Why You Should Challenge Yourself to Climb a Mountain

At the top of a lot of people’s bucket lists is climbing a mountain. This is especially true for the more adventurous but even the un-adventurous often wish to try something new that forces them to step outside their comfort zone and gives them something fascinating to talk about at dinner parties. If you are looking for a new challenge, here are the reasons why you should consider climbing a mountain.

hiking in the Sierra La laguna outside of La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico

Hiking in the Sierra

It Gives You a Physical Challenge

If you haven’t tried mountain climbing before, the chances are it will work out a lot of muscle groups that you didn’t even know you had. The training itself will put you in great shape and give you the body you have always desired.

It can be difficult to get into the regime at first as it is incredibly challenging. Make sure that you get enough sleep, and enough calories, and don’t forget your Hydro Flask mug, which is great for on the go and perfect for those moments of tremendous satisfaction when you reach the summit where a warm drink will feel like a wonderful reward.

It Improves Your Mental Health

camera taking an image of the mountains

Getting out in the fresh air and being at one with nature does wonders for the state of your mental health. It helps to lift depression and put your woes into perspective. Climbing a mountain is a risky activity and dicing with death in a controlled manner will help you to see your life through a new lens.

It Gives You Self-Confidence

Let’s face it, if you can climb a mountain, there is very little you can’t do. You may even look at the rest of your life from this viewpoint. Nervous about giving a presentation? If you can climb a mountain, you can do anything. Your boss doesn’t see things your way? Well, if you can climb a mountain, you can scale the heights of the corporate ladder easily. A challenge like mountain climbing will give you an inner self-confidence that can’t be shaken.

It Teaches You Spiritual Awareness

nepal hiking mountain

Being at one with the mountains is a beautiful experience and it will give you an abundance of spiritual awareness even if you aren’t religious. You can’t fail to be moved by the beauty and majesty of the mountains. You will learn humility when you realize how big the mountain range is and how long it has been standing for. This will make any other issues in your life pale into insignificance as you search for meaning in the world around you.

It Teaches You New Skills

on top of the pirin mountains in bulgaria

i did have a friend who showed me Bulgaria

You will learn an abundance of new skills if you take on this challenge, from practical skills such as how to tie knots, read maps and actually climb a mountain, to softer skills such as self-reliance, taking risks, and living outside your comfort zone.

Climbing a mountain is certainly a challenging experience but once you have come back down the other side you may realize that it has changed your life forever. Are you putting it on your bucketlist of adventures for the 2020s?



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