So, you’re thinking about going mountain climbing, huh? Well, it’s not just the rain which you need to look out for when you’re staying in the mountains; it’s the temperature. Yeah, it gets pretty cold up there, especially at night so, if you’re planning a week-long trip, you need to be prepared. However, clothes aren’t the only important thing in life (hard to believe, I know) caffeine is probably more important. You caffeine junkies will probably be nodding your heads vigorously at this but, if you’re a caffeine sceptic, let me bring you around to my way of thinking.
Can’t Get Enough Caffeine
You see, when you’re up in the mountains, you tend to get up kinda early and go to bed quite late so you get a little bit tired after a while. If you’re mountain climbing all day, you do not want to fall asleep, do you? Come, on, that’s a one way ticket to death. So, that is where coffee comes in. A cup with breakfast, a cup with lunch and a few cups in between should see you through the day, from dawn until dusk. In case you need any more persuasion, you might like to know that, caffeine also improves your reflexes so, if necessary, you can run from those ghastly grizzlies.
Now that we’ve established the importance of coffee, it’s time to move onto the all-important equipment. It is time, my friends, to go shopping. Come on, who doesn’t like a bit of shopping? However, before you dash out of the front door and to the car, you need to have a list of things which you need to buy. So, here is my helpful list which I have compiled after years of mountain climbing experience; I would hate for you to make the same mistakes I did.
First things first, you’re going to need a waterproof, windproof jacket. You want it to be insulated and, for heaven’s sake, make sure that it has a hood. After all, if it rains, you don’t want your face to freeze off, do you?
If you’re a woman, it’s worth mentioning the importance of taking a synthetic rather than a cotton sports bra. Trust me when I say this; you do not want to be wearing a cotton sports bra when you’re climbing up a mountain. Don’t question it, just go with it.
You’re also going to need a pair of windproof but breathable trousers to stop your legs from getting wet. After getting caught out in the rain mountain climbing in a pair of shorts, I cannot stress the importance of this enough.
In Case Of An Emergency, The Mint Cake Is Located…
Now, in terms of food, whether you’re going out for a day or several days, you must pack at least one item which is obscenely high in calories. I’m talking about mint cake here. If you get lost, that baby will keep you alive for days so make sure you pack some. Hopefully, it’ll be left at the bottom of your bag but, if you do get lost up a mountain, you won’t want to be left without it.