Always prepare a first-aid box for yourself and your team.Always carry enough match boxes in water resistant bags (zip lock).Your footwear should be appropriate for the mountain’s terrain. Many big mountains have several terrains, temperatures, and weather conditions, depending on the area’s altitude. You should make sure that you have it all covered and that your gear and clothing can accommodate any changes in your environment.

Mountain climbing requires preparation. Train for it, stay informed and keep updating yourself on techniques and trends.

Hydrate yourself often and eat foods that’ll help you maintain a good energy level.

In case of cold weather, KEEP MOVING!, keep your body in motion and do not stop.

Keep improving your skills and trying harder mountain climbs.

Be physically and mentally prepared!

Have a sense of humor.

Know your strengths – and weaknesses.

Setting goals is key to accomplishments. Set them high.

Perspectives on an issue are so powerful and so variable.

It is always the combination of the probability of a mis-step and its consequence that expose the true risk and logical level of protection. Ignoring this equation could be fatal when climbing a mountain.

There are loose rocks everywhere and you try to avoid them, but sometimes you just get hit by them no matter how cautious you are. That’s what helmets and ropes are for.

A guide, an expert, or a mentor expands one’s definition of what is possible, safe or dangerous. Situational awareness expands exponentially with experience. They likely know your limits better than you do.

Often, it is just encouragement – mere words at the right moment – which can bring you to an entirely new physical or mental level. “I can’t” or “I don’t think I can” becomes “I did” with a simple firm statement of, “Yes, you can!” Positive thoughts that you truly believe, even if based on inaccurate information, are huge multipliers.

Teamwork is another huge multiplier.

One misstep can be life changing: focus your mind in the present.

Preparation is critical. There is no faking physical conditioning. A good night’s sleep, though desirable, is overrated and not vital because the adrenaline kicks in.

Break big obstacles into pieces you can easily relate to: something more manageable in your own mind. The last 1,000 feet is not 1,000 feet, it becomes climbing the 36 floors in my building only three more times, something I had done many times in preparation for the trip.

The goal is not always obvious so try to define it clearly. The elation upon reaching the top was quickly muted when I realized the real goal was to safely walk away from the mountain, another six hours of careful climbing away.

When the once-in-a-lifetime scene is before you, either figure out how to capture it or wake up the photographer.  Sleep is not worth missing the opportunity to capture the moment forever.

What a person chooses to do is not just their own business. It has major ramifications to those around them. Be aware and diligent with that responsibility.

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