Mountain climbing comes with lots of attached activities, which at the end bring about a lot of fun.
Want to become a Mountaineer ?
Mountaineering is the set of activities that involves ascending mountains. mountaineering-related activities include traditional outdoor climbing, skiing, and traversing via Ferrata. Indoor climbing, sport climbing and bouldering are also considered mountaineering by some.
You’ve always wanted to venture into the great wilderness and hike in the mountains but don’t know if you’re physically capable to take the rigours that such undertakings involve. There’s only one way to find out: enrol in a training course. Not only with a mountaineering course equip you physically and mentally, but it will also add immeasurably to your overall sense of well-being.
Start by joining the BMC (Basic Mountaineering Course), followed by AMC (Advance Mountaineering Course) at any of the many IMF(Indian Mountaineering Foundation) approved Mountaineering Institutes in India. It will help you learn the basics of the discipline and also help you understand if you are really interested in mountaineering or it is just a fleeting thought.
As the name suggests, BMC offers basic orientation and skills in rope work, rock craft, ice craft, camp craft, expedition planning, mountaineering awareness, outdoor survival, wilderness navigation, exposure to glaciers and high Himalayan Ranges and a real climb to a high point or a peak. Emergency procedures are an essential part of BMC. The first few days are spent in theoretical classes after which the trainees are taken to a glacier for the rest of the course. The course is physically and mentally challenging and you must be fit before you go for the course.
The age limit is from 18-35.
Advanced Mountaineering Course
AMC offers more practical oriented and imparts advanced techniques of climbing with greater emphasis on expedition planning and execution, emergencies, peak climbing, team building, leadership qualities to acquire the skills and confidence to organize and undertake challenging expeditions on your own.
Try to complete your AMC as soon as you can after BMC, which will make it easier for you.
The age limit is 18-40 years.
Search and Rescue Course
Only those trainees who have been graded ‘A’ in the Advance Mountaineering Course from any of the IMF approved institutes are eligible for Search & Rescue Course. SAR is invaluable as it teaches you all the emergencies and rescue procedures, evacuation systems, saving lives in extreme situations. The course covers Search & Rescue operations in the Himalayas with particular reference to Rescue techniques on rock, snow and ice & wilderness environments. First-aid, Radio Telephony, Mountain Navigation, Audio and Visual communication signals and evacuation methods including the use of helicopters. SAR is mostly about being self-reliant and developing your confidence to undertake rescue operations.
Methods of Instruction Course
The aim of this course is to prepare mountaineers, for becoming potential Instructors, as for many it’s a career opportunity in mountaineering and allied sports. Teaches you more about how to impart training to others and is important for those of you who wish to become climbing or outdoor instructors either in schools or adventure industry. Besides imparting outdoor skills, these courses are an excellent tool for self-confidence and character building and should be done by everyone who wants to test their limits.
Only those trainees who have been graded ‘A’ in the Advance Mountaineering Course from any of the IMF approved institutes are eligible for Search & Rescue Course.
There are few nationalised mountaineering institutes by IMF (Indian Mountaineering Foundation) in India which are considered to be the best.