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When Lightning Strikes in the Mountains | Survival Guide

One estimate is that 24,000 people are killed by lightning strikes around the world each year and about 240,000 are injured. In fact, lightning strikes are more common in mountains than in low lands. That makes them the most dangerous weapon against mountain climbers because they’re also more likely to hit lone objects on high ground. Fortunately, we know a lot about this natural phenomenon – which is why there are some things you can do to stay safe. Thunder and Lightning in History These have played an important role in every society. Some worshipped this phenomena – adoring their rattling sounds and flaming light while still fearing them. It’s why thunder and lightning appear in almost every one of...

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What To Know Before Climbing 5000+ Meters Mountains?

Believe it or not, your body behaves differently at 5000+ meters – which is why you need to know what happens to it before climbing those high mountains far above the clouds. So let’s talk about the symptoms of altitude sickness and how to prevent it so you can conquer the world’s peaks. Why is Altitude Sickness Dangerous at 5000+ meters? Mountain sickness – also called altitude sickness – is caused by oxygen deficiency. You might start feeling symptoms at 2000 meters, but once over the 5000+ meters mark, almost everyone does. It can manifest suddenly, especially when you exceed your body’s limits. And when that happens – hello oxygen starvation. It often happens gradually, however. The first sign is...

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How to Protect Your Skin & Eyes From the Sun In The Mountains?

Skin and Eye Protection. Excessive UV-radiation caused by sunshine is an invisible enemy for our skin and eyes. Since many mountain climbers neglect wearing sunglasses and applying sunscreen, it can lead to skin burns and snow blindness. To avoid these and the other more essential health problems caused by the UV-radiation, you have to follow a couple of basic principles described in the article. UV-radiation and Its Harmful Effect Ultraviolet (international designation - UV) is a part of the solar radiation with a wavelength from 180 to 380 nm. Three types of ultraviolet: UVA 315-380 nm, UVB 280-315 nm; UVC 180-280 nm, which is the most dangerous for all living organisms. Why is UV-radiation dangerous? Significant doses of ultraviolet not...

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How To Pack Your Backpack For a Hiking trip?

A well-packed backpack can contain surprisingly many items of mountain gear. On the contrary, wrong way of packaging causes excessive load on the backbone and shoulders. It leads to fast fatigue and inability to find the relevant stuff inside the bag. That’s why the skill of packing your backpack effectively is vital for every mountain lover. Learn the Art of Packing No matter whether you are a beginner or experienced mountaineer, it is never late to learn the basic principles of collecting hiking stuff in your backpack. Even though packing is an individual matter, everyone worth to know the fundamental principles of packing up the gear. Do Packing in Advance Packing should not be a last-minute activity. Otherwise, there is...

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9 Important Things To Know When Planning Your First Hiking Trip

Doing something for the first time in life broads horizons of the thinking and ruin stereotypes, and first hiking is not an exception. Every mountaineer remembers that excitement and intriguing feelings before the very first outdoor adventure. However, many people quit their first hiking even before it starts. In this article, we decided to figure out reasons why some people put off their first hiking trip year after year. And to prevent the tendency of postponement, we prepared an actionable guide to plan your first hiking trip mindfully. What Can Prevent Your First Hiking? Unfortunately, many brilliant ideas and wishes do not turn into actions. When it comes to hiking, people can find so many reasons to put off climbing...

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