|Climbing holidays are becoming increasingly popular as more and more people from amateurs to professional mountaineers attempt to scale our rugged worth in pursuit of adventure recreation. It is the ultimate adrenaline rush for some to climb a large mountain although the ascent of a relatively small escarpment can be rewarding for the beginner.|
Some companies offer intensive climbing tour holidays and give even the beginner all the encouragement and advice they need to climb. All equipment is always provided or is at least available for hire. Local guides have tried and tested the mountains that they guide upon and so you are relatively safe in their hands with their expert advice, knowledge, guidance and most importantly, survival skills. Running out of vital supplies can prove not just to be a mistake but in extreme cases fatal. A good climbing guide will obviously see to it that adequate supplies are taken on any expedition.
Booking a specialist climbing holiday through a reputable tour operator is a sensible thing to do, especially if your knowledge of the subject is minimal. It is also a lot more economical, especially where equipment is provided. They can also provide you with adequate climbing insurance in case of a medical emergency. If you had an accident, you would be covered medically and be safe in the peace of mind that you would be taken care of properly. Many people are prone to altitude sickness although climbing guides will be able to help and assist to make you more comfortable at higher elevations, should you require attention.
To have accomplished a climb to the summit of one of the world's greatest mountains is more than most people will accomplish in their lifetime and only around 70 climbers have managed to reach the very top of all the world's highest summits. Here is a list of some of the world's highest scalable mountains including their locations and their heights:
South America (Argentina)
Australasia (New Guinea)
North America (Alaska)
Also known as Mount McKinley
Located in Russia's Caucasus mountains
Antarctica (South Pole)