Thursday, September 20, 2012

Notes on mountain climbing

   In the last few years mountain climbing has really caught on in Japan. Media focus on television and in magazines has made it increasingly popular amongst young people.

   Even if your planned route looks easy, you still need to take great care. Plan ahead and don’t push yourself too far.

   Here are a few basic points to remember when climbing mountains.

●Wear long sleeves, long trousers and hat, and suitable climbing or walking boots.
●Avoid dehydration by regularly drinking plenty of water.
●Do stretches before and after climbing, to keep healthy and avoid injury.
●If you have a headache you may be low in oxygen. Take a rest until it goes away.
●If your headache doesn’t improve, it might be better to turn back.
●Change your underwear frequently when you sweat.

   The weather in the mountains can be unpredictable, and the temperature can drop suddenly without warning, so be prepared. Check out what you need for mountain climbing in the next column.
Taken from vol.38 PDF

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