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Mountaineering questions

Answers to the general questions about alpine mountain climbing

Choosing the first mountain to climb?
Climbing mountain with a guide?
Which weather forecast should be used for climbing mountains?
What do you need to do to become a climber?
What is the difference between mountaineering and rock climbing?
What is mountaineering?
Ranking in mountain climbing? (specifically for Russia)

Mountaineering is a very broad concept that goes far beyond sports, entrepreneurship, outdoor activities or extreme sports.The urge to go to the mountains is born in a person unexpectedly, according to the unknown factors, people escape from their houses, break their usual way of life, go far beyond of their comfort zone. It is possible that mountaineering is some kind of stage of personal evolution.

What is mountain climbing

Just think about it, the essence of mountaineering - striving for the some goal - is an inevitable element of any progress, development in any field of activity. Connecting yourself with the mountains is not possible for everyone, and it does not help everyone, but of course, this can easy become a passion for the rest of your life. Being carried away by the mountains, many people are looking for the answers to the most intimate and affecting questions, they are interested in beautiful and distant but certainly achievable goals, to which they begin to approach slowly.

What is mountain climbing

The list of question inevitably inherent to the novice climbers is infinitely long - these are psychological issues of motivation, personal discipline, and focusing on the goal. There are some technical issues - the building of long-term preparation plans, tactics of preparation, selection of the optimal routes. These are highly specialized questions - on the gear and equipment, technics of work with gear on the route.

In this section, I collect the most frequent and relatively optimal solutions for those who are just starting to get involved in mountain activities - without imposing my point of view, I am happy to share my opinion and experience of more than 20 years of continuous mountain climbs in all corners of the globe. Just in case if you do not find here the answer to your question – do not hesitate to ask! In this way, you will help me to fill this section and it is really the most precious help!

What is mountain climbing

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.