Probably one of those "common sense" kind of questions (if you have to ask, you already know the answer...). But, I'll give it a go anyway.
My friend and I have been catching more and more peaks around our area. Generally speaking, we try not to venture onto any routes that are more serious than a solid 3. In other words, we don't rope and will do a little hand-over-hand climbing.
Looking at our docket for the coming year, we have a few more challenging trips planned. And, while most remain within the confines of what we have done in the past, I have started to think that a mountaineering helmet might be a logical purchase. Mind you, we still will not be roping or doing any routes that explicitly require that kind of equipment.
The real concern that I have is taking a good tumble down a slope and wanting my head covered. Rarely, do I find myself actually "under" my friend on a slope where he could dislodge a chunk o' something and do some damage.
Would you carry/wear a helmet as a precaution with these kind of pursuits in mind?
Thanks! Looking forward to your wisdom.