Mountaineering can be a dangerous and physically demanding sport. With professional guidance and instruction mountaineering will lead you to peaks of panoramic beauty and of personal achievement. Use this book to supplement professional instruction. Read it BEFORE you begin lessons and you will understand your instruction better. Correctly use climbing instruments such as the ice axe and crampons. Use good judgement while performing difficult procedures. Develop leadership qualities. Forecast weather changes. Understand the mountain and its environment. Climb snow and ice with greater agility. Gain more respect for mountain hazards.