10 Tips for Camping at High Altitude


Selecting the Best Camp Site at High Altitude

The cardinal rule in camping is "leave no trace." This is especially important in areas like high-altitude campsites, where the ecology can be particularly fragile. Use established campsites whenever possible and be sure to anchor all of your gear. If the ground is too rocky or frozen to permit staking, tie guy wires to nearby rocks and bushes to secure your tent.

Above the tree line, winds can be relentless. Try to choose a site on the lee side of a snow bank or rock outcropping where you'll be sheltered from the wind. Remember to camp away from mountain passes because they tend to be wind tunnels. You'll also want to avoid ridges or patches of exposed ground, as these could leave you vulnerable to lightning strikes.

Once you've selected the perfect spot, spread your arms and take in the spectacular vistas. This is what high-altitude camping is all about: Well, that and the thrill of ascending to a place where few people have ever ventured.

Another thing that may give aspiring mountaineers a thrill are the various gadgets that help them train for their trip and track of how their bodies are measuring up to the mountain. Our final tip's up next.