The sport of mountain climbing has become very popular and nowhere is this more noticeable than in America where every day there are many more new enthusiastic mountain climbers swelling the ranks of people that have made this sport their favorite. The fact of the matter is that mountain climbing is a sport that offers more excitement, adventure as well as fun than almost any other sport – provided you do it in the proper manner. Thus, to get the most out of this sport, you need to take into account things such as choosing the proper route, which your partner in the climb is, going to be and also your own expertise level.
Risks that Need to be Considered
To be sure, there are many risks closely associated with mountain climbing including the terrain and the weather conditions and a few other conditions as well. Thus, to ensure that you are able to enjoy safe mountain climbing, you must ensure that you use the proper mountain climbing gear including proper pair of climbing shoes. Fortunately, manufacturers of mountain climbing gear have succeeded in providing climbers with the best equipment and so, you can be sure that whatever gear you buy it will be strong and durable as well as light in weight – and also very safe.
Besides climbing shoes, you will also need to use other mountain climbing gear such as gloves, ropes, harnesses, belay devices, racks, karabiners, helmets as well as axes, ATC and headlamps as well as many more items which you will probably choose according to your needs. Obviously, you will also want to include food and water as well as sunglasses, sun block, first aid kit and camera, and tent and cookware. Among the special items of training equipment you need to have are grip savers, campus boards, fingerboards and even a knife.
Once you have bought your mountain climbing gear you then need to carry it very carefully till you get to the top of the rock and to facilitate this, you may need to clip a few things to your harness while also carrying the lighter items in your pockets, though of course the number of items you can carry in this way will be rather limited. In fact, there are many rock climbers who have found it better to use special backpacks in which to hold all their essential items.
When it comes to choosing the better types of mountain climbing gear you can choose from big names such as Black Diamond, Nixon, Volcom, The North Face, Mountain Hardwear and a few other names as well. Also, you should ensure that the items of mountain climbing gear that you buy have already been certified by International Federation of Mountaineering Association as well as the European Committee for Standardization.