Basics About Mountaineering Through Ice or Snow Mountain

Posted by on Mar 7, 2015 in Basics About Mountaineering, Mountain Climbing |

Mountain climbing is an activity that every adventurer would love to try. It is where they reach the top of the mountain by using their own ability and knowledge. They may choose to climb snow, rocky or icy mountain, depending on what they are up to. But the most important thing that you should look forward is your safety. Yes, everyone can take part of mountaineering. But you should be prepared and go with someone who has enough knowledge to help you go all the way to succeed.

Here are some basic things that would help you in this outdoor adventure.

  1. Snow – in this kind of mountain, a climber is required to wear “crampons”. It is a piece of equipment that is specialized for you to walk on snow or icy mountain. It is attached to the climbers boots and requires footwork technique for the climber to use it easily. There are kicking steps, front pointing, rising feet to transverse and more. Another thing that you can use is a piece of equipment equipment called “Bollards” or also called as “anchors”. It can carve the snow for you to move in snow fast and easily.

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  1. Ice – icy mountains? Then you need ropes, ice screws, clip (as an anchor) and bollards. Ice mountains are steep where climbers can easily climb to top but still requires foot techniques to do it. Some use “Simul-climbing”, where a group of climbers is clip together through anchors for their safety. But the first purpose is to climb the icy mountain fast and easy. It is even used through climbing rocky mountain because of the safety it provides to the climbers.

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  1. Glaciers – a way more dangerous experience and the climbers needs more knowledge in this travel. The climber may use ice axe, ropes and crampons. But they need to protect their self through hazards and require to do some self-arrest technique. One climber from a team should pull up the fallen climber from through their own capability and knowledge in this situation. This is why climbers should be accompanied with professionals, to avoid any circumstances and if it happens. Someone would be able to rescue them using their knowledge in dealing with dangerous situation.

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  1. Shelter – of course, a shelter is needed when you do mountaineering. You may build a basic camp, hut, bivouac, tent or snow cave. It depends on the mountain that you are going to climb and the style of climbing that you are up to. Every shelter has its own pros, cons and features to offer. It is up to you whether what shelter that can cater your needs and don’t forget to consider things like weight, size and etc. This is very important for every climber to prepare with.

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There are different equipments that you can use nowadays for a better and successful mountaineering. You can easily find it in stores world wide and some are made specialized for the kind of adventure you are going to take. Not just that, because there are professional climbers, who can help you with all the obstacles through their knowledge and experience.

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Fun Facts About Mountain Climbing

Posted by on Mar 7, 2015 in Fun Facts About Mountain Climbing, Mountain Climbing |

There are various fun facts that you would love to know about mountain climbing. Of course, anyone who hears it would expect adventure and thrill. But have you ever know what mountain climbing is really about? It is either climbing a rock, ice or any kind of mountain you are up to. Mountain climbing is an activity that can be done in outdoors, specifically in high mountains.

Here is a run-down of some facts about mountain climbing:

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Maull_&_Fox_-_Fanny_Bullock_WorkmanYou know that in the early 20th century, it was not common for wives to push their husbands to travel to exotic places and to climb mountains.  It is probably less common for young mothers to take off on huge expeditions. But in 1906, Bullock Workman with 47 years of age, set the record for “women” who climbed 22,815 ft. in world climbing. She climbed as much as she can and came to Pinnacle Peak (literally the top of it) in Kashmir, Nun-Kun Massif.

Annie Peck is the name of the school teacher in America who reached the Mountain Coropuna in North Summit, way back year 1911 which is baanniepecksed in Peru. She climbed up to 21,834 ft. with the age of 58 years old. But it is said that the peak was never scaled, which means there is no approximate ft. but she made it on the top and her first step was the beginning.

The 1st ever woman who climb the highest peak of United States was named Barbara Washburn at Mount McKinley in 1947. The first one to climb the mountain alone and without oxygen is Reinhold Messner in 1980. In 2001, Frenchman Marco Siffredi and Austrian Stefan Gatt snowboarder down the mountain. 80 year old, Yuichiro Miura of Japan was the oldest person to climb Everest. The opposite was Jordan Romero, youngest man who reached summit at his age of 13 years old. The young American in may 2010 broke the record previously held by Ming Kipa at age 15 year old of Nepal.
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Mount Everest is 29,029 feet basing on 1954 ground measurement. But a satellite that based on the measurement in 1999 found that it is 6 feet taller but it was disputed. Since 1969, there has always been one death on Everest every year except for 1977. The world’s tallest man made structure is of any kind with Burj Khalifa in Dubai ate 829 meters. The Everest is more than 10 times its height. Kenton Cool was the first one to tweet from the summit in 2011. He tweeted that “… 1st tweet from the top of the world thanks to a weak 3G(third generation) signal”. The mountain actually gets taller by 4mm every years due to the upward thrust that is created by two opposing tectonic plates. The Mount Everest is well known for its traffic jams. There are times that several hundred of climbers can be on the summit at the same time. The mountain Everest was actually named after George Everest in 1856. Even though he never saw the peak because he was a retired Survey or General.

