It is said Travel is the best teacher and probably one of the few things that get us closer to connecting with nature. Exploring the depths of the earth, nature and its marvelous creations is a great way to re-invent yourself and your value systems. Activities like mountaineering make for a thrilling adventure that helps us build this soul connection.
Mountaineering is nothing less than a spiritual experience but requires intensive training and practice. As one of the most difficult adventure sports, mountaineering is challenging as one needs to learn how to adapt to different climatic conditions and at the same time survive to reach the mountain peak.
“I like to believe that travel and adventure do not have to be gender stereotyped. There is nothing about mountaineering that a man can do and a woman cannot. Yes, the fact is that we don’t see as much woman participation as we do from men but that is rapidly changing as more women are keen to explore new challenges.” shares ace mountaineer Gayatri Mohanty.
Mountaineering can be a challenging and rewarding experience for women, offering many benefits both physically and mentally. Above all, it helps boost mental health and self-awareness. If you are a woman looking to kickstart your journey in mountaineering, here are 5 essential tips that you need to keep in mind.
1. Learn basic mountaineering skills
Before embarking on a mountaineering journey, it’s important to have a solid foundation of skills. This includes basic techniques like rope handling, ice axe use, and crampon usage. Moreover, ensure you research well about the location and its climatic conditions. This will ensure you can plan efficiently.
2. Find a mentor, take courses or join a club
Finding a mentor or joining a club can provide valuable guidance, support, and a sense of community. Experienced mountaineers can offer tips and advice on everything from training to equipment selection. Taking a course or attending a guided trip is a great way to gain experience and learn new skills while in a controlled and safe environment. This will be extremely helpful for beginners and help you gain education to avoid mistakes and stay safe.
3. Build a strong fitness base
Mountaineering requires a high level of physical fitness, so it’s important to focus on building strength and endurance. Ensure you build your physical strength with activities like running, cycling, and weight training.
4. Invest in good equipment
Having the right equipment is essential for a successful and safe mountaineering experience. Invest in quality gear such as boots, crampons, and an ice axe, and make sure to properly maintain and care for your equipment.
5. Be prepared for personal hygiene
Mountaineering dates could overlap with menstrual cycles for women hence it is important to be prepared for the same. Bathrooms and running water are a luxury when it comes to mountaineering hence ensure you carry all your medications along with packs of toilet paper, and anti-bacterial wet wipes. Although there is no harm in trekking while menstruating, ensure you avoid overlap on dates as your body is prone to be weak and needs extra care and attention.