Do you finally want to try exploring the outdoors especially climbing mountains? Mountaineering is really fun, well, despite of the rigorous physical activities involve, the benefits on your mental and physical health is incomparable.
When I first decided to go on hiking/climbing mountain, I was both enthusiastic and nervous about it because aside from the fact that it was my first solo travel, I also didn’t know what to expect, what to do or what to bring. I also experienced the usual girl’s dilemma… what am I going to wear?
So I’m going to share some tips that I hope will help you on your first hike.
Here are the tips/guides for first time hikers:
Research About the Place
Before anything else, you need a background information about the place or mountain you are going to. Make sure that the mountain is recommended for beginners. Difficulty rate is measured 1-9. Beginner-friendly climb is normally 2/9-4/9.
Wear Comfortable Outdoor Outfit
For ladies, I personally recommend to wear leggings/yoga pants, not only that you can move freely with leggings but it will also protect your legs from insect bites, sunburn and from twigs or sharp-leaf grasses along the way. Of course, be on your most comfortable trekking shoes or sandals. Although I’m using my running shoes, and it works just fine for me.
Bring Sun Protection and/0r Raincoat
A scarf, hat or uv protection cream or lotion will help your skin a lot from being toasted on a sunny climb. If there’s a forecast of rain during the climb, make sure that you have your raincoat/rain cover with you.
Bring Extra Clothes
By extra clothes, I mean just a pair or two. you don’t want to go back home wearing those dirty/muddy clothes, do you? I also recommend to bring extra pair of shoes or slipper as your shoes might get muddy or wet during the hike especially if there are streams to cross.
Bring Packed Lunch
It will be less time consuming than to cook your lunch on your hike. Although most of the mountains’ jumpoff points or base camps sell food, it is still better to bring your own. If you’re going for an overnight camping, food that are easy to cook is advisable.
Bring Trail Food and Refreshment
Don’t forget to bring water, at least 2L, to keep you hydrated during the climb. Also, it will be nice to have some trail foods like choco bars, nuts or jelly ace (small packed flavored gelatins). You can buy refreshments at the campsites on the mountain but they are expensive.
Mini First-aid Kit
It’s better to have something ready just in case there will be an accident during the hike. My personal mini kit includes meds for cleaning wound, band aid, pain reliever and pills for upset stomach.
One of the important things you should have in your bag. Don’t bring those big tubes of toothpaste or big bottles of shampoo and conditioner. There are smaller packs or sachets you can bring which won’t make your backpack bulky.
If you have a friend that you can share your tent with, that would be better, otherwise you need to bring your own.
Who wants to be with someone who’s complaining and ranting a lot during the hike? Hiking is really pretty exhausting but it’s a given fact, you should know that before you decide to go hiking. Don’t be a drag to the group. Positive attitude, cheerful spirit and motivating words can uplift everyone’s mood and make the climb fun. So don’t forget to wear a smile
One more thing, during bad weather if the guide advised to abort the climb, better heed his advise. Safety of the group is always a priority.
If I missed something here, please feel free to write on the comment below. I would really appreciate it.