Mountain climbing, rock climbing and ice climbing all require highly specialized tools and skills combined with a large dose of
strength, stamina and courage. When you are heading in to the big mountains or Canyonlands, why leave weather to chance when a flash rain
storm can leave you stranded? Know the weather before it arrives with a climbing watch like the Suunto Vector or Timex
The sheer beauty and the sense of accomplishment in all three types of climbing are enormous, but so are the risks. Mitigate the risks
of incoming weather with a barometer watch. Know which direction you are headed with a compass watch. Know the precise vertical feet
ascended or descended with a altimeter watch.
You don't actually need three watches because the Suunto Vector and Timex Expedition have all three functions - compass watch,
barometer watch and altimeter watch. In fact the Vector will even give you heart rate, average heart rate, calories burned and more
data to assess your trip.
Want to go GPS? Get a Garmin Forerunner 310XT and download your ascents and descents to Google Earth for precise bread crumb trails of all your
adventures. The Garmin Forerunner 310XT measures your speed and distance using GPS, plus heart rate, calories and more. Be aware that the
rechargeable battery only has about 15 hours of battery life in full GPS mode so unless you have access to a charger this is not an expedition watch.
For expeditions you may be better off to get a Suunto t6d with GPS pod as a climbing watch and carry a few user-replaceable lithium batteries for
the GPS pod.
A watch with barometric altimeters will allow you to see a falling barometer and make the call with respect to weather ahead of its arrival.
The importance of this capability in the high mountains cannot be understated.
Watches like the Suunto Vector will also track your vertical feet of climbing or skiing for an entire season so you'll have all of your data.
If you'd like some advice on which climbing watch or altimeter watch is right for you then just call the experts here at the Heart Rate Watch
Company toll-free at 866-586-7129 and we will walk you through the process.