Seven Must-Learn Mountaineering Skills Before Attempting Your First Summit
3. Rope Work
Before heading into the high mountains, first learn the basics of alpine rope work on a moderate crag or climbing wall. Many of the techniques required on alpine ascents are very similar to those employed in traditional-climbing and, with a few obvious variations, sport climbing.
Familiarity with building a belay, abseiling, tying knots and lead climbing are essentials and, depending on the nature of your climb, learning to work with a double rope (or ‘half-rope’) and walking on a rope as part of a team may also be required. Planning and preparation for your climb should incorporate an assessment – and practice – of any rope work you are likely to have to undertake on the mountain.