Mountain climbing is considered by some to be an extreme sport because of the risks and hazards associated with it. Imagine climbing up the world’s tallest peak, where the summit offers very little oxygen to go along with the biting-cold weather. Mountain climbing can be considered a dangerous sport or hobby, yet there are still many people around the world who want to take the challenge and adventure of mountain climbing.
Mountain climbing isn’t for everyone, particularly in dealing with the highest and most dangerous mountains. A mountain climber, whether amateur or professional, has to have a certain degree of athletic ability and fitness. With low fitness quality, it would be doubly dangerous to go mountain climbing because of more risks involved.
Good fitness is another requirement to avoid mountain climbing accidents, which is always a possibility because of the unpredictability of nature. An example of this would be if a climber suddenly slips and gets stuck somehow. A fat and out-of-shape climber would have a far more difficult time picking himself back up due to his added weight, as opposed to a fit climber.
However, good fitness is only one good way to avoid a mountain climbing accident – it certainly isn’t the only way. Another essential way to avoid an accident is to scout the territory first before attempting to do the climb. An amateur or beginner mountain climber shouldn’t attempt to try to conquer the world’s top peaks without first getting experience by climbing easier mountains. That way, a climber will be prepared in facing more dangers in tougher mountains.
Proper equipment is also another necessity to better ensure safety during the climb. Most mountains, particularly in Europe, have snow as the summit nears. As such, it would be important for climbers to have snowshoes for better footing and to prevent slippage. Slipping could potentially start an avalanche, which would be disastrous for the climber and his/her companions.
Another essential way to prevent accidents happens before the actual climb – weather forecasts. The old cliché “it’s better safe than sorry” applies here. If the forecast of the general area of the mountain is bad, a climber should strongly consider not going as planned and instead postpone the climb for a few days until the weather improves, or cancel it. It will be extremely dangerous going mountain climbing with bad weather.
By following these tips, a climber can have a better chance of avoiding accidents. Be aware that they may still occur, as it is nature that is being dealt with.