Everything is difficult at the beginning, especially outdoor sports that feel far away from our city life. No one gives you guidance, can’t find the organization, don’t know how to start…
It is often the obstacle that outdoor sports enthusiasts who want to try, then let’s talk about how to start outdoor sports with low budget, And how to upgrade smoothly and safely.
The outdoor field is very broad, roughly divided into two common types:
- Mountain Sports
Walking, camping, hiking, trail running, rock climbing, alpine climbing, spotted parachuting, alpine skiing…
- Ocean Sports
Free diving, scuba diving, surfing, kite surfing, sailing…
Any outdoor sport has a gradual process.
From simple physical activity to the technical and physical considerations of excellence, from entry to high level. For example: city night run, development to marathon, cross-country running; short-distance suburban hiking to long-distance wilderness hikes, then to alpine climbing; skydiving, flying to the flying mouse fixed-point skydiving; skiing skiing to the mountain wild snow.
A person may like multiple sports, and these outdoor sports may be cross-merged.
For example, a paraglider may merge with skiing into a gliding ski that descends from the top of the mountain, or a parachute jump after climbing the summit. Another example is Dean Porter’s freehand climbing + fixed-point skydiving… In fact, most people will have other hobbies after enjoying and interacting with outdoor sports for a certain period of time. The people who rock climbing around me, like skiing, free diving and paddles are not rare.
Before you really start, you need to ask yourself:
“What am I interested in?”
What kind of sports do you like? What level do you want to achieve? Does the goal intersect with other sports? and many more. In this way, from the beginning, we can make good choices and plans.
Take snow mountain climbing as an example. The basic part is hiking and camping. Gradually learn higher level technologies: rock climbing, ice climbing, high altitude adaptation, glacier walking and rescue, rope use and so on.
If you are not sure what you are interested in, start by walking.
Mountain sports, most of them start from walking. More advanced outdoor sports also require knowledge of hiking and camping. This basic movement can be used as part of supporting other higher levels, reaching the activity area on foot, or constantly adapting to the outdoor environment on the road, familiar with its physical strength and deepening the understanding of nature and movement.
Walking is a relatively low threshold, low physical technical requirements, low cost, and high tolerance outdoor sports.
Under the premise of ensuring safety, choose to be gradual, and even do not need to spend money to participate in outdoor courses, you can improve one step at a time, safe and effective.
Of course, time-consuming may be longer than direct payment. However, relying on physical practice and self-study is often more solid than the teacher’s hands. Moreover, if you can learn technical skills in the city every day (such as: after school, go to the rock after work, weekend to outdoor climbing), this time can be greatly shortened.
Mountaineering first step:
familiar with outdoor, familiar with yourself, familiar with equipment
Beginners who have no outdoor experience can slowly start from low-altitude and short-distance walking attempts, gradually expanding to low-altitude long-distance and long-term lines according to the improvement of ability and accumulation of experience.
Walk around the short-distance route of your city, 2~3 days, there are people along the way, the distress can be withdrawn at any time, try to avoid taking the scenic spots with stone steps to plan the route.
Then, the transition to a slightly simple, long-term physical and basic knowledge involves climbing, descent and camping. Familiarize yourself with the limits of your body while familiarizing yourself with the use of outdoor gear and brands. Hurricane weight-bearing long-distance walking ability, walking rhythm adjustment, ability to plan routes, packing ability, emergency response capability, etc. Such as: Hong Kong Longji and Macquarie Trail, the section line of the Pacific Ridge Line, various hiking routes in the Norwegian Fjord, and so on.
（The Alps are rich in hiking trails, from the short-term to the short-term on the day, to the long line on the road for a month, from the hiking trails of the forest line to the snow and ice walks above the snow line.）
Mountaineering second step
High altitude outdoor experience
Due to lack of oxygen and high cold, altitude will have more or less impact on the body, mental thinking, and mobility.
Alpine disease can be very critical to cause pulmonary edema, difficulty breathing, reduced judgment and coordination, resulting in life-threatening risks, and may lead to respiratory distress, dizziness, and other critical ailments, most of which will decrease with lower altitude.
High-altitude Acclimatization is also a basic skill in the outdoors: to make the body smooth and excessively habitually anoxic environment, improve the body’s tolerance.
Many people have misunderstandings about altitude sickness. They didn’t have altitude sickness last time. They won’t happen next time. They haven’t experienced altitude sickness. They will definitely appear again. The altitude sickness is not only different from person to person, but also Many factors such as the elevation of the elevation, the current physical condition, and the quality of sleep on the journey are directly and indirectly related.
The most effective way to deal with altitude sickness is to become familiar with the correct process of adaptation and response and establish a relative improvement mechanism.
Be sure to monitor your body and your partner’s physical condition at all times, have a rhythmic low-intensity exercise, keep warm, and do a good job of sun protection. This is also why high-altitude hiking is tried after having a certain hiking experience. Let your body gradually adapt to the high-altitude activity rhythm and learn to cope with high-altitude outdoor conditions.
The ideal walking process:
- Short-term, low-altitude, simple climate, light installation
- Long line, low altitude, complex climate, reloading
- Short-term, high altitude, simple climate, reloading
- Long line, high altitude, complex climate, reloading
Adjust your situation and vacation to improve your experience. After having a certain level of experience, add technical learning to the second half of the outdoor journey.
Outdoor sports are always accompanied by risks. It is recommended to understand your abilities and physical limits step by step, as well as to understand nature.
I don’t agree with the online companionship and the strangers going outdoors. I wouldn’t feel insured if I was invited to travel in the city together. It is difficult to trust someone I don’t know in a place where the environment is more error-free. Moreover, most people will also have the illusion of dependence because of their companions, and the preparatory work in the early stage is not sufficient.
Responsible for the safety of your own life, it is important in the outdoors.