How to get prepared for high altitude?
There are several reasons that make mountaineering different from other sports. The most important among those could be said to be the lack of a generally accepted competition in this field. This may also be the reason behind the image of mountaineering as an adventure rather than a sport. However, despite all misbelieves; mountaineering is a sport that requires highly disciplined training.

Some of the parameters that affect a mountaineer’s performance can be listed as below:

  • Physical Performance: Physical ability composed of aerobic endurance and physical endurance/strength/strength endurance components is a fundamental requirement in mountaineering as in all other sports.
  • Technical Ability: In high altitudes, you may be required to apply several techniques from rock and ice climbing. Each and every one of these would require use of some technical tools and equipments. Being able to use those equipment in a practical way over the changing terrains throughout the climb constitutes one of the important legs for summit success.
  • Experience: Being able to make sound and fast decisions under hard conditions can become a natural reflex for experienced mountaineers. To apply the most appropriate decision is critical for both reducing the risk and guaranteeing the success of the climb.
  • Motivation: Although the absence of one of the above parameters can lead to the failure of the climb, there presence may not always result in success. In high altitudes where a summit can take for months, the ability to maintain motivation for an extended period of time becomes one of the very important factors for the success.

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