For those of you who are bored with daily routines in the middle of the city and want a pleasant atmosphere and can stimulate adrenaline, then climbing mountains is the right choice for you to try. Walk along the path, breathe in the cool air, hear the rhythm of birds singing, penetrate the tropical rainforest, and feel the chill of nature. Is a relaxation that is useful for relieving stress and making yourself happy.
Some of the expressions above are just one of the many pleasures you will get while climbing. In addition, climbing mountains has become a trending tour among young people. However, to get this is not easy, you have to prepare for climbing needs before starting in order to get an exciting experience without a hitch. As follows :
Determine the Destination and Ascent Level
Before you prepare some other preparations, this is the main point that you should pay attention to. Which mountain you will climb with the difficulty level of the terrain will determine the preparation and equipment that you need to bring. Includes estimated funds and time.
1. Location and Weather Information
Given the number of climbing routes that are closed due to several factors, it would be better if before climbing you look for information regarding the mountain to be climbed. This can be obtained via the internet or your relatives / friends. Check the weather information with the base camp officer at the location, if it is not possible to climb due to storms (heavy rain accompanied by wind and thick fog), landslides, or Merapi alert. Don’t ever dare to break through, it’s better to come another time for your own safety.
2. With Whom
For most people climbing alone is a powerful way of attaining inner calm. But climbing alone will be much more dangerous than with friends or groups, especially when things go wrong, it’s better to invite friends.
3. Food supplies
Don’t always rely on instant noodles and fast food, bring foods such as vegetables, eggs, sardines, pasta and others. Most importantly, foods that have high protein and carbohydrates, you need to bring them as nutrition and energy intake because of course you will spend a lot of energy during the climb.
4. Prepare physically and mentally
You need to know, climbing mountains has various health risks that you must be aware of, such as hypothermia, mountain sickness, to pulmonary edema. This risk can occur to all beginner climbers and experienced senior climbers. At an altitude of 2000 meters above sea level (masl) your body must quickly acclimate to extreme temperatures and depleted oxygen. During the climb, the body will experience a very large energy burning process, and you will spend approximately eight hours walking in extreme weather conditions. Therefore you need a body condition that is really fit.
5. Bring Important Equipment
The most important thing is you have to carry this item on every climb, wherever and regardless of the level of difficulty. As follows :
2. Carrier bag
3. Clothing (according to the time of the climb), mountain jacket (waterproof), raincoat (raincoat), socks (bring more than one), gloves, hats / skullcaps, ear plugs, special shoes for climbing
4.Shelters (tend, fly sheet, mattress, sleeping bag)
5. Map / compass / GPS
6. Headlamp / flashlight with sufficient batteries
8. Multipurpose knife
9. Communication tools
10. Webbing strap
11. Trash bag
12. Enough food
13. Cooking utensils (especially for outdoor), eating and drinking utensils
14. First aid kit
6. Provide information about climbing plans
The very important thing is to provide information to parents, relatives, or the closest people, so that no one knows your climbing plan, how long to climb, where to climb, and with whom to climb it. This is so that no one is made worried by you, traveling without anyone knowing where you are going. Leave the telephone number of the closest person to the basecamp officer, so that at any time if an emergency occurs, the base camp officer can contact people you know.