The amount of equipment that you need to carry as a mountain climber will vary from one person to the other. It is, however, important to that you carry certain essential equipment that will make a difference in the case of an emergency.
Some mountain climbers prefer to carry as little as possible to enable them to move fast. They say they are comfortable in the wild because they know how to adapt themselves to their circumstances. Others may prefer to bring the kitchen sink along. These are the ones who are ready to stay in the wild for days without a care in the world.
This mountaineering equipment guide will look at the basic equipment you need to carry that could be a life saver as well as make your adventure worthwhile.
These have a hard out plastic shelll lined with a softer insulating layer on the inside. These are the most common footwear for those going to expedition climbs. They fall into the basic tools for mountaineers. Other Mountaineers go for ski boots. They find these to be invaluable when it comes to a ski descent. Whichever mountaineering footwear you choose, just make sure they have a rigid sole to allow the use of crampons. You must also be sure they will keep your foot warm and dry.
You will clip or strap onto your mountaineering footwear. Crampons have small points or spike that number about twelve for most boots. The spikes point down and forward. They provide you with Maximum traction on ice and snow. Just remember to take them off when climbing rocks. Their forward pointing position is not suitable for climbing rocks.
You may choose ropes that vary in diameter from 7.6mm to just over 10mm. You can use one or pair the ropes with smaller diameters. That will, however, depend on your personal style. Just like crampons, ropes are essential mountaineering equipment.
Belay device is also a must have mountaineering equipment. The belay varies from one mountaineer to another depending on their personal preferences. They are however meant for one purpose only. They are used to apply pressure and friction to the rope, to stop the fall of a mountaineer. They can be a classic figur-8 and Sticht plates, or even the ATC’s tube-style.
This is the point that where your body connects with the rope. The Harness used by mountaineers is not padded because they spend less time hanging on it. That design helps to reduce the weight the mountaineer will bear as he climbs. The harness is also one of the tools for mountaineers.
An Harness used by mountaineers is an essential tool for climbers and it is used to arrest falls. They are shaped like a “T.” One end of the crossbar was used in olden days for chopping steps in hard ice. It is flat in shape. The other side is pointed. It can plunge into ice or hard snow.
Sunglasses and Sunscreen
You need to carry sunglasses to protect your eyes from dust, and radiation. The air blanket thins as you climb. That means you will be exposed to more radiation as you climb. You should wear your sunglasses if you are wearing your sunscreen. You should carry both sunglasses and sunscreen when climbing on water, snow, and ice.
You should and must have some navigation equipment with you that is both easy to use and reliable. That will help you to know where you are at all times. You will also find it easy to get your way back. The primary navigation equipment for mountaineers is a compass and nowadays a GPS. Your phone’s GPS does not count as a reliable GPS device.
You need to have some form of illumination to help you get back home in case nightfall finds you still far from where you left your car. You should have carry flashlights that use LEDs since they will last longer. They will also not require you to carry extra batteries. Just remember that a bright flashlight will consume more power.
Warm and Protective Upper body clothing
No matter how confident you feel that you will not need warm clothing, make sure you carry some to be safe. It can get freezing up there even during summer. You also need to make sure that your clothing is bright. That will help rescuers a great deal in case they need to rescue you.
The tools that you carry during your mountain climbing adventure are also determined by the nature of the surface you will be climbing. You may not, for example, bring the cooking pot if you will only be climbing for a day and you have brought some packed food.