Few things in life are as freeing and invigorating as a lengthy rock climbing session in the great outdoors. The longer treks tend to be the most rewarding, but they also tend to require the most planning and preparation. The following will explore a few things that you might want to keep in mind if you’re planning a rock-climbing trip. Queensland has many amazing climbs and treks to explore on your holidays.
Climbing Buddies And Communication
First and foremost, you need to figure out who’s coming with you on this rock-climbing trip. Everyone needs to be part of the decision-making process, especially because there can be lots of variety in people’s skill and stamina levels. People might have different expectations about the type of climbing that will be done, like bouldering vs rock climbing or free soloing vs roped climbs. These expectations will need to be aligned; otherwise, you can’t properly prepare the gear and supplies you need.
In addition to speaking to the people who are coming with you, you also need to speak with at least one person who isn’t. No matter where you’re going or how often you’ve gone there before, you have to tell someone where you’ll be and for how long before you set out on a rock-climbing trip. Accidents do happen, and if no one knows you were supposed to be back two days ago, it might take a long time for search and rescue missions to catch wind of a problem. Always tell someone where you’ll be going.
Choose Your Route
Once you’re in open communication with everyone who will be climbing, it’s time to select your route or course. The internet is filled will recommendations for great climbs if you don’t know where to start, but you can also talk to fellow climbers about routes they recommend in your area. Once you’ve selected your route, be sure to research any requirements gear-wise, weather-wise, and location-wise. Some parks have entry fees.
Get Your Gear In Order
Once you know where you’re going and roughly how long it’s expected to take you, you can start getting your gear together. If you’re purchasing new items, make sure to give yourself some time to get used to them before you spend six hours straight using them. If you’re using items you already own, do a thorough maintenance check to ensure that everything is in proper working order. Your gear list should include a full first-aid kit, including an emergency blanket, a fire source, and a flare. You also need a map of the area and a compass or a GPS system (both are ideal).
Prepare For The Weather And Your Sustenance
Next, you’re going to need to think about the temperature and humidity where you’ll be climbing and prepare for that. Light layers tend to be the best approach as the exertion of climbing can cause your body to get warm really quickly, but the altitude and wind can cool you down the moment you stop. Remember that the weight of anything you select is going to be a weight that you carry the whole trip. You want to be prepared with snacks, water, and sun protection and have the appropriate gear you need if you’re going to be sleeping on the ascent or descent. When choosing sun protection, be extremely wary of anything that might seep into your eyes from sweat, as this can drastically impair visibility and put you in a dangerous position. Also, be wary of energy bars that are loaded with sugar (which is most of them) as these can result in headaches, energy crashes, and lack of focus.
Charge Up Your Batteries And Clear Your Phone
Climbing gives you a fantastic vantage point, and you’re almost certainly going to want to take pictures. Clear up some space on your phone or camera, and make sure your batteries are charged. If you need it, pack a solar charger or extra batteries so that you can have access to your devices the whole climb.
Clear Your Mind
If a climb is particularly tough or you’re going to be pushing your boundaries, take some time to get your mindset right. This might involve doing yoga or meditating; it might involve visualising the climb beforehand. Whatever helps get you in the mental zone needs to be a top priority; focus and concentration are key elements of any boundary-pushing activity.
The above steps should help get you ready for a wonderful climbing trip. It’s important to listen to your body and take breaks when you need them. Never ignore aches or pains, as this is your body’s way of letting you know that something isn’t right. Problems that are ignored tend to grow and present more symptoms that are harder to workaround. Moreover, if the weather is bad or visibility is reduced, postpone the trip for another day.
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