Mountain climbing is one of the most enjoyable sports that anyone should give a try. It’s exciting, fun and adventurous, provided that you’ll do it the right way. Mountain climbing depends on your partner, your route and your level of expertise. It may also be very risky because it depends on the mountain, weather, and other important conditions. Being equipped with the right kind of gear is very crucial for this activity. By visiting a store that deals with mountaineering equipment, you can find the right gear for you. Ensure that your gear is strong, durable, and lightweight to prevent any accidents and to ensure that you won’t get tired by carrying it.
The main equipment used for mountain climbing include:
Shoes/mountaineering boots, harnesses, gloves, ropes, helmets, axes, racks, locking carabiners, a headlamp, belay devices (to control the rope), ascenders, descenders (rescue eight, figure eight, ATC), protection devices (nuts, hex centers, spring-loaded camming devices), climbing harnesses, sewn runners, climbing screws, mountaineering shaft, pulleys, trekking pole, pitons, haul bag, holds, bouldering mat, books/maps, special mountaineering pants, and even underwear for harsh weather.
Other personal items may include:
Food and water, first aid kit, sunglasses, sunblock, camera, extra clothing, tent, camp stove, cookware, a knife, approach shoes, sleeping bag/pad, chalk and chalk bag. The chalk helps to eliminate lots of slipping with your hand holds. Also, you may want to include specialized training equipment for climbing such as campus boards, fingerboards, grip savers, and more.
Climbing gear has to be carried carefully because it has to stay with you until you get to the top. You may clip some items to your harness, to keep the upper part of your body lightweight. However, you may not be able to carry too many things like this, and there is also the possibility of losing some along the way. Most climbers use special backpacks designed to hold most of the important stuff. If you are a beginner, always ensure that the rope is tightly tied around your waist.
Always keep in mind that climbing a mountain doesn’t depend on not how fast you can get to the top, it depends how safely you go through the rough stones and reach the top. Use all your equipment and maximize their uses. If you have a professional instructor, listen to him and follow all the safety measures to guarantee your safe climb. Also, it’s vital to ensure that you are physically and mentally fit for this activity.