Safety in the Mountains
Your Safety is Important to Us
The mountains are an awe-inspiring backdrop full of monumental sights and experiences. The dangers posed by the mountains are part of this and should never be underestimated. Those who take care and are prepared with the correct equipment and clothing will have a wonderful experience. But safety comes first. We've put together some tips for you.
Plan Your Tour Thoroughly
Don't just simply prepare for your tour at home. You should also be ready to make last minute changes upon arrival. Especially regarding fluctuations in the weather or poor forecasts.
Prepare for Changeable Weather
Mountain weather is temperamental. It is important to remember this when planning a hike. You should always have rain protection and cold-weather gear with you. A map is also a must in case you accidentally stray from the trail.
Good Footwear is a Must
Make sure you are wearing the correct footwear before entering alpine terrain. Sandals, flip-flops, high heels and smooth soles are not recommended! Wear strong walking boots or hiking shoes with tough soles and good tread. Also important: breathable, loose clothing and having the right equipment in your backpack.
Listen to the Locals
Listen to what the locals have to say and heed their advice. If, for example, the people working at a mountain hut tell you that it is not possible to continue on your chosen route, listen to them. The landlords at mountain huts are local experts who spend most of their time in the mountains and know the area very well.
Listen to Your Body
It is extremely important to make sure you drink enough water and take plenty of breaks along the way. Tiredness and thirstiness can affect your sure-footedness, orientation and concentration. Conserve your energy for the way back.
Avoid Excessive Alcohol during breaks
Beer, schnapps and other delights served at mountain huts are especially tempting after a challenging hike. But beware, too much alcohol will affect your safety on the way back! Please drink in moderation to avoid impairing your balance, concentration and sure-footedness.
Our Recommendations for your Hiking Equipment
- A comfortable, appropriately-sized rucksack to suit the length and type of hike
- Warm clothing (follow the multi-layer principle): jumpers, rain jackets, and hats and gloves for tours above 2,000 m.
- Sunglasses, sun hats/bandanas and sun cream
- An up-to-date hiking map
- Carbohydrate-rich food
- Plenty of water, especially in summer
- A pocket knife
- Hiking poles
- A first aid kit with a simple rescue blanket
- A fully-charged mobile phone