Do you climb?

Despite gravity’s effort to keep humans grounded, the lure of exploring and conquering massive walls draws climbers upward. A little training and the right gear go a long way toward getting anyone started on an ascent.

But why do people do it?

  1. You can see places very few get to see. We can all see images of these places and we can all go to these places for a long time, but in fact doing the work to get to these places takes many out of the crowd. To several, the time and energy needed to climb a mountain, and I am talking about a decent day-long high-altitude mountain trek, can be too much of a challenge.

You should rest assured that you are one of the few who make it up there and can show the beauty and rareness of such a view when you do it to the top. The positive thing is that you are sure to have a beautiful view from the top of a mountain (unless it’s a foggy day).

2. Mountain climbing will teach you patience , perseverance and gratitude.

The most far from easy thing is scaling a mountain. Long stretches of steady vertical climbing can be the most boring and challenging thing to do. You will also be checked not only by the physical conditions but also by the emotional difficulties.

Exposed and tricky climbing and route finding can get the best of your mental abilities. The classic quote that tells you “not to look at the whole mountain take it one piece at a time” is something you will come to understand. You will learn to never give up; to know that the reward will be worth the work it takes.

This that take you several months, attempts and hours but you’re going to take the time and you’re going to be able to accomplish the climb. When you’ve done it you’ll know what the fuss is all about. It’s like hitting a target, making a dream come true and finding out you can do anything you put your mind to. It’s an addictive feeling that no one can describe properly and one you must experience.

3. They will teach you to enjoy the small luxuries in life.

A grueling six hours of vertical in the heat and you stop for water break. It will probably be the best water you have ever tasted in your life. We overlook the small things in life that we take for granted, like water.

Once you hit the peak but have forgotten to bring your extra coat you will realize how cold the wind will make you, and how important the little items are when they are not there. We learn to get more prepared and respect comfortable things, like not sleeping in the cold, for example, on hard rocks.

4. They will teach you about change and being prepared for change.

If you have ever spent time in the mountains you should know that the weather changes in a heartbeat so being prepared is key. Every mountain is different so much of the time you also have to change your route.

There’s never just one path up a mountain, the road is a lot of different directions sometimes or something blocks the direction. Mountains will show you that things are always changing and you just have to find another strategy to make the transition over.

5. The physical health and fitness benefits are huge.

Not only will you built incredible strength and endurance from climbing mountains (consistently) but you will also find that your diet becomes better. McDonalds are not readily available in the alpine (thank goodness for that!) so you find that you will have to pack lunches and snacks.

You’ll also find that unsanitary food won’t fuel you properly. The hiking and climbing work demands a proper diet. The altitude teaches the lungs to get stronger and each time you climb the fight is less and less. And there’s plenty to know from nature lessons.

If you are convinced, then here’s what beginners need to master vertigo-inducing heights on the mountain or at the gym, and reach the top smiling.

1. Harness

Momentum provides an infallible connection between your body and the rope. The sturdy rig features adjustable ripstop polyester leg loops and a padded nylon waistband. Four gear connectors offer plenty of space for essentials like cams, carabiners, and chalk bags.

2. Rope

Climbers work in pairs and they are connected by a lifeline. To decrease water absorption and improve abrasion resistance, Mammut treats the 9.8 mm Eternity Dry with heat and chemicals. You can get it in two lengths, but if you prefer your path the longer 230-footer provides the most versatility.

3 Shoes

Powerful back muscles and grip strength are essential climbing tools, but your legs do most of the work. The right shoes help them out. The sticky rubber soles of La Sportiva Tarantula help keep you glued to the wall, and sharp edges at the toes provide solid footing on narrow ledges.

4 Belay device

Easily monitor the amount of slack in the line as your partner climbs on a belay system with support. The Petzl Grigri+ stainless steel and aluminum automatically apply the brakes when your pal begins to fall. Inside, an anti-panic mechanism locks up and slows down if you let the rope out too fast.

Keep climbing!

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  1. Charlee: “Oh yeah, right to the top of the cat tree!”
    Chaplin: “Me too!”
    Charlee: “And from there across the cat gym to the top of the fireplace!”
    Chaplin: “Me too!”
    Charlee: “And from there I can look down on everyone else in the house! Such as the dog!”
    Chaplin: “Me too!”
    Lulu: *mutter mutter mutter*

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