Saturday, 25 February 2017

The Pre-Climb Checklist

Inexplicably, every time we climb, we seem to neglect to consider at least one thing.  This prompted me to write the below and thought it may be useful to others.

Remember, this area is relatively remote (certainly in terms of mountain rescue).  Be paranoid about avalanches.


Weather:
Wind – pleasantness
Wind – windslab
Temperature
Snowfall (rain equivalence)

History:
Snow conditions
Recent temperature fluctuations

Terrain:
Approach slope
Windslab and snowfall
Slope above route

Approach:
Car parking
Route in
Navigating (maps etc)
Are snowshoes needed?

Daylight:
Time it gets light
Time it gets dark
Can the drive and/or walk-in to be done in the dark?

Comms:
Have you told someone where you are going?
Do you have comms (mobile phone or other)?

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