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Transitioning from Trekking to Technical Mountaineering in Three Steps

If you've already tackled popular trekking routes or peaks like Kilimanjaro, Everest Base Camp or Toubkal and discovered your passion for mountaineering, you might be wondering how to take the next step and delve into the technical side of this awe-inspiring sport.

In this video, I’ll share with you three effective ways to transition from trekking to technical mountaineering with the hopes of empowering you to embark on an epic challenge of learning new skills and furthering your self confidence in the world of high altitude mountaineering:

1. Start with a Skills Course

Participating in a skills course not only allows you to acquire crucial knowledge like self-arrest techniques but also provides a valuable opportunity to interact with experienced mountaineering guides.


2. Clip In and Climb Your First Ferrata Route

While not classified as technical climbing or technical mountaineering, via Ferrata routes offer an excellent avenue to test your comfort level with exposure and heights. Via Ferratas also teach you to be self-reliant and attentive to every move, particularly if you embark on easier routes independently, without a guide.


3. Start with Short Alpine Trips

Instead of committing to lengthy expeditions like Mera Peak or Island Peak which can take two to three weeks, consider starting with shorter alpine trips to destinations like the Alps or Scotland. These day-long or two-day excursions provide a chance to dip your toes into the world of technical mountaineering without investing significant time, effort, and resources. By opting for smaller trips, you can explore whether this aspect of mountaineering resonates with you before embarking on more substantial commitments. It's an invaluable opportunity to assess your passion and compatibility with the technical challenges of mountaineering.


TIP: Make Notes of What You Loved About Each Trip.


Seems mundane, I know, but here’s why:


By defining the aspects that bring you the most joy and fulfilment, you can develop a clearer vision of the routes and peaks that align with your preferences. By defining what brings you joy and fulfilment, you can chart a course that aligns with your preferences instead of blindly following popular trends.


Moving from trekking to technical mountaineering can be nerve-wracking and overwhelming even with these three helpful ways.


But, if you dream of climbing mountains like Mont Blanc, Elbrus, Denali, Mera & Island Peak or even Everest but don’t have the technical skills and knowledge required for peaks of that calibre then let’s talk, for free, to discuss how you can get there.


In the call, we’ll define your long term goals, map out a plan of action to get you there, and answer questions you may have about how I can help you get there much faster than you would on your own. Click here to book your call and take me up on this game-changing conversation:

Moving from trekking to technical peaks doesn’t happen by “luck” but instead with a well thought out plan and long term vision of the kind of mountaineer you want to be. Let’s do it together.


I’m rooting for you and all that’s to come because of the choices you make in moments like this.


Kate x

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