You love a good challenge to test your abilities and endurance. When it comes to a challenge worth scaling, mountain climbing is not for the faint of heart. If you are heading out on this adventure, there are a few mountain climbing must-haves you need to take with you for the journey.
You already know you need ropes, harbingers, and the like for a mountain climb. Our list of must-have items will focus on the just as important but more often overlooked essentials you need for the adventure.
1. Navigational tools
When it comes to mountain climbing must-haves, navigational tools should be at the top of any list. The great outdoors gives you plenty of opportunities to explore and test your skills, but they can also become overwhelming to the point of being dangerous without the right navigational tools. Getting lost during a mountain climbing expedition can quickly turn into a life or death situation and navigational tools may be the only thing preventing it. These tools can be maps of the area, GPS devices, or a good old fashioned compass, but it is always a good idea to have one or more of these items on you.
Many mountain climbers overlook the importance of a headlamp. This is one of the best things to pack for a mountain climbing trip because it will give you light while leaving your hands free for more important things. Even if you aren’t planning on climbing into the dusk, a headlamp is great for other stuff around camp like cooking or cleaning while still leaving your hands free.
3. First aid kit
One of the most important mountain climbing must-haves is a first aid kit. Accidents happen when you are out exploring the wilderness which is why a first aid kit is an absolute necessity. While you will want the more basic items of bandages, gauze, and antiseptic solution, you will also need more specific items such as a snake bite kit, bug spray, a thermal blanket, and an EPI pen in case of a severe allergic reaction in the wild.
4. Extra water and food
You are likely bringing food and water on your trip, but there is a good reason to always bring a little extra. If something goes wrong and you are stranded in the mountains, having an extra day or two of water and food can be the difference between life or death. If you are looking to save on space, you can bring a small water purifying tool with you as your backup plan, but the key is to make sure you have some form of drinkable water in case of an emergency.
There is no denying that shelter is an important part of the journey. If you are doing a several day trek, you will obviously need a tent, but even if you are only planning a one day excursion with the intention of being back before sundown, you still need to bring some form of shelter. If something unforeseen happens and you end up forced to stay overnight, even having just a basic tarp can help protect you from the elements as the temperatures drop in the mountains at night.