Mountain climbing is an exciting adventure and an equally challenging sport. But it is not without its dangers. Dangers one should be aware of. One way of reducing the chances of being fatally wounded on the mountain is to ensure that you are familiar with all of the hazards and take the necessary safety precautions. In this piece, we will be dissecting some common dangers that are associated with climbing.
When it comes to climbing, the most conspicuous danger that comes to mind is the danger of falling. With the exposed rough rocky surfaces, one can easily break a bone. Worse still, a minor fall off a mountain could lead to death. An ardent mountain climber needs to be fully aware of the environment around them, in addition to accurately estimate their strength against the firmness of the rock. When weights are applied to rocks, most could crumble due to them been rotten. The rate with which weight is transferred from one point to another is also vital, as a drag would more likely to knock off a hand hold or foot hold. Most climbers make use of the multiple support points to protect themselves should one of their supports gives in. Climbing as a team is one wise decision you can take on a mountain climbing adventure, particularly in cases where vertical or near vertical ascents are being undertaken. When climbing as a team, each member must always be aware of the other's positions, not far apart. Should there be any eventuality, they can rely on each other for physical support and rescue.
Another well-known danger for mountain climbers is the surging of avalanches. Avalanches are brought about either by loose snow which gathers as it rolls down the mountain, accumulating into a large mass, or by a lump of snow which all of a sudden, breaks free. Climbers need to be experienced with snow climbing approaches and pay rapt attention to the forecast from the weather man, so they know what level of danger they would be facing from a plausible avalanche. If there is a high chance of an in coming avalanche due to the local conditions, the team lead of a climb has to be ready to retreat. Now this can be a difficult decision to make and without mincing words, frustrating, especially when great effort has been put into getting to the top level of the mountain. It is important to note here that avalanche doesn't just happen. They are caused. Still, exercising utmost caution when snow conditions are dangerous is one guaranteed way to be safe. The approved safety gear used for areas where avalanches are likely are an avalanche beacon, shovel and probe.
In conclusion, weather remains a great danger, especially on the upper levels of a mountain. Having a combination of cold, snowy weather(which blurs vision) and the altitude(which restrains breath) makes climbing to the peak of a tall mountain a challenge to a great extent. It is recommended that Climbers ensure that they bring the appropriate support, and to gauge the level of oxygen that they come along with, to remain safe.
Keeping all this in mind, ensures that your climbing is both enjoyable and risk-free.