In our modern society, more and more jobs are based in the office and people tend to become more stressed and sedentary. There shall be more realizations to go for a healthier habit and mountain hiking is one of those activities that provide the recreation, motion as well as the fresh air.
The main motivations for hiking are:
* Recreation (motion, fresh air)
* Landscape experience
* Nature Observation
* To become acquainted with a new region/tour
* Sporting challenge/adventure
* To be among family/friends
No doubt we’ll be seeing more and more non-mountaineer or hobbyists climb. Recreation is just the start, as I myself have experienced, once we started hiking, you get infected with a virus, this so called “mountaineers’ itch”. Once you started it, you’ll get back for more. So as you see, there comes appreciation to nature and the like to experience different landscapes, and terrain variations.
Some hikers love to observe nature and take pictures. With the advent of technological breakthroughs, some digital cameras can now last the humid and moist environment. We’ll be seeing more of nature enthusiasts who capture nature at it’s finest through expensive lenses.
Some hikers are motivated with culture, the foreigners, definitely would love to experience interaction with people and are driven to communicate and experience the locals may it be hospitality or culinary.
Some hikers are driven to join their barkadas. Usually being naive of mountaineering ethics, what’s important to these people are the camaraderie and the moment with people important to them, peole whom they treat as buddies and enjoy friendship with, and to feel the need to belong to a certain group.
Some hikers are driven to improve their skills and put theirselves to test the terrains. Training for race, training to get a medal, training for achievement.
Some hikers are the dangerous type, the ones who love adventures, the ones who want to feel they belong to the forrest and find more places than there is on the trail. Hmm, reminds me of someone.
Mountains with low difficulty levels are usually open trails, wide trails, with less canopy or rain forrests. Upon trying these you’ll be dying to try those with river crossings, rock scrambling and rope assisted trails. Before trying river crossing and trails with angle variations of over 45 degrees; I insist you must take or be oriented of some sort to basic mountaineering course to secure yourself from risks and improve the chances of your safety. And of course, whichever your faith- always start your climb with a prayer and end it with thanksgiving.