Outside Magazine’s Adventure Adviser has a great post today answering the question: “What are the best beginner-level mountaineering expeditions across the world that a regular, fit trekker can attempt?” Seems like a natural question for fans of the outdoors who are looking to get into high altitude mountaineering for the first time.
And what does the Adviser recommend? His “very subjective” list of the top five mountains for beginners to cut their teeth on.
1. Mount Baker, Washington (10,781 feet)
2. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania (19,340 feet)
3. Mount Khuiten, Mongolia (14,350 feet)
4. Mount Elbrus, Russia (18,500 feet)
5. Aconcagua, Argentina (22,840 feet)
Quite a good list, as you have a strong start to the Seven Summits and a couple of other challenging, yet scenic and spectacular climbs. None of these incredibly technical, and the biggest obstacle would be dealing with altitude, but they’ll give you some skills that you can take on other climbs, and a taste of what it feels like to get up into the thinner air.
What do you think? Anything that should be added to the list? I was thinking about the 18,491-foot tall Orizaba in Mexico as a possible addition and obviously something like Rainier, at 14,411 feet, which is a popular mountain for potential climbers to cut their teeth.
Any other suggestions?
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