Have you felt the desire to climb the tallest mountain in the world, but had no idea how to go about doing it? Here’s how you can start from being a newbie to acquiring not only the fitness, but the hard and soft skills and mental toughness required to climb the tallest mountain in the world.
Mt Rainier in Seattle is easily accessible and provides the perfect training ground for aspiring climbers to learn new skills due to the snow and glacier covering the mountain. Here you’ll learn how to use crampons, an ice axe and roping. It is your introduction to altitude. After a day of intensive skills training, you’ll spend one good hard day to get to the Summit and back down.
The next step is over the course of about a week, climb between 2 – 4 Mexican Volcanoes. These mountains are between 14 – 18k feet. These mountains aren’t quite as technical, but not only will you get increasing exposure to altitude, by going up and down between 2 – 4 times, you’ll be able to learn what it takes to do acclimatization rotations on Everest.
Now you’re ready for your first major expeditionary style mountain. Weather depending, 24 days on 23,xxx ft Aconcagua in Argentina will give your first taste of establishing camps, carrying heavy loads and making the mountain your home for an extended period of time. This is the tallest mountain outside the Himalayas and you’ll learn not only how to survive harsh weather conditions, but also how to maintain yourself personally and mentally.
Before heading to your next mountain, an 8 Day Course in the Spring is called for. The focus will be on learning advanced mountaineering skills such as ascending fixed lines, camping in snow, advanced glacier travel and cramponing, as well as crevasse rescue. Spring time in DENALI/UPPER NORTHWEST, brings between 1 – 2ft of snow per day. You’ll learn not only how to survived, but enjoy the cold.
Your next step is to climb 20,500 ft of much bigger glaciers and harsher weather conditions over 21 days. This expedition will not only improve your skills, but will make you more self-sufficient and less reliant on your guides. There are no porters on this mountain, so you and your team are responsible for getting everything and everyone up and down the mountain. Most importantly, you’ll learn to rely on your fellow teammates to a much greater degree than in the past. You’ll learn how to be solid component of your team.
Now you’re prepared with hard and soft skills that are essential to climb the tallest mountain in the world. Soft skills such as proper preparation, being part of a team and having a good attitude in the face of adverse conditions. You’ll not only be adapted to the harsh conditions of the mountains, but you’ll actually learn to enjoy and see the beauty in it all. Unlike the false characterization in popular media, you’ll be a fully self-sufficient team member who is ready to not only stand on the highest point in the world, but get you and your team safely down.
Contact Mountains Within to start your journey to climbing Mt Everest today!