Nov 12 01
Extreme sporting holidays are popular with adventurous types, however, no matter how big your appetite for adventure, it’s important to acknowledge and manage the increased risk.
Whether climbing in a group, with a guide, or with a friend, your safety is ultimately your individual responsibility, so consider the following safety tips for a safe and enjoyable mountaineering holiday:
Protect Yourself with Specific Insurance
It’s very important to ensure that, number one – you’re insured, and number two – any travel insurance policy that you do take out covers the activities that you will be undertaking. Try an online specialist such as Insure & Away and carefully check all the elements of the policy to ensure that it includes cover for all of the activities that you wish to enjoy.
Do Your Research
Whether you’re a beginner on their first climb or an advanced climber familiar with the terrain you’ll be tackling, it always pays to do your research before any trip. Even when climbing a mountain that you’ve tackled dozens of times before you’ll need to be aware of conditions, timings and any changes to the terrain.
Take Appropriate Instruction and Advice
Unless you’re a professional climber then you’ll need guidance and assistance on your trip. Climbing in a group can not only be easier, but it can also add a great social element to your break. Look for reputable climbing holidays at a level to suit you. Even as an advanced climber you should always climb in a pair.
Check and Double Check
This not only applies to checking your equipment before you leave for a climb. You should check and double check every piece of equipment as you use it. Also always check knots, ropes, anchors and belay devices. Take the lead from your instructor/leader of your climb – however, if something seems a miss don’t be afraid to shout up, even as a beginner. Remember, you are ultimately responsible for your own safety.
Always Wear a Helmet
A helmet is absolutely essential on any climb. It will protect not only against falls but also against falling rocks, debris or equipment.
Make Sure You Have Appropriate Clothing and Shoes
Seek advice on appropriate clothing and shoes for your climb. You may be able to hire all that you need but check that they fit correctly, are comfortable, and for signs of wear and tear.
Don’t forget Sun Protection
Sunscreen is essential, as is a hat for times when you’re not wearing your helmet. Sunstroke can come on quickly and the last thing that you want is to be taken ill half-way up a mountain.
Ensure that Your Mobile is charged
A means of communication is vital. If you’re taking your mobile phone or walkie-talkies check that all is in good working order and that they are fully charged. If you are relying on your mobile phone, check beforehand whether you will have a signal. If not, you need to find another method of communication.
It’s important to keep hydrated as well as nourished, so take adequate supplies. Striking the balance between what you can carry and taking ‘safe’ levels of supplies can be difficult so seek advice from your group leader, guide or organiser as to what to pack.
Adventure sports holiday can be character building, exciting and memorable, but safety has to be paramount. Stay safe and enjoy the climb!
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