A Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline, incorporating breath, meditation, and specific postures, Yoga is widely practised for health and relaxation. However, yoga is not just physical exercises and asanas where you twist, turn and stretch your muscles. Many consider yoga as a way of life, one practised by many throughout the world.
Rock climbing, an adventure sport , is exciting and challenging and creates its own adrenaline rush like no other. It is a great full body workout and also works your inner core. Hanging on steep cliffs, placing hand and foot in coordination, moving vertically, diagonally, through overhangs, requires physical strength, balance, efficiency of motion, and mental focus.
What is interesting is that these two seemingly different sports complement each other like a hand in a glove. How so? Experienced rock climbers know that yoga helps the climber to develop his/her flexibility, balance, endurance, breathing and focus.
Flexibility helps with motion, particularly in the high steps, the twists and even the occasional dynamic burst. Practising yoga on a daily basis will improve flexibility, lengthening the fascia and giving the muscles more room to stretch and expand.
While not immediately apparent, when practiced daily and mindfully, yoga can help in building up the core strength which is essential to climbing. Strength-based asanas like the warriors, chair pose, boat pose really fire up the quads and engages the core. Floor asanas like wheel, bow pose, cobras stretch and strengthen the abdominal muscles. The twists, the lateral bends, the side planks lengthen the obliques and build up the side muscles. All these improve the efficacy of movement and stability on the rocks.
While breathing is something that comes instinctively, conscious, mindful breathing practiced in yoga takes the practice to another level. Focussing on the breath is usually preparation to meditation and helps the mind concentrate better. The flow of breath throughout the body also regulates the flow of oxygen, keeping the blood oxygenated, staying the mind and helping the climber focus on the task at hand.
In a nutshell, yoga and rock climbing are two complementary pursuits which build on each other’s strengths. Most importantly, they are fun!
Nepal, home to towering mountain peaks and deep valleys, breath-taking scenery, and historic monuments is one of the world’s most beautiful countries. The marvels of the country don’t stop here, as Nepal is also well known for its epic adventures and trekking trails.
Nature has blessed Nepal with all her bounty – stunning sights, rich geographical heritage, diverse cultures and traditions and much more. The grand country is the perfect choice for your next trekking trip as it boasts numerous trails, calm rivers, and outdoor adventures for everyone from beginners in the outdoors to the most experienced mountaineers.
Trekking Nepal is a must on your adventure list as your options are endless. While having many well-known trekking routes, new routes have recently developed in the hilly terrains of this country just waiting to be explored. We give you enough reasons as to why you should never miss out on that trek in Nepal.
Trekking in Nepal includes the Kathmandu Valley – the foot of the Himalayas which have the fascinating 7 Monument Zones with ancient sculpted fountains that are sure to leave you in awe. Nepal is also home to 8 of the tallest mountains in the world. Along with this, you also get the opportunity to visit 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, all in the same country.
Robert Frost famously suggested that we take the road less travelled. Well, that is exactly what Nepal is famous for – trek routes not taken. There are a number of off the beaten trekking routes in Nepal, away from the usual traffic of travellers, giving you the pleasure of connecting with nature and having the route all to yourself.
Ever wanted to go on multi-day mountain trips? Then, Nepal is just the destination. From the varied Annapurna Circuit, to the higher elevation Everest Base Camp, to the more remote Manaslu, trekking options range from several days to 2-3 weeks.
You need not stop only with trekking in Nepal – there are various adventure sports that you can try your hand at in the mountains, ranging from river rafting and hot air ballooning to paragliding and bungee jumping.
The people of Nepal reflect the natural beauty of the country in terms of hospitality and warmth. They consider guests as God – Atithi Devo Bavah and are more welcoming than you can imagine. The friendly locals are hardworking, kind and gentle and consider providing services to guests as their moral duty. Where else would be able to find such hospitable folks?
When you’re packing for Nepal, you can travel light. There is no need to bring your camping gear as Nepal is famous for comfortable homestays. Popularly known as ‘Teahouses’, these homestays can be found along the trails, ready with a warm bed, bath and food round the clock. The food in the teahouses are the authentic Nepali cuisine served with warmth and love.
Nepal is the perfect option if you wish for a peaceful retreat, away from the hustle and bustle of your routine daily life. It is a place of serenity, with the distinction of being the 2nd most peaceful country after Bhutan. The sacred monasteries, soothing winds and soft conversations with the people will leave you in a state of pure bliss and peace. This is your chance to embrace unscripted closeness with nature.
