Courtesy of Edgar Betancourth
These are also multi-day trips that require a lot of previous physical and technical training. You need more equipment than with hiking or trekking. And you’ll also need to know how to use it properly.
For example, you must know how to climb on ice with crampons. You also need to know how to use an ice axe. And how to safely cross huge cracks on the ice. Not to mention how to survive snowstorms, and how to walk on glaciers. And if you slip, how to rescue yourself with an ice axe.
In addition, in some locations, you need to be strong enough to be able to endure long hours of ascending with low levels of oxygen.
Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills is a good introduction to mountaineering if you’re looking to get started. I also recommend Into Thin Air, which is a personal account of the Mount Everest disaster of 1996.
So far I have gone hiking and trekking all over Guatemala and some other places in Central America. I love it so much that I’ve decided to start preparing for mountaineering. I can tell you that all three of these outdoor adventures are amazing I love each of them for different reasons.
Hiking is my favourite getaway for those days when I don’t have much time.
I enjoy trekking on long weekends when I want to go to a nearby volcano. Or trek to three of them like I did with the Trilogy Tour and do some camping.
Mountaineering is already proving to be quite an exciting challenge, even the preparation for it is a lot of fun.
Which do you prefer, hiking, trekking or mountaineering?
Let me know in the comments below.
Lourdes is a soon to be lawyer from Guatemala with the mission to explore each corner of the country. Her favourite activity is hiking along with exploring mountains, forests, caves, volcanoes and all that the region has to offer. Her goal is to reach as many summits around the world as she can. You can also find her on facebook, twitter and instagram.