Heading out West to the Rockies or Cascades? North to Alaska? Dropping down south of the border for an Andes climbing adventure?
Some of the most rewarding climbs are those that challenge the limits of your ability and comfort zones. Choosing this type of objective and then planning and preparing and then successfully executing the climb can be a life changing experience. Conversely, when a great deal of time and financial resources are directed at one of these objectives and you fall short, often due to poor preparation, it can be equally life changing and these experiences often sour climbers towards alpinism.
Alpinists know that at some point they will face adversity, and they understand the importance that their preparation will have on how they will react and perform when it counts. Training and preparation are every bit as important as execution.
In the southeast we face unique challenges for training for big mountains and long alpine routes- We don’t have 12,000ft tall “training peaks” that we can climb to prepare for an ascent of Mount Rainier or the Matterhorn. We don’t have access to glaciers to go practice crevasse rescue, and often times we don’t really get to test our cold weather systems until we arrive at our objective, thousands of miles away. Many aspiring alpinists rely on internet message boards, trip reports, manufacturer and retailer recommendations and reviews, word of mouth and advice from fellow climbers. Unfortunately the information we receive is not always tempered with real world experience. It can run the gamut from spot on to totally inaccurate. But how will you know? If you knew enough to determine the accuracy of the information your getting you’d likely not be asking the question in the first place.
Nobody can guarantee success on a climb and no amount of advice or preparation can be a substitute for the knowledge and experience and margin of safety you’ll gain under the direct leadership and tutelage of a professional guide, however, if the guide service that you will be using is located thousands of mile away they probably aren’t in a position to work with you, hands on, to train and evaluate everything from your fitness and skill level to the gear you plan to use.
If you’re planning to climb a big mountain or a long demanding rock climb you can stack the odds in your favor by hiring a professional climbing guide to help prepare you for your climb regardless if I will guide you, somebody else will guide you, or you’ll be going for it on your own.
Please contact us to discuss your specific objectives. From creating a specialized workout plan, a self-rescue or land navigation refresher, or something as short and informal as a few hour gear check for you and your team, we can help. Even if you don’t plan to use our services and just have some questions, feel free to call, we love to “talk climbing” and we’d be happy to answer your questions or help direct you to a source that can provide you with the information you’re looking for.