As the hours pass when you're climbing or hiking the extremes, you develop an intense feeling about your surroundings, both from a safety perspective, perhaps watching for an avalanche, or a crevice. But the highlight is always the awe factor. Every step makes a difference and you appreciate it more than ever as you make progress towards your destination.
My mountain time helps me in every day life and I often slip back into mountain mode to ensure that I am fully engaged in what I am doing. Being in the now reminds me that time is precious. This way you don’t waste it but rather focus on each step, not only to accomplish things, but more importantly to be in the moment and relish each experience.
Get your gear in order
Don’t worry about getting all the gear when you're first starting out, because usually your course or guide service will provide you with what you need. You can easily rent it at places like Mountain Equipment COOP or the University of Calgary Outdoor Centre. It's best to try out gear before you buy because fit is so important, especially when it comes to climbing boots or your helmet.
Get your sleep
Most climbs start early, as in 4 a.m. to avoid rock-fall, avalanches, both caused by day-time heating. So, you'll need a good sleep to keep you strong and motivated. Enough said.
Trying a new sport like climbing is good for you. Schedule it to make it happen because you'll not only benefit from the actual act of climbing, but the time leading up to it and getting pumped. Set aside some inspiration time by reading about someone's first climbing experience or watch one of th many YouTube videos about climbing. This will help keep the negative thoughts at bay if you're feeling a bit intimidated.