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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 key point to the success and safety of any mountain event - climbing, hiking or trekking - is the use of appropriate and high-quality equipment.

 

It would seem that if I had money, I would go to the gear store and buy everything, since the progress in mountaineering technologies has already reached the highest level. But no, so does not work.

A set of equipment for climbing Mount Kazbek in Caucasus
A set of equipment for climbing Mount Kazbek in Caucasus

The abundance of offers in the field of mountaineering equipment and gear sometimes makes the right choice that suits your immediate tasks - very difficult. In addition, for a person who does not have professional mountain climbing experience, it is almost impossible to take into account all the nuances of selecting of the proper gear, to separate the necessary from the unnecessary, expensive from good, cheap from bad.

But always the optimally selected set of equipment is the most important element of preparation for any, even the simplest mountain hike.

Time-tested mountaineering equipment - not in the store but in the museum
Time-tested mountaineering equipment - not in the store but in the museum

I remember very well my first mountain climb, when we set out on a route of initial difficulty category, bent under the weight of monstrous backpacks filled with equipment that would be enough for a couple of expeditions to Mount Everest... This beginning of my mountain career could well have been the end of it, but fate decreed otherwise…

Everything so beautiful, shiny and expensive - such would be the first impression of a newbie climber from a climbing store
Everything so beautiful, shiny and expensive - such would be the first impression of a newbie climber from a climbing store

Having made the appropriate conclusions (as this is inevitable after 20 years of mountaineering as a guide), in this section I am happy to share the experience of my achievements, mistakes and best practices in the use of various equipment for mountaineering programs of different levels, for rock climbing and ice climbing.

Use the proposed information and enjoy the mountains in comfort and safety!

In addition to intended use, I test equipment from various brands on the most difficult mountaineering routes
In addition to intended use, I test equipment from various brands on the most difficult mountaineering routes

The author of the text and photos - Alex Trubachev
Your professional technical mountain guide

MCS EDIT 2023

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.
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