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What troubles can lie in wait for a person in the mountains?

Here I will answer the question of what kind of trouble can await a person in the mountains when practicing mountaineering? The question is a little flawed, in my narrowly professional view, but forgive me, I will answer as best I can!

Troubles in general can lie in wait for a person anywhere, and mountains are not to blame. However, as an environment totally unaccustomed and hostile to us, mountains represent for a normal person, especially not ready for them morally or physically, certain risks and dangers. In the mountains, it is common for a person unfamiliar with them to fall into situations that are to some extent harmful to health, or unpleasant in the best case, which situations we will classify as troubles.

And we will not consider here the global cataclysms inherent in the mountainous terrain - avalanches, mudflows, rockfalls, etc. - this is already not a trouble at all, but a complete fucking hell. Take for analysis a number of unpleasant situations in which a beginner in the mountains may appear, and on their example we consider the picture as a whole. Let's start from the very beginning - with the equipment. Do not think that I'm going to shit your brains by advertising some special brand, for example, the Italian C.A.M.P. which has been a partner of our School for more than 15 years ... No way! All that I want to tell you about the equipment - it must match the program and be of sufficient quality - in many respects on the quality of equipment in the mountains depends your life and health. Take, for example, a sleeping bag - suppose, for a summer program in the Caucasus Mountains - for example, our "Classics Bezengi" - you bought an expensive and quality down sleeping bag - our congratulations! However, on the way to the first night site your group was exposed to rain, and all were soaked to the skin. Trouble? No, this is already a big problem. Suppose that you are a pretty girl and the head of the group will let you sleep in his sleeping bag. However, you hardly will be able to dry the down sleeping bag without special devices, and the situation can end with the early untimely termination of the program for you or even for the whole group.

Or the example which is even worse – broken shoe while you are on the route - it's quite a disaster. You will most likely not have an another shoe for replacement, but to jump on one leg over the large and slippery stones of the moraine – that would be quite a stupid kind of adventure! Do you understand? From the quality of the equipment depends not only the success of the whole event, but also your life and health. No need to stay on this more. Further, the global cause of trouble and even the most serious emergency in the mountains - irrational motivation, as repeatedly mentioned and will be mentioned on this site! If you are called to the mountains by your desire to prove something to someone, to become famous or to find some special social status, together with the accompanying attributes in the form of badges, medals, letters, crusts and tokens - perhaps you should not even to begin. The mountains do not forgive hypocrisy and vanity, they teach and punish, sometimes unjustly cruelly. What are you for them? But your beloved ones will be hurt and sorry.

And in general, briefly, the mountains exacerbate any small blunder, error and inaccuracy in actions, sometimes brutally suppressing attempts of game, in which people want to play with them according to their rules. I will add some gloom to the picture from my own experience: .... going to the ascent of the mountain while snowstorm, the head of the military group who trained in mountains for some of their military tasks, said - we are fucking strong warriors and fuck the weather, we are special forces, we are heroes and if the weather is bad – this is even better for us. A few days later the bad weather settled and five frozen corpses were found on the upper plateau, in ragged clothes and in a very strange poses. A report on this accident never was found - no one has understood what exactly happened, but it may not be necessary. Just be careful in the mountains.

Text — Alexey Trubachev, founder of the MCS AlexClimb mountaineering and climbing school.

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.