Climbing Equipment for the Head: Choosing a Helmet

Definitely mountain climbing is an extremely exciting activity, yet there are several dangers in store for you. One of the most common accidents is getting your head injured by falling debris or by swinging into rocks. Therefore, it is essential that you pick a good helmet to protect yourself against any unfortunates. Here we will provide some features that you should look into when purchasing a helmet:

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Kinds of climbing helmets

There are 2 basic types of helmet, both of which will save you from unexpected objects, but each of them will serve in different situations.

  • Hardshell/Suspension helmet: This type has a traditional design with hard plastic outer shell with an interior webbing system. Though it is heavier, this type has greater durability than the other. Hardshell helmet serves best in case there are vertical attack, which means you should use it in case you know you have to face up with a lot of falling stones.
  • Foam/Hybrid helmet: This type is constructed with a crown of foam inside a thin plastic shell. Thanks to the layer of foam extending to the rim of the helmet, it can protect your skull against side and rearward impacts even when its outer shell is broken. This is perfect if you have to prepare for potential falling from mountain wall.

Assess fitting level

After choosing your ideal type of helmet, you had better check if your helmet is perfectly fit to offer you the best protection.

  • Placing your helmet squarely on your head, prevent it from veering backwards, and tighten the front trim across your forehead.
  • Shake your head from side to side to make sure that it fits perfectly without any loose.
  • To ensure its fitting level once more, buckle the chin strap and see if the front and back straps already form a “Y” shape around your ears. There should be no slack so that it can stay fit on your head during the whole mountain trip.

Other features

  • Headlamps: Even if you do not intend to climb until after dawn, you should still pay attention to headlamps in case the journey may take longer than you expect. Therefore, many helmet suppliers now provide clips attached on the front top so that climbers can attach their lamps. Try installing your headlamps to check whether your lamp and clip are compatible.
  • Weight: If you are about to bring with you a lot of gear, weight of the helmet should be taken into account. Try on different helmets to see whose weight is most comfortable for you.
  • Layering: Different weather conditions will require different layers. The outer shell should be highly adjustable so that for winter climbing you can put in a balaclava or buff to keep your head warm.

No alternatives

This is extremely important since many people tend to underestimate possible dangers and replace climbing helmets with bike ones. Each types of helmet will serve different purposes, which means substitutes can hardly keep you safe, even leading to tragic results.

Some tips before climbing a mountain

The exciting feeling you get when reaching the top of a mountain turns climbing into an extremely recreational activity for many people. However amazing it may appear, there will be several dangers in store for you if you do not spend enough time and effort preparing carefully before a mountain trip. Below are some necessary tips you should keep in mind before climbing a mountain:

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Research the area

You should learn about the desired area as much as possible since different areas have different features. Some basic things that you must find out are weather condition, height, length of the journey, and most possible routes. Besides, you should check whether you may need a permit to enter the area. As for a few mountains located in remote regions, you had better pay attention to available safety service nearby and learn about local ethics.

Boost up your mental and physical strength

Climbing is relatively painstaking and risky, therefore, a number of people tend to give up in the halfway. To reach the end of the trip, you should first prepare your mental condition. The assessment involves not only testing if you are determined enough, but also figuring out your ability of making a decision, remaining calm when facing unexpected incidents, as well as your positive attitude towards nature.
Mountain climbing is definitely made for fit people. If you do not obtain enough physical strength to take part in this strenuous activity, not only will you give up easily but also encounter possible accidents. Before climbing a mountain, it is important that you should practice your physical skills with a lot of running, jogging, weightlifting, climbing, or anything that reinforces physical strength and endurance.

Prepare gear

  • Clothes: Remember to bring warm coats (but avoid cotton ones), well – padded hiking socks, boots with strong ankles, crampons, fleece and rain gear,…, all of which will keep you warm and dry along the journey.
  • Support kit: The condition on a mountain is rather harsh, bringing about different minor incidents. Matches or lighters will prove extremely effective at night. Besides, you should pack some needles and thread, knife, whistle and ziploc bags. Most importantly, do not forget first – aid kit, so you can save yourself in case of unavailable nearby health care service.
  • Food and water: Mountain hiking requires a lot of endurance, which means the food you bring must be high – calory one to recover your energy quickly. A lot of water is a must – have item, since it will keep you stay away from heat stroke.

A training course

Actually, as a freshman in this activity, you really should attend a course with professional instructors. You may do a lot of research and get advice from many experienced people, but nothing or no one can ensure that you are preparing for your health condition in the right way or you have bought suitable kit. Hence learning with an expert will help you train both your body and your attitude better, plus you can be guided to properly prepare for your trip.