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Mountaineering Travel Insurance

Mountaineering used to be the attempt to reach the highest point of a Mountain, but has now has become an activity that addresses different types of climbing depending on whether the route is over rock, snow or ice. Mountaineering is not without its risks, particularly when done at high altitude. There are natural risks such as rock fall, avalanches, adverse weather conditions, equipment failure and fatigue. The rewards, on the other hand, include reaching places that very few people have ever visited and enjoying spectacular views.

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Mountaineering Questions

In some cases if you are taking part in Mountaineering and you are going to be over 4,500 metres, then we may have to refer this to the underwriter for approval. Some of the questions that will need to be answered are:

  • In what areas do you climb ?
  • For how many years have you been climbing regularly ?
  • How often do you climb ?
  • In what areas do you climb ?
  • In what season of the year do you climb ?


Mountaineering is not without its risks, particularly when done at high altitude, there are natural risks such as rock fall, avalanches, adverse weather conditions, equipment failure and fatigue. There are three types of Mountaineering depending on whether you are travelling over rock, snow or ice. These are:

  • Rock Craft
  • Snow Craft
  • Skiing

Popular Mountain Ranges include:

  • Andes, South America
  • Rockys, United States/ Canada
  • Himalaya, Asia
  • Sierra Madre, Mexico
  • Alps, Europe
  • Appenines, Italy
  • Brecon Beacons, Wales
  • Cantabrian, Spain
  • Basque, Spain
  • Pennines, England
  • Pyrenees, Spain/France/Andorra
  • Appalachian, USA
  • Big Horn, USA
  • Ozark, USA

Risks associated with Mountain Climbing are divided into two Categories: objective hazards and subjective hazards. Objective hazards are those that exist regardless of the climber's presence, such as bad weather, avalanches and rockfalls. Subjective hazards relate more to human failure; such as faulty equipment, ineffective safety procedures and poor planning. Experienced Mountaineers will have planned safe routes and checked their equipment beforehand.

Furrows left by falling rocks and weather conditions that are conducive to ice movement will be easier to spot for an experienced Mountaineer.

Common Injuries whilst Mountaineering

If you are planning on Mountaineering for the first time, it is a good idea to train beforehand on a climbing wall and then on less treacherous terrain. Because of the rigorous nature of Mountaineering, injuries that can be sustained range from muscle strain to broken bones and even death. The most common injuries include:

  • Blisters
  • Black toenails
  • Strains
  • Sprains
  • Stress Fractures

There is a 50/50 chance of survival if caught in an avalanche, and if buried under one then the first few minutes are crucial to ensuring survival.

Mountaineering Equipment:

  • Avalanche Beacon
  • Probe
  • Shovel

Crevasses are cracks in a glacier that are extremely dangerous due to their depth and the fact that they are often covered with snow.

Glacier Walking

If you are Glacier Walking then you should always sound out with the pole of an ice axe, and all members of your party should attach yourselves with rope to avoid falling. High altitudes can of course induce altitude sickness. Symptoms include:

  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Lack of appetite
  • Aching muscles

If these signs are exhibited then rest straight away before attempting to climb to a slightly lower altitude. Altitude sickness may in some cases progress to High Altitude Cerebral Edema or High Altitude Pulmonary Edema. Both of these can be fatal within 24 hours.

Important Note:

You are required at all times to wear the appropriate safety equipment, for example protective clothing and / or suitable head protection.

Adventures Travel Insurance is arranged for Jade Stanley Limited through P J Hayman & Company Limited who are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (Financial Services Register number 497103). Registered office: Stansted House, Rowlands Castle, Hampshire PO9 6DX. Reg no. 2534965. Underwritten by White Horse Insurance Ireland Limited except End Supplier Failure which is provided by International Passenger Protection Limited.

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