An experienced climber will pay a certain amount in terms of risk to reach the peak. A climber of lesser grade will risk more while for a novice, the climb could be a suicuide attempt.
Some skills are easy to pick up, while others require years of training:
How to go: Target an adventure where you have the skills or where the skills are within easy reach. If your skills are poor, choose a lower peak or join a guided tour to improve your skills under professional supervision.
- If you will be using radios during a trip, you can become a confident user in an hour, just by playing with the units. The investment is so little, that there's no need to take a risk by not familiarizing yourself with the equipment.
- If you need foreign language skills, you can gain basic knowledge in one week of intensive study. Ideally, you'd invest this week. If your time (or motivation) is limited, you could as well get along without it, tolerating some language difficulties.
- If you're off to Japan to gain deep insight into martial arts, you want a solid background. This can't be had overnight.
If you've never heard of martial arts before, you might still head off to Japan and have great fun with your passion for Karaoke.
In some situations, equipment can substitute for a lack of skill.