Our last post was about a famous mountaineer, Jim Whittaker, who was the first American to reach the summit of Mount Everest. Today’s post is for those who want to follow in his footsteps, no matter what level you’re currently at today. Here are seven places you’ll want to visit if you want to be a mountaineer!
1. Mount Fuji, Japan
If you are beginner mountain climber, Mount Fuji is a great start! It reaches almost 13,000 feet above Tokyo, Japan and, according to Red Bull, “The hike up the most popular route, Kawaguchiko, is a great introduction to the stamina needed for climbing mountains, without technical terrain.” Hikes start at 7,545 feet and finish at the summit which is 12,388 feet. They take about 8 hours (if you’re fit) and the season lasts 2 months (July 1-August 31), so you better get moving!
2. Tofana di Rozes, Italy
Another beginner mountain for new climbers, Tofana de Rozes is in Italy and is part of the Dolomite mountain range. From the beginning of the trailhead to the summit you climb only 3,937 feet, but you did get to have some exposed rock climbing with the system of iron ladders, rungs, and cables (called ferrata) attached to the mountain. The climb takes about 5 hours, most of that spent on the ferrata.
3. Breithorn, Switzerland
This mountain in Switzerland is our final beginner mountain. It is 13,000 feet high and is the most-climbed mountain in the Alps. You actually take a cable car 12,740 feet up and then you go through snow and glaciers using crampons and ice axes. Although it’s a short climb, it really helps build your stamina and get you used to climbing in snow and ice at high altitudes.
4. Mount Rainier, WA
Mount Rainier is 14,411 feet high and you can see it from Seattle. But this mountain is not for beginners. You have to traverse the largest glacier in the lower 48 states and you’ll need quite a bit of knowledge, or at least an expert mountaineer to lead you, to make it up this mountain. This is one of the best big mountain experiences in the United States and certainly will build up your expertise and get you ready for the expert mountains to come.
5. Mount Shasta, CA
If you want to go to the mountains of California, Mount Shasta is one of the most popular and adventurous of the mountain destinations in America. Mount Shasta rises 14,179 feet above sea level and the most popular routes begin at 7,000 feet and lead across rock moraine, snowfield, and even glacial features. This is great if you want a bit of challenge and need to increase your endurance and fortitude for some of the more expert mountains.
6. Mount Everest, Asia
Mount Everest is the world’s tallest mountain and has a lot of challenges. In fact, it is one of the most physically challenging mountains to climb. People face death climbing that mountain at any time of the year. You need expert training, an incredible guide, and a great group of people if you want to traverse this mountain safely. But if you love a challenge and think you’re at expert mountaineer level, go test yourself against this amazing mountain!
7. Mount Fitz Roy, South America
One of the most technically challenging mountains in the world, Mount Fitz Roy in South America has incredibly steep sides and its weather is highly unpredictable. Although not as dangerous as Mount Everest, you should have an excellent guide, a great deal of technical knowledge and experience, and a whole heck of a lot of courage to take on this mountain!