Climbing Island Peak Nepal

After some hectic days, you eventually decided to cool off by engaging hike to island peak, and you need all information you can get on engaging island peak-do not worry, for we are here to take you through the exercise with the necessary tips, but firstly, let’s do some introduction.

Island peak is located in the vicinity of Mount Everest in Nepal. It can be seen to be an extension of the Mount Lhotse (fourth highest mountain in the world) and Mount Everest. Island peak is 6.189m or 20.305ft above the sea level.

Getting to island peak require a 19-day hike from the Lukla airport in the Everest region, and you won’t get to sight island peak until day 6 or 7 of your trekking, at Dingbouche .

To climb island peak is not difficult as it seems even for beginner with the few tips we will be dishing out to you as our token to make your climbing worthwhile.

Acclimatization: Acclimatization is simply the process to adjust to a particular environment thereby, allows you to maintain optimal performance in spite of several of environmental conditions and it can be achieved within hours or days.

So what does Acclimatization got to do with climbing island peak? It’s got so much to do-to make climbing island peak easy for you.

Spending more days on the trek to island peak, give your body the opportunity to prepare for lower levels of oxygen that while climbing the island peak. And a 14 to 19-day journey to the island peak will do just that.

So it is imperative to plan your journey in a way you will arrive at the island peak in between day 14 to 19. Getting to the island peak at day 10 or less than is not looking good for you, to get to the summit of island peak.

Prepare physically: Island peak is not child’s play, so you have to prepare yourself physically even before hitting the trail. Do some work out to strengthen your muscles so to keep you fit for the journey ahead.

Obtain the right gear: I know before you thought of the island peak, you must have engage nearby hiking in your neighborhood so am going to save you the story of the gear to pack for hiking although, I will be giving tips: when dressing- let wool clothing be your base layer- it can easily adjust to the weather and also, bring along down jacket.

You will also need your tent because there are no lodges around the island peak, as well as your mountaineering boots.

Obtain qualify guide: They are readily available to guide companies to help you with your journey however, you have to do some research to get the good one because there are bad eggs among them, who by far are not qualify to carry out such task, in fact they do not have any climbing experience. It is a terrible thing to fall into the hand of such people.

Work on your abseiling skills: You will need to abseil at some point in the trail, such instance is abseiling down the head wall of island peak. So I suggest you undergo training, which will boost your abseiling skills at the same time boost your use of harness

Why Climbing Is A Good Exercise

There is a great possibility you will engage climbing when hiking, however, climbing itself is an exercise on its own that is worthy of engaging and it can as well be engage in the gym.

Whether gym climbing or the outdoor climbing one thing that is certain is, you will work out your muscles to a very great degree and also your body thereby improving your total well being which includes your body and brain.

However, a successful climbing entails having great strength, ability to endure, having agility and good mental control therefore, you have to imbibe the techniques of rock climbing before engaging as a newbie and if you are a pro in it or whichever, let me hit you with some of the reason why climbing is a good exercise

Reasons you should engage climbing

It strengthen your muscles: Several different muscles such as lats, quads, abs, deltoid, oblique, traps, calves and biceps are actively involved in rock climbing. climbing also exercises your forearm muscles thereby strengthens your grip.

In fact research has established that rock climbers have increased hand grip strength.

It makes you flexible: Rock climbing often demand climbers to reach out to a foot hold or hand hold, usually away from your comfort position thereby enhancing their range of motion, adaptability and flexibility.

It reduces stress: Reduction of stress is one of those things that exercise offers and rock climbing is not left out in this.

Climbing takes you away from yourself by making you so engross with the excitement that comes from having to reach, climb and leap the rock or rope.

In fact you will enjoy it most, when challenge yourself.  Study also established that climbing increases the level of nor-epinephrine – a neurotransmitter in the body that helps in reducing stress.

You will enjoy it better if you engage outdoor climbing because coupled with the aforementioned benefits; you will also be exposed to vitamin D.

And study has proved that engaging nature itself brings calmness to your well being and eradicate anxiety – I can relate with this.

It reduces fat: If you want to lose fat real fast then engage rock climbing. According to the research conducted by Harvard University- a engage rock climbing. According to the research conducted by Harvard University- a 155-pound person will burn about 818 calories per hour if the person engage ascent rock climbing and burns 596 calories if the person engage descent climbing. So there is a possibility of burning at least 1414 calories in a single day of rock climbing which means, you have to engage both ascent and rappelling climbing. Study further proved that burning of 500 calories equal losing 1-2 pounds in a week.

It helps eradicate fear: This reminds me of when I first engage climbing. Prior to my first climbing, I feel afraid most times but it stops when I faced my fear by engaging climbing.

Although, it took a little bit of courage and determination but at the end, I found out that have become bold at the same time more confident than ever before.

So if your heart gets prick easily do engage climbing either indoor or outdoor and fear will be past tense in your life.

Moreover, it will help you to stand on top of adversity and difficult situations and there is one thing about fear, once it is conquered, you become fearless.

