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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.