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Walking hacks in the mountain

Published On 29 May 2020 by Harshit Patel


?The mountains are calling and I must go?? If this is what you feel in these holidays then you should definitely not decline the call of the mountains.

The mountains, the meadows, the valleys, etc attract a lot of people but only a few have the courage to actually even think about trekking to such places and if you feel that you can trek up to mountains but have never done so before or if you?ve done it before but you are still doubtful because of some minor disasters before, here are a few tips that might help you. How you walk plays a major role in a successful hike, so read on.


  2. You may have won some trophies here and there in running or you may have climbed one or two mountains but we would still suggest that you take it really slow and watch every step before even taking one. Do not even try to run in the mountains as running will cause your breathing to rise and will easily cause you fatigue. The synchronization of your breath with your body is very essential. One jack to do this is by taking one step when you inhale and another when you exhale. Make sure that your steps are as slow as your breathing.
    So now when you know this hack you can actually practice it beforehand and try to synchronize your steps and your breathing.


  4. Walking upright is nothing less than a curse in these areas. Correct spinal posture is necessary to reduce the strain on your body. One important thing to follow is to pack your backpack the correct way as the bags are carried on your back and when they are not carried or packed properly they can create major problems for your back. Now once you have packed your bags correctly the next important thing is how to carry them, try to bend from hip in such a manner that the weight of your bags lies on your shoulder and your back. You can practice it by observing the local guides or other partners with you who may carry the weight efficiently, you may also notice that they can climb the mountains much faster than you ever will.


  6. Generally, sweating is the body?s natural mechanism to cool down after working out and therefore this exactly what we should avoid in the mountains as sweating cannot keep you warm which is highly required at the altitudes and the multiple layers which you might be wearing will not exactly help in the sweat to dry down n this can thus cost you your heat. This brings us back to our first point that never exert yourself by speeding up instead try to maintain a steady pace throughout your trekking journey.
    Also, it often happens that when you carry a backpack on your back for a long period of time with your jackets on then you can feel the sweat on your back and when you remove your jackets you actually feel relaxed with the sudden coolness but you may not always be able to do so especially in the hills, therefore, your hack for this is that wear your jackets with its openings/zipper at the back in the covered portion as your front this way your back won?t sweat from the bags and your chest is well protected from the harsh winds and cold weather conditions. Ah! Yeah, you might have to change your styling a bit XD.


  8. Oh no!! Don?t think that by going down I?m trying to demoralize you, by going down I mean by climbing down the mountains :D. Thought you are the pro now that you know some hacks on how to get to the top? Then I think that you forgot that after climbing the mountains you also need to go down and have a busy old and boring life for some time at least. So to climb down the mountains one hack is to lower down the slope in a zigzag fashion with really small steps. This helps you to maintain balance and since your body is balanced you can come down the mountains faster and land more smoothly on to the ground.
    Avoiding jumping off the boulders and rocks will be a great idea as doing this will only strain your feet and can create an imbalance which may lower down your speed.
    Another important point to remember is that trekking down will strain your knees so one should keep their knees bent on the slopes. Try to have strong knees before climbing up the mountains with the help of intensive work out.


  10. Along with the above hacks using a trekking pole can be a good idea, so for once try to actually use a trekking pole rather than keeping it for just photo purposes or keeping it as a showpiece.
    It will reduce the stress on your body majorly. Hold the handle on the pole with your palm upwards and encircling your fingers from downwards. Try to put all your body weight on the pole by pressing your palm on the handle of the pole, think yourself to be Thor and the trekking pole to be your hammer. You can secure the ends of the pole on a solid surface. These poles can be extremely helpful for your knees while climbing down as they reduce the load on your knees. Remember to keep the pole in the hand towards the slope and opposite to the exposed side of the slope. Basically keep it words the walls of the mountains so that the pole doesn?t fall off the mountain and also to give you better balance. How better balance? Well, if for supposing you are holding the pole towards the exposed side of the hills and you have unknowingly pitched it towards the edge of the mountains and you try to take the support of it then chances are that your pole might get imbalanced and you may fall off.


  12. The only correct way to carry your backpack is to evenly divide the weight of your backpack on your back and keep it close to your body by fastening the straps of the bags to your body. Many trekkers tie the straps on the hip and shoulders especially very tightly this after a while may start to hurt but you can always loosen it up and after a while tie it right back up, re-adjustments can be made. Another hack to carry your backpack close to your body is that when you are carrying your bags on your back you can first tighten up the straps of your shoulders while keeping the straps of your hips loose and when the straps on your shoulder start hurting then you can tighten up the straps of your hips and loosen up the straps of your shoulder.
    We all know that climbing up the mountains is a one of a kind experience and the adrenaline rush is so high that one may forget the rules to be followed but we would suggest that you please try and follow the above rules as closely as possible.

  1. Harshit Patel : Co-Founder at Trekmunk. A certified Mountaineer, Skiier, has led more than 50 high altitude treks in the Indian Himalayas. He is an Engineer by profession but a traveler by passion. He has led treks in Kashmir, Ladakh, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, West Bengal, Sikkim and Nepal. He is a NOLS certified First Aid Responder and has covered 185,000+ km on Motorcycle. A Poet, Drone Pilot and Videographer at Insane Traveller Productions.

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