The outdoors is a magical place that people are slowly starting to discover. It is like the closet to Narnia. Seeing the pristine beaches, and the crystal blue waters; not to mention the rich and colorful marine life under the bed of waters and the corals that are living under; these are what’s in store for a beach person like you. A lot of wonderful things happen, not only when you reach a summit, but also during the hike itself. It is a good thing that many people now find love in the form of going outside and experiencing the heat of the sun and the strong breeze of the wind.
It’s a hobby that all of us should be made aware of. Experiencing nature at its core is one thing that people should have been doing since technology developed. Stow away for a couple of days from the internet, and from the pull of your smartphones and iPads. Get down and dirty and experience what it feels like to be burnt by the sun and to be strained by using your legs and arms endlessly during a five-hour hike. Practice perseverance and extend patience by learning to go on even when your extremities are all very tired, but you’re yet a good 15 minutes from the summit. You learn to press on because you know that by doing so, you’ll reach the peak somehow. Realize that by climbing, you will not only reach greater heights, but greater sense of fulfillment too.
Climbing is not just your ordinary hobby; it is one that takes a lot of guts and responsibility. Before you are able to hike your first mountain, you are to be made aware of things that are important before, during, and after the climb. Before the climb, one must be prepared not only physically, but mentally. It helps to research on the mountain difficulty, and the trail class so that you are aware of the terrain that you’re going to trek. Knowing the altitude, measured in masl, will also help you leverage your expectations about the climb. Training such as stretching, jogging, and some exercises will also boost your immunity; pair it with the right diet then you’re good to go. Eat a lot of fruits and vegetables about two to three weeks before the hike to develop your stamina.
Knowing the accessories used while climbing is also advisable. There are tons of equipment used for climbing, but there are only a few essentials that could easily be acquired as basics. Survival knife will be your friend for when you need to cut not only food, but also ropes. Speaking of ropes, a sturdy one is needed to be either looped in your waist or tied around it for safety purposes. Gloves are optional, but will be a good help especially for the rocky path and boulder assaults. A good light, either a headlamp or flashlight, is a must-have especially for long hikes that would take more than eight hours of hike and even more. It won’t hurt being prepared when it comes to climbing. The Philippines is a country full of beautiful terrains waiting to be explored, start y our own trail and experience climbing to the fullest.