Intro to Mountaineering

Articles: 6

If you’ve ever gazed at a snow-covered peak and wondered what it takes to reach the summit, this series can help. We discuss ways to try mountaineering as a beginner and the skills you’ll need to learn before you go. We also cover the gear you need, trip planning tips and a training plan to prepare for mountaineering’s physical demands.

  • two climbers ascending a steep snowfield


    Getting Started Mountaineering

    42 reviews with an average rating of 4.2 out of 5 stars

    Mountaineering can involve rock climbing, glacier travel and off-trail hiking to reach a summit. Learn how to prepare and get the skills you need.

  • a climber planning their mountaineering route, with guidebook and map in hand


    How to Plan a Mountaineering Trip

    8 reviews with an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Taking the time to thoughtfully plan out a mountaineering trip will increase your odds of summiting and having fun. Learn how.

  • A variety of mountaineering gear sitting on rock


    Mountaineering Gear Essentials

    33 reviews with an average rating of 4.1 out of 5 stars

    For new climbers, the variety of gear can be daunting. These tips help you get equipped for your next mountaineering adventure.



    What to Wear Mountaineering

    38 reviews with an average rating of 4.1 out of 5 stars

    Learn which clothes to bring on a mountaineering trip to stay comfortable in a range of terrain and weather conditions.

  • a tired mountaineer roped up and on the mountain


    How to Train for Mountaineering

    45 reviews with an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars

    Get tips on fitness assessment and how to develop a personalized mountaineering training plan; also learn some specific strength-training exercises.

  • An illustration of items in a mountaineering checklist


    Mountaineering Checklist

    218 reviews with an average rating of 3.2 out of 5 stars

    Our comprehensive checklist for mountaineering features required and optional gear, clothing and accessories.