gaining experience

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gaining experience

by Ezra. » Wed Jan 03, 2018 11:31 am

Hi! I'm a Belgian student with a passion for mountaineering. I like to spend the free time I have in the mountains learning and climbing. So far I've done some climbing courses, the mont blanc and several mountains in the Himalaya and the Pamir of the same difficulty level, however I'd like to improve.

Any recommendations for training courses, climbs,... are welcome. Im very motivated and willing to put a lot of effort into improving. A major problem I'm having though is my poor student budget: my educations cost me a lot and most of the mountaineering courses I can find are rather expensive. Therefore I'm also looking for someone who is willing to share some knowledge or even want to partner up some day to help me out. Right now I am forced to join commercial expeditions and I have the feeling I could learn a lot more if I was able to join a smaller group who is willing to let me join.

Any tips/tricks are welcome, you can always email me on
Greetings, a motivated student! :D

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Re: gaining experience

by seano » Wed Jan 03, 2018 10:46 pm

Speaking as someone who got into mountaineering with more time and motivation than money, I suggest you live cheaply and climb alone. Start with PD routes, then progress to AD-, AD, and so on, steadily improving your skills. You will meet other climbers along the way, some of whom may become partners. Also, be patient -- mountaineering is both skill- and fitness-based, so unlike cycling, where your best years are over by your late 30s, you can perform close to your best well into your early 40s.

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Re: gaining experience

by ExcitableBoy » Thu Jan 04, 2018 6:18 pm

Learning on your own is hard going, but it can be done. Another avenue would be university outdoor clubs, mountaineering clubs, or finding experienced climbers to mentor you.

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Re: gaining experience

by Sunny Buns » Sat Jan 06, 2018 9:42 am

Read this book, cover to cover, practice everything in it that you can safely practice: ... +the+hills

There's a more recent version, but the one above will save you a little money. If you can afford the newest one, get it, but the old ones are good also.

This one is even older - it will save you even more money: ... +the+hills

The Accidents in North American Mountaineering book comes out each year from the American Alpine Club. Each accident is described, and then an analysis is given. It is very educational - you can learn from the mistakes of others. You will not want to stop reading them. Old ones should be just as educational as the new ones. ... YW9EJFBDR0

This book is old, but if you are interested in ice climbing, might be a good one to start with. Paperback is good, don't need hard cover: ... +chouinard

Good luck!

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