I know that going to the mountains is one of one’s favorite things to do. How can it not be?
It is relaxing, it frees you, you are alone with nature, you breathe fresh air from the top and many other things.
Reaching the summit
The question remains, how does one get there in the first place. If you are a keen climber and this is how you want to get on the top of the mountain, it is important to know that climbing, and more so mountaineering has their dangers of which one should be aware of.
There is a difference between the two as climbing can be done as well at a less high altitude, while mountaineering is by default at higher altitudes. And if there is one thing for sure, is that the higher the altitude, the higher the risks and the possible death risks.
While back in the days it was more dangerous, it is known that the dangers are decreasing, this mainly because one is aware of what might happen and is well equipped and prepared. Anyhow, if you choose to go mountaineering it is best to do it with a well-prepared guide that knows the trails and has a wider experience with the surroundings, than you have. Some of the dangers are:
- Weather – sometimes it is the most important factor that has your life in hands. It is important to be aware of the weather out there in real time before starting climbing. This way you will decide if you will still climb, when are the moments to take a break, what to wear, what to have with you. Just in case, you must know that all you can learn about the weather is just forecast, no matter how accurate it may strive to be. Always check the weather forecast!
- Avalanches – they continue to be the main cause of death on mountains climbing. It is the time of the year that you choose very important as during winter time they are more dangerous as there is a bigger amount of snow.
- Falling – you should be equipped from head to toes, but especially toe when climbing. This is important as every step you make has your life at steak. Using the proper shoes for the weather and conditions, will facilitate your climb and will give you a safer environment. As safe as it can possibly be.
- Rockfall – can be dangerous as well. While the weather is getting warmer, some rocks are disturbed and the loosen ones can fall. So, beware not to step on one of it. Some of the routes in time, were taken out from any guidebook as if they never existed. This was because of the high risks of rockfall.
- Cold and lack of oxygen – the cold weather is a factor of risk, as winter or summer, if cold gets you, one can easily get hypothermic. The higher you climb; the less oxygen is for you to breathe and therefore to warm your body. Make sure you are dressed properly and that you have some good oxygen supplies on.
For sure, there are far more dangers than stated above, but it is impossible to have them all here. What is important is to be well prepared – both physically and mentally, well informed and well equipped. Before starting your journey of climbing and mountaineering it is important that you know the route by heart and the dangers that are out there.
As a climbing lover, you must know that it is a rather dangerous sport and many people die yearly practicing it. In fact there are many famous people in history who lost their lives this way. As beautiful and rewarding as it is, it can be just the same dangerous and life threatening.
Anyhow, most climbers and mountaineers will have no problems with the above, as usually one does not go to the highest altitudes possible; they stay low. While climbing in the hills, at fresh air, it can be quite life – enhancing and helpful for your stress and some other illnesses. Enjoy and be safe out there!