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By Brendan Leonard

A how-to e-book for climbers with info on scrambling talents, equipment, alpine dangers, and acclimation, released less than the imprimatur of ""Backpacker"" magazine.

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As a friend said once at a windy trailhead, “I’m not worried about it being unsafe. ” Whether or not it’s safe should always be your number-one concern. If you have proper gear and clothing for the elements, you can often tough out a period of unstable weather. Maybe the rain will only last 30 minutes and the storm will pass over while you wait in the trees. There’s certainly no harm in starting out and seeing what happens as you make your way up the trail—conditions might improve. But always be aware that you can’t will good weather.

If you try to complete a 12-mile summit hike on nothing but three bags of M&Ms, you might not feel so good at the top. You’re carrying all your food, so it’s generally good to look for foods with a high calorie-to-weight ratio. Although it’s healthy to eat lots of fruits and vegetables on a daily basis, you probably don’t want to carry a grapefruit to the summit—it’s quite heavy for something that only provides 100 calories, especially when you compare it with a 2-ounce Snickers bar that provides 250 calories.

So pack away the jacket before you start; conserve those body fluids, and avoid having a sweat-soaked back (and backpack), which will be really cold once you hit the breeze up high. CLOUDS We’d love to have every day in the mountains be a “bluebird” day, but of course that rarely happens. Clouds will form, and reading them is an entire science on its own. The important thing is to watch them while you’re on your way up a peak. Lots of cumulus clouds (tall puffy clouds that look like cotton balls), even if they’re not that close, can build quickly into cumulonimbus clouds, which can produce storms—and you don’t want to be on a mountain in a thunderstorm, for multiple reasons (see below).

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