May 11, 2016 9:38 pm Published by Leave your thoughts
A strong mountain goat on top of Mount Massive

I wish I was a mountain goat or at-least as strong.

“My father considered a walk among the mountains as the equivalent of churchgoing.”

– Aldous Huxley

As fellow peakbaggers we want to speak to other peakbagging couples.

First thing first. The first thing is considering “SAFETY” from all angles and all perspectives. Hiking and mountain climbing involves a great deal of risk and prioritizing safety means being prepared for any situation.

This is our 4 safety mantras that we are following and we will be following throughout this entire endevour.

“Knowledge is power on the trail. Know how to keep yourself and your group safe every time you go out.”

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Knowledge & Proper Gear

We are watching YouTube videos, reading blogs, reading books, learning about proper gear use and everything that is in our power to make ourselves educated with mountaineering gears and mountaineering in general.

To stay together

Most of our hikes will be just two of us together but we will also be doing some group hikes. The plan is to: a.) Stay with the crowd when hiking as a solo-couple. b.) Stay with the group at all times during the group hike.

To turn back

If one of us are feeling not well or sick or if we are overly exhausted or tired, our motto is to turn back and come back later. Money and time is secondary to life. You can not put a price tag or time tag on the value of human life. For us staying safe, staying alive and staying together is more important that finishing our goal. Now, having said that, we also know that we are hardcore, and no matter how many times we may have to “turn back”, we will come again and we will keep coming until we reach to the summit and hike back to the camp. In another words, we are nor afraid to screw our plans or change our plans.

Emergencies/Back-up Plan

When we are hiking solo, we will be sharing our trip information with our close friends and family and we will be requesting them to contact us every 12-24 hours by phone. We will be calling back and informing our emergency contact before and after each hike.

“Most falls and injuries occur when hikers are descending a trail.”

fixed ropes and other climbing gears

The Essentials That We Carry:

This is our listing of the clothing and equipment that we bring to almost all of our hikes. (If you are new to mountain climbing and hiking, it’s important to remember that you must know how to use these gears. Just carrying them with you will not help much in times of need).

  1. Map
  2. Compass
  3. Guidebook
  4. GPS Watch
  5. Hiking poles
  6. Flashlight
  7. Matches
  8. Cigarette Lighter
  9. First Aid Kit (with personal medication, if any)
  10. Whistle
  11. Swiss Pocket Knife
  12. Warm Clothing (layer jackets, long pants, woolen hat, full-body long underwears)
  13. Climbing Helmet
  14. Dry Food & 500 ml Bottled Water
  15. Water Bottle with Water Purification
  16. Rain/Wind Jacket & Pants
  17. Sturdy Footwear (Mountaineering Boots)
  18. Trash Bags
  19. Insect Repellant
  20. Sunglasses
  21. Sunscreen
  22. Gloves
  23. Cord & Ropes
  24. DSLR Camera with accessories
  25. GoPRO Camera with accessories
  26. iPhones with add on battery & charging cord
  27. Selfie stick for iPhone

ascender for climbing steep rock or ice wall

8 Additional for Overnight Trips:

  • Tent
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Foam Pad
  • Stove
  • Fuel
  • Pots, Cup, Bowl, Spoon
  • More Food
  • Travel kit (Toothbrush, etc), Small Towel, Extra Underwear & Socks

FYI Fact: “Alpine zone is the area above treeline.”

mountaineering equipment backpack

Few Additional Items for Alpine ZoneAvalanche Terrain & AT Climbs:

  • Avalanche Transceiver
  • Avalanche Probe
  • Small Snow Shovel
  • Insulated Boots
  • Overmitts
  • Snowshoes
  • Ice Axe
  • Crampons
  • Face Mask
ice climbing with all eqipment

Ice climbing with all equipment

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This post was written by Salil Jha