The Techniques Of Mountain Climbing

Author: Joan Shine

Ice Climbing Climber starting and Ice Fall Pitch

If you're looking for a fun, enjoyable and exciting way to use up your free time, you can try mountain climbing.

Studies show though that avid mountaineers are those who have no family, friends or loved ones. Why? Because this is a risky sport to engage in.

If you've fully decided to try mountain climbing, here are some tips that can help you reach the peak.

1. Choose which mountain to climb.

Decide on your route. Get the best one that is most suitable for you and your group. Remember to choose a mountain that is appropriate for the technique you will apply. For example, if you are using rock climbing techniques then choose a mountain that has a low-rising footpath. In that way, you won't be scraping your knees along the edges as much. If you also choose to hike through the summit but one that has overhanging ice, you won't be able to reach the top.

2. You have to be aware that with each step you take, the terrain gets steeper. Therefore, there is less oxygen and the climate gets harsher. Each step you take is more difficult.

3. Equip yourself with the proper gear. You can get these at any outdoor sports store. There are also some in junkyards or yard sales. But if you are investing in this activity, then you might as well get first-hand gear, right?

Your gear should include the following: - backpack - pair of boots - coat - canteen to be filled with water - food that would last you during your entire excavation - first aid kit - flashlight - sunscreen - sunglasses - map - friend or companion. Never climb alone.

You can also bring a rifle (to protect yourself from wild beasts out there) and enough ammunition. If you're ice climbing, bring an ice axe and warm clothing. Don't forget the rope because this will be very useful.

When you're actually climbing the mountain, you have to get to it first. Upon arriving at the base of the mountain, you have to know what you're doing before you start out. Always be safe with each step you take. Keep your ice axe within reach just in case the situation calls for it.

Don't get hypothermia. Don't get lost. Don't panic. These are a couple of key rules. Most importantly, have fun.

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