Climbing Related Questions

Which climbing shoes should I buy?

If you’re asking that question, you’re definitely a newbie looking to buy your first pair of shoes. You’ll get a lot of recommendations, but you’ll want a pair that are board-lasting, which means they’re rigid yet have a snug fit. Climbing shoes are a piece of equipment, not clothes, and ought to only be worn while climbing. They’re too big if you can walk around in them.

What exactly are “mountaineering boots?”

These are snow and cold weather footwear. They are frequently made out of an inside insulating boot and an external plastic or leather boot. Hiking footwear and winter snow boots are not appropriate for mountain climbs or high peaks. These are unnecessary for summits that do not rise beyond the tree line.

What should I look for with a belay device?

Because a belay device may be used for both sport (single rope) and trad (double rope) climbing, as well as abseiling, it is advisable to purchase a universal belay device with two slots. Furthermore, if you get a device with integrated teeth, you will be able to employ a wide range of rope widths.

How can I tell whether a harness is right for me?

Even if you’re wearing a bulky jacket, a harness should fit tightly around the waist, with the belay loop dead center and enough tape left to stretch through the loops on the waist belt. The harness’s main loop should be placed in the center of your back. Leg loops should be able to wrap comfortably over the top of the thighs and, if adjustable, have enough tape to extend into the loops.

What should I do now that I’ve completed a climbing beginner’s course?

You must spend time solidifying your knowledge so that it becomes second nature. Focus on improving your climbing technique and style rather than increasing the grade.

I can’t seem to finish a climb; I get halfway up and my arms give up. What am I doing wrong?

It’s most likely because you’re pulling yourself up with your arms instead of pushing from your feet via your legs. The most crucial aspect of climbing is your feet and the shoes you wear. Skilled climber will move their feet more than their hands. Leg muscles are significantly greater than arm muscles, and relying entirely on your arms to move your body weight up the wall will tire you out. Consider your feet. Before attempting to push upwards, place your weight on each foot.

What Should I Wear for Trek and Climbs?

When it comes to clothes, you must think about layers. You should be able to wear all of the layers you pack at the same time. Cotton should be avoided at all costs. Wear wool, synthetic fabrics, and goose down instead.

What sort of backpack should I get?

When choosing a backpack, make sure it is the right size and has a waist strap. School bags are not acceptable for our hikes. For the Alpinism Rock course, please bring a 30L pack and a 60L pack for the Glacier or Ski courses, and 80L for the Mountain Guide course. Your pack should include a waist and chest strap, and it should be intended for day walks and backpacking.

Do we go on hikes in bad weather?

This is determined by the trip we have planned. We frequently go outside in the rain and snow. Lightning will either reschedule or cancel our hike. Please prepare for all weather scenarios. We may just change our plans based on the weather prediction.

What happens if I damage my rental gear?

We provide low-cost climbing gear rentals, and you are liable for any lost or damaged items.

Training Related Questions

Is previous climbing experience required to apply for this course?

Climbing expertise is not essential, although it is advantageous. We have a tough admission procedure and cannot accommodate every student who wishes to study Basic Alpine Climbing. All training pages under “specifics” include a header that states whether or not prior experience is necessary.

I’ve never climbed, but I’ve camped and trekked; does this aid my application?

Absolutely! Our ideal students have a proven love of the outdoors and want to grow that love into increasingly demanding endeavors. If you’re unsure about carrying a backpack or sleeping in a tent, some course is probably not for you.

How physically fit do I have to be to climb?

Every little bit counts. Climbers should have aerobic endurance, a strong back and core for hauling large packs, and the endurance to trek long distances.

Trek Related Questions

Do I need any prior experience or fitness to go trekking?

Most of our treks and climbing trips are designed to challenge both novice and experienced hikers. Trekking does not need a high degree of fitness. You are fit enough to accomplish an easy or moderate journey if you can walk for 4-5 kilometers on a weekend. Most of the treks we provide are suitable for anybody over the age of seven. However, individuals with heart disease, pregnant women, or other critical illnesses should visit their doctor. For strenuous hikes and climbing adventures Of course, you must be physically prepared for altitude and potentially severe weather.

Can I attend a trek despite having never done any hiking before?

Yes, all of our guided trips are available to first-timers. As long as you are enthusiastic about it, you can join an easy and moderate trek or a climbing adventure trip.

Is it safe to trek in the Himalayas?

Trekking/climbing is the safest adventure sport you can do in the adventure world, and you are accompanied by our most experienced guides.

Do I have to set up camp when I arrive and roll up my tents when I go to the next campsite?

Normally, our crew selects and installs camp, but you are invited to assist our team in setting up tents and collecting firewood for nighttime campfires, among other things. On the first day of an Alpine trek or climb, we teach you how to set up and wind up tents, and you do it exactly as taught.

Is it necessary for me to know how to pitch a tent?

It would be fantastic if you knew where and how to pitch your tent for the finest possible view. We show you how to set up and wind up tents on the first day of an Alpine hike or ascent, and you do it exactly as instructed.

What sort of meals will be offered on a trek?

All meals are balanced diets, delicious meals on hikes, and simple to prepare on adventure trips. Most adventurers live by the slogan “Eat hard, work hard, and party harder.”

I am a vegetarian who is allergic to nuts; do you provide vegetarian food?

Yes, we do inquire about dietary preferences/allergies and purchase accordingly.

Do I have to drink river/spring water?

Yes, we utilize water from rivers or springs that has been boiled and then treated with an iodine/chlorine tincture.

Will I be able to shower during the trip?

If our guide permits it, you may be able to bathe in mountain rivers/springs/waterfalls/lakes. If you absolutely need to, you can take a sponge bath (baby wipes help). Anyway, you’ll stink after a week, as would everyone else on the walk. It’s all part of the adventure. And the first shower after a week will be the finest shower you’ve ever had.

What about the restrooms?

It all depends on the terrain. For the least amount of effect, we have several approaches for different terrain. Our guides will show you how to behave properly in various situations while adhering to the Leave No Trace principles.

Should I tip my tour guide(s)?

Tips are never requested, but if you believe your guide did an excellent job, they are always welcome and appreciated. A typical gratuity is 20% of the guiding price each day or $20 per guide per day.