I will mention about one of my cornerstone trips in this blog. This was the starting of my traveling life. It was the 7 day basic diploma course in rock climbing from The NTMC institute in Nainital.
I did my rock climbing course in March 2012. A basic diploma level course is perhaps the best way to start trekking as an adventure activity.
During the course, I underwent a first hand training in rock climbing. Being brought up in a plain region and having spent my entire life in it, I had a very little idea about the mountains and the rules of the mountains.
Believe it or not, the travelling, especially hiking in mountains has its own rules. There are some basic stuffs which every trekker should be aware of for his own as well as his teammates safety.
The course is designed in such a way, that it makes you aware of these basic rules on the first day. The instructor took us on a long mountain hike and told us all the rules while walking.
Some of these are-
1. Never cross your fellow traveler while trekking.
2. Make sure that the stones do not fall while climbing. Even if a stone falls, make the sound, "there", "there". Hearing this, the teammate, knows that a stone is coming down.
3. Look for the signs of the stone. They tell you path. Do not disturb them.
Apart from these, he also told a lot of things about the types of rocks and the mountains.
It started with a warm up and an exercise session of almost one hour.
Next came the boulder climbing. Boulder is a large rock. We were told about the various kinds of grips and how to identify the various kinds of cracks in the rocks which one could be used for the grip. Yes, you do get a feeling of some movie star, while gripping those rocks.