Do’s and Don’ts When in the Mountains

Do’s and Don’ts When in the Mountains


Hiking, climbing, and camping in the mountains are among the fun outdoor activities that even people with zero mountaineering experience can enjoy. But enjoying these activities come with responsibilities that should not be taken lightly. From personal safety to mountaineering etiquette, here are some of the do’s and don’ts to keep in mind in the mountains.


  • Choose your destination well. Know the classification (minor or major), level of difficulty, and the types of trails you can expect. If you are a beginner, start with the easiest and non-technical mountains to climb.
  • Get the proper training. Just because you picked an “easy” mountain to climb does not mean you do not have to prepare for it. Prepare yourself physically by building up the stamina for the hike and take the time to learn the basic skills needed for the climb.
  • Be a responsible climber. Mountaineers follow certain rules and etiquette not just for personal safety but also to protect the mountains. Know the rules or etiquette and follow them at all times.
  • Wear suitable clothing. Wear the right clothes for the climb. Opt for quick-dry clothing and make sure you have clothes that provide enough insulation and protection from the cold, wind, and rain.
  • Bring the gear needed for the hike. Bring a tent, thermal sleeping pad or sleeping bag, headlamp or flashlight, and other equipment you need for climbs that last overnight or up to many days.
  • Pack food and snacks. Bring ready-to-eat or easy-to-cook food that you would need little water to prepare.
  • Bring as much water that you can comfortably carry around for the hike.
  • Watch your step. Tread carefully and watch your step. Pay attention to your surroundings.
  • Listen to the leader or guide. If you are climbing as a group, listen to whoever is leading. Follow instructions and make sure to heed the leader or guide’s advice at all times.
  • Stick with the group. Avoid venturing out on your own. If you have to leave the group for some reason, make sure to inform the leader or guide where you are headed to.
  • Bring a first aid kit.
  • Be extra careful with fire. Make sure to keep an eye on campfire and check if fire has been extinguished carefully before leaving.
  • Respect the locals you meet along the way.
  • Waterproof your bag.
  • Use sunscreen.


  • Don’t leave any trash behind. Put all your trash in a bag and bring it home with you or dispose it as soon as you have left the mountain.
  • Don’t pollute streams or any source of water that locals may use for drinking.
  • Don’t bring home plants or other natural materials you find
  • Don’t feed the wildlife

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