The treks will give you a chance to visit the most pristine lakes in the secluded spaces of the mountains. The Rara Lake, the deepest fresh water lake is a beautiful sight the crystal clear waters dancing under the Sun – a soothing experience for the senses. The rich blue lake is a haven for bird watchers in the month of November, when you can catch glimpses of various migrating birds.
Different seasons offer different experiences. This affordable and low budget destination can be visited any time of the year as each of the seasons has something new to offer to its tourists. Whether you desire a trek with blooming rhododendrons in spring, green fields and clean air during monsoon, or the clear mountain views of autumn, Nepal has something to offer anytime.
Years before I discovered the spirituality and transcendence of trekking, I stumbled into Nepal, and experienced my first multi-day hiking experience in the heart of mountain country.
Twelve years later, I found myself back in the region that so captivated me.
Since my first visit, Kathmandu had suffered a devastating earthquake. Seeing the aftermath was a sobering experience. Infrastructure was being rebuilt, but the devastation was clear; buildings and parts of roads lay in shambles. Thamel was quiet, and the absence of honking and blaring music made for a peaceful drive to the airport.
On our flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara, our guide Raj made sure we had a clear view of the beautiful snowcapped peaks below. Himalayan giants towered majestically above the clouds. A sense of homecoming and exhilaration filled my soul. We were excited to begin our adventure.
Our trek began at Kande, with a gentle hike to Pothana for acclimatization to altitude. Into the forest the path weaved, strewn with beautiful rhododendrons, Nepal’s national flower.
At camp, after a hearty dinner, much to our bemusement, the dining room was transformed into a dance floor! Nepali and Raksi music flowed and we were invited to dance with the locals.
Awakening the next morning to clear views of Annapurna and Himchuli glistening on the horizon was a feast for hungry eyes.
The day began bright and sunny morphing into light hail. As we gained altitude, the temperature dropped and the hail gradually turned into snow. In the space of minutes, the landscape transformed in front of us, from greens and browns, to greys and whites.
Seven hours after leaving Pothana, we arrived at Forest Camp to the welcoming sight of a stove heating up the dining area.
Rising with the sun, surrounded with mountains and forest views, the perfectly still morning just above 5 degrees lent itself wonderfully for some outdoor yoga.
After breakfast, we continued upwards. The closer we got to Mardi Himal base camp, the more snow and ice covered the trail and the colder it got. But none of that mattered when we were surrounded by such awe-inspiring views. Annapurna, Himchuli, Macchaphucre Our distant giants peaking out at times to spur us on.
Hiking in snow was different here to other places I’ve been trekking; Taiwan (hard snow, more ice), Mongola (glacier, roped up), even the bitterly cold slopes of Bolivia and New Zealand where we needed crampons. I was surprised by the soft texture of the snow here. Beautifully pristine.
An early rise today in anticipation of the day trip to Mardi Himal base camp. Unfortunately, the weather was not in our favour that morning. We made it to High Camp and holed up for 2 hours, warming up with delicious noodle soup and omelette to wait for a break in the weather. Instead powdery snow kept falling. The decision was soon made to descend the next day.
After a final mountain sunrise, we began the 1,400m descent to Sidling village through alpine snow, forest and terraces. Emerging from the white of the snowlands to the forest literally bursting with rhododendrons was incredible. Such life, such vitality!
The Himalayan gods were on our side that day with stunning views of Annapurna South, Himchuli, Annapurna III, Gangapurna, Macchapucchre, Annapurna IV and Annapurna II. Even Mardi Himal itself was in view! The full range lay out before us, bowing us out in style.
I will never tire of these mountains. Not a day went by that I wasn’t amazed and gratified by the beauty that surrounded us. Not a day went by that I wasn’t awe-struck by being in a land that witnessed the pinnacle of human endeavor. From bright red blooming forest, to a blanket of velvety white 700m above, two (or even more) different worlds ever changing, the only constant being its majestic beauty.
A region with storied peaks and glorious landscapes. How could you resist?
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The first thing to do is to buy a tent. Getting a suitable tent can be a fun task if you know what to look for. Let us help you get started!
Buy a tent based on your budget. Your tent is an investment, but that doesn’t mean you need to spend lavishly on them. Like all investments, do some research and shop within your budget,
How Light can you Go?
