While travel in and of itself can be challenging, traveling for an outdoor adventure trip can bring its own unique set of challenges along with it. If you’re hoping to travel for a mountaineering trip, not only do you have to plan and prepare for everything with the travel part of your trip, but you also have to prepare for the physical aspect of doing the mountaineering once you reach your destination. So to ensure that all your hardwork in planning and preparation doesn’t become completely wasted once you’ve gotten to your desired locale, here are three things you should do to prepare for your mountaineering trip.
How To Time Your Training
Depending on the place you’re hoping to do your mountaineering, you’re going to have to plan your physical preparation accordingly. For example, if you’re hoping to do an Everest base camp trek, you’re going to want to do some of your physical preparation in cold weather so you can get used to it. Additionally, you’ll want to train in ways that will prove beneficial to you and the environment you’ll be hiking. For example, Rob Shaul, a contributor to Backpacker.com, recommends trying things like hiking with a big, heavy pack on or running up and down stairs so you can get used to gaining some elevation.
Use Caffeine Strategically
As part of your physical training, you’re also going to want to prepare your body to push through tough times. When you’re mountaineering, you’re going to be putting a lot of stress on your body for long periods of the day. After doing this type of physical activity for many hours at a time, you’re likely going to need something to perk you back up with a little bit of energy. According to Coley Gentzel, a contributor to the American Alpine Institute, a great way to prepare for this is to wean yourself off of caffeine for a few months leading up to your trip and then bring some caffeine with you on your mountaineering trip to indulge in when you need that extra kick.
Consider Using A Guide
Because you’re traveling to this exotic destination for your mountaineering trip, you’re likely not an expert at these mountains or the terrain overall. But when you’re not well versed in the area you’ll be exploring, you leave yourself open to more chances for mistakes or accidents. With this in mind, REI shares that you might want to consider using a guide service to help you on a big mountaineering trip such as this one. Especially if you’re already invested a lot of time and money into making this trip come to fruition, it’s a good idea to hedge your bets and use a guide to ensure you’re able to make the most of your mountaineering expedition.
If you’re considering traveling across the world for an amazing mountaineering trip, consider using the tips mentioned above to ensure that you’re prepare for this endeavor.