"My friends and I are set to climb Mt. Pulag at the end of this month. I am quite afraid of heights but my friends insisted that I conquer my fears. They assured me that mountain climbing is an experience of a lifetime that will make me appreciate nature more. What are some tips on the basics of mountain climbing should a first-time climber like me know? -Rhea"
Hi, Rhea! It's good to know that you've decided to conquer your fear of heights. Doing research is always important, especially for first-time climbers such as yourself. You may start by reading up about climbing preparations, indispensable equipment, ideal climbing locations, and safety guidelines
. Prepare your body for the climb by doing challenging activities like endurance running, weight lifting, and hiking to have enough strength and endurance needed for the climb. Avoid buying equipment impulsively, and instead, invest on necessary gear.
Among the basic items suggested by the Philippine Mountaineering Group are expedition packs, pack rain cover, watch, lightweight hiking shoes, fleece or wool jacket and pants, socks, lightweight underwear, first-aid kit, sun hat, bandanas, sunglasses, toiletry kit, sunscreen and lip balm, anti-mosquito lotion, water bottles, pocket knife, headlamp, and camera.
Familiarize yourself with the ethics of mountaineering and climbers' responsibilities as listed by the Dahon Palay Mountaineers. Good luck and enjoy your first climb!