Essentials To Avoid Rock Climbing Accidents

By: Kris Koonar

Mountain climbing is said to be an extreme sport, as it is full of hazards and risks. Ever wondered how it would feel climbing the tallest mountain in the world and dealing with biting-cold with very less oxygen? If you enjoy such thrills mountain climbing is just for you. You can take up this sport as a hobby or an adventurous challenge. However, before you 'set foot' into this sport, you ought to know that mountaineering or mountain climbing has a fair share of accidents you can avoid by taking certain precautions.

Mountain climbing isn't meant for every other person, especially when you are dealing with the most dangerous and highest mountains. If you are a mountain climber, professional or amateur, you ought to have a certain level of fitness and athletic ability. Having a poor health and low physical ability, can be twice as much dangerous, to go mountaineering knowing there are many risks involved.

For instance, if a climber slips and gets stuck in a crevice, he may not be able to get out, if he is overweight. Conversely, a physically fit climber would easily get out of the crevice.

However, good fitness is only one factor that can be helpful in avoiding a mountain climbing accident. Another important way of avoiding any accident is to explore the area, before attempting to climb the mountain. Amateur mountain climbers should always avoid attempting the highest peaks without first gaining experience climbing smaller and much more easier mountains. Every climber should be well prepared for facing the risks and dangers involved in climbing tougher mountains.

The clothes you wear for mountain climbing should be protective enough. Don't buy something very fashionable to compromise with your safety. The latest trends in winter clothing sure might seem irresistible, but they may not provide adequate protection when starting to climb the icy slopes.

Having the right kind of climbing gear is also another factor to be considered for ensuring safety during the climb. Many mountains, especially those located in Europe, are covered with snow, towards the summits. As a rule of thumb, climbers should wear snowshoes, to get a better footing and avert any slippage. Just in case you don't know, if you happen to slip while climbing a snow covered mountain, it might potentially start an avalanche that might turn out be quite disastrous for the climber as well as companions in the troupe.

Another significant way of averting accidents is to check the weather forecast before the actual climb. If the forecast predicts that a certain area close to the mountain is expecting a change in weather, climbers should strongly avoid going to the mountain and postpone climbing the mountain for a couple of days, until the weather condition improves. It might turn out to very dangerous to go mountain climbing in bad weather.

While climbing the icy mountains, your hands might seem too numb, eventually making it difficult for you to tie knots. Speaking of which, you should learn how to tie your rope efficiently so that you can make them even quickly, if when you are slightly handicapped by the weather.

If you take proper precautionary measures, you have a better chance of avoiding any accidents during mountain climbing. Don't forget you are dealing with a sport that demands climbing great heights, and accidents of any kind are bound to take place.

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