Mountaineering, also referred to as mountain climbing or alpine climbing (when it takes place in the Alps), is the sport of traversing a mountain. It often involves going through different types of terrains and combining skills from other disciplines (like rock climbing & ice climbing), with the goal of reaching the summit and returning down safely. Depending on the height of the mountain, the technical difficulties of the climb and the conditions of the terrain (weather, snow), climbing a mountain may be more or less challenging.
So, how do you know if you are prepared to climb a certain mountain?
Mountaineering grading systems are different scales used to measure the level of difficulty of a given mountain ascent. As it happens with rock climbing grades, there are different classifications throughout the countries. One of the most popular grading systems worldwide, however, is the French Alpine Grades.