All of us have big aspirations and would want to be on top of the world someday. Have you ever imagined what it would be like to actually be on top of the world – the highest point on Earth? Climbing mountains and conquering the highest points have always driven humans to challenge their endurance and determination. What is it that pushes these adventurous climbers to the limits amidst extreme conditions? I guess it is the sense of accomplishment and the feeling of nirvana that they attain, which cannot be matched, or defined.
Every continent has mountains and mountain ranges. All of them vary in sizes, some reaching heights up to 8,000 meters and more! Mountaineers love conquering these alluring and majestic behemoths. Let’s explore some of the highest mountain peaks in the world; rightly known, as terrains unknown.
Did you know?
Erik Weihenmayer of the US achieved the stunning feat of becoming the first blind person to climb Mount Everest. He has also completed the seven summits (highest mountains of each of the seven continents).
14 Highest Mountain Peaks in The World
Height: 8,013 meters (26,289 feet)
Shishapangma (meaning crest above the grassy plains in Tibetan), is the lowest of the eight thousanders and is entirely located within China (in central Tibet). It is also called Gosainthān. Up to 2009, 24 people have died while attempting to climb this mountain.
Height: 8,035 meters (26,362 feet)
Gasherbrum II, also known as K4, is located on the Pakistan-China border and is part of the Gasherbrum massif. It is the third highest peak in the Karakoram range. It was first climbed in 1956 by Fritz Moravec, Josef Larch and Hans Willenpart of an Austrian expedition.
While surfing, if the waves get over the surfer it is called “getting barreled”. This is because the surfer is unable to go either right or left and has to move straight ahead.
The thrill and excitement of riding a huge wave or watching someone do it is unparalleled. Surfing is a hugely popular sport especially among the young. When they watch surfers weave through the waves, people assume that surfing is just a walk in the park. As easy as veteran surfers may make it look like, surfing is a sport that requires agility, dexterity and most importantly, the correct technique.
As beginners, it is easy to forget this fact. Caught up in the excitement to ride the big waves, many beginners make some common surfing mistakes. Getting the wrong board, not paddling correctly or underestimating the size of the waves and currents are some of the common mistakes that most beginners tend to make. Unfortunately, the ocean can be a hard taskmaster, as it is unpredictable and often fraught with dangers. So, it is best to be equipped with some knowledge of how to avoid these common beginner surfing mistakes before you head out.
Surfing Mistakes by Beginners
Starting off with a Small Surfboard
One of the most common mistakes that beginners make is choosing the wrong size of surfboard. When learning to surf, you need a bigger board which needs to be as stable and buoyant as possible. This cannot be achieved with smaller and narrower surfboards that may be fast and easy-to turn but require experience to handle. As opposed to this, longboards which are 8½ feet long are easier for paddling and wave catching but often very slow.
What To Do
Funboards are a cross between the longboard and shortboards.
Trekking is an addiction. Every year, thousands of people from across the world leave their homes for days together, in order to go trekking and explore the lesser-known and difficult terrains of our planet. People are so enthusiastic about their treks that they tend to prepare for them several months in advance, and more often than not, their journeys, indeed, exceed their expectations. One such destination, which is undoubtedly a haven for trekking enthusiasts worldwide, is the Himalayas. The sheer mention of the name gets trekkers on their toes, and soon, they are on to an expedition to explore the forbidden peaks of the mighty mountains.
Preparing for a Himalayan Trek
If you wish to go on a trek to the Himalayas, it’s important to ensure you are thoroughly prepared. The most handsome mountain ranges in the world can also be most unpredictable and at times, ruthless for an unsuspecting trekker. Here is a rough guide that will help you make adequate and proper preparations for your ‘trek of a lifetime’.
If you are attracted to the beauty and serenity of the Himalayas and decide to trek the mountains, it is very essential to stay extremely fit. Only the fitness of your body will help you climb the tough terrain of the Himalayan ranges, and complete the mission.
Increase Your Stamina
You can begin by doing simple things, such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator, climbing steep hills, preferably with a loaded backpack, walking faster than usual, and also covering long distances. These exercises will enable you to increase your stamina, and this will help you a lot during your actual trek. Other cardiovascular exercises can also help you to a great extent.
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