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Tour planning for alpine climbing

Tour planning

Be prepared!

A perfect route on a mighty rock face will stay with you forever: the most daring climb on a fantastic slope aspect with solid rock. But just like any alpine climbing objective, it requires good, thorough planning in advance.

Carefully considered and realistic route planning is an essential part of alpine climbing, whether for barely protected alpine classics or well bolted multi-pitch climbs. Only then can you safely master alpine routes, recognize danger in good time and avoid serious mistakes.

A good plan is made up of several different factors. In this chapter, we will gradually introduce you to these factors: from choosing the climbing route and difficulty level to checking the weather and the area, from scheduling to interpreting a topographic map and correctly packing your climbing backpack.