Mountain climbing school

all events
+7 926 233 3300 (whatsapp)
+44 7727 445099 (whatsapp)



Answers to the most frequently asked questions about mountaineering, rockclimbing, iceclimbing, training, equipment

FAQ on mountaineering and rockclimbing

Read in Telegram
Leer en Telegram en Español

Articles in this section are grouped as follows:

Mountaineering questions:
General questions about mountaineering
Issues of the technical and tactical preparation for climbing in the mountains
Safety Issues on the mountain Programs
Questions about health during alpine ascents
Questions about climbing gear
Questions about climbing Mount Elbrus

Questions about rockclimbing and iceclimbing:
Questions about rockclimbing
Questions about activities in Mallorca
Questions about iceclimbing

Questions about climbing programs 
Questions about horse riding tours in the mountains
Questions about MCS AlexClimb

Feel free to ask - mountaineering and climbing are our favorite topics of conversation!

In preparing climbing expeditions and climbing trips, I am guided by one main rule - the more questions from the participants will be answered before the start of the mountain program, the less questions will be asked during the trip. Therefore, do not hesitate to ask - it is pleasant and useful to answer sensible questions.

On top of Mount Pollux, Swiss Alps

This section contains my articles, which consist of the detailed answers to the most frequently asked questions about mountaineering, rockclimbing, iceclimbing, the specifics of the mountainous areas, the use of equipment, etc. Here you will find useful information about the basic principles of the mountain safety, about certain tactics and techniques that will make your climbing in the mountains safer and more efficient.

On a glacier at the foot of Mont Blanc, France

This section is constantly updated with the new materials, and in this I am extremely grateful for your help - by asking questions about mountains and mountaineering, you often help me to understand the specifics of some issues, as well as to make my mountain programs more attractive to the participants.

Climbing Mont Blanc, France

If this is your first time to go rockclimbing or you are going to try yourself in the mountains, you will most likely have many questions... From our experience in the field of mountaineering and rockclimbing, we can identify the most common questions that beginners have - and give comprehensive answers to them, to make it easier for you to understand the essence of climbing and determine for yourself the most suitable goals and objectives.

Of the most frequently asked questions, we used to answer the following:

Aren't rockclimbing and mountaineering the same thing? - One of the most frequently asked questions. No, it's not the same thing.

What preparation is needed to climb the wall? - None. The most ordinary physical form is enough.

How long does it take to go to the climbing wall if I plan to climb Mount Elbrus? - Not at all. For Elbrus and mountaineering, it is generally better to do cross country ski. But rockclimbing doesn't harm either.

Where to begin? What mountain programs are the best for beginners? - We have all the necessary entry-level programs and training to prepare for the mountains!

Is it possible to organize individual V.I.P. programs? - Yes, it is possible. But you must be aware of all the specifics of these programs and be aware that any program in the mountains is a risk and lack of basic amenities.

Can I climb? - Of course you can! There was not a single case that someone could not. You just need to correctly determine the level of the task and the right motivation.

Do I need to buy a bunch of expensive gear? - No. For the most climbing programs, we will provide you with all the necessary special equipment for rent.

Is it possible to design categories and enter ascents in the "Alpinist's Book" (mostly applicable for the Russian bureaucratic tradition)? - No. We do not go "to check the box". We have a different concept of mountaineering.

What is the difference between high-altitude and technical mountaineering? What are the main requirements and conditions for participation in the programs of these categories? - Differences are fundamental. Both in the climbing concept and in the recommended training courses.

What is mountain trekking? – This is one of the most popular mountain activities

Where in Moscow I can go rockclimbing with MCS AlexClimb trainer or take a course of practical mountaineering lessons? - There are many climbing walls in Moscow where we conduct our classes, the main trainings are held at the DDS climbing wall (53 Rabochaya Street, metro station Ilyicha Square)

I had a spinal injury, can I climb? - First – you have ask your doctor. In most cases, the answer is yes. In rockclimbing, there is no compressive load on the spine, all movements are of the stretching and twisting.

The child has cerebral palsy. Can rockclimbing be tried as a form of exercise therapy? - The first question should be addressed to the attending physician. In theory, for most cases - rockclimbing is a good solution for mild to moderate cases of cerebral palsy - the height factor is a constant urge for the child to use the side with limited functionality.

What determines the complexity of a climbing or mountaineering program and how to make a choice? - For the convenience of our clients, we have divided all the programs presented in our collection into several groups, depending on the technical complexity and experience requirements for the participants.

The influence of altitude on the human body - the importance of acclimatization and the consequences of its absence. What is mountain sickness?

The author of the text and photos - Alexey Trubachev


Our Principles

AlexClimb Rule #1 - Safety First

From the very beginning of our activity, here nearly 16 years, the first Principle of work of School of mountaineering and rock-climbing of MCS AlexClimb is the Safety Priority. On the basis of this Principle all process of training is based, all programs and rounds are developed and carried out only within this main principle. We consider that at professional approach to development of programs, at personal discipline and correctly put motivation - occupations by mountaineering and rock-climbing are COMPLETELY safe. And from the return - all troubles and accidents in our sport come from nonprofessionalism, from ignorance or neglect by elementary standards of safety, from irrational motivation, from revaluation of own forces and opportunities. All these prerequisites we COMPLETELY EXCLUDE in our work - ours Rock-climbing, Ice climbing and Mountaineering are based on one Principle - the Safety Priority. In rock-climbing, mountaineering and ice climbing, the Priority of Safety of MCS AlexClimb-is your personal security and comfort irrespective of, than we are engaged - we train muscles and we work technology of the movement in the sports hall and on the rock climbing wall, we make the way through snowstorm to top or we relax on golden sand of the Caribbean beach after hot day of trainings on rocks. The Safety priority - the main credo of School of mountaineering and rock-climbing of MCS AlexClimb.

AlexClimb Rule #2 - Leave No Trace

Closely interacting with Nature, working with the active programs in mountains, woods, lakes and rivers, we perfectly understand the importance of carefull and respectfull bahavior towards the Nature, for its resources. From the very beginning of our outdoor-activity we adopted rules of  Leave No Trace technique - the standard of behavior of the person accepted in all the civilized world in relation to environment and especially - to the wild nature. After all on the relation of people to the nature near which they exist, itself can draw dalekoidushchy conclusions on the relation of these people to... Where and as we didn't travel - we don't reserve any garbage, we try to reduce whenever possible our influence on environment to a minimum. We clear earlier zagryazyonny tourist parking of the left garbage, we take out and we take out to utilization places that to us other people left there. We consider that only thus, at personal individual consciousness of each citizen, each tourist, climber or autotraveller, we will be able to keep the nature surrounding us in its state, natural, suitable for life, - in it pledge of the healthy future for ourselves and our children.

AlexClimb Rule #3 - Sober Concious

The position of AlexClimb Mountain and rockclimbing School regarding healthy lifestyle is quite clear - we consider that only sober consciousness is capable to fill sincere emotions,  to sympathize, to enjoy life in all its variety. Bright various enjoyable life is possible only on condition of keeping the absolute sobriety and purity of consciousness. Any way of obscuring our perception of reality is intended to do harm to our consciousness and bring harm to our physical health, to replace the true values by false ones, to destroy us physically - to turn us into flabby, weak, senseless, gray herd with empty hazy eyes. We don't force anybody to our point of view, everyone has a God's gift of making his own choice and to destroy himself if that is what he wants... But in AlexCilimb Mountain Climbing School we accept quite certain and very simple set of rules: neither alcohol, nor drugs.