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When Will You Be Ready for Climbing Snow Mountain

December 30, 2016

Snow Mountain climbing is one of the most serious outdoor activities. Serious refers to potential risk while climbing the snow-capped mountains. In order to have fun climbing snow mountains, you need to have a certain process of adaptation and learning, is not suitable for apprentice without any outdoor experience.



Learn about climbing  on high altitude.


Climbing snow-capped mountains is a serious matter. One of the great difficulties is the high altitude. Thin air on high altitude will greatly reduce the strength of people, the same trails on the plains, will become much easier. At the same time, high altitude also bring about low temperature and wind paired with the frequent changing of mountain climate, which has dramatically increased the difficulty of climbing those snow mountains on high altitude.


Although climbing snow-capped mountains come up with much difficulty, it does not mean that they can not be reached, climbing on a similar, half ridges snow mountains, such as peaks hover around 5000 meters does not require extra talent of a person, ordinary people can accomplish these altitude after a certain period of training.


Step by step, you will make much progress continuously (mountain paradise includes a variety of attractive activities):

- Weekend hiking, camping

- Off-road running

- Wilderness hiking

-Rock climbing

- High altitude climbing

- Big rock climbing

- Expeditionary backpacking

- Alpine skiing


Climbing snow-capped mountains is one kind of the high-altitude climbing. The above listing of wilderness activities reflects the image of the complexity and seriousness of each kind of outdoor activities.


It will take you for at least in the weekend to participate in gradual process including weekend hiking, camping and wilderness trekking, from entering the mountains for the first time to climbing a snow-capped mountains finally. So there is such a suggestion: you should participate in mountain sports for at least six months before you begin trying to climb snow-capped mountains.


This is a basic advancing process, if you violate this process, perhaps you can reach top of the snow mountain and return safe and sound, but there is bound to be without much fun, more tiresome and painful instead. You may come back with the conclusion of climbing the snow-capped mountains is a challenge to extreme limits. There is no snow mountain challenge of easy access, no matter the Everest or the Alpines, they are huge peaks that can be anaerobic reach, many of the experienced mountain climbers have already accomplished. No matter what mountain you want to climb, fun and safety is always the most essential pursuit of each climber.



Physical fitness

Snow climbing, a good body can provide climbers with more strength for maneuver. In addition to physical condition, you should pay more attention to the allocation of physical fitness.


Physical Fitness - If you can finish the 20 km mileage at the altitude of 2000 m climbing route in 8 hours, you will be able to cope with a 5,000 m entry-level snow mountain. If you can finish 40 km weekend hiking route hover around 3000 meters  altitude climb the in 10 hour, then you are in very good condition to climb those snow mountains.


Allocation of strength -climbers must learn to allocate their own physical capacity for snow climbing, this distribution refers to the slow action, controlling their heart rate at a relatively low level of bumping. So, climbers should not think that their physical condition is very good to pace at much higher speed, generally these abuse of physical strength results in tiresome swiftly, even cause a splitting headache, and other body reaction to high altitude. About physical distribution, this following extracts a more specific description:


Puffing is breathing, very important. Learn to breathe in specific rhythm can control heart rate, heart rate control will help reduce blood circulation, thus decrease blood circulation metabolism. And less metabolism will be able to save calories, save calories is bound to save food. The relationship between breathing and food is relative, not to mention the physical saving.


Why not learning to rest for sixty times in each hour, each time ten seconds, instead of resting for ten minutes per hour. So that your heart beat is controlled at low frequency all the time ( This can be different from diver terrain ).



Psychological Preparation

Climbing snow-capped mountains requires considerable psychological preparation.


Tough: even the climbing of entry-level snow-capped mountains, the process is tough. This tough performance exist in the lack of material and supplies, the thin air, a huge physical exertion, pace from top back to the base camp, the climbers will feel tired abnormally, mountain climbers often limp in the tent when they go back to the base campsite after reaching the top of the snow mountain. Inadvertently packed up and get tidy.


Fear: there will be a great psychological pressure on the road even climbing the entry-level snow-capped mountains, such as a narrow ridge, a steep slopes and so on. Most people can easily walk over the wooden board in shoulder width placed between two stools, but if the board is placed between two soar buildings, only a few people dare to go through it, because most people have been intimidated by the tragic consequences in their own imagination.


Therefore, in order to climb the snow-capped mountains, you also need to understand your own ability to bear fear of complex sections of the complex trail, if you have to rub down slowly from the slightly steep slope because of fear, such conditions imply that you may not be psychologically ready for climbing snow mountains.


Expectation management: If you feel the mountain is easy to climb, and you just find that is not the case when you are climbing, your ability tent to decline, low levels of pace performance, and even collapse within your soul. If you do not search for full range of information about the snow mountain you are going before climbing, then your climbing trip will come up with many problems and it’s not safe also. For example, someone has no camping experience has climbed up the top of the Chelsea Hill, so you think this hill is very easy climbing one. Or in an article it writes the two peaks of a specific snow mountain is a particularly simple entry-level snow-capped mountains, there is no danger paths, so you think the two peaks may also be a easy weekend accessible to the mountain top. Such cases that without gathering enough information and have ample preparation for snow mountain climbing is tend to ruin your climbing trip. To consider  something too serious is not good, such as altitude sickness, you have never been to the plateau while listening to others boasting how severe the altitude sickness is which has scared you to bring several oxygen bottles for the snow mountain climbing.




Without the advanced mountaineering equipment nowadays, many people can not board the snow-capped mountains. A person knows the ability of how to use and match the equipment is closely related to their climbing levels. In order to climb the snow-capped mountains, you at least need to know:


Essentials: with at least a third level protective sunglasses, at least 30SPF sunscreen, a down jacket with suitable thickness, a sleeping pad and a sleeping bag of good thermal performance, an outfit of comfortable sweat underwear, a capable and light mountaineering bag.


Light: try your best to save weight, it does not like wild hiking that requires to bring a lot of things, which will exhaust your physical strength before you start the tough mountaineering. Light does not simply indicates piles of expenses on expensive equipment, more importantly, choose the right equipment, such as a sleeping bag of -20 ℃ is enough to cope with the circumstance is no need to carry a sleeping bag for -30 ℃ environment.



Mountaineering experience is really helpful, some of them can even become your life experience. High altitude areas often exist some 40-50 year-old people doing mountaineering, although their physical condition are not as strong as 20-30 year-old young mountaineering friends, but when it comes to mountaineering, these experienced climbers tend to have better performance, which is largely with the help of life experience. For instance, if you know that you are tired, you should have a good layout for yourself in the tent, such as filling a kettle with hot water to make a warm water bag, put the clothes for the following day into the sleeping bag to enhance warmth and so on.


In addition, some of the wild life experience is also very useful. For example, how to get rid of being awakened by snoring from other tents nearby and how to enhance appetite when they are anorexia and so on.


Before you start climbing snow-capped mountains, you should go camping as much as possible and accumulate the ability to take care of yourself under difficult conditions.



Finally, in your own preparedness, believe your instincts. If you are ready, when you decide to climb the snow-capped mountains, your heart will not be uneasy.



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