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Health in the mountains

Questions about the most common health problems in the mountains and how to solve them

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The set of articles of this section includes answers to the most frequently asked questions on the topic "Health in the mountains"

Active vacation, mountaineering, climbing or trekking, just being in the mountains for everyone has fundamental differences from staying at the usual altitude horizon. Often not obvious, but very serious factors appear in the mountains that can create unexpected inconveniences, as well as lead to undesirable consequences.

At the summit of Mount Elbrus

The questions collected in this section relate to the most important component of your safe journey in the mountains - these are issues related to health. Specific features of the body's reaction to the high altitude conditions, narrow-profile disorders and diseases inherent the the mountain conditions.

MCS AlexClimb team during the international ascent of Mount Gestola

Physical health is the most important element of our life. In the mountains, regardless of the altitude and complexity of the routes, our body is subjected to many atypical and rather intense loads. In the conditions of rarefied air in the high mountains, increases the possibility of exacerbation of chronic diseases, the appearance of the pathological reactions of the body to the special characteristics of the external environment.

Mountain climbing in Caucasus

Mountains are aggressive towards humans, but it is in our power to minimize the effect of this aggression. Starting with physical preparation, special training, expanding the energy capacity of our body, ending with the proper acclimatization immediately before climbing - all these nuances are of the highest importance in order for you stay in the mountains brings only benefits and positive emotions. 

The Author of the texts and photos - Alex 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.