Travelling light sounds sexy and cool. If you are doing multi-day hikes, every gram saved will be felt. If you have a vehicle (or a pack mule), you might find weight less of a consideration as opposed to size or price. Buy a tent keeping in mind the kind of trip you’re planning for.
Next comes the Size
How much space do you need? How many people will be on your trip? Will there be any items to store inside? As a general rule get a tent that accommodates one more than your group size. If you are a 2-person team, buy a 3-person tent. This will give you more space to move around. A 2-person tent might just fit 2 people side by side but not much room for packs or boots.
Think about the season you will be hiking and pick according to the weather conditions. There are four types: 2-season, 3-season, 3-4-season, 4-season tents.
A 2-season tent is generally used in fair weather conditions and cannot withstand even the slightest of the winds. However, a 3-season tent is much more durable, and better suited where you expect rain and wind.
3-4 season tents are much stronger than their predecessor and have been tested underextreme weather conditions.
The 4-season tent is the all rounder. It can be used in any time of the year and is suited for any weather condition.
Finally, the frills. Choose a tent with aluminium poles-you might come across many fiberglasss poles, tempting you with its low cost and light weight. But, remember, glass is breakable. .
You need a cover to protect yourself from the rain and so does your tent. Opt for a tent with a rainfly. They are waterproof and should be large enough such that they fall over the sides of the tent.
Ensure that your tent has a floor made of waterproof material to be more comfortable on damp or wet ground.. You should also pay attention to the seams. A well-seamed tent protects you against the elements that much better.
A quality tent provides protection from the elements and insects, is easily stored in your pack, and should last for years to come. Invest wisely and have fun!
If you want to try camping in unique hidden places, join our trek in Taiwan, where we camp on the ridge!
A first aid kit is your best friend when you travel. No one can predict when an incident will happen. Oftentimes, a first aid kit is all that is needed to make things right. . Research indicates that a first aid kit is one of the essential items for outdoor travel. How many of us know what really goes into a first aid kit and what each item is used for? You can find numerous kits in any adventure store but if you’re looking to optimize your kit, Wildfire Expeditions gives you a list of 10 essential items that should go into your outdoor first aid kit.
Travelling can result in cuts and bruises, which when left unattended can lead to infections. Adhesive bandages come in an assortment of shapes and sizes to cover these cuts and bruises. They are effective in closing the wound and weigh next to nothing. We recommend bringing various sizes.
They are an important tool of any first aid kit. A pair of tweezers can be used to remove foreign particles stuck in the skin, which includes thorns, splinters, debris, etc,.
Treating an injury will be effective only if the area of the injury is clean with no dirt and germs. It is of utmost importance that before putting on a bandage that you clean the wound thoroughly. Apply antiseptic cream to clean the wound before treating the injury .
Sterile Gauze Pads and Tape
In case of large wounds, gauze pads are essential to absorb fluids. First, clean the wound, dry it out, then apply the antiseptic cream, cover the wound with the gauze padding and secure it with tape.
Headache and backache can be annoying on the trail but we don’t need to let that affect our trip. Pop some pain relievers such as Aspirin or Ibuprofen into your first aid kit and you are all set.
Safety and cleanliness are most important when it comes to travelling. Be sure to pack disposable medical gloves in your kit as they are a shield against infection when administering first aid.
In an outdoor environment, sand, soil and mud can trap bacteria, which hooks easily under your nails. Cutting nails might seem like very far-fetched for travel but ingrown nails or hanging nails can feel unpleasant, especially on a hike. Be sure to keep your nails short and clean and pack a nail clipper for the road.
Muscle Sprays or Rubs
Travelling or trekking can sometimes cause abit of strain, especially when you are not used to carrying a load or walking long hours. A bottle of muscle spray or salve in your first aid kit can provide you instant relief and make you more comfortable.
Fevers may occur during travel as the weather can be unpredictable and our body may not be accustomed to such sudden changes in the atmosphere. Thermometers can be found in any first aid kit along with few pills of Crocin to relieve fever.
First Aid Manual
Your customised first aid kit will be incomplete without a first aid manual. The manual will include directions on how to treat wounds, sprains, cramps and other common ailments. The manual should be studied by everyone who has access to the kit and get to know the basics of administering first aid.
Another view on the importance of first aid kits and how travel first aid kits are essential, you can check out this blog at our friends at Hogan.
