Have you ever wanted to walk a ridgeline in the clouds and summit a mountain? Thought so.
Mountaineering is, in essence, a multi-faceted problem-solving exercise. There are so many factors to take into consideration from timing of the day, route finding, interpreting the terrain, evaluating the changing conditions, rockfall avoidance and how to configure the climbing rope to optimize your efficiency.
Additionally, you will need to know how to kick steps on a snow slope, belay your partner on snow and ice, plus know how to travel on glaciers efficiently. It is a sport that you can always learn more about. Whether you have a climbing background, ski background or scrambling background, experts suggest attending a general mountaineering course (like the ones offered by guides or alpine clubs) to get the skill set needed to accomplish your objectives—as well as to start accumulating the gear.
Here is some of the best mountaineering gear to get you going, and to help you summit.
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