What is it?
Mountaineering involves a combination of hill walking and scrambling as well as rock and ice climbing in mountainous areas.
Britain is perfect for hill walking, you can explore beautiful scenery, visit new places, and challenge yourself and it can be done with friends, family or alone.
Why is it good for me?
Mountaineering is a great cardiovascular workout that can help increase your strength.
Being in the outdoors is also great for your mental health, and gives you the opportunity to meet some new mountaineering friends, and work on your team building skills and confidence.
How much does it cost?
A day out on the hills doesn’t cost a thing – unless you need to pay to get there.
Mountaineering courses can vary in price, and specialist equipment can be expensive.
What equipment do I need?
The equipment you need will vary depending on the activity, environment, time of year, and weather conditions. For basic hill walking, you’ll need:
- Sturdy footwear, such as boots
- Warm and waterproof clothing
- Food and fluids to maintain energy levels
- Map and compass
Never forget, the higher you ascend outdoors the more unpredictable the weather can be (the temperature can drop around 10˚C for every 1000m climbed) so you need to be prepared. Contact your local climbing centre for details.