When it comes to mountain camping trips, you have to think of the necessities you need to take with you. Whether it’s specific clothing, tents or torches, these should always be at the forefront of your mind.
But, what about the factors outside of your bag?
From sickness to the mountains, which is becoming ever more dangerous thanks to global warming, these are things that may slip your mind.
Because of this, we’ve highlighted a few important things to think about before you start climbing and setting up camp.
Firstly up on this list of things to consider before your mountain camping trip is how far you are going. There’s always the chance you could become sick, which is something you have to take into consideration. However, we don’t mean the flu or bug, we mean illnesses that can come from being in the mountains.
If you’re camping, you’re going to be climbing. Therefore you need to be aware of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE) and High Altitude Pulmonary Edema.
The latter two, which are swelling of the brain (HACE) and fluid on the lungs (HAPE) are very difficult to predict, but can be indicated in the following five ways:
- Have you previously experienced high-altitude illness?
- Have you ascended the mountain too rapidly?
- Do you have a medical condition that affects breathing?
- Have you been to a high altitude in the last few weeks?
- Have you exercised or drank alcohol prior to changing altitude?
These are things you need to keep in-mind beforehand if you don’t want to fall prey to these two illnesses. The other, AMS is a common sickness that can affect a lot of people before changing altitudes.
A good tool to carry with you is a monometer, which can be bought from RS Components, which measures air, gas and fluid pressure, and could help you when it comes to altitude pressure changes that may affect you.
Time of year
When are you going and where are you going? This is important, as this will determine whether the area will be dry, wet or snow-covered. Also, how hot or cold it is, and even the wind you’ll encounter.
This will allow you to pack more efficiently. You should also consult with people beforehand to find out what areas to avoid. Obviously, this will begin to change in time due to global warming, but if you monitor these places, and speak to those that monitor them, you’ll be well aware of any changes that happen.
Last up on this list of things to consider before your mountain camping trip is the animals you may encounter. Of course, the mountains may be beautiful, they’re home to a number of wild animals – and we don’t mean the odd squirrel.
This will all depend on the place you’re opting to climb and camp, but check what lives there first. From wolves to bears and snakes and even a moose or deer, you need to know what’s around and where about they live, so you know where to avoid. That’s why it’s important to speak to people who use these areas regularly. This way you’d know where to avoid, helping to prevent the risk of encountering any potentially dangerous wildlife.