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Now that you know the fun facts about mountain climbing, you can now prepare for your first mountain climbing adventure. But before that, it is important to learn the basics, safety, using of specialized equipment and go with someone who has knowledge.

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5 Basic Knots You Need To Know In Mountain Climbing

Posted by on Mar 7, 2015 in Basic Knots in Mountain Climbing, Mountain Climbing |

Have you ever dreamed of climbing mountains and being on top? Then you mighthave heard of the 4,000 recorded in making knots. But you don’t have to learn all of it, just choose what makes you feel comfortable and safe in doing this kind of activity. Your climbing career progress when you learn other specialized knots, but for beginners it would be best to learn from one knot to another.

Here are the basic knots that would help you in mountaineering:
Fisherman’s backup-knot – this is a standard tie in making knot, which connects from your rope to harness. It is the strongest knot that you can use in climbing, so if you want to make sure that your safe in climbing high peaks? Then you should learn how to do the fisherman’s backup-knot.

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Clove Hitch – the easiest knot that you can tie in climbing high peak mountains. Its adjustable, you don’t have to use long rope because you can actually connect your rope to the anchors right away. This is also best for beginners who love to do mountaineering and don’t have any idea in tying knots. It will help you get through all the process of tying various knots, once you learn from simple yet useful things.

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On-a-Bight – the best knot that you can use in tying your rope to the belay anchors, it can provide strong hold and you can easily untie it, so no need to feel hassle and enjoy your experience. Not just that, because you can actually clip someone with it. One of the very useful knots you would love to use in dealing with new climbers.

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300px-SpierenstichFisherman’s knot – the strongest knot that you can use in tying different ropes in one. Climbers usually use it in top-roping or rappelling, because of the safety it can provide to every climber in one team. So if you are planning to do mountaineering with a group of climbers or friends, then you might want to learn this kind of knot. This will help you in climbing safely with the group.

P3230889_Prusik6Prusik knot – a knot that you can easily tie for self rescue. You can easily ascend the rope in times of need or emergency. The main drawback is that the knot is hard to untie after being weighted. In tough times, you can always use this prusik knot. This is very helpful for every climber, to respond a rescue knot not just to help the other climber but also for themselves. It can be easily tied and useful for those who need rescue in an instance. But you have to prepare in untying it, right after your done using it to rescue someone.

These following knots are very easy to tie compared to any other knots. If you want to prepare for your mountain climbing adventure, then you might want to learn the basics information about knots. This will help you all the way to understand the difference in every knot you can use in climbing adventures.

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What Is Mountain Climbing All About

Posted by on Mar 7, 2015 in Climbing Adventure, Mountain Climbing |

Mountain climbing is simply one of the finest outdoor opportunities that is available for those who loves high places and an exclusive view to travel. This is also a sport that is all about perseverance and challenge that requires putting your hands and feet on huge rocks and snow. You would love this opportunity to reach high mountains and take a peak of the scenic view. But before you come think of that, you might want to plan what mountain adventure that you are about to take. Here are the two types of climbing adventure that you might want to try.

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2 Types of Climbing Adventure

There are 2 types of climbing adventure, the first one is trail climbing which is the easiest. It is when you climb a certain mountain with trails. You generally have to ascend, using both feet and hands that requires special equipment. Yes, it is important for serious mountain climbers to knot these following safety and special equipment in their journey. It may include rope, steel-spikes or known as “pitons”, rubber-soled (thick) boots, or you may use special shoes. These are driven into the rocks as an aid to climbing.

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While in “Ice climbing”, it requires special equipment which can used or specialized in this kind of environment. You may be required to bring axe (for ice) and boot spikes or also called as “crampons” for you to walk on snow or hard ice. But you may need more equipment, knowledge, ability and choose the right shelter for this activity. It may be risky in your part to explore icy mountains without preparing things ahead of time.

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The Famous Ascents

You can notice that almost all famous ascents has been involved with ice and rock climbing. There are a lot of achievements that has been significant for the viewers and for you. Mont Blanc is very famous and if you would have some extra research about this person, you would know how amazing and significance of his achievement. Attaining all that would be just a dream where you cannot even imagine by yourself. It was such an applause for all the opportunities he have grip.  All of the other people who have made something impossible possible. If you will be given the opportunity, then you might as well should not let that get away. It would help you improve your skills and to be more competitive, not only for other people but to be competitive with your abilities.

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Nowadays, mountain climbing is everywhere and many explorers and wanderers have established an expedition to unknown and to famous places to challenge themselves. There are lots of people who had never thought about mountain climbing and its enjoyment. Hiking mountains throughout different places and feel the thrill of stepping through high places. There are also climbers that aspire to stand a top ice-bound peaks in various mountains. If you are a beginner in mountain climbing and has no experience at all, then be wise to go with experienced companions or a professional guide to experience the adventure with safety. You can learn a lot from them starting from techniques, basic things you need and using of various mountaineering equipment.

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