National Mountain Climbing Day is observed on 1 August every year to highlight the benefits of the pursuit. With the passing years, the adventurous pursuit has only become more popular.

People being more concerned about opting for a healthier and fitter lifestyle, mountain climbing is being seen as a way to stay active and also enjoy oneself. Others are also opting for trekking or rock climbing to gain the experience of being around nature and improve their mental and physical well-being. These activities helps people get over their fears.

The history behind the National Mountain Climbing Day was to honour mountaineers Bobby Matthews and Josh Madigan. They successfully climbed the 46th peak of New York State’s Adirondack Mountains. The two accomplished this feat on 1 August 2015 after climbing the final peak, also known as the Whiteface Mountain. The following year, Matthews and Madigan were formally inducted into the Adirondack 46er Club in May.

Some of the significant Indian mountaineers are Avatar Singh Cheema became the first Indian to climb Mount Everest in 1965. Prior to Cheema’s attempt, fifteen foreigners had already climbed the world’s tallest peak. The first woman from India to climb Everest was Bachendri Pal. She achieved this feat in 1984, at the age of 30.

Mountain climbing not only give peace of mind but it also has some benefits in our life.
This pursuit enhance the use of different muscle groups, providing a full-body workout.

It helps reduce fat and provides exposure to nature.

Mountain climbing keeps us fit and improves physical as well as mental health.

As mountain climbing involves a great deal of walking, it improve heart health.

Walking uphill builds stamina, core strength, and resilience.

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