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Safety in the mountains

Answers to the questions related to the safety in the mountains when practicing trekking and climbing.

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What troubles wait for a person in the mountains
Psychological problems and pathological realization in the mountain climbing

Caucasus, sunrise, climbing Mount Gestola
Caucasus, sunrise, climbing Mount Gestola

This is probably the most relevant topic at the moment, which includes any questions on the mountaineering, rockclimbing, iceclimbing and even the most primitive trekking - how to spend time as safely as possible doing this or that activity in the mountains?

Climbing team crosses glacier at the base of Mount Elbrus. East route
Climbing team crosses glacier at the base of Mount Elbrus. East route

This section includes questions directly related to the physical safety of being in the mountains. Regardless of the type of activity, staying in the mountains poses a real danger to human life and health - a combination of both objective and subjective factors makes the mountains a potentially dangerous environment for human life.

Caucasus sunset, ipossible forms of Mount Ushba
Caucasus sunset, ipossible forms of Mount Ushba

How to avoid the most obvious dangers and not create new ones, because of your own actions - you will find answers to these questions in a selection of articles in this section.

Madjestic Dykh Tau peak, second high mountain of Europe
Madjestic Dykh Tau peak, second high mountain of Europe

The collection of texts is constantly growing - you can contribute to this by asking your own questions - none of them will remain unanswered, and the answers to the most frequently asked questions will be published here - do not be that lazy to check this section updates regularly!

The author of the text and photos - Alex Trubachev
Professional guide for technical climbing routes in Caucasus and Alps


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.