It boosts your mood: There is feeling of joy, accomplishment and happiness that climbing creates.

For example when you take up the challenge to get to top of the summit-you feel on top of the world, accomplished and even excited. I can relate with this feeling well, is such a good feeling that makes you feel proud of yourself and even make you think and reason right also eradicate anxiousness and worry thereby reducing the risk of hypertension.

Prevention of chronic diseases: Study has established that climbing has a lot to do in the prevention of chronic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure and heart diseases.

And this is due to the fact that rock climbing is an intense and vigorous activity that improves your muscles and cardiovascular activity and in turn aids the prevention of these chronic diseases.

Climbing For Beginners

Climbing can be intimidating and discouraging at first but it will eventually turns out to be an easy ride as you get more involves, so starting is the key.

Besides, climbing should not be an exercise one will want to stay away from, because of the great benefits that come with which include- prevention of chronic diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes, boost of mood, improvement of your cognitive abilities and many more.

So if you don’t see any reason to engage climbing, engage it for the sake of aforementioned benefits. Not even with these prevalent cases of depression and suicide-engaging climbing gives you the opportunity to be free from depression and suicidal thoughts.

However outdoor climbing can be more stressful and demanding but there is an option of gym climbing, is possible you’ve not heard of it.

Gym climbing can really get you started with climbing, it is easy to access in respective of the weather and it allows you to do the climbing without owning climbing gear for there is a provision to rent climbing gear at the gym.

You will also receive training on how to climb and you will also be giving several precautionary measures as it concerns climbing, at the gym.

Tips on how to get started with climbing

Getting started to climbing requires both physical and psychological preparation

Be determined: Determination comes first before anything can be achieved including climbing. Do not be daunted at the face of climbing, make up your mind and tell yourself you can do it because immediately you start allowing fear or doubt, then it will be hard for you to engage climbing, so be determined and courageous to face it no matter what.

My first climbing came with lots of fear and discouragement but I summon the courage and determination and it helped me to scale through, I can do it again and again now without fear in fact my first attempt made me fearless.

Talk to others about it: No one is an island of knowledge in this sport, you have to seek for advice and also tell others about your proposed exercise.

Apart from the advice or tips they will give, their words can create a feeling of déjà vu that will make you act as if you’ve done it before.

However, don’t talk to a person that will discourage you but to someone that has scaled through it and has much experience to share with you.

Persevere: Climbing comes with different route, and their difficulty differs from each other. If one route seems not to be climbable don’t stop or give up, persevere until you gain mastery over that route.

Start with easy route: It pays to take one thing at a time. If you do not want climbing to be stressful and challenging for you, begin with the easy route, and gradually your feet and hand will get firm as well as your muscles. Moreover, your skills will improve over time and you will gain more experience and you will able to engage difficult route.

Let your feet be your guide: Most climbers are more interested in holding on to what is in front of them so to continue their journey than concentrating on the position of their feet.

Make your feet firm on the rock or wall first, before you make your move because the only thin line between ascension and falling off is your feet.

Let your Arms be straight: Do not keep your arms bent when climbing, keep it straight for easy navigation and convenience also try to keep your legs bent to make it easy for you to push yourself up with your lower body.

Employ a belayer: Get a belayer of the same body weight you can trust.

Climbing for the first time could be scary and fearful but getting a trusted belayer will make you feel safe, comfortable and also help you to move accurately.

You also have to learn the essential communication language so to go along with each other. The communication language is used in dialogue between the climber and belayer. The communication code used are “Lower”, “Lowering”, “belay off”, “off belay”, “climbing”, “climb on” and so on.

Also make sure you stay in tune with your belayer or whoever is climbing with you, and frequently establish communication with your partner-it makes you feel safe and comfortable

Essential climbing gears

You don’t get to climb without having the climbing gear. Here are the climbing gears to kick start climbing:

Climbing shoe: This is a well designed foot wear for climbing, it is packaged to provide support and also grant the climber to use small foothold effectively.

Climbing shoe are designed to meet various climbing need, from rock, rope to boulder climbing

Rope; your most important equipment is a rope.  Purchase a very good rope and when purchasing considers the thickness and the length, don’t buy thinner ropes or short rope.

You can as well purchase a rope bag alongside the rope to help keep your rope from dirt.

Belay device: A piece of mechanical device used to control a rope while belaying. It is designed to allow the belayer do their job with little or no physical effort thereby improving the safety of the belay for the climber.

Although there is a technique to the use of belay device which can be learn at the gym before heading outdoor.

Climbing Harness: climbing harness is an important safety equipment for a climber.

A climbing harness will secure you to a rope by attaching the rope to the harness through figure eight follow through knot and get protected with a stopper knot.

However, before putting on harness, it is imperative the utilizer urinate before using the harness because, once it is put on it cannot be removed.

Chalk: chalk will help keep your sweaty hand dry while climbing. Therefore it is good to go along with a chalk bag.

Others include, knee pad, first aid kit, quickdraw, food and water, and belay glove.