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Gear up and Stay Safe

"Mountaineering tips"
By: James BarramedaGear up and Stay Safe

You absolutely cannot go out to climb a mountain with ordinary flip flops or running shoes! Mountain climbing gear, unlike other sports gear, is ultra-specific to the demands of the sport. Proper gear can be quite expensive to purchase, but you always have the option to rent them. 

If you check out mountaineering gears, you’ll notice that they are mostly made up of sturdy yet lightweight materials. The climber will be carrying all that weight up the mountain and back, so every gram counts.

Mother Nature can be both beautiful and dangerous. To make your mountain climbing experience as pleasant as possible, you must always follow safety measures before, during, and even after your climb. Here are some safety reminders:

· Stick to your route and follow what your guide tells you to do. You are a beginner, so you should heed the wisdom of the climber who has years of experience behind him.

· Before leaving, let your loved ones know where you are going. Bring a fully charged cell phone, with extra batteries if possible. Wrap it in waterproof bag so it won’t get wet from mud or rain.

· Bring lots of water. Some energy bars can also help to give you a good boost when you’re feeling low.

· Bring a first aid kit filled with bandages and paraphernalia to clean and treat wounds or cuts. Include drugs like antacids, anti-allergy, painkillers, and antibiotics.

· Include safety items that will help rescue people find you just in case you get lost or stranded—like a whistle, flashlight, etc. A waterproof jacket will keep you dry and warm as well. Bring pepper spray in case you get into trouble with a wild animal.

Mountain climbing isn’t just about the destination, it’s also about the journey. Enjoy the scenery and take pictures of the view. Have fun with your fellow climbers and bond with them. Breathe in fresh air from the mountainside—it’s not every day you get to inhale pure unpolluted air, especially when you live in the city. Whatever you do, don’t forget to enjoy the climb!
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