8 Stages of Mountain Climbing for Unfit People
By Janelle Almosara
With the mountain’s stunning views and calming nature, it’s hard to not get curious and not try climbing for yourself. It’s cheap and there are many agencies offering tours that are open to ‘joiners’. Many climbers also say that this activity is ‘not a big deal’ and that there are many beginner-friendly mountains that you can explore. True enough, there is a multitude of mountains that would not require you to hike for 12-hours, but if you’re someone who’s spent most of your time sitting behind a computer and barely moving a muscle, I bet it can be a huge challenge to conquer such challenges.
While we know this can vary from one person to another, here are the 8 stages of Mountain Climbing that most unfit people can relate to.
Stage 1: Excitement
Finally, you’re on your way to the jump-off point. You took a leave from work, packed your cutest sporty outfit, brought in trail snacks, and charged your camera. You are more than ready for this adventure to begin – from climbing gears to Instagram props; you have it all in the bag. Now all you need to do is to get this party started.
Stage 2: Optimism
Mood: I can do this!
Your most awaited climb is here. You took out your camera, conquered a quick 5-minute ascend, and you feel happy more than ever. You know that you’ve started an adventure outside of your comfort zone and you feel good knowing that you’re about to bring home fun stories of this hike. Everything will be fine!
Stage 3: Shock and Denial
Mood: Ang hirap pala nito, shet. Wait lang, guys.
The exhaustion gradually kicks in. You try to shake it off by taking tons of photos and stuffing your face with trail mix. You take short breaks, catching your breath, laughing it off, but you know that you’re getting tired. You’re shocked to know that you still need to walk for 4 more kilometers before you reach the summit and that you’ve actually just walked 2 kilometers from the jump-off point.
“I’m not tired. I can finish this,” you say, as you gasp for air and chug that sports drink with all your might.
Stage 4: Anger and Bargaining
Mood: Pwede ba bumalik na lang tayo? Ang sakit na ng legs ko! Malayo pa ba, Kuya? Kuya, please, ayoko na yata.
You’ve finally entered the stage where taking one step forward feels like too much of a task. You’ve seen the trail, your guide pointed towards the summit, and you realized that your energy would only take you so far. This is the stage where you get angry with your friends, where you bargain with the guide to bring you back to ‘safety’, and where you just feel like you are doomed for eternity.