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Difference mountain / rockclimbing?

Why do rockclimbers climb mountains and mountaineers scale smooth walls?

The deliberately incorrect wording of the question in the headline is no accident – in our work we must constantly collide with such ignorance. People who answer the call of the soul to our mountainous universe do not always understand where it came from, they usually can not exactly determine what they want to receive, and do not know what they seek. In order to avoid confusion and frustration from the very beginning, it is necessary to separate the flies from the cutlets and put everything in their shelves - it will be more convenient for you and us!

So, the first thing to understand about rockclimbing and mountaineering: not everyone who climbs anywhere is an alpinist or even a climber. Climbers are the workers who clean the roof of the snow, the fireman climbs into the window of Madame to cool her outlet in the bedroom, thieves and lunatics climb on their secret routes to the desired goals. But the climbers who climb in the mountains, are not exactly rockclimbers, ATTENTION, they are mountaineers. Why do they climb? That is another question entirely and not one to tackle here -– it requires too much mental strain to reach the final understanding! It is only necessary to understand that if you are attracted by the romance of distant wanderings, by the divine views through a hole in the tent through which a snowdrift has been blown during the last night over your sleeping bag, if you are attracted by the ringing song of the heavenly road above the clouds, over which you can hardly move your monstrous shoes from which you have blisters to the very depths of the soul - you are on the direct way to mountaineering, where everyone will be happy to see you, because mountaineering is a completely social form of heavy insanity.

What is mountaineering

However, if common sense has not left you completely and your innate instinct of self-preservation blames you obscenely - come back to your senses! There is still time to sell these beautiful things, bought for crazy money. There is still time to re-join all the normal grey average people - work, metro, booze and quiet family happiness on the couch in front of their TV. Think thrice! It's not too late to return… until the high-altitude hypoxia begins to devour your brain and the manufacturers of membrane jackets tear your budget like an old teddy bear!

But what to do if nevertheless the demon of adventure pinches your ass, provoking you for doing some non standard things? And if you concede to that provocation you definitely will get plenty of unexpected stuff befall to you, you should not doubt! If common sense is strong in you and madness does not build its nest under your pillow, every night casting dreams about wonderful mountain peaks on the hazy horizon - there is an alternative! You go to the store and buy rockclimbing shoes! Cheap and desperate! If there were money left in your wallet – also harness and a bag of chalk! After all, in order to do rockclimbing, nothing else is needed! Although this is not what the above paragraph was about, but the acuity of impressions and the level of masochism are also quite present! You will climb walls and ceilings like a fly or some other creeping insect, and get happy only from the process, regardless of the surrounding situation - because for the rockclimber, the dusty climbing gym is the home of his happiness and the desired shelter from the everyday routine.

What is rockclimbing

And you will not need any sky-high adventures. The thirst for the extreme is satisfied without dangerous consequences, the body became flexible and mobile, the circle of communication expanded qualitatively and new landmarks appeared in your life - now they are located somewhere under the ceiling of the climbing gym. And in the form of a bonus - the opportunity to stand out amongst the fat tourists and instead of a normal rest with a fat wife and a beer relaxing on a deckchair, you will be destroying your fingers on some tricky rockclimbing route away from the hustle and bustle of the modern problems. And most importantly - a little secret! For your lazy friends who are even too lazy to understand our terminology, you will be a brave mountaineer, although in fact you are just an ordinary lousy rockclimber! After all, in order to understand the difference, you have to try it all yourself, and this is only possible for the real adventure lovers on the way to complicate their lives.

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.