Mountaineering or mountain climbing is the sport, hobby or profession of hiking, skiing, and climbing mountains. While mountaineering began as attempts to reach the highest point of unclimbed mountains, it has branched into specialisations that address different aspects of the mountain and consists of three areas: rock-craft, snow-craft and skiing, depending on whether the route chosen is over rock, snow or ice. All require experience, athletic ability, and technical knowledge to maintain safety
Most of the mountaineering groups in the Philippines offers a Basic Mountaineering Course (BMC). Where in it teaches and equipped the person to be a responsible mountaineer / backpacker. It includes from Pre-climb up to Post- Climb. It is not necessary to have a formal training of it. It can be attain by reading articles about backpacking, mountaineering, hiking, climbing, camping etc. Most of the mountaineer newbies started from nothing about it. They just visit the mountains just for fun. They don't even look as mountaineers. If you will notice most of the things includes in the BMC is part of the Boys Scouting. So if you're a Boys/Girls Scout during your school days. You've done part of the BMC. But mountaineering still a continuous learning, as you gaining more experiences and meet different kind of people, you become a well rounded person.
For those who just started mountaineering or backpacking as others said. Or even those veterans who still wanted to recall the essence of the BMC. I will be providing links from one of the pioneering in the mountaineering in the Philippines.
Here's a complete guide for your BMC:
UPM Basic Mountaineering Course Wiki and UPM Website to download the pdf file. but the UPM BMC Wiki is more of a complete one.
For the readers, you may also contribute links and schedule of BMC in the Philippines by sending a comment on this blog.
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