Join us for our Taiwan Adventure, where we not only do the trek, but go thru pre trekking briefings and discuss the gear list in full detail.
Recently I was doing a canoe trek down the Whanganui river in New Zealand, and during the trek, I had the fortune (or misfortune) to experience the canoe tipping over and take an unexpected swim. I thought I would share some lessons learnt from that cold splash.
Canoe weight distribution matters intently.
Balance is everything in a canoe and a slight shift in weight can make the balance of the canoe one-sided. If you are carrying lots of items, make sure the weight is distributed equally side to side. That is, when you are in the canoe, make sure the canoe sides are balanced so that one side is not leaning more in the water. If it leans in the water, while just sitting in the canoe, once you are moving and steering, you will have an increased chance of water coming in on the side that is dipping down. Once water comes in on that side, it will become even heavier, dipping down even more. Until eventually you will end up overturned. Not the best way to be in a canoe. Evenly distribute the weight, left to right, front to back. You may want to place heavier objects more toward the back. This will help to keep the canoe more streamlined in the front. The main thing, keep the sides balanced, or you will end up swimming.
Water tight barrel / bags are essential.
Watertight bags or plastic barrels as we used, are essential for the trip to store your gear in. Not only do they keep your gear dry, but it will also keep the canoe buoyant and floating more on top of the water rather than in the water if you overturn the canoe. An upside-down canoe that is partially submerged is a back breaker to get it back upright. The watertight barrels will also keep the canoe from completely filling up with water while upside down.
Strapping everything in you want to take home with you
This may seem obvious, but I saw many water bottles and jackets floating separately from the owners’ canoe. If you want to take it home with you, tie it or strap it to the canoe. An easy method is to tie a string to the canoe, thread the string through all of your small objects like cups with handles, waterproof cameras with long straps and such, and tie a two-litre empty plastic milk bottle to the other end. This way the string will float with the object, if it is being dragged behind by canoe upright or upside.
If you follow these three tips, I can’t guarantee you will stay dry, but I can assure you that all of your belongings will reach the destination safely. If you enjoy canoeing and the outdoors, and want to experience nature on your terms, we can help. Our trip consultants can build the perfect challenge for you. Be different. Trek the lesser explored, and live Life with Passion.
Respect nature and those around you. Take out more trash than you packed in and Leave No Trace.
Trekking up the hills or through the forest with the bounties of nature surrounding you, setting up a campsite and lying down on the fresh green grass to admire stars spread across the rich blue sky.
Sounds magical, doesn’t it? This is the pleasure of overnight camping. It will leave you with everlasting memories and a rejuvenated mind. However, this pleasure comes only after putting in the time to plan ahead, organise gear and pack the essentials. To make your packing easier and camping experience more memorable, here is a list of 12 essentials that should go into your backpack.
Even the most experienced campers may lose their way and find themselves lost. To make sure you reach your campsite, and find your way back, a map will come in handy for navigation. Make sure this is on top of your checklist.
The other item that goes hand in hand with a map is your knife. A good folding knife can be used for much more than cutting – it has endless uses! You can use it to open your food, as a tool or even to cut clothes for bandaging.
3. Headlamp & Batteries
Don’t forget you may need to see in the dark. Pack a headlamp and remember to drop in extra batteries. A good headlamp gives you hands-free light to build a campfire, cook your dinner, or find your way if you begin before sunrise.
4. Garbage Bags
One or two sturdy garbage bags are invaluable on a camping trip. Pack your clothes in one for extra protection from the weather. Just cut a hole in it and voila! You have a temporary hood to cover your head in case of rain. And don’t forget to leave no trace – bring all of your rubbish out with you.
5. Personal Essentials
These include insect repellents, sunscreen, toothbrush and other toiletries. Don’t allow any insect the chance to spoil your night under the stars. The day can seem innocuous but the sun is ever present. Be equipped with a good quality sun screen.
6. Ground matt
Though you have a tent to cover your head, a ground mat will help you get a better night’s sleep. Spread this light weight mat for a barrier which improves comfort, adds warmth, and protection from damp ground.
7. Camping Gear & Repair Kit
Bring out the compact packer in you and put together a lightweight tent and sleeping bag into your backpack. Grab the poles and stakes and also a repair kit which might come in handy anytime.
8. Cooking Essentials
Campfire meals are part of the great experience! Pack a compact cooking kit, including a camping stove, lighter, fuel, pans and utensils. Avoid bulky utensils and share the weight among your group.
