There are many reasons why some of us choose to climb mountains. The feeling of accomplishment after you’ve trundled up a steep slope or walked for hours on undulated terrain and reached the end of the trek is inexplicable to a climber.
Apart from physical endurance, it is essential for trekkers to be clothed in the right attire. Climbs typically begin at dawn when temperatures are low. As one climbs upwards, the weather tends to become hot, as the sun’s rays are harsher at higher altitudes. However, as the sun begins to set, the temperature tends to drop suddenly. Since most treks begin at a low altitude, the vagaries of weather that one might encounter during the trek as well as after reaching the ‘top’ must be taken into account.
As a climber who discovered her love for hiking in her early 40s, I also learned to dress right the hard way.
The above pic was taken on the Druk Path trek in Bhutan in May 2015. This was my first trek in this beautiful mountain country and I was very ill prepared. I had taken care to carry clothes to protect me against the cold, but nothing against rain or hail storms. And when I did get stuck in such situations, I had only two options – either find shelter (which is very hard to come by on this trek) or get drenched in the rain!
Notice in the picture, I am wearing a UniQlo, ideal for cold weather but highly inadequate and inappropriate for rain!
The following is a list I’ve compiled based on my personal hiking/trekking experiences:
More than all else, be safe and wear a spirit of adventure when you embark on your climb.
If you wish to add something to the list above, please feel free to write in the comments section! I will be more than happy to include it!
Edited to add: The points in italics were shared by a friend on Facebook who’d climbed to Everest Base Camp
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