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This basic overview will give you an idea of what is involved in a climb.

Inexperience, poor planning, and inadequate equipment can all contribute to injury or death, so knowing what to do right matters.

1 Mountains create their own weather systems (micro-climates). Learn how to read portents of bad weather, how to read the clouds, how to test wind direction, and understand what weather changes throughout the day mean for your climb.

2 Watch DVDs about mountain climbing experiences.

3 Assess your mental strength. Are you a good problem-solver? Do you panic easily or resort to making rash decisions? This kind of temperament is dangerous when climbing a mountain, which needs a steady head.

4 Get fit.Skiing and snowboarding (especially if you intend to use these as means for returning after a climb, which is really extreme but possible on some mountains).

5 Acquire the gear, if you plan on climbing more than one mountain, it's a good investment.

6 Learn about mountaineering ethics. Tread softly, This code was developed for safety purposes and is essential reading for beginners.

7 A mountain club can offer you specialized courses in such skills as (and you need to know them all): Ice climbing, cutting ice steps, using the ice axe etc…

8 Plan your first climb. Try non-technical “walk-up” mountains to begin with, such as Mount Elbert and Mount Kilimanjaro. Remember that every climb can be that little bit harder and higher, so don't try to overdo it to begin with.

9 Keep improving your skills and trying harder mountain climbs.Volcanoes tend to form great beginner mountains of this type and with basic training, you should be able to accomplish them easily. Examples include volcanoes in Ecuador and Mexico, as well as trekking mountains in Nepal.

10Find a good guide. Spend time talking to experienced climbers in club meetings. They can tell you a great deal more than you'll ever learn just from reading.

11 Prepare for the trip. If this travel includes flying overseas, you'll also need to take into account baggage allowances and visa requirements, etc. In both cases, consider ensuring that you have insurance for equipment loss, and for medical evacuation, injury, and death.

12 Understand what's involved on arrival at the mountain. Use this time to double and triple check your gear.Eat a good meal and get to bed early.

13 Begin climbing.Stick to your route unless there are major encumbrances preventing you from doing so. Enjoy the summit. Take photos and feel proud.

14 Descend with plenty of time to get back safely. Stay focused on finding good footholds when scrambling, and climbing down.

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