I'd really like to hear thoughts about this from more advanced guys.
Since nearly one year I am living relatively close to the Alps so that weekend trips in the beautiful mountains of Germany and Austria are quite easy to achieve. So I am really enjoying to go for long hikes in wonderful nature with mostly great views.
Quickly I knew that I want more: Higher summits, bigger challenges with using diverse skills.
- But how to achieve this?
I know it's probably too risky to make alpine tours alone, especially when you go over glaciers. I joined DAV to be insured while in the mountains and to be able to use the offerings like courses and guided tours. But they are quite expensive, I can't and don't want to do this every month.
I also read books about the topic but I guess book knowledge isn't enough, especially for higher risk mountain tours.
In my opinion the best would be to have a couple of more advanced friends who are able to teach or even know guides or groups and go with them for fun and to learn. Unfortunately I am not having this opportunity (yet?).
- What do you think is most important to learn and how should one learn?
My experience is quite low, e.g. I have no clue about knots and security. I think that I am quite well equipped already, although this might not be the most important to start with. From my point of view I am also quite athletic and fit, so I can trek a day with medium weight backpack in a quite fast speed. At least in lower altitudes (I was never above 3000m, but my goal is to summit above 5000m in the next years).
Sorry that I wrote this wall of text, but you are welcome to do it too :)
To summarize the question I could also ask:
- When you were a beginner, who were the persons you learnt from and how did you met them?
- What did they teach you and in which order?