About two years ago I moved to Europe from Australia and I had the best intentions of backpacking around and the settling down to work. The main problem here was once I started really exploring what Europe had to offer I found it very hard to stay in one place.
The truth is that over the last two years I have spent a lot of time travelling, and the fair majority of this time has been spent exploring the slightly more remote parts of Europe. I’ve done camping, climbing and a whole range of activities which have really allowed me to reach these parts of the world, and it’s one of the best experiences that I’ve ever had.
If you are considering travelling around Europe then there’s a number of different ways that you can do it. Since I was young I’ve always had the camping bug, but only in recent years did I really start to experience how much more you can see and really get to know from being completely immersed in nature. This means not only camping, but also completing hikes and of course rock climbing.
Many people ask me – what is actual rock climbing and how can I get started? But the reality is that’s it’s really not that difficult to explain or to do. If you have a genuine interest in the outdoors and you have a relatively decent physical fitness then you will have absolutely no problems tackling almost any formation of rocks that you might face.
Physical fitness is key and if you do want to learn the art of rock climbing then you need to know that stamina, upper body strength and agility are three key elements that you will need to get a grasp on – so get down to your local gym and start doing a workout before you consider tackling the rocks. Trust me, you will need it!
Once you have sorted your fitness, the next key task that you need to undertake is to purchase reasonable equipment that is going to sort you out for the duration of your trip. This means equipment that is sturdy, is going to last, and that you can definitely rely upon. Go to a good outdoor shop and make sure that you are fitted. It’s important that your equipment fits and meets your needs – they are experts and will be able to help you.
Once you’ve been fitted you need to ensure that you have all of the crucial equipment with you and that includes harnesses, ropes, water bottles, navigational equipment, clothing and everything else. Prepare yourself a checklist and then you will be ready to head out on your next adventure… wherever it leads!