Mountain Read-Me

Alpine Read-Me

 

Ambers regularly organise trips to Mountainous regions, most often to the Alps, and it can be an amazing experience.

 

 

The mountains are a very different environment to your average road-side crag and need to be entered into with respect. If you are planning a trip to the hills, or joining one of our trips I recommend you read the following information thoroughly and if you have ANY doubts or questions (no matter how silly you think they are) then please, just ask.

 

Entering the Alps or other mountainous regions, is much more of a serious undertaking and should not be entered into lightly, the most obvious difference is the proximity of help should it be required.

 

In general, climbing in the Alps it is considered good form to travel light and fast, being able to move quickly up and down the mountain greatly reduces the likely hood of being caught out by storms, of course this needs to be offset with taking just the right amount of emergency equipment.

 

Indeed it is a difficult balancing act, one that takes some experience. If you are unsure ask me and/or anyone else on Ambers who have experience.

 

Skills

 

What do you need to know?

 

It is important that the event organiser has an understanding of your current abilities and experience in the mountains, multi pitch rock climbing and abseiling.

 

Whilst it is not necessary for you to be an alpinist already it is necessary that participants in mountain events have experience of a few skills,  these skills you really should know before you venture into one of these trips. If you are not totally comfortable with the following then please DO TELL your event organiser so a little training can be organised. If you don’t have these skills it does not mean you cannot attend, but you need to let the  event organiser know of the situation.

 

1)     Previous outdoor experience.

2)     Multi pitch rock climbing

3)     Abseiling

 

Equipment

 

What do you need to take?

 

Read the Checklist . This gives you an indication of what is required.

 

I feel it important to emphasise that the following items should be considered mandatory for people venturing into the mountains.

  • Small day pack (from 11ltr to 30ltr)
  • Helmet
  • Head Torch + spare batteries
  • Whistle
  • Mobile phone (fully charged and in a water proof bag)
  • Emergency blanket / shelter
  • Water proof jacket.
  • Hat & Gloves
  • Extra warm layer
  • Water
  • Food
  • Emergency food rations
  • Sense of adventure :-)

Here is some great advice from Andy Kirkpatrick whilst not entirely applicable, it’s worth a read.

 

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Comment by Daniel on February 14, 2011 at 16:49
One thing I forgot to mention is that appropriate Alpine insurance is often a good idea.

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