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Mountain Climbing: A Thrilling & Dangerous Experience

Updated on May 27, 2017

Hang in There

Mountain climbing or mountaineering can be a stunning experience but it can also be extremely dangerous.
Mountain climbing or mountaineering can be a stunning experience but it can also be extremely dangerous. | Source

Safety is Paramount

Just like sports and hobbies should pay close attention to safety, mountaineering is no different. Being reckless can result in death so keep that in mind. If traveling on snow and ice mountains then attaching crampons on your boots will make life easier as it provides professional level traction for the climber. You never know for sure if a rock is loose or a glacier, which can be more deceiving at hiding its cracks. The most important thing you can master physically is your footwork because in this endeavor, foot positioning is everything. Each and every spot you place your hands and feet are vital. Ice or snow covered mountains have Bollards, which are spots carved into hard snow and packed ice that can become anchors and a big help during the climb. However, never fully trust nature instead trust your brain. Never go up a mountain without top a top notch helmet because it could save your life.

Snow Covered Fun

The ultimate in mountain climbing is climbing a snow covered mountain peak.
The ultimate in mountain climbing is climbing a snow covered mountain peak. | Source

Tools and First Aid

First Aid is paramount when mountain or rock climbing. Always have a kit loaded with gauze and medical tape, small scissors, bandages, a knife, Neosporin and moleskin. Food and lots of water are very important as well especially if you get caught between a rock and hard place, excuse the pun. Always have gear for cold weather including gloves and head gear. Anything you tote with you should be as light as possible so you do not have a heavy backpack during your journey. Anything important to you while climbing should be in hands reach and easy to get to. A knife is important because you may need to cut a rop if it jams and also you may need to protect against a wild animal.

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Ice Axe

An ice axe is used for mountaineering and in some cases hiking. Use the ice axe when climbing snow or ice covered terrain.
An ice axe is used for mountaineering and in some cases hiking. Use the ice axe when climbing snow or ice covered terrain. | Source

Practice is a Key Element

Start out on small hills or mountains with limited rock climbing involved. Learn all the tools and their uses as well as the dangers involved. Master everything on small climbs before ascending to new heights, as in a mountain top. A smart idea is to try indoor climbing to harness your skills before tackling the big boy. Get all tools of the trade and have them on a utility belt and handy when climbing. Top level climbing will require lots of ropes and fasteners. You must learn the rope and ways to make it work to your benefit.

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Climbing Harness

A climbing harness is your best friend when climbing because it has your back at all times.
A climbing harness is your best friend when climbing because it has your back at all times. | Source

Always Have a Partner

I would advise against mountain climbing all by your lonesome. First of all, having a friend along makes the experience that much better. The fact is that at least two people should mountaineer together so one can help the other out and vice versa. A partner can connect ice screws in the ice and attach rope to it and you can do the same. Teamwork makes the dream work. If you get stuck than a partner can help or at least go get help to bring you back to safety. Talking back and forth and dare I say, competing, is another reason to have another climber on board.

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Mountain Climbing Gear for Safety

Carabiner

A Carabiner is used in conjunction with rope when scaling mountains and it is a must have piece of equipment.
A Carabiner is used in conjunction with rope when scaling mountains and it is a must have piece of equipment. | Source

Check Weather Conditions and Laws

Before attempting to hike, rock climb or especially mountain climb be sure to check the weather for your local area. It goes without saying that all local laws must be followed and certain mountains are either off limits or require permission to climb. Danger may be part of the fun but harsh weather conditions should be a warning sign to call it a day, in some instances. Keep in mind when climbing that the higher you ascend a mountain the weather gets tricky so you have to be prepared for any turn of events. Mother nature shows no mercy!

The Thrill of the Climb

Each and every climber must confront their fears in order to accomplish the goals they set out to conquer.
Each and every climber must confront their fears in order to accomplish the goals they set out to conquer. | Source

A one of a kind Sport

Mountaineering is more than most people can handle, at least at high, snowy peaks such as the Alps. When dealing with mountains times can get tough so you must always remain calm, first and foremost. The view from the top is amazing and the feeling you get when you reach a mountain top...priceless. A takes a daredevil t even want to partake in mountaineering but the ones that do it understand that the risk involved are major but the rewarding feeling for scaling to the peak makes you feel on top of the world and in some cases the climber really is on top. Some people scale a big mountain and get a sky lift or helicopter ride back down while others camp on the mountain top and the next day go back down the same way they went up.

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The Revenant

Some times setting up a camp is not just important but something that must be done for the sake of survival.
Some times setting up a camp is not just important but something that must be done for the sake of survival. | Source

Mountaineer Shelter

Mountain climbers must endure extreme weather at times including storms and heavy snow fall. The bottom of the mountain is where the base camp is used. It is kept free from danger and it has supplies for the climbers. Sometimes, campgrounds with a tent or even within a cavern will suffice. Long trips or excursions where you get lost or stuck may require additional effort including lots of wood and stones. Having shelter during extended trips just makes common sense and it will help the trip go smooth as possible. In most cases a tent and the ability to start a nice camp fire will work wonders in the mountain wilderness. In cold weather keeping warm is really important and sometimes tree branches, grass, etc. must be used for blankets.

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© 2017 Buster Johnson

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