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Answers to questions regarding the selection of equipment for climbing in the mountains, reviews of ice axes, helmets, ropes, and other equipment

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The most important guarantee of the success and safety of any mountain activity – mountaineering, climbing, hiking or just mountain walking, is the use of appropriate and high-quality gear and equipment. It would seem - if you have money – just go to the alpine store and buy everything you need, since the progress in mountaineering has already grown to the highest technologies. But it is not like that. The abundance of offers in the field of mountain climbing gear and clothes makes it sometimes very difficult to choose the right stuff that suits your immediate goals.

Mountain climbing gear

In addition, for a person who does not have professional alpine climbing experience, it is almost impossible to take into account all the nuances of the equipment selection, to separate the necessary from the unnecessary, expensive from good, cheap from bad. Nevertheless, the optimally selected set of the climbing equipment is the most important element of preparation for any, even the easiest mountain program.

Mountain climbing gear

I remember very well my first mountain journey, when we went out on the very easy route with no climbing obstacles at all, bent under the weight of monstrous backpacks stuffed with a gear that would be enough for a couple of expeditions to Everest. Such a beginning of my mountain career could well be its end, but fate decided it to be otherwise...

Having made the appropriate conclusions (which is inevitable after 20 years of mountaineering), in this section I am happy to share my experience of my own mistakes and developments in the use of various equipment for mountaineering programs of different levels, for rockclimbing and iceclimbing. Now you can use this information and enjoy the mountains in comfort and safety!

Mountain climbing gear

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.