High altitude mountain climbing allows you to get out-of-this-world experiences. From watching the sunrise from your base camp to conquering huge cliffs, these activities are just priceless.
Like any other adventures, while you are picking out your camera and portable waterproof Bluetooth speakers to bring with you during your hike, you will need to plan and prepare for a successful high-altitude trek.
Make sure you understand the risks
Altitude sickness is a result of rapid ascent to high elevations. Make sure you familiarize yourself with the symptoms and prepare yourself to take action if you or your colleagues experience it.
Even the most physically fit athletes get this sickness, as this happens because there is a lesser amount of oxygen in the air that you can breathe at high elevations.
Fitness will be your best friend
It’s no surprise that the best way to prepare for a high-altitude trek is to train at altitudes. If you have access to spots above 1,000 feet, make the most of this training as much as possible.
As trekking in high elevations is more challenging than a marathon, you will need to make your workouts more challenging, as well. Do sprints up steep climbs or just hit the gym and make the Stairmaster your best friend.
Regardless of where you are, there is really no excuse to not being able to train before you hike.
Know your limits
Always be ready to descend if you feel sick. A minor chest pain or a simple headache might be a symptom of something much worse, and it is a bad idea to test your body’s durability when you are meters away from the safe zone.
Dedication is important when you condition yourself for the climb. Find time to commit yourself to a regular workout. And don’t forget to have fun. At the end of the day, it is what being high up in the clouds is all about.