Experiences of a first time 14er climber!
At the age of 49, I decided to climb a mountain. Making the decision to climb a mountain for the first time was out of the ordinary for me. I had never done this before and was not real sure what to expect. I knew I needed a great deal of guidance and support, so I selected a well-respected guide organization to help me tackle this “thing” I was about to do. I did some research on line and decided to select OWA, Outpost Wilderness Adventures. They seemed to be experts at climbing and thought they might work out well for me.
Finding someone who you think knows what they are doing and if you feel like you can relate, was important to me. After all, I felt like I was literally putting my life in their hands. The entire OWA team seemed dedicated and most importantly they take climbing seriously and keeping safety as priority one. Having someone teach you the proper technique and safety requirements added a great deal to my enjoyment on this adventure. I highly recommend this group whether you are a first timer or an experienced mountaineer. OWA is a terrific group of people that were very interested in showing me the “ropes” and ensuring I had a blast climbing my first mountain. What an experience, I shall never forget it.
Dehydration is a scary situation to be in. I found this out on my first climb. I had no idea how much water I was going to need during the climb and the down climb. Of course I used what water I brought with me. With that experience, I have learned to recognize the symptoms of dehydration. The symptoms can be several. To start, a very dry mouth, headache, cramps, dizziness and my favorite, urine that is way darker in color than normal. This is serious and can cause you to lose balance and more importantly make poor decisions during your climb.
Thank goodness for the well prepared OWA guides I was with. They had plenty of iodine tabs to help purify the water could find. The taste sucks, but when you need a drink, it was pretty good. I was exhausted and dehydrated on my last climb and being new to the sport, I did not recognize the symptoms at first. My guide was watching after me and told me what to do. After a brief rest and borrowing some water, which I should not have had to do, I began to feel better and we finished up with no more drama. Thank you OWA for watching out for me.