ADVANTAGES OF MOUNTAIN CLIMBING
Mountain climbing is a social activity for most climbers, at least to a certain extent. It is necessary for climbers to learn the basics from other climbers, as well as to help each other up difficult mountains. This means that many mountain climbers develop close relationships because they have to trust the others with their life. This is an advantage when it comes to interpersonal relationships and good communication that can lead to positive benefits outside of climbing.
Climbing a mountain can be a very meditative experience, and not because of the beautiful scenery. This activity is similar to meditation because you need to be very present in the moment to be safe and successful. You are focusing on what you are doing and not worrying about the past or the future. This is mentally healthy because it can lessen anxiety, help with relaxation and lead to clarity of thought.
Facing your fears can be an intense psychological experience that can lead you to greater things in life. After taking risks climbing mountains, you generally will want to continue going after things that once appeared frightening to you. This means going back to college, asking for a promotion at work, or taking a risk by asking a person out whom you would like to date. Once you are successful at beating your fears, you become less scared of other things in the world.
Mountain climbing can help you see the bigger picture of life because you realize how fragile and precious life can be. This is a psychological state that often occurs in activities where injury or death is a possibility. Being humbled is a psychological advantage because you become a kinder, more grateful individual. This can facilitate healthier relationships, a higher life satisfaction, and the desire to accomplish further challenges that make you feel good.