If you are an inexperienced in trekking, hiking and you are preparing for your first trip, here are some issues you need to know before the departure. The following article will show five common basic errors (or may be called the lessons that you are usually learned when it was too late), give you more power to make sure that the trip will become memorable, a life-changing trip instead of a holiday disaster. Now, let’s see the following mistakes we often make below and have a lesson for yourself to be prepared for the next wonder trip.
#1- DO NOT DRINK ENOUGH WATER
In our experience, the people who go hiking (trekker and climber), dehydration or lack of water is the main reason causing dizziness when you are at high locations, not because of the oxygen deficiency. People are aware that height can kill you, stop you from going to the success, but few people really pay attention to the amount of water the need and how their bodies are affected when lacking water.
When the altitude becomes greater, the air pressure will decrease, the rate of evaporation through the skin as well as the lung increases, this also means you will dehydrate faster. In some cases, 2 to 4 times faster than when you stand at the sea level.
Most people do not feel thirsty when they are at high altitude even though they really lack water; therefore, making a habit of drinking plenty of water is very important. In addition to the water, there are other types of beverages, like hot tea or ones working against dehydration.
Dehydration means that you are tired and stressed. It affects memory, the ability to think and speed of respond of the brain. Do not mistake this, drink enough water. You should at least 2 to 4 liters when you are at high altitude. You can drink more depending on the condition and size of your body.
#2- NOT PREPARE THE KNOWLEDGE OF ALTITUDE SICKNESS
Understanding the effects of altitude (above 3000m) to your body is not the responsibility of anyone other than you. There is no magic drug which can avoid this, no special practice or any devices which can eliminate the risk. The only thing you can do is becoming knowledgeable more about the risks which may come to your body and what you should do when they appear.
#3- BEING DOMINATED BY YOUR EGO
“Your ego” method to cure this problem is “going down”. But the “ego” is something which prevents the people from the decision of coming down.
You can see that, trekkers who want to quickly reach the destination first, to be regarded as healthy and physically possible; often will be affected by the impact of the altitude sickness.
We always recommend the first climbers that “Be the last person to camp” in the period of getting acquainted with this. This also means that you do not need to try too much and go up faster than necessary.
Take away the “I”. Enjoy yourself slowly and purpose. Let’s listen to your body.
#4- DO NOT TAKE CARE OF YOUR FEET CAREFULLY
The trekking novices often encounter two problems related to feet.
- No test and inspection the equipment: climbing shoes and socks
Solution: take the trails whenever you can before your trip to test your equipment, shoes and try to see how they affect to your feet in different roads and terrains. They are too tight? Too small? Hiking boots rub when you go up or go down? Your toes are poked to the uppers? Make sure that you test these things early in order to have time to change and adjust the equipment. Especially your feet is quite wide, choosing the best hiking boots for wide feet is a very important task.
- There is no experience to handle the foot blisters, rubbing, irritation, moisture, purple toenails.
Solution: testing your equipment for hiking shoes and socks will affect to your feet. If you feel blisters, try to find other sock and different size of shoes in order to reduce the impact. In addition, you can use the health measure to prevent blistering. If the moisture and irritation cause you have to clean and dry the feet every night, let’s use the measures such as Talc (the ingredient in the talcum powder) to create a clean, dry environment for your feet.
#5- NOT GIVING PRIORITY FOR CLEANING PROBLEMS
A lot of interesting things about trekking lies in the developing countries, and most there, you do not have ideal cleaning conditions. If you are not familiar to the wild environment, this may be a challenge for you.
How to eat, personal hygiene, how to sleep, and all activities of a typical day you feel so strange when you are in the nature.
Therefore, the better things is creating some good habits for the first days, and prepare for yourself some following “tools” to avoid getting sick (such as gastritis for example)
How to avoid illness while traveling trekking:
- Use hand cleaners – before and after meals and after going to the toilet, be careful and pay attention to what your hands have done, what they touch before handling food or put your hands anywhere near the mouth.
- Increasing the resistance – keep your health in the best possible conditions before trekking is extremely important. This includes eating well, increasing the resistance beating more fruits and vegetables, vitamins and minerals.
Well, here are 5 mistakes you may easily face during the period of going trekking. So that is the reason why you have to read this article carefully and prepare for yourself all necessary things like you recommend in this post. We hope that this has provided you a lot of useful information about some issues while trekking. Make a list of all important things you must prepare before starting the climbing trip. Remember to keep the bodies in the best condition and enjoy the life-changing trip.