9. Water & Food
A thirsty man is a tired man – always carry plenty of water in your backpack. Bring enough to drink before you feel thirsty. Energy bars and/or protein bars need to be ticked off your check list as they are instant energy providers. Dehydrated meals are light and easily prepared at camp.
10. Warm Clothes
Temperatures in the night may drop, so be prepared. Select light clothes that you can wear in layers to keep you snug and comfortable. Always carry gloves and an extra pair of socks.
11. First Aid Kit
Nature trails can be rocky, paths can be slippery and thorns may be in the most unexpected of places. Carry a compact first aid kit in case of any injuries.
12. Camera & Binoculars
Want to be closer to the stars? Use the binoculars and enjoy star gazing. Camping is adventurous and you create memories. Relive the adventure by capturing the moments. Take your camera and turn overnight camping experience into an everlasting memory.
How much of this you need depends on how long you will spend in the great outdoors. Remember to pack what you need, and not more than that, so you don’t have more weight than necessary on your back.
Even now as Im preparing for our New Zealand trek, Im getting asked, “How to choose a backpack perfect for trekking”. Preparing for a trek can be daunting, especially if it is your first time. What I would say, from over 14 years of tramping around the mountains, is that while there is not a backpack for all occasions, (I personally have four different types) here are some pointers to help find one that is most suitable for you on your next adventure.
Let’s start with three main considerations:
Backpack capacity: The size of your pack is directly related to the length of your trip, the temperature range you expect and how much weight and bulk you want to carry.
Backpack features: Features like gear loops (ie. to stow hiking poles, ice axe, carabiners), accessibility (ie. side access, front pockets, side pockets etc.), top load versus side load, compartments etc. affect how the pack works for you. Think about what you need your pack to do for you.
Backpack fit: How the backpack fits you has a direct impact on how comfortable (or uncomfortable) you feel throughout the trek. What is most important is the length of your torso, not your height.
As a rule of thumb, I go by the following benchmark based on duration of the trek:
A small to medium pack of 30-50l for a weekend trip (1-3nights).
A medium pack of 50-70l for a multiday trip (3-5nights)
A large pack above 70l for trips longer than 5 nights
Another key factor that affects backpack capacity is the season. During warm weather treks, I may get by with a 60l pack for a 4nights trek. On a winter trek requiring crampons, ice axe, downjacket and base layers, bulk builds up. A larger pack can more comfortably accommodate extra clothing, a warmer sleeping bag and a 4-season tent (which typically includes extra poles).
The backpack frame type makes a big difference to the fit of the pack.
Internal-frame backpacks: These are body-hugging internal frame packs that are designed to keep a hiker stable on uneven, off-trail terrain. They incorporate a variety of load-support technologies that all function to transfer the load to the hips.
External-frame backpacks: An external-frame pack may be an appropriate choice if you’re carrying a heavy, irregular load, like carrying actual boxes or a cooler. External frame packs also offer good ventilation and lots of gear organization options.
Frameless backpacks: Ultralight devotees who hike fast and light might choose a frameless pack or a climbing pack where the frame is removable for weight savings.
Some packs have a ventilation feature, essentially a mesh back panel stretching taut to create space (“ie. a ventilation vent) between your back and the pack to prevent the pack from sticking to a wet, sweaty back. The ventilation vent reduces discomfort and has the added advantage of “airing” your sweaty back to help it dry off.
Pack access is perhaps the most straightforward. Most packs come with top-loading openings are pretty standard. Items not needed until the end of the day go deepest inside. Items that are regularly needed are located nearest to the exit point. Some packs also offer a zippered front panel which folds open exposing the full interior of the pack, or a side zipper, which also makes it easier to reach items deeper in your pack.
My personal favourite is the pockets. Side pockets that are elasticized, expanding when filled and flat when empty are like magic containers wherein all sorts of loose objects (ie. water bottle, tent poles, map etc.) may be stowed. And then there are the hipbelt pockets which would contain snacks, mobile phone, perhaps a headlight, energy gel – items that are small are you need to access quickly. .
Front pocket(s): Sometimes added to the exterior of a shovel pocket, these can hold smaller, less-bulky items.
A fancy feature in some packs is the Removable Daypack / Top Lid. Some packs are designed with a removal daypack that is perfect for day trips, or the summit push. Some packs have top lids that detach from the main pack and convert into a hipbelt pack for day trips.
Finally, we also need to think about where the sleeping bag would go. The Sleeping Bag Compartment is a zippered stash spot near the bottom of a packbag. It’s a useful feature if you don’t want to use a stuff sack for your sleeping bag. Alternately, this space can hold other gear that you’d like to reach easily.
It is the torso length that matters. Height is not correlated to length of torso. Your torso is essentially your trunk. Use a tape measure. Take your measurements like you would when tailoring a new suit. To find the perfect fit, you need perfect measurements.
DO NOT forgetpadding. If you’re using a lightweight pack with a hipbelt and lumbar pad that is not adequately padded, your hips and lower back will be sore. With the right padding, you would not even feel it.
Final note, do your research. To find the perfect match, you need to put in time and effort.
There are many styles and types of backpacks on the market. There is no perfect backpack that meets all needs. Our advice is to find the one that’s a good fit, that fits correctly on your torso, and has good padding on the hip belt. This will keep you feeling fresh at the end of the day.
Climbing: A Few Keypoints for an all day Multi-Pitch Climb
Location: Lopburi, Thailand
The Climb – Waltz of a lovely Wife (206m, 5c+)
Part III: The Climb – Be confident in building an equalized anchor
Continuing on from the last post, lets cover the final point about this Multipitch Blog.
Although this isn’t necessarily related to multipitch climbing, be ready to build your own anchor if you aren’t familiar with the route. (onsighting the climb)
Meiqi led the 6th and final pitch and couldn’t locate the last bolted anchor. No problem, she had plenty of slings and at the top there were plenty of strong small trees and rock formations to build an anchor from. She built an anchor when she saw the climb was no longer vertical and was becoming a bit of a rock scramble to the top. She belayed me with no issues and (as I passed the bolted anchors that were clear as day to me) I made it safely to her position and were only meters to the top. Her anchor was bomber and she felt confident belaying me from it. Be confident building an anchor.
We started our climb at 8:30am and reached the summit at 2:30pm. We didn’t push ourselves but we were mindful of the time as we knew the way we climbed up would not be the way we would descend. The proper descent route would be on a very exposed rock face making for smooth rappels. Or so I had hoped.
It was an amazing day, a beautiful climb and an amazing view from the top.
This is by no means a detailed list on multi-pitch climbing. A full course in multi-pitch climbing should attended to learn the basics and an overview of the fundamentals from a qualified instructor.
PART II: The Climb Few Keypoints for an all day Multi-Pitch Climb
Location: Lopburi, Thailand
The Climb – Waltz of a lovely Wife (206m, 5c+)
Continuing on with my blog from the last post, let’s talk a bit about the climb itself. Climbing in Thailand was an amazing spot and great adventure. Let me discuss a bit about our multi-pitch climb in Lopburi!
Climbing – Single Rope or double rope?
How much rope do you need? Sounds like an easy question but at looking at the pitches our 60meter rope was ok for summiting, but for the descent (which I’ll cover in the next blog) we needed an additional rope. So how do we take the second rope up? We carry it in the pack? We use twin rope method? (Climbing with two ropes) The twin rope method would have been ideal, but the ropes we had were 9.5mm and 9.8mm. The combination of both these ropes was going to cause a lot of rope drag and make climbing, an impossible mission for the lead climber. We ended tying the second rope end into the harness of the second climber. The second person just climbed with the rope following them up the pitch. The big danger in this is stepping on the rope, and the rope getting snagged on a rock or cactus. We were very lucky, we didn’t have any snags.
The Climb – change up who leads and who follows
I covered this in my last blog but it is worth noting again. Lead climbing is exhausting work. Take turns. Make sure to switch up who is the lead climber and who is the second climber. It makes a big difference to get that rest between pitches.
What we both feel is that being the second climber is more intimidating than lead climbing. As the lead climber, you really focus on the climb. The handholds, the footholds, and to moving upward so that you don’t reach exhaustion at a very critical point. As the second climber you are on belay, so you tend not to concentrate as much on the climb.
When I was the second climber I was more aware of the elements, the wind the sharpness of the rocks, the amount of exposure, the height I was at while climbing. This, to me was more intimidating than leading the pitch when you only are focused on the climb.
This is by no means a detailed list on multi-pitch climbing. A full course in multi-pitch climbing should attended to learn the basics and an overview of the fundamentals from a qualified instructor.