Mountain climbing or mountaineering isn’t only for men. At present, various women are engaging in this kind of sport. As Robyn Erbefield, a famous climber quoted, being a woman is no plus or handicap; men and women can climb. There are times when men can be stronger but women can also be strong.
Although there are few distinctions between women and men who climb mountains, such that women are refined while men tend to be brute; both still enjoy the thrills of reaching the summit. It has been recorded that in 1659, there were 79 women who successfully climbed Mt. Everest and in the 1990s, 6 women climbed the mountain twice. It is very interesting to know that a good number of women are getting involved in mountain climbing.
Whether a woman is an experienced mountaineer or just a beginner, inherent danger is still present in climbing. One shouldn’t take any precautions for granted. It will be useful to provide guidelines that can maximize any woman’s safety. Consider the following sound advice:
1. Before climbing, check on the temperature. Because mountain climbing can include rock and ice climbing, a climber can expect a subzero to extremely hot temperatures. Proper training and skill development are vital. One can hire an instructor to properly advise her of the dos and don’ts in mountain climbing.
2. Mountaineering involves difficulties of elevation, distance covered, and environmental conditions. There can be loose rock on the route. The climber should check the condition of lower offs and bolts. She should always check on her own harness and knots.
3. Proper gear such as boots, jackets, pants, and helmets should be prepared. Technical climbing equipment like ice axes, crampons, and ropes should also be brought. Gears and equipment should be matched to the temperature when the planned climb will be executed. These things are essential once there is an increase in potential fall and slope angle.
4. Even pregnant women want to continue their climbing. There is no problem with this unless it will be done during the first weeks of pregnancy. They should be aware of the risks they are taking. She should take it easy and slow down when she begins to feel heavy and tired. She should utilize a full-body harness when a bump has increased.
Women engage in different extreme sports and mountain climbing proves to be an added challenge to their ability. They have been involved in mountaineering not just to be physically fit but to add adventure to their lives. There are many rewards associated with mountain climbing thus many women dedicate their lives to reach the highest and the most difficult peak they can climb.