Beginners Guide to Mountain Climbing
If like me you are fairly new to climbing I have been learning quite quickly about things to be taking on the climbs.
Each one has been a lesson so far and sure they will continue to be as I keep going.
I am by no means an expert and far from it, however I have put together some information on what I have learned so far. This information is some of my own personally from experience and from other more experienced walkers in the groups.
I have recently upgraded to a more expensive but much better quality pair of boots that give me proper support and grip.
I have been told I should get 5-10 years out of them, as long as they are looked after and depending on the milage they cover.
I can’t recommend this enough! My last ones being a cheap pair around £45-£50 only lasted me 3 climbs before the sole burst.
So good boots are a must!
I recommend getting to a good outdoor store and try some on to see what fits you best, do some research and find the best pair you can for your budget.
Gore-Tex boots will keep your feet completely dry and all good quality boots will probably have this. Also a boot with Vibram soles were advised to me, which again most good pairs should have.
Waterproof waterproof waterproof!
It’s pretty miserable being fully clothed and soaked at the top of a mountain, especially knowing you have a couple hours trek back to the car. I learned the hard way!
I have just bought a gore-tex jacket (fully waterproof). I found one that is a “packlite” which can easily be packed into a small pouch taking up very little room and weight in my bag. It also has an element of windproof to stop the wind cutting through.
You want to try and get as waterproof as possible 20,000mm rating is ideal. Gore-tex will give 26,000mm so as waterproof as it gets and still breathable. The lower the rating you go the more chance of water getting through in heavier rain or the longer you are out in it. So do your research here first and just because it says waterproof doesn’t mean it is fully waterproof.
A side note to this one, make sure your jacket is breathable. If not when it gets warmer you could end up being
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