Never measure the height of a mountain until you’ve reached the top. Then you will see how low it was. – Dag Hammarskjold –
Mountains have a magical attraction — especially those that rise steeply from the ground and those that are covered by snow or a glacier. To some people mountains even have a spiritual or religious significance.
Depending on the height, the technical difficulty and the weather it can be challenging to reach the top, but that’s exactly what we want you to do. To experience that great feeling of getting closer to the sky and to feel the pride and happiness once you reach the top.
What You’ll Need
- A mountain peak where you have to climb at least 1000 meters altitude by foot
- Good and stable weather conditions
- The right equipment
- Some knowledge about the different climbing routes, huts and possibly glaciers
- Technical preparation. If it’s an alpine mountain take an ice-and-rock course prior to the climb in order to learn how to use crampons, an ice axe, rescue your buddy, walk in a rope team, how to orient yourself, etc.
- One or more companions. It’s a must if you want to cross glaciers. Even if you chose a peak which doesn’t require technical know-how, we recommend you not to go alone. It’s more fun and in case of urgency you can look out for and help each-other.
- Fitness and endurance.
Steps to Success
- Be intentional and prepared, balance the risks and the rewards of the climb.
- Know yourself and your personal limits.
- Don’t walk too quickly.
- The rule of thumb is to only go so fast that you never feel the need to take a break. This might feel very slow in the beginning, but it will help you use your strength optimally.
- If your guide is pushing you to walk quicker than that, ask him to slow down. Be very clear about this and insist if you must.
- If you are a beginner start with a snow- and glacier-free peak. This makes the climb dramatically less dangerous and it requires almost no extra equipment, which reduces the weight and makes the climb less strenuous.
- You might want to hire an experienced mountain guide and possibly rent climbing equipment from him.
- Assess your physical fitness before the climb. If you don’t do much sport in your everyday life, get started long before the climb and steadily increase your fitness level.
You can limit the risk enormously if you:
- get accimatized. This is usally done by being physically active at high altitude as much as possible before the climb. You could climb several lower mountains on day-hikes and increase the altitude with each climb or you could do a multiday-trek a somewhat lower altitude beforehand.
- drink plenty of water, at least 2–3 liters.
- don’t ascend too quickly, especially in the early stages of acclimatization.
- stop your ascent if you have any high-altitude-sickness symptoms.
Note that high-altitude sickness depends mostly on your genetics and is virtually independent of your fitness.
Final and very important point: Always follow the instructions of your mountain guide. If he judges the weather conditions as too dangerous, you as too tired and the snow as too soft, do not overrule or bribe him. Turn around and try again on a different day.
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