8 Essential Items in Mountaineering
Want to be a mountaineer? Here’s what you’ll need.
Clothing provides more than comfort and fashion when climbing. It’s the first line in defense against injury, insect attack and the weather. Specialized clothing can make camping more comfortable. Sure, the things in your cabinet will work, but special fabrics, design, clothing and rainwear will help you make the most of the terrain, climate and weather that awaits you in your adventure.
What’s the single part of your body that bears the brunt of your hobby? Yes, your feet. Choose a size the fits in comfortably, and consider what works for you between the heavy boots, waterproof gore-tech or the light trail-running shoes.
6. Sleeping Bag
One key to make you last throughout your climb would be to recuperate from the previous day of strenuous activity. Good sleep gives you that, so comfort is the byword. Other considerations such as weight and price come in next.
Four questions to ask when choosing what tent to bring: how big, how light, how weatherproof, and of course how much. Specialized technology doesn’t come cheap nor affordable but it definitely makes a big difference when weather is not in the mood when you’re at the summit.
4. Cooking Systems
You can’t eat what you can’t cook. At least for most food in the outdoors. A cooking system has four components that you should keep in mind when planning your climb. The source of the heat, the actual cookware, an ignition and at least one utensil for cooking. Other considerations are weight, fuel efficiency, cooking time, group size and meal types.
Backpacking provides a special challenge when it comes to food. You’re burning up extra energy chugging down the trail and carrying all your equipment and food on your back. You need plenty of good chow, you definitely don’t want to carry more weight than necessary. Considerations should go to the duration of your trip and physical intensity of your climb.
When backpacking, you always think about water after every grueling hour of walking. Hiking with a pack on your back increases sweat and replacing lost fluids is key to good health as well as a fun journey. But then again, water is heavy; about 8 pounds a gallon so considerations to water treatment and awareness of water hazards are also key.
1. Small Essentials
This list may differ from each individual’s preference but generally to this list goes the anti-insect repellents, whistle, toothpaste and brush, toilet paper or wet-wipes, sunscreen, headlamps, cash, compass, extra batteries, a digital camera, the first aid kit (you don’t want to forget this), and a satellite phone if you’re feeling generous.
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