layering_strategies

Warm Is Right

Layering strategies for alpine routes and bivouacs What to wear? It’s the perennial question when packing for an ice route or alpine peak. When I plan my clothing and bivouac systems, whether for a one-day or a multi-day route, I use three principles. First, bring as few different items as possible. Second, manage moisture (I […]

Marching outside the zone of small stones, carries or quarries

Areas of small stones (carries or quarries)

These rocky areas differ from areas of large boulders or blocks of greater instability of the ground due to move “sets” of the stones that lining, which act much like sand or powder. In this sense, these places can be crossed without problems depending on the degree of slope, and taking into account safety considerations, […]

Marching outdoors sloping land areas

Areas of steep terrain

Regardless of the type of soil that covers it (rock, snow, soil, vegetation, etc.)., The steep terrain, sloping, steep to be transitive (raised or lowered, climbing or down climbing) given certain precautions: Do not walk ahead of the slope . What forces you to walk in diagonal or zigzag, and forever (especially if it was […]

Marching to the outdoor area oflarge stones and rocks

Areas of large rocks or stones (scree or blocks)

The scree, crags and rocky ground, areas of loose rocks or stones more or less large (larger than a football about) can be ground fairly easy to navigate on foot, as long as they know how. Failure to understand and master the techniques of running in this type of soil, a fall can cause serious […]

Marching outside with dense vegetation

Areas of dense vegetation

Places of dense, shrubby or bushy as beech forests or coihue of Araucania and Patagonia are virtually impenetrable and can cause unpleasant surprises in the security group if they do not follow certain rules designed to facilitate foot traffic. The breaks or stops grouping should be in comfortable places, that is, less dense vegetation. Typically, […]

step-climbing

Areas that require steep climb but climbing

The difference between climbing and climbing climbing is that it marks the level of difficulty. Climbing is supposed to be normal in some hiking paths in the non-use assurances required for use in climbing routes. So, to climb hand, we also use in addition to the feet, but we will not go uninsured. Therefore it […]

rock-girls

Areas of rock girls

A flat terrain full of rocks girls (smaller than a handball or handball ball) due to soft mineral (conglomerate, limestone, etc.). Usually easy to navigate, but hunting for the joints. However, if these are lining a slope, the issue was more complicated. Therefore: Post is not impossible, but degrades much this type of soil, in […]

Areas-of-large-rocks

Areas of large rocks (blocks or scree)

When there are large rocks, the product of hard minerals (granite, gneiss, etc.). The road is usually passable. But as always, we must take into account some issues to avoid mistakes that could lead to serious accidents if they fall: You can go from rock to rock, provided management have some balance, and choose the […]

density-trees

Lots of dense vegetation

The density of vegetation (shrubs, bushes, stunted trees, etc.). Low and medium mountain can go from completely prevent the passage, to do difficult, tedious and time consuming to navigate. In general, we must consider the following areas of dense vegetation: Avoiding or surround if you can travel the other way without vegetation or less closed […]

grass or low vegetation.

Drop-offs with grass or low vegetation

The main issue that can walk through a field of grass or low vegetation that we can not avoid walking is the possibility of slipping if it is wet (from dew) or wet, obviously increases the risk the greater the slope of the terrain. Therefore, we must take into account both uphill and downhill: Avoid […]