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mountain view graphicWell yes, the vivid azure skies awaiting you at the summit, the phenomenal views. But wait, just a tick. Before you start dreaming about the top, your first concern should be how to get there.

Over the years, mountain hiking has become popular with hikers with a taste for the extreme challenge. Fed up with simply walking on set out trails and undiscovered outback areas, a good few people have turned to mountain treking for the added rush of being on a trail that's some several hundred miles above sea level. That’s the appeal of mountains for you.

But exactly how different is it from simple walks? Well, apart from the place you’re going to be hiking on, there really isn’t much difference. You really need the same equipment in mountain trails as you do on normal trips. And you need the same provisions, more or less.

But you have to remember that the gear and equipment you use can be strikingly different, depending only on the mountain you are going to climb and in what conditions.

To help you with your trip, we came up with the equipment list below, which will hopefully give you an idea of the things that are usually needed during such trips:

Mountain Clothing

The three layer system that is often used in hiking also applies in tackling mountains. Let’s do this real quick: the layering system offers three different layers of clothing that a hiker should follow.

You have the base layer first which is necessary for keeping a dry and comfortable feeling next to your skin. Why not wear two sets of long johns, bottom and top. The clothes should be constructed from artificial fiber and not from cotton.

The next layer you need is the insulation layer. This layer is responsibel for providing extra warmth if the bottom layer and shell layer don't provide enough protection on their own. Llast is the shell layer, providing you with protection from all the elements.

• Shirts for mountain hiking when the weather is mild
• Wool or fleece sweater or synthetic insulated jacket
• Woolen shirt or sweat top, a second fleece jacket and vest.
• Fleece trousers – side zips come in handy if you are getting too hot

While in a typical trip, no more than three layers of clothing is needed, this is not so in the mountains, where the conditions can be harsher and more extreme. Often and entire fourth layer of clothing is added, the super-insulation layer.

In extremely cold conditions when mountain climbing, you need to add a large amount of insulation in order to keep your body’s thermal equilibrium. As an eample of super insulated clothes you can wear are “expedition” down parkas with a good hood and wind tunnel and down trousers or “expedition” pile trousers.

Protect your Eyes

If you are hiking in the mountain glaciers of Alaska, eye protection is important. Snow blindness can be common due to the extreme brightness reflected from the snow, even on cloudy days. Ssun glasses should provide maximum protection from ultraviolet and infrared rays, along with shielding from side-glare.

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