Mountain Trekking Secrets You’ve Probably Never Read Before

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Surviving a major operation changes you. You learn to embrace your mortality, and view life in a new and positive light—especially if the odds weren’t in your favor. Being given another chance to live means you still can do the things you’ve always wanted to… Perhaps one of those is to go camping at the peak of a mountain.

Nature is always therapeutic and mountain trekking allows you to take in as much of it as you can. It is undertaking a long journey on foot in areas where there usually are no means of transport available. Climbing long and snowy or rocky slopes is a tedious task. It is necessary to start with a slow and rhythmic pace that can be sustained for a long time. But what if you’re a cardiac bypass survivor? 

This blog is about how mountain trekking after a cardiac bypass is a huge game changer. Climbing elevated areas is already a challenge, but if you’ve gone through cardiac bypass surgery, that means your blood is redirected around the area of blocked artery. That serves as remedy to your blood flow. After achieving cardiac rehabilitation, take note that certain observations remain to be pertinent:

Doing a vigorous exercise can be risky. If you have, or suspect having a coronary disease, you should do an exercise testing prior to the trek so you can determine your risk status. As in all phases of mountain trekking, accurate judgment is important; the length of the climb, the weather, the effect of the sun’s heat on any mountain type, and the potential danger must all be considered. And if you’ve figured out what you should bring, this blog has a few tips to help you be on your best for the trek. Read on for some information about mountain trekking that you need to know.

Brief History

One could say that hiking was developed as an outdoor activity during the Stone Age, half a million years ago, just around the time mankind learned how to stand upright and walk. Hiking and walking were once means of hunting and surviving, but today, they’re for fun and recreation.

Mountain trekking history stretches back to the year 1760 when HoraceBénédict de Saussure, on his first visit to Chamonix, viewed Mont Blanc (at 15,771 feet, the tallest peak in Europe) and determined that he would climb to the top of it. Being unable to, he decided to offer prize money for the first ascent of Mont Blanc. It was not until 1786, more than 25 years later, that his money was claimed by a Chamonix doctor, Michel-Gabriel Paccard, and his porter, Jacques Balmat.

That was over 200 years ago. Since then, hiking accomplishments just got grander, such as the first ascents on mountains like the K2, McKinley, and Everest.

Essentials

Like any other trip, going on mountain treks requires careful planning. One must make sure to pack the necessary mountain trekking clothes, equipment, and other essentials for a safe adventure. 

Here are a few must-haves:

Mountain trekking trousers

These have to be weatherproof, durable and ultra-lightweight. If you’re going to be wearing them all day long in changing conditions and terrains, they need to be comfy and sturdy, and ready to take on whatever the trek throws at them.

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Mountain trekking boots

The main factors to consider when choosing trek footwear are shock absorption, fit and breathability. For obvious reasons, a pair of hiking boots can make or break a hiking trip—everyone knows that a blister in the wrong spot can make it near impossible to walk at all. Go into a good hiking store and find out what kind of boot is right for you. 

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When buying a pair, always remember to check the size with and without a decent pair of hiking socks on. Boots that fit perfectly in the shop can suddenly rub on the mountain when you’re rocking thick technical socks.

Torch

Another mountain trekking essential is a proper torch that will work no matter what the circumstances are. There’s a good chance for zero-visibility situations—like when it’s nighttime, or when in heavy-shaded parts of the mountain.

Choose your torch carefully. Battery-operated, heavy power torches are ideal, as well as wind-up torches for back up when the batteries die. Solar-powered ones are good options too, for if your trek lasts longer than expected. They won’t be as bright as heavy-duty torches, but they sure will add up to the mountain trekking experience.

Diet

On to knowing the right food for mountain trekking! A good meal is not only prepared during the trek. A sound body with the right amount of nutrients is necessary prior to starting. Pre-trek day food ideas include whole-wheat toast, low-fat yogurt, whole grain pasta, brown rice, fruits, and vegetables. When thinking about how to get fit for mountain trekking, crackers, granola, or spoon-sized Shredded Wheat are other great options.

Meals in plastic containers like pasta dishes are typically discouraged as these can be high in fat and therefore won’t be effective energy sources. The containers take up more space in your pack too. 

Also, if your hike is a long one, pre-cooked meals that need refrigeration won’t be very nice. When planning your snacks, think compact, nutrient-dense, high-carb foods for instant energy—and don’t forget water bottles! Take frequent, small sips of water as you trek, or about half a cup (125 mL) every 20 minutes.

Now that we’ve covered the essentials, I’d like to share some additional advice I’ve learned and accumulated from my trekking experience.

Meditation

Meditation comes in handy when you are preparing for your next climb. There are a lot of benefits to meditation. For one, it promotes mindfulness. If you are a cardiac bypass surgery survivor, understanding your own body as well as strengthening your mind via meditation is a huge must. 

The trail could be challenging at times, causing[A1]  fear and anxiety. The fruits of meditation are that it allows you to be mindful of the present moment, which in turn strengthens your ability to notice the absence of real danger. If you’re not overwhelmed by your own negative thoughts, you are able to function to the best of your abilities, resulting in a more pleasant trekking experience. 

Regulate heart rate

Learn to regulate your heart rate if it goes more than 120 beats per minute. With your condition, you can’t just play games. If you’re tired, you are free to rest. Trekking isn’t a race. You have to be mindful of your own body because you understand it better than anybody.

Take a rest

If your heartbeat continues to increase, sit back and try to regulate your heart rate by breathing deeply. This should bring your heart rate back to less than 90-100 beats per minute. It’s important to note that panicking only makes it worse. Remember to stay calm and take deep breaths to regain your lost strength. 

Use common sense

If you feel any discomfort in your heart, stop, sit, and wait until it is gone. Do not push your luck or your body and continue trekking if the uneasiness[A2]  is still apparent. Rest, relax, and recover your strength and stamina to get you going back on the trail. 

Don’t mind how many times you’ve stopped because what’s important is the journey and the overall experience. Respect the altitude, and most importantly, drink lots of fluids to get the body going. With a strong mind, you can win anything against all odds. 

Mountain trekking is one of my favorite summer activities. Nothing is more satisfying than conquering a huge mountain or trekking for miles through the forest. Any mountain trekking experience can give you a sense of accomplishment and can even make you feel literally on top of the world. 

Mountain trekking differs from other outdoor sports in that nature alone provides the field of action—and just about all of the challenges—for the participant. Climbing mountains embodies the thrills produced by testing one’s courage, resourcefulness, cunning, strength, ability, and stamina to the utmost in a situation of inherent risk. 

Trekking is a popular hobby for sport enthusiasts all over the world. Not only are there various mountain trekking benefits, it’s also an excellent choice of recreation.

Do you have some interesting trekking stories to share? Or perhaps a lifehack that might come in handy every trek? Comment down below and don’t forget to follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Goodreads.