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It’s hard to find a sport more challenging than mountain climbing. It has everything you could want from a sport: individual challenges, emotional limits, teamwork, peaks and valleys, and incredible highs. Mountain climbing has a rush of adrenaline akin to sky-diving, but it lasts much longer. Standing on the tallest mountain around and seeing the world as few get to see it give you a powerful feeling. 

When it comes to mountain climbing, you want to be comfortable while you are pushing your limits. Hence, it’s imperative to have not only the knowledge, but also the right gear. Klik Belts makes the best outdoor belt and TSA-compliant belts for your mountain climbing adventure. These airport-friendly belts will not only whisk you through airport security, but they will also come in handy in a survival situation. Our TSA-compliant belts are durable and multi-purpose, meaning you can use them as a make-shift tourniquet to using as cordage or a rope. When mountain climbing with a Klik belt, you can also use your heavy duty belt to hold some of your mountain climbing tools. 

In this blog post, we’ll go over some more helpful tips to begin mountain climbing, as well as review more gear. Browse our amazing TSA-compliant belts, and order today!


Practice, Practice, Practice

Once you have done all of your research and you’re starting to acquire the best climbing gear, including a TSA-compliant belt from Klik Belts, then you are ready to begin training to climb mountains. A lot of nascent climbers skip this mistake and end up regretting it in the long run. Patience is just as important as practice when it comes to mountain climbing. Here, it’s a good idea to go climbing with someone more experienced than you, perhaps from your local climbing club. You’ll want to get together with a friend or two and practice on some low-key hikes and boulders. If you plan on climbing tall mountains, you’ll need to learn how to ice climb and use an ice axe. Self-arresting techniques will be invaluable, as well as glissading. Crossing crevasses and snow bridges will be good to learn as well as glacier walking. Klik Belts recognizes that while these scenarios may not exist where you live, just going through a similar situation will have you prepared for the real deal.

You’ll want a solid foundation in basic first aid, rescue signals, fire making, survival skills, and avalanche safety training. Going through scenarios will be key, as well as practicing with more experienced climbers.

Mountaineering Etiquette

When learning to mountain climb, you’ll see that there is a lot, which is part of the allure of climbing a mountain. When you are climbing a mountain, you are part of a small community that does so, and it’s important that you help out when needed. You may be halfway through your climb and have to stop to help someone else because you would want someone to stop for you.

Klik Belts, a proprietor of the best TSA-compliant belts, notes that if you climb mountains in foreign countries, remember you are a guest, and you must abide by their rules. You need to respect the environment, leave no trace behind, and follow all laws and regulations. You’ll want to be as safe as possible, climb smartly (meaning not beyond your ability), and stay with your climbing party. Majority rules when climbing mountains, so it’s best to check your ego at the door.


Plan Your First Climb!

Finally, you’ve spent weeks — most likely months — planning your first climb, and you’re ready to begin. Choose an easy mountain to begin with. Klik Belts notes that different countries assign mountains different grades so be sure you are picking an easy mountain to climb before starting. You should either go with an experienced guide or with an experienced mountain climber and the more the merrier on your first climb up a mountain. Here are some general tips for choosing your first mountain to climb:

  • Choose walk up mountains to begin with. These mountains have no nasty rock patches to traverse or ice pitches. Mount Elbert in Colorado is a good example of a walk-up mountain, as well as Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa.
  • Aim for close to home. Some people new to climbing mountains are blessed to live close to the mountains where there are a lot of choices. Others of you will have to travel far distances to find suitable mountains. Try to find a mountain close by when you first begin. It will be less mentally taxing, so you can save your mental game for the mountain. Plus, if you choose a nearby mountain, you can avoid airport security, and you can use your TSA-compliant belt for simply carrying your tools instead.
  • Aim for minimal altitude change. While this can be a challenge to find, you’ll want to get a feel for what a change in altitude does to your body. You’ll also spend less time worrying about other weather-related issues, such as exposure and oxygen deprivation, and you’ll be able to enjoy your climb instead. Klik Belts reminds you that you are just beginning. The mountains aren’t going anywhere, so they will be there when you are ready.
  • Prepare. Preparation will be key in any mountain climb, even your easy mountain climbs. You’ll need to know your mountain inside and out, what rock formations and/or ice you’ll have to climb, its history, climbers’ history, and the best route to take. Knowing what (if any) amenities exist will be paramount as well.
  • Go old school and new school. Always have a map of the mountain with you at all times. Surprisingly in this day and age, this could be your lifesaver. Mountains are notorious for not having cell phone reception so being prepared with old school tools, such as maps and compasses, are key. Also, keep in mind new school tools as well. Satellite phones can be incredibly useful and give you peace of mind when climbing a mountain. They can also be a lifesaver if the worst happens.


When you invest in a Klik belt that is TSA-compliant, you’ll have peace of mind and less stress as you prepare for your first mountain climb. Tools are essential to climbing mountains, and having the best tools in your tool belt by Klik Belts can make all the difference. When investing in gear for your new mountain climbing adventure, you want the best you can afford. Klik belts that are TSA-compliant can’t be beat. They offer our signature COBRA® buckle, which are metal-free and easy to take on and off. Made from triple-stitched material for extra strength with a 2-ply webbing designed to fit through your pant loops, our TSA-compliant belts are designed and engineered to last. 

When you try Klik Belts’ 1.5" Black/OD Green Polymer COBRA® Buckle 1-Ply TSA-Approved Belt, you can rest assured that the convenience these offer from breezing through airport security, as well as the fact these airport-friendly belts will help you survive in a mountain climbing mishap, make these belts a great value. Browse our incredible collection, styles, and colors, and order your TSA-compliant belt today!

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