Topic - high altitude beginner!
| by - G1000 on - 12 Feb 2013
My only experience of climbing has been a stint of ice climbing on a frozen waterfall in Sweden and it didn't end so well! Other than that it has been scrambling in Snowdonia and walking rest of UK. I have the opportunity to try a (or more than one!) mountain in the Peruvian Andes late May/early June and i'm not sure where to start.
I don't really know how fit I should be (my arms are quite weak) and how to get fit for that environment. I'm slightly injured so it will take some time to get fit. I think there are beginner climbing mountains that have no vertical ice stretches and although you use crampons and axe, it's not technical. There seem to be a lot of options for difficulty levels, some stretching into vertical ice climbing. The mountains for beginners don't seem to be lower than 5600-5700m tho so possible altitude issues.
Any advice on training, how to know I am fit enough, anything I should try in the UK first and even if anyone has been there and can shed some light would be fab.
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