Before it became a sport, mountaineering has been a very popular pastime. It is an absolute test of your endurance and the fresh mountain air is great to get away from the grind of city life, and just forget your everyday responsibilities. Climbing a mountain is one of the most amazing outdoor activities that you can do. The high altitudes can offer some of the most breathtaking views in the world. However, being prepared in the mountains is extremely important, which is why packing the correct essentials is vital.
1. Appropriate Footwear.
The mountain terrain can be very rugged and quite often very steep. This is definitely one time where you just can’t skimp on your footwear. Acquire a good pair of hiking or mountaineering shoes, these shoes are made to support your feet and ankles while you make your way up the mountain terrain, while keeping your feet dry. These should be sturdy, yet comfortable and light.
2. First Aid Kit.
One thing you need to have with you at all times is a first aid kit. You never know what can happen and you need to be prepared to administer first aid in the event that someone gets hurt as medical facilities may not be available close by. The essential items like bandages, antiseptic cleaners, over the counter medication and also any prescription medication that may be required.
3. Sturdy Backpack.
As there are so many items that you need to take with you on when mountaineering, you also need something to take them all in and a good sturdy eternal frame backpack is just the thing. It should be large enough to hold all of your essentials but not too big as to cause discomfort. There are ergonomically designed backpacks just for mountaineering which are also water resistant.
4. Shelter From Elements.
You may unexpectedly find yourself needing for shelter, especially if your trip is scheduled to take the most part of a day. A blow up tent and sleeping bag would be essential on a trip like this as you may find yourself still on the mountain when night falls and you would be safer settling down for the night than trying to navigate your way through the mountain at dark.
5. Flashlight, Batteries & Matches
Things can change quite quickly in the mountains and in the forest and you could find yourself not at base camp when the sun sets. You will need a good, dependable and heavy duty flash light, that can light your way efficiently. Add a spare set of batteries and some matches for those camp fires.
6. Food & Water
The mountain air and your effort can make you hungry much faster that you may think. Depending on how long you plan to trek through the hills will determine how much food and water you need to travel with. Invest in small prepacked dehydrated camping food or even sandwiches that are light and easy to carry. You should take enough food and water for an extra day to be on the safe side.
7. Means Of Communication
You should never leave for mountaineering without first informing someone that this is your intention. However, it is not enough to just tell someone your plans, you need to be able to communicate with them especially if you intend to spend the night, more importantly in the event that there is an emergency ensure that you walk with your smartphone and that it is fully charged, keep in mind that you may not always have good reception, so an alternate method of communication should be taken, such as a walkie talkie.
8. Navigation Equipment
Some areas may be out of range of your mobile internet, so as well as your smart phone you should travel with a compass and map. It is very easy to become lost in the mountains. Sometimes thick fog can set in making it quite difficult to find your bearings even if you reach higher ground. Finding your way around without a compass to point you in the right direction would be difficult.