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Program complexity?

On what depends the complexity of the rockclimbing or mountain climbing program and how to decide on a choice?

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For the convenience of our clients, we have divided all the programs presented on our website into several groups, depending on the technical complexity and experience requirements for participants.

Nelion - the main peak of the Mount Kenya massif in Africa
Nelion - the main peak of the Mount Kenya massif in Africa

First, let's understand what are rockclimbing programs. With it, everything is completely simple and clear - all the programs in the “rockclimbing” category do not require any prior experience to participate in them.

It is advisable to have good belay skills and a general understanding of rockclimbing as an activity.

Rockclimbing as a form of fitness is available at any age
Rockclimbing as a form of fitness is available at any age

If you know nothing at all about this sport, then in order to get the necessary minimum, it would be great to attend several training sessions at the MCS AleClimb School before the trip - that way you will get taught how to belay and to follow the basic technical tips of rockclimbing.

Rockclimbing in Mallorca
Rockclimbing in Mallorca

So we go forward to the rocks.

The only restriction for participation in the rockclimbing programs of the MCS AlexClimb School can be a complete medical ban on physical activity. Most medical conditions will not prevent you from exercising the rockclimbing. However, before traveling, you should consult a doctor, making sure that the doctor understands the difference between rockclimbing and mountaineering.

Now about mountaineering programs

Night at camp 5500 at the base of Nevado Alpamayo, Peru
Night at camp 5500 at the base of Nevado Alpamayo, Peru

Everything is a little more complicated here. The fact is that any alpine climbing program, even the simplest one, is associated with a certain level of risk and high physical activity, which can not be found in the rockclimbing programs. So you should first understand the difference between mountaineering and rock climbing.

If this question is clear to you, read on.

Mountain climbing in the Kluchevskaya group of volcanoes in Kamchatka
Mountain climbing in the Kluchevskaya group of volcanoes in Kamchatka

Basic difficulty

Mountaineering programs at this level are available to most physically healthy people who do not suffer from any heart or respiratory diseases. The physical loads during these programs is quite moderate (by mountaineering standards), and technical obstacles on the routes do not pose any serious difficulties. General physical training and exercises to develop agility and coordination are recommended.

Climbing to the summit of Mount Kazbek
Climbing to the summit of Mount Kazbek

Medium difficulty level

This difficulty level of the mountain programs is still accessible to people without climbing experience, but the physical fitness requirements are higher than for participation in the Basic level programs. The physical loads can be quite serious; you may need to carry backpack and spend time in high altitude conditions without the usual comfort.

Alps, Switzerland, Monte Rosa Massif. Medium difficulty alpine climbs require the use of a full set of mountain climbing equipment.
Alps, Switzerland, Monte Rosa Massif. Medium difficulty alpine climbs require the use of a full set of mountain climbing equipment.

Mountaineering programs at this level involve overcoming technically difficult pitches, which are usually quite safe and short. To participate, it is recommended that you take your physical training seriously and pass the “MCS Course of Mountaineering Techniques”

Peak Tetnuld in Svanetia (Georgia)
Peak Tetnuld in Svanetia (Georgia)

High difficulty level of climbing program

These are the top programs of the MCS AlexClimb School of Mountaineering, its “visit card”. The peculiarity of the programs at this level is that we do not work on such routes with groups - it is too dangerous. Programs of high complexity are conducted with a guide-client ratio of 1:1 or 2:1, depending on the route and level of experience and training of the client. Climbing goals of this class include classic climbing routes to the summits of Mount Ushba, Mount Dykh Tau, Matterhorn, Nevado Alpamayo, Mount Cook, Nelion, Cerro Fitzroy and others

Climbing alpine routes of high difficulty in Altai - Delone Peak
Climbing alpine routes of high difficulty in Altai - Delone Peak

To participate in programs at this level, you must be in good physical shape and have sufficient mountaineering experience. The decision to run programs of a high level of complexity is made only after a personal interview with the client. You can learn more about the concept of preparing for mountain climbing programs of medium and high difficulty levels in this article

Nevado Cerro Torre in Patagonia - one of the iconic climbs of the world
Nevado Cerro Torre in Patagonia - one of the iconic climbs of the world

The author of the text and photos - Alex Trubachev
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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.
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