Hello and good day everyone,
So, I'm a fairly new climber, but a pretty experienced hiker. Ive been hiking since I could walk with outings lasting from a weekend to a week (often it is time permitting thus nothing longer). As far as climbing goes I have been on top rope for both rock and Ice for about 3 years now with a few (very few) leads under my belt. no trad on rock though, just sport.
In anycase, my question is about putting these two sports together. I'd like to take my first few steps into mountaineering if possible. I know of a few good books to read such as freedom of the hills, but what I'm looking for in this post are some tips of the trade, personal stories, lessons learned, and sugestions for good locals to start.
Currently I am in Haifax Canada so Life around here is... a little flat. But that's no reason not to start training. As far as secondary skills for the climb I'm a paramedic and being in the military I have passed/taught my fair share of survival courses. I am confident with my rope work knots and pro placement. I have a high angle rescue course under my belt however high altitude and basic mountaineering practises are things I need to learn for sure.
My current plan is to get some friends in common situations together and start with the basics on a small mountain with an experienced person to lead the way, so no worries of me walking up to everest and saying "yah, I got this".
Anywho look forward to hearing the words of wisdom from everyone about.