March 1, 2024

5 Activities You Can Only Do In the Mountains

There’s nothing quite like the panoramic mountain view that can make us feel humbled in the presence of nature. If you are an adventurist at heart and enjoy pushing your boundaries, the mountains will provide you with never-ending challenges.  

Here are the seven activities you can only do in the mountains to fill your time between captivating sunrises and sunsets:

1. Ice climbing

2. Caving

3. Elk hunting

4. Rafting

5. Hiking

Ready for an adventure? Let’s go!

1. Ice Climbing

Ice climbing is, as you can probably imagine, a lot like rock climbing but on icy surfaces. This exciting activity is physically very demanding and is not for the faint-hearted. Some of the best locations in the world for ice climbing are:

Cogne, Italy is one of the Alps’ most popular ice climbing spots with more than 150 frozen waterfalls and different-level climbing routes.
Colorado, USA offers both frozen waterfalls and manmade ice parks.
Kranjska Gora, Slovenia is another Alps jewel with a large number of waterfalls and routes for beginner, intermediate, and advanced climbers.
Rjuakn, Norway is one of the top ice-climbing destinations in Northern Europe. Besides 150 icy waterfalls, this destination also has an artificial wall for ice climbing.

If you decide to take on this challenge, safety should be your number one concern. So, make sure you hire a qualified guide to take all the necessary safety precautions.

2. Caving

If you like exploring underground worlds and admiring geological wonders, then caving might just be the activity for you. As the word implies, caving is all about going through caves, working your way around dark and narrow passages.

Some of the best world destinations for this thrilling activity are:

Eisriesenwelt, Austria  – located inside the Hochkogel mountain, is a 26-mile-long limestone and ice cave. It is open for visitors every year from May to October but you will have to take mental pictures as cameras are not allowed in this cave.
Carlsbad Cavern, USA – located in the Guadalupe mountains in New Mexico, Carlsbad Cavern is a true American treasure. It has a massive limestone chamber where you can set up camp or even enjoy a lovely meal.

Some caves you are allowed to explore on your own, but the more treacherous ones will require you to go only with a skilled and licensed guide.

3. Elk Hunting