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Mountaineering & Rock climbing

Mountaineering & Rock climbing (15)



The way and the lifestyle combine numerous activities that make our lives more comfortable, interesting and beautiful. So, mountain climbing, hiking, trekking, ski touring, caving means getting to know the beauty of the mountains, enjoying Dalmatian mountains panoramas that fills you with new energy and genuine pleasure. Enter the world of mountaineering and explore Dalmatian mountains that offer you breathtaking view. On the other hand, most of Dalmatian coast is limestone cliffs, with plenty of Deep-water soloing and free climbing opportunities. Rock climbing in Dalmatia includes rock climbing on islands and offers numerous mainly single pitch sports routes. The mountains in the coastline area offer rock climbing possibilities with spectacular surroundings such as the fantastic views of beautiful untouched nature. Check the ideal mountaineering and rock climbing opportunities on places where weather conditions enable you to climb 365 days a year… Dalmatia…











Wednesday, 24 September 2014 12:47

Rock climbing

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Years ago, rock climbers started out as hikers and mountain climbers. Technical rock climbing was a natural extension for them. Today, lots of rock climbers are coming from indoor climbing gyms. These are steep-terrain athletes, not necessarily seasoned outdoors people. Many of these climbers don't even venture outside. They find the indoor world rich enough to satisfy them without going further afield.

To an outsider, the culture of climbers might seem elitist and closed; and if not, it's at least mysterious. There are all those gadgets, all those terms. Lots of climbers tell stories about being intimidated, not by the climbing itself, but by the culture and the technology. All it takes is one day out on the rock and, I assure you, any sense of intimidation disappears. Mystery turns to understanding.

Most important for any beginner is to find others who share the interest. If there is an indoor climbing gym, you are all set. Simply visit, get a lesson or two, and don't be shy. Everyone in the place was once in your position, and most climbers will be enthusiastic about bringing another into the fold.

Dalmatia is full of natural cliffs, thus there are outdoor gear stores whose clerks are in the know. 

Do not buy a rope or any anchoring gear until you know what you are doing. If your guide or new partners can't supply these items, then they too are rookies. Have fun!

Wednesday, 24 September 2014 12:15

Trail Running Tips

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Trail running makes demands on a wider range of muscles than road running, without the repetition injuries of pounding pavement. Ankles, hips, inner and outer thighs and core muscles are engaged for balance. Trails more fully engage the quads, increasing leg strength. Taking on ascents and descents builds stamina, and difficult climbs sharpen mental focus.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014 12:05

Get fit with hiking

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Feel exhilarated as you get in touch with nature and become more fit - it's all right outside your door. No matter if you plan a short hike or a longer excursion, there are steps you can take to make your adventure a success.

A relatively short hike - one to two hours - might not require a lot of training, but a longer hike means a different kind of preparation.

  • Do some extra legwork. Hiking can tax your muscles if they are not well conditioned. And although it may seem easier, going downhill can be harder on muscles than going up. Consider a little extra quad, hamstring, glute and calf muscle work at the gym to minimize muscle fatigue during and after your hike.
  • Use the leg press machine at the gym to strengthen quads, glutes, hamstrings and calves.
  • Do some hamstring curls with a stability ball. Lie on the floor with your calves on top of the ball, your upper back and shoulders on the floor and your arms out to the sides. Raise your hips and your lower back off the ground so they form a straight line with your legs. Keeping your abs tight, pull the ball toward your butt by digging your heels into the ball until your feet are flat and your knees and butt are high in the air. Pause then push the ball away from you until your legs are straight. 
  • Do some lunges to strengthen glutes, hamstrings, calves and quads.

Aim for 10 Percent Know how much time your hike will take, and then do shorter hikes until you're within 10 percent of your estimated hike time.

Do a Dress Rehearsal During training, carry a pack that'll be similar in weight to the pack you'll take on your hike. Train with the shoes you'll wear on your hike--broken-in shoes are best for blister prevention.

Pack up!

Rather than toss a bunch of things into a pack at the last minute, think about what you'll need on a particular hike.

Be a Camel

Plenty of water is essential on a hike to prevent dehydration, but be aware that each quart weighs 2 pounds. "If you're hiking for three hours or less, you can usually carry the water you need," says Galati. "Otherwise you'll need some sources on the trail." Learn where they are ahead of time.

Consider Carbs

The more strenuous the hike, the more carbs and fat your body will use. "All of us have enough fat already to go on an all-day hike," says Galati, "but we don't necessarily have enough carbs in our systems for a hike." Here are some options to carry along:

  • Fruits are carbohydrates easily broken down into fuel by the body.
  • Energy bars can provide complex carbohydrates, fiber and lasting energy. Read the nutrition label and choose bars that offer a blend of complex carbs, protein and fat to be sure you can replenish your needs.
  • Trail mix--usually a mix of nuts and dried fruits, breakfast cereal and even chocolate--provides a mix of simple and complex carbs, protein and some fat.

Layer It

Putting on garments made of wicking fabrics will keep the warmth in and sweat away from your body. Adding and removing layers when you need to can help regulate your body temperature throughout a long hike that has varying elevations.

Think Safety

Here's a checklist of the basics:

  • Bring a first-aid kit in case you get a scrape, splinter or are stung by an insect.
  • A thermal blanket--about as big as a man's wallet when folded--can keep you warm in an emergency.
  • Be aware of potential bad weather the day of your trip and reschedule if necessary. A ranger station is usually up-to-date on trail and weather conditions, so be sure to check in when you arrive.
  • Tell someone where and when you're going, and when you'll return. And don't forget your cell phone!
  • Bring along any trail maps and a compass if you'll need one. A GPS can be helpful on longer hikes.
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