Viewed by many as an exhilarating pastime offering the ultimate challenge by testing their endurance, sacrifice and strength, mountain climbing is an extreme, potentially very dangerous pastime.
Lack of experience, inadequate equipment and poor planning, the terrain (in particular when ice is involved) and poor weather can all heighten the risk of sustaining potentially fatal personal injuries when climbing mountains. Dehydration is also a risk, as are oxygen deprivation, hypothermia and exhaustion.
In order to survive climbing a mountain without accidental injuries, it is vital to:
- Make sure you know what to expect from the terrain (research by reading other climbers accounts, taking particular note of potential slip, trip or fall hazards like patches of ice; loose rocks, wet holds, and so on)
- Train regularly before the climb to ensure your body is up to the task
- Never climb alone; climbing in a group and with an experienced guide is safer for a whole list of reasons
- Never attempt to do anything beyond your capabilities
- Keep well hydrated
- Know how to recognise the onset of oxygen deprivation, hypothermia and exhaustion and how to get help quickly
- Always heed the warnings of locals (in particular with regards to impending weather changes; dangerous stretches to overcome and how to overcome them, and so on)
Naturally, it is vital to make sure your equipment is suitable for the task and in good working order.
A tendency to make rash decisions or panic easily, over-confidence or lack of problem solving skills can all land you in trouble and cause mountain climbing accidents, so make sure your mental strength is as well trained and up to the task as your physical strength and fitness.
Slips, trips and falls are not only a risk while climbing a mountain, but also while preparing for a climb. Should you sustain a slip, trip or fall injury before, during or after a climb, through no fault on your part, you could be entitled to personal injury compensation. Accident Advice Helpline solicitors specialise in claims for slip, fall or trip injury compensation and can help you get the compensation you are entitled to swiftly (although exact time frames cannot be predicted); efficiently and under conditional fee agreements. Call our freephone 24/7 helpline today on 0800 689 0500 to find out more about making a public liability claim. Calls to this line are strictly confidential and you will not be under any obligation to pursue a claim at any point.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice