up the mountains in your flip-flops. You need the right gear and a proper set plan to make your trip to the mountains a successful one and enjoy it to the fullest without having to face any problems.
Listed here are some essential tips to make your mountain trip a success:
List out your activities and schedule
The first thing you need to do is to list out all the activities like hiking, camping, etc. which you plan to do during the trip. Also, don’t forget to jot down all the places you want to visit in that region and schedule them accordingly. Also when planning for a hike in the mountains count the pitches and set a fixed time to cover each pitch. This way you would be able to hike more and reach the summit in time to enjoy the view before it’s too dark.
Check on the weather
The weather in the mountains can vary so check the weather forecast before planning the trip and also on the day when you are leaving for the trip too because weather conditions might have changed. This will help you pack appropriately according to the weather. Consider postponing the trip in case of heavy rains because the trails will be very slippery and unsafe to hike.
Wear the proper gear
Considering the weather conditions and the land conditions of the mountains that you are visiting you need to have the right gear for a comfortable and safe hike. Layer your clothes so you can add or remove the clothes depending on the weather if it gets hot or cold. Also, make sure your jackets are waterproof to protect you from the rain and snow. Sturdy, durable, and firm grip footwear is available, made specifically for hiking in the mountains. Ropes, slings, and grips, and a helmet should also be a part of your backpack to help you climb the steep slopes.
At such a high altitude risks are always higher. Although you are out for adventure but still don’t forget that safety always comes first. Use slings and ropes on steep slopes. Take your time while deciding where and how to step and keep discussing with your partner. Wear a helmet when climbing a peak where there is a risk of rock fall. Return if the weather worsens, don’t continue to hike.
Keep a map of the trail with you and track your ways of ascending and descending. Having a map on your phone may prove risky as there is less or no reception in the mountains and you might end up getting lost. So, don’t spoil the adventure and prefer a physical map.
Your body needs more water when you’re active and climbing so make sure to stay hydrated. Also, carry a water bottle with you to save you from dehydration. Some snacks to fulfill your energy needs can also be kept in the backpack like some people like to carry dry fruits etc.
You have to carry your backpack on your back and climb too so try not to overpack as lifting the heavy bag will hurt your back and make it difficult for you to climb the mountain. Keep the weight of the bag in a range that feels comfortable on your back.
Dealing with medical emergencies
The low oxygen pressure at high altitudes may result in headaches and nausea. General body aches and small injuries may also occur so do consider carrying a few basic medicines like painkillers, ointments, and band-aids along with you.
Setting up the camp
Setting up a camp for the first time may seem difficult for you. Deciding a perfect spot to set up the camp and setting up a tent is also an art that not all are experts at but now as we have the internet to our rescue all the time so, there are many videos available online from which you can learn the ways to set up a camp.
Analyze your trip
To make your trips in the future never forget to analyze your previous trip. Think about the things and steps that worked out for you and the things which created some issues. This will help you understand your shortcoming in planning, packing, or the actual climb and make the future trip go way smoother and be more fun and adventurous.
Some Final Words
Taking time out for yourself and going on a mountain trip always proves beneficial. Traveling and witnessing nature is always therapeutic It energizes your mind and body, filling them with positive thoughts and connects you to nature, and improves focus. So do consider taking such fun and adventurous trips and break the monotony of life and enjoy the life given to you to the fullest. The mentioned tips will help you make your trip go smoother and make sure that nothing comes in your way of having fun and adventuring.