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Stoked for the Slopes

Posted on September 14, 2018 | No Comments on Stoked for the Slopes

Summer has dried up the soil and it is the best time for mountain trekking. Though mountaineering may seem intimidating to some, this anxiety must not hinder you to discover your adventurous side and the magnificent beauty that is hidden in those forests.

Many have stretched their limits and pursued the trails even those with prosthetic limbs. However, never come unprepared. The trails and slopes need an attentive mind, a brave heart, and a fit physique to enjoy the journey. They say that experience is the best teacher, but teaching and readying yourself prior to the climb can make the experience even better. Make this summer unforgettable and get stoked for the slopes.

Prepare your mind
The fear of falling, wild animals, guerillas, or any form of danger must be washed away. Believe me; the dark concrete alleys of the city are even more dangerous than the mountains. Build up the excitement by browsing some photos of your destination on the Internet. Imagine planting your own feet on these magnificent places and telling about your feat to your friends.

Nevertheless, it is best to expect the different obstacles that you might encounter. Think of yourself as a conqueror and focus on your ultimate goal—reaching the apex.

Get an Equipped Physique
Aside from outdoor gears, a fit body is most important in mountain trekking. Ready yourself for the climb by increasing your stamina and strengthening your muscles.

Here are some exercises that you can do at the gym to prepare for the conquest.
1. Trek the treadmill. Cardiovascular exercises are necessary to keep on walking without despising the journey. Remember that you would be trekking at least 5 kilometers of uneven ground for at least 2 hours. The beginning of a trek is usually a sloped trail and this could immediately challenge the first-time adventurer. Increase the grade of your treadmill and incline it to strengthen the leg muscles used in climbing. The goal is to do at least five 30-minute cardio workouts per week.

2. Stretch. Prepare to twist and move against the obstacles that may block your way. Make yourself flexible and improve your balance through basic stretching exercises. Stretch your neck, for a tree branch may obstruct your headroom; stretch your arms, for there would be moments when you would need to reach for a rock to pull yourself up; stretch your hamstrings, for you might plant your feet on a spot above the ground.

3. Lift those weights. The dumbbell usually looks like a boring part of the workout, but strengthening your arms is as important as toughening your legs for the climb. You would be facing uneven grounds and slopes which would require you to hold onto something so you may pull yourself up.

Also, strong arms are needed to help your partner mount an intense slope. Strengthening your grip is also essential at times when balance can only be achieved when you use all of your four limbs. Training for the slopes varies, depending on the height and weather condition of your destination. If you’re climbing Mt. Everest, Mt. Kinabalu, or Mt. Apo, you definitely need to add exercises. The oxygen level in these summits is so low, and this can weaken your whole system.

However, first-timers are advised to climb level one minor mountains, such as Mt. Romelo in Fami, Laguna where breathtaking sceneries, rock formations, and waterfalls can be found at the campsite. It is also best to join teams of mountaineers so that there would be experienced climbers to guide you. Some groups post invitational climbs in their websites while some announce it through posters in outdoor gear shops.

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