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

    Skills

    Getting Started Mountaineering

    30 reviews with an average rating of 4.3 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

    Skills

    How to Plan a Mountaineering Trip

    6 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

    Skills

    Mountaineering Gear Essentials

    15 reviews with an average rating of 4.4 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.

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    Skills

    What to Wear Mountaineering

    26 reviews with an average rating of 4.3 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

    Skills

    How to Train for Mountaineering

    30 reviews with an average rating of 4.5 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

    Checklists

    Mountaineering